Icon Museum, Frankfurt

Icon Museum, Frankfurt

The Icon Museum, located in an old refectory of the Teutonic Knights who fought the Crusades, is a small but significant repository with one of the largest collections of icons in the world.

The Icon museum lies at the eastern end of the Museum Embankment in Frankfurt. The old refectory was redesigned by Cologne based architect Oswald Mathias Ungers with modern and clearly contoured rooms to display the magnificence of these religious wooden paintings. The permanent exhibits were a gift from a physician from Konigstein, Dr. Jorgen Schmidt-Voigt consisting of 800 valuable icons. The museum has expanded its collection and now has over 1000 exhibits. Another permanent donation of post Byzantine icons came from the State Museum of Prussian Cultural Heritage, Berlin.

The collection has icons from all parts of the world where the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith flourishes. There are icons from Russia, Egypt, Syria and Ethiopia. Most of them are from the 15th to the 20th century. A treasured exhibit is a 12th century Egyptian Coptic paper icon. Besides icons the museum has other objects like crucifixes, religious robes and liturgical items. Works by famous icon artists like Emmanuel Tzanes, Michail Milutin and Yussuf Al Mussawir form part of the collection.

The Icon Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays and guided tours are provided for the convenience of visitors.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-17:00; Wednesday: 10:00-20:00

Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Frankfurt. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Icon Museum on Map

Sight Name: Icon Museum
Sight Location: Frankfurt, Germany (See walking tours in Frankfurt)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Frankfurt, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Frankfurt

Create Your Own Walk in Frankfurt

Creating your own self-guided walk in Frankfurt is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museum Embankment Walk

Museum Embankment Walk

Frankfurt is a city rich in art and history as well as museums for celebrating them. The embankment to the south of the Main River is called Museumsufer or Museum Embankment because of the high concentration of museums. Here you will find both permanent and temporary exhibitions, but regardless of where you visit, you will not regret the time spent inside a museum or two in Frankfurt.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town Walking Tour

Sitting on the northern bank of the river Main, Frankfurt's Altstadt (Old Town) is the smallest district in the city, covering less than half a square kilometer, yet formally this was one of the largest half-timbered towns in Germany until the extensive destruction in WWII. Most of its original structures – like the Imperial Cathedral, Römer town hall, Römerberg square and others – date...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Historical Churches Walking Tour

Historical Churches Walking Tour

Frankfurt is home to a wide range of religious sites and places of worship. Religious or not, everyone is likely to be impressed by the huge cathedrals, small chapels and humble cloisters this city offers. We invite you to take this self guided walking tour of Frankfurt's downtown and visit some of the most formidable churches in town.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Jewish History Walking Tour

Jewish History Walking Tour

The continuous history of Jews in Frankfurt stretches back almost 900 years, which is more than in any other German city. For centuries, Jewish merchants, bankers, politicians, philanthropists, artists and scientists have made their living in the city prior to and after the dreadful period of the Nazi persecution in the 1930s-40s. If you're keen to explore some of the chapters of...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Shopping Streets

Shopping Streets

While Frankfurt is known as a hard-nosed business metropolis, by far not everything here revolves around finance. The city on the Main also provides top shopping experience for those seeking to invest in international and best German designer things. If you come for a leisurely shopping spree or just wish to explore the most popular and sophisticated shopping places in Frankfurt out of pure...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


Frankfurt's Best Authentic Restaurants

Frankfurt's Best Authentic Restaurants

Frankfurt is a dynamic and popular city located right in the center of western Europe. More than 10,000 people move to Frankfurt every year; over the past decades, it has become a highly international city -- about half of all children born here had non-German parents. Being the main hub for the...
15 Distinctively German Things to Buy in Frankfurt

15 Distinctively German Things to Buy in Frankfurt

Home to the European currency (ECB) and namesake sausages, Frankfurt is undoubtedly one of, if not "the", most known destination in Germany. For this there are quite a few reasons. Listed here are some of the things behind those reasons, which now can be picked up as...