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1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

1. 1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

Hop on a boat tour along Frankfurt’s River Main and discover the bustling metropolis, departing at least 6 times each day. Take an hour to explore the riverine side of Germany's financial capital and experience stunning views from the water. Enjoy the best views of Germany’s most imposing skyline on board the new KD boat, the MS Palladium. Discover the impressive financial city of Frankfurt and get some insight into the history and traditions behind this dynamic city. On this unique tour along the River Main, you'll learn the history behind all of Frankfurt’s major attractions. The MS Palladium is also handicapped-accessible, making it possible for every person to experience Frankfurt by water.

Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

2. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

3. Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

4. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows.  In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

From Krakow: Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Guided Tour

5. From Krakow: Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Guided Tour

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau on a day trip departing from Krakow. Explore the history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex on a guided tour with a certified educator, historian, and guide. Auschwitz-Birkenau was founded in 1940 by the Third Reich and was the largest Nazi-run concentration camp. Currently, it is the resting place of millions of people, mainly Jews and Poles, exterminated in the gas chambers. Upon arrival, you will visit the memorial museum in the outskirts of the city of Oświęcim, 60 kilometers west of Krakow. After traveling around an hour and a half, meet your professional guide for an in-depth tour. Walk through the famous "Arbeit macht frei" gate to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the originally preserved site and explain the place's touching history. After a short break, visit the second camp at Birkenau where the mass murders took place as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem." At Birkenau, you will spend about an hour before meeting your driver for the return journey to Krakow.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

6. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Experience the charm of Heidelberg on this day trip from Frankfurt which includes entrance to Heidelberg Castle. Board a bus in the morning and spend the day seeing sights like the one of the largest wine bottles in the world.  Hop aboard an air-conditioned bus at a centrally-located bus stop in Frankfurt. Sit back and relax on the drive to Heidelberg. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle which has a stunning combination Gothic and Renaissance elements.  Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Wander through the medieval town center to find the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade. Take a walk on old narrow lanes lined with half-timbered houses. Pass by Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories.  Extra time can be spend philosophizing on the Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or purchasing a glass or two of excellent regional wine. Return to Frankfurt by bus at the end of your tour. 

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

7. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Discover the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with scenery and historic buildings on this cruise from Frankfurt to the village of Assmannshausenn. Admire the countryside, taste wines tasting at a charming tavern, and enjoy a delightful dinner by the riverbank. Set out from the heart of Frankfurt onboard a comfortable boat and ride along the Rhine River. Glide by the villages, charming vineyards, and mighty medieval castles that define the German countryside. Ride along shores of picturesque town of Kaub.  Step ashore in the winemaking town of Ruedesheim and visit a little tavern to try some local wine. Complete your experience in the village of Assmannshausenn with a delicious dinner at a cozy riverside restaurant. Cruise back to Frankfurt as and end your tour.

Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

8. Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

Enjoy a 1-hour walk through Frankfurt at night with a robed hangman as your guide. Follow your scary guide (if you dare) on a journey of discovery of Frankfurt's history and his bloody work. But while you listen to your guide, be aware, for he must finish his work and he has no time to waste because the devil is after him.  Start your journey into the past at the cathedral, where German kings and emperors were elected and crowned. Continue towards the bank of the Main where many culprits, mostly women, were drowned in the water. Finally, reach your final stop, the Römer, Frankfurt's famous Town Hall, where you will learn all about the Römerberg's gruesome past as the location of many medieval death penalty punishments and torture chambers.

Frankfurt: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

9. Frankfurt: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

Discover the magic of Frankfurt on an immersive smartphone walking tour with a scavenger hunt twist. Interact with attractions in the city by solving location-based riddles on this walking tour. Figure out the answers to puzzles outside of ten Frankfurt attractions.  Start your tour at the imposing Old Opera House! Visit the Goethe Statue in the birthplace of the great Goethe. Learn about Goethe and his history in the city where he was born and admire the dreamlike St.Paul's Church. Römerberg will surprise you, it is one of the busiest places in Frankfurt. Visit the most famous street of Frankfurt with its countless shops and unique aesthetics, Alter Markt. Next, Frankfurt's Imperial Cathedral awaits, don't forget to take pictures, known for its tower overlooking the whole city! The Historisches Museum Frankfurt will leave you speechless with its wonderful exhibits. Admire the Iron Bridge, known for its views of the city and romantic locks placed by couples. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the interpretation of the Greek phrase on the bridge, which will mark you for the rest of your life. As you explore the Frankfurt streets on foot, follow clues at each attraction to find your next location. Feel the satisfaction of solving each riddle and working with your group to finish the game. Take advantage of the freedom to start or stop the tour whenever you want. Make your way through the city at your own pace while unlocking facts about the city and capturing as many pictures as you want. 

Frankfurt: Urban Adventure Game

10. Frankfurt: Urban Adventure Game

Discover the city of Frankfurt with a fun and interactive game. The tour starts from a central square in the city center and will lead you past important monuments and interesting sights. All throughout the route, clues are waiting for you — puzzles, hints, and riddles.  All you need is a clever team of 2 to 6 people, a charged smartphone or tablet with approximately 100 MB of mobile internet, a pen, and the game map. This is a self-guided experience so you can start to play whenever you like. Complete the game in 2-3 hours, or take breaks for coffee, lunch, or shopping.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 472 reviews

Except for parking, everything was great, the staff was smart and friendly, they even served us, even though the description said self-service. What was explained was also short and sweet, what you need to know was said. Regret only having done the 50 minutes, will do the 100 minutes again in September.

Bus on time, guide was amazing with jokes, helpful, very good and giving information all the way though the trip. Gave details of the day, made sure we all understood our time line, went one by one to ask if anyone needed anything or help with their travels.

This is a really nice day trip to add to your Frankfurt sightseeing experience. Lunch was decent. Drinks are not included which is customary in Germany. You need to purchase your own drinks including water. We really enjoyed the trip.

It was a very nice boat tour that you should treat yourself to if you want to do things in Frankfurt.

I was on the Main too early and could take a ship earlier