Private Tour of Frankfurt's Apple Wine Culture
- Guided walking tour: Join your guide on the hunt for Frankfurt's most famous drink. You'll find out how to order apple wine, get a taste of its history, and hear fascinating facts about the city and its traditions.
- Romerberg, Kuhhirten Tower, Main River, and Eiserner Steg: Walk through the historical old town square, rebuilt to original plans in the 1980s. You'll see the old medieval defense tower, quaint alleys, and picturesque squares. Then head over the river via Eiserner Steg, a pedestrian footbridge.
- Sachsenhausen: End up in Frankfurt's cozy "apple wine district," where you can further explore the local culture with a visit to a restaurant or apple wine pub (own expense). Your guide can offer you terrific recommendations.
- Totally Private: Hey we love group tours. But we know sometimes you want to explore with just your friends and family members. Customized to fit your desires for groups up to 10. Traveling with an entourage? Let us know and we can include everyone in your larger group.
About This Frankfurt Tour
Think Germany's the land of beer? It stands to reason with all those biergartens and uber-sized steins. But in Frankfurt, the drink of choice for centuries has been apple wine. Your guide will lead you through Frankfurt's historical old town and over the Main River in search of this refreshing low-alcohol cider, which, locals claim, never makes you tired.
As you wander along streets and alleyways, you'll hear about the winemaking process, and, most importantly, how to order. You can ask for apple wine in three different ways: pure (recommended), with mineral water (OK), and mixed with lemonade (order at your own risk). A word of warning: It's considered a bit of a gaffe to order with lemonade, and you might just get teased or even ignored. Frankfurters take their apple wine seriously!
Frankfurt's known as a global financial hub, but your guide will show you another side of the city. See the traditional half-timbered architectural style of old Germany as you walk along the medieval streets of Romerberg and down to the Main River, where you'll spy the Eiserner Steg, an iron and concrete footbridge that's crossed by thousands of pedestrians daily. It takes you into the heart of the charming district of Sachsenhausen.
After a bit more exploring of Sachsenhausen's cobblestone streets, bid your guide auf Wiedersehen and put your newfound apfelwein knowledge to use. Purchase a bembel, the blue-gray earthenware jug used to serve apple wine. Or find an apple wine pub and order a glass or two. You'll find apfelwein tastes great with local dishes like rippchen (pork and sauerkraut) or the tasty Frankfurter Wurstchen (sausage). We'll say "Prost!" to that!
A bite of the apple lore
From William Tell's accurate aim to Sir Isaac Newton's moment of discovery, the apple has played its part in legend and history. But why did the apple become so important in Frankfurt? Around 1500, after a bad grape harvest from diseased vines, the city banned planting new vines to stop the problem. Wine had to be purchased elsewhere and became too pricey for the average Frankfurter. The solution: make wine from the tempting apple!
Please make your way to the Tourist Information Office at Römer (Römerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt am Main) to meet our GoBe Representative.
Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather. Be aware that when it's windy, an umbrella might be risky!
Must walk for 2 hours during course of the tour at a leisurely pace. Expect long periods of standing. Tour is not wheelchair accessible but it is suitable for those with limited mobility. Operator can provide mobile assistance with advance notification.
Private Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.
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