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Frankfurt: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

1. Frankfurt: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

Travel back in time to the vibrant, everyday life of Frankfurt in the 19th century. Use virtual reality to adopt the role of a venerable merchant, just as if you had been there yourself. During your time-traveling experience, you will accompany the fictitious businessman, Theodor Riedel, through Frankfurt’s history at three exciting stops.  Start at the grocery store and learn about the trading city during the colonial period. Immerse yourself in the store's hustle and bustle, learn about the fragrant spices and exotic goods, and admire the shop's interior. Then, make a virtual visit to a private library. Learn about the ideas and ideals of the local citizens in the setting of a family's study.  Finally, take the virtual reality carriage ride, the highlight of your journey back in time to 1891. Board the carriage with Theodor Riedel and experience the charm of the flourishing trading city. With your VR headset, enjoy a 360° panoramic view of medieval half-timbered buildings and sublime Wilhelminian-style architecture. Along your virtual journey, you will also accompany Theodor on his own personal day of fate: find out if he can save the family’s legacy or if he will lose everything. Whether ruin or triumph, uncover the answer on your journey through time.

Frankfurt: Entry Tickets for Christmas Garden Frankfurt

2. Frankfurt: Entry Tickets for Christmas Garden Frankfurt

Get into the holiday spirit at Deutsche Bank Park’s Frankfurt Christmas Garden. Pre-book your ticket to spend time in the magical atmosphere of a typical German Christmas market. Walk along the garden trails and try Christmas treats while immersed in an enchanted setting full of discoveries.  Enter Deutsche Bank Park and finish off the holiday season with a very special walk in the Christmas garden. With your entry ticket, explore an illuminated fairy-tale setting that transports you into a magical Christmas world. You can expect exclusive light designs, millions of light points, and a unique, glittering illuminated winter wonderland. Discover a magical world with family, friends, and colleagues, surrounded by dreamlike worlds of sound. During your walk along the sparkling circular path, you can take part in winter and regional specialties. Enjoy a memorable outdoor experience during this special time of year. 

Frankfurt Airport: Fraport Visitor Center Entry Ticket

3. Frankfurt Airport: Fraport Visitor Center Entry Ticket

Discover the interactive world of experience at the Frankfurt Airport. This exhibition invites visitors of all ages experience the world of aviation. Over the span of 1,300 square meters, almost 30 innovative exhibits present intriguing insights into the behind-the-scenes world of the Frankfurt airport and aviation. Put your skills to the test virtually directing an A320neo to its parking position. Ride the virtual roller coaster through the paths of the airport's baggage conveyor system. Experience the airport's Smart Windows where your can obtain real-time information about the planes on the tarmac. Check out "The Globe" exhibition, an interactive LCD wall that shows every flight around the world in real time. Lots of unique experiences and fascinating insights into the world of aviation are ready to be uncovered at this innovative visitor center.

Frankfurt: Old Town Horror Stories Walking Tour in German

4. Frankfurt: Old Town Horror Stories Walking Tour in German

See the landmarks of Frankfurt's Old Town in a new light, by learning the dark stories of the city's past on a horrifying walking tour. Step into the mysterious world of ghouls as you walk around iconic locations while taking part in an immersive play. Meet a professional actor outside of St Paul's Church and dive deep into the fascinating Old Town as you hear tales of evil demons. Walk in the direction of Römerberg, pass by the Nikolaikirche, Schirn Art Gallery, and the Cathedral, and reach the banks of the Main River. Be spooked as you hear about the mystifying creatures made famous in Europe through the stories of German writer E.T.A. Hoffmann and American writer H.P. Lovecraft. Experience a thrilling ghoul-themed play all around the Old Town, becoming one of the story's characters.

Frankfurt: Museum of Communication Entrance Ticket

5. Frankfurt: Museum of Communication Entrance Ticket

Visit Frankfurt's modern Museum of Communication and gain a comprehensive insight into the history of human connections. Book a ticket to experience the development of communication on 2,500 square meters in the permanent exhibition, and access the temporary exhibition dedicated to climate change. Explore the 44 themed islands that illustrate how development is dependent on four key phenomena: acceleration, networking, control, and participation. Learn about the past, present, and future of communication through groundbreaking innovations, historical events, and unique experiences. Discover CLIMATE_X, the temporary exhibit that invites you to explore how you can help change the world for the better. Be reminded of all the simple methods we can implement to improve our current climate crisis and reflect on the issues around it. Unwind after your informative visit with a coffee break on the terrace, with a view of the Main.

Frankfurt: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone App City Game

6. Frankfurt: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone App City Game

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Sherlock Holmes by collecting clues as part of a fun smartphone game. Solve the murder of a fictional character with your colleagues, friends, or family, and explore the highlights of Frankfurt including the Dom Tower. Make your way through the city by downloading the game app that will lead you around with specific directions. Take part in a unique adventure full of brain teasers, puzzles, and lots of British humor. Become a high-class detective for a day and work alongside Sherlock Holmes. Take as long as you need to tackle this criminal case, stopping to explore the area whenever you wish to. Restart the game when you're ready and have a blast while you come across iconic sites, such as St Paul's Church and the History Museum. Whilst this game does not focus on interacting with your surroundings nor informing you about it, it is the perfect activity to explore this amazing city in a fun and interactive way. Get ready for a walk through the most beautiful places in the city.

Frankfurt: Struwwelpeter Museum Entry Ticket w/Audio Guide

7. Frankfurt: Struwwelpeter Museum Entry Ticket w/Audio Guide

Enter the world of Struwwelpeter, the children’s book classic by Heinrich Hoffmann, and admire the charming exhibitions and games for all ages. Book your entry ticket to Frankdurt's Struwwelpeter Museum and enjoy commentary from your audio guide.  Step inside the Struwwelpeter Museum and enter a world of imagination filled with curious characters. Listen to insightful commentary from your audio guide as you explore the permanent exhibition as well as special exhibitions on cultural history and children’s literature. Get a glimpse into the life of Heinrich Hoffmann, from psychiatric reformer to beloved children's author. Admire rare book exhibits, parodies, kitsch art, and illustrations that bring his passion and imagination to life. Enjoy interactive installations designed for all ages. Be whisked around the world with "Mr Fix von Bickenbach" in 77 days, have your picture taken with familiar characters, dress up and reenact the Struwwelpeter stories in the theater room, or let your imagination soar with a creative table. Browse the colorful objects and children's books at the museum shop to take home a memory of your experience.

Frankfurt: EXPERIMINTA ScienceCenter Entry Ticket

8. Frankfurt: EXPERIMINTA ScienceCenter Entry Ticket

Book your entry ticket to Frankfurt's EXPERIMINTA ScienceCenter and embark on a journey of discovery where more than 130 experiment stations from the fields of physics, mathematics, technology, and computer science invite you to try things out. Discover the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) thanks to the center's nine thematic areas, including "Fast and Slow" (movement), "Strong and Weak" (power), or "Economical and Wasteful" (energy and environment). Think and awaken your inventive spirit as scientific phenomena and mathematical correlations become vivid and spontaneously comprehensible through experimentation. Try experiments and experience phenomena that are often only theorized about in school. Become a little researcher by resting on the fakir bed with hundreds of nails, play the violin on the singing iron plates, or watch one of the monthly science shows. From fire tornadoes to ice-cold soap bubbles, there's something for everyone here.

Frankfurt: Old Town Scavenger Hunt and Exploration Game

9. Frankfurt: Old Town Scavenger Hunt and Exploration Game

Immerse yourself in Frankfurt's charming Old Town with a scavenger hunt game on your phone. Uncover the city's rich history and discover world-renowned landmarks, such as the Römerberg public space, Eiserner Steg, Kaiserdom St. Bartholomäus, and more, while solving riddles, quizzes, and puzzles. After downloading the scavenger hunt onto your phone, use the app to begin your adventure in Frankfurt's Old Town, a district known for its bustling streets and rich history. Read the information on your phone to learn facts about the area and solve riddles to advance to the first location. Visit the Frankfurt Cathedral and learn about its construction in the 16th century. Continue to the Eiserner Steg, a footbridge connecting Frankfurt to the district of Sachsenhausen. Wander along the Rhine River to several more locations or pause the game to enjoy a lunch along the river banks. Then it's time to wander the Römerberg public space. Take a photo of the bubbling water fountain and try to find the memorial for the book burnings of 1933. Visit a few more locations, including the Kaiserdom St. Bartholomäus, a Roman Catholic gothic church dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.

Frankfurt: Fairytale Outdoor Game App

10. Frankfurt: Fairytale Outdoor Game App

Get to know Frankfurt while playing an outdoor game. Download the app to your phone, then meet your friends or family in the center of the city. Walk to different sites, receive clues, and solve the assignments to unlock the stories. Go on a tour that is interactive, fun, and perfect for families. Start by meeting in the city center. Follow a route across the city that is off the beaten track, and check off tasks as you go. Have fun asking and answering interesting hypothetical questions and listen to the fascinating forgotten fairy tales of the Grimm brothers.  As you search for clues, marvel at Frankfurt’s famous sights from the outside. Avoid large crowds and get to pick and choose where you go next. Once you have finished, use the app at home to solve bonus tasks and riddles.

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Very, very cool! I'm female, mid-twenties, and absolutely enjoyed the VR journey into Frankfurt's past. All employees are also extremely friendly. One might wonder if €18 is justified, or if this experience should be offered for less than €15. On Get Your Guide it says the duration is 45-60 min. In truth, it was about 40 minutes, of which about 25 minutes was the journey by VR. The rest of the time was spent in two rooms, where information about Frankfurt's past was given; mostly by a very friendly employee. The other part was narrated by video projection onto a large "book".

The tour was great! The introduction is still without VR and is made very sympathetic. The carriage ride through the city is with VR glasses. The graphics and sound are very well done, you can look and listen in all directions. Very immersive experience. Definitely recommended. I will certainly book again in the other cities that also offer it.

Great experience. Beautiful decorations. Be prepared to walk or carry a wheelchair if a loved one needs it. Carry cash as the vendors prefer and pretty much only accept cash for goods.

We had so much fun! It was interesting and relaxing. The staff was great and so helpful.

The light show was fantastic. Dress for weather, was muddy in some areas.