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What to see and do in Frankfurt

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Best time to fly to Frankfurt

Frankfurt is a beautiful city to visit all year round, but the peak season for tourism is between April and September. The weather is mild at this time of year, and the days are longer, so you can really make the most of your vacation in Frankfurt and its beautiful surroundings.

The warmest months are June, July, and August, with temperatures reaching around 75°F (24°C). This makes summer travel popular with tourists.

The weather is coldest between November and March. January is the coldest month, with average temperatures between 30°F and 39°F (-1°C to 4°C). But if you can brave the cold, Frankfurt has many festive events and markets that make travel during the chilly winter weather worth it!

Getting around Frankfurt, and beyond

The public transit system consists of metro, tram, and bus lines, which are part of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RVM). This seamless network of transport is speedy and efficient and can get you just about anywhere in and around the city.

If you fancy seeing more of Germany, then why not hop on a train from Frankfurt Main Hauptbahnhof, the city’s main railway station? Within an hour you can be in the gorgeous, lush green, old spa town of Wiesbaden or enjoying the historic riverside charm of Mainz.

Slightly further afield is Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest and most prestigious university. Hillside castles, quaint villages, and steep vineyard terraces line the storybook Rhine Valley, so there’s plenty to be explored.

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Things to do in Frankfurt

While Frankfurt is famed for being the financial heart of Europe, ‘Mainhattan’ has so much more to offer.

There's an impressive modern skyline and an excellent bird’s-eye view from the 200m Main Tower observation deck. But don’t overlook the city's old-school charm at ground level. Enjoy a great perspective on it all while taking a cruise on the Main River.

Quintessential Germanic character is a hallmark of the Römerburg, Frankfurt's central square. Sitting pretty amid photogenic half-timbered buildings, it’s not far from the imposing red-sandstone cathedral.

Of the dozens of fantastic landmarks lining Frankfurt's Museum Embankment, our pick is Städel Museum, packed to the rafters with world-class art.

Food and drink in Frankfurt

The Kleinmarkthalle (an indoor market hall) is the heartbeat of the city's food life, so be sure to stop by for top tastes and people-watching.

For the best local flavor, seek out Frankfurt's trademark apple wine taverns - apple wine (ebbelwei) is the city's pride and joy.

It's a cider, served in quaint, cozy old taverns. You’ll want to look out for them in the Sachsenhausen neighborhood.

Other traditional culinary specialties to look out for include the brilliantly named Handkäse mit Musik ('hand-cheese with music') - soft cheese marinated in oil and vinegar, served with raw onion.

One of the bustling Christmas markets in Frankfurt, Germany lit up against the evening light

FAQs about travel to Frankfurt

Helpful information for travelers to Frankfurt

How many hours is Frankfurt from the US?

The average duration of a direct flight to Frankfurt Germany from the US is around 8-10 hours. With Icelandair, you can Stopover in Iceland for up to 7 days at no additional airfare. Discover more about how to book a Stopover in Iceland and start planning your trip to Germany with a touch of Iceland.

When can you find cheap flights to Frankfurt Main Airport?

Airline tickets to Frankfurt are usually cheapest outside the high season, in October and November - making these months the ideal time to find flight deals to Frankfurt Germany.

Browse the prices of tickets to Frankfurt using the booking engine at the top of this page.

How do you get to Frankfurt from the airport?

It’s easy to reach the city center from Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The airport is located just 7 miles from the city, and there are several convenient modes of transport to choose from.

The S-Bahn (light rail) takes you directly to Frankfurt’s main railway station in around 10 minutes - just look for an S8 or S9 train. There’s also the long-distance DB Rail Terminal which can take you to destinations in Germany that are further afield.

The drive to the city center is around 20 minutes by car, and you can catch a shuttle bus or taxi outside Terminals 1 and 2, making this a convenient and popular option among travelers.

How often does Icelandair fly to Frankfurt?

Icelandair offers regular flights to Frankfurt from the US, including New York, Boston, Denver, and Seattle. View our full list of US departure cities to find your nearest airport.

Is a visa required to fly to Frankfurt, Germany?

US citizens can enter Germany and the other 26 Schengen Area member states without a visa (for airport transit, tourist, or business trips) for a period of up to 90 days.