Private Guided Walk Through Frankfurt's Past and Present
- Guided private walking tour: See Frankfurt the way it was meant to be seen: on foot. Meet your local guide in the Old Town area and get ready for an in-depth exploration of the city's tremendous history for you and up to 9 additional friends and family.
- Emperor's Cathedral (Kaiserdom St Bartholomaus): The site of ten imperial coronations, this Gothic red-sandstone cathedral is a must-see. You can't miss its tower, soaring over 300 feet high; come back later and climb its 324 steps.
- St. Paul's Church or Emperor's Hall: Depending on the time of your tour, you will visit one of these two points of interest, each pivotal in Frankfurt's history. St. Paul's Church, consecrated in 1833, was once home to Germany's first National Assembly. Emperor's Hall, perhaps the best-known room in the Romer (City Hall), was built around 1612 and hosted the coronation banquets of Holy Roman Emperors.
- Historical Museum Frankfurt: Experience Frankfurt as it is today and as it was in the past at this newly updated museum, located in the city's vibrant museum area.
About This Frankfurt Tour
Frankfurt's all about global banks, big business, and a bustling airport, right? True, but it's also the city that has crowned German kings and Holy Roman emperors. Get acquainted with its Old Town as you follow your guide on a processional through Romerberg (Roman Mountain), the city's historic central square. Walk past the shadows of modern high-rises and into medieval times when ceremony and splendor reigned supreme.
You're sure to be charmed by Romerberg's ornate half-timbered structures, but you'll be awestruck by the Emperor's Cathedral, built in the 14th and 15th centuries and then rebuilt twice since, after a devastating fire in 1867 and six bombardments during World War II. The "Dom" is where imperial coronations took place, and, wow, what a display of opulence. Fountains flowing with wine? Why not? Golden coaches? Of course!
Insights into Frankfurt's impressive past continue, as you explore one of two landmarks. The three-gabled Romer, or Imperial, Hall displays 52 oil paintings of all rulers from Charlemagne to Franz II. It's been operating as Frankfurt's city hall for over 600 years. Alternatively, visit St. Paul's, the cradle of German democracy. Destroyed in WWII, it was the first to be rebuilt post-war, as a tribute to its importance in the country's history.
To put all of Frankfurt's past in perspective, you'll appreciate the stop at the Historical Museum, located on Frankfurt's museum embankment, called the Museumsufer. Be sure to footnote this area for further exploration. Frankfurt is home to one of the most prolific museum areas in Europe, with collections ranging from Old Masters to German film!
What's old is new again
After the Second World War, much of Frankfurt's historic area was razed and rebuilt. Gray concrete stood in place of picturesque squares, historic alleyways, and charming half-timbered homes. But now there's new life in the Old Town! The Dom-Romer Project is a massive reconstruction that's restoring the original character of Old Town between the Cathedral and the main square. Soon, you'll be able to step back in time to walk the famous Kronungsweg, the coronation path of German kings and emperors.
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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