Main Tower, Frankfurt

Main Tower, Frankfurt (must see)

Named after the nearby Main, the Main Tower is a 56-storey, 200 m (656 ft) skyscraper, the 4th tallest building in Frankfurt and all of Germany. Complete with its antenna spire, the building stands 240 m (787 ft) high. The tower has five underground floors and two public viewing platforms, and is the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with a public viewing observatory.

The building's design features what appears to be two connected towers: the smaller, cuboid one with a glass façade, common to the 1970s' architecture; and the second, taller one, of a circular shape clad entirely in blue colored glass, featuring the transmission tower on top.

Construction of the Main Tower began in 1996 and was completed in 1999. The tower has 55 floors with functioning windows making it an eco-friendly modern high-rise structure. The building houses the offices of several German and international banks, and is virtually the financial center of Frankfurt. There are also a television and radio stations. During TV weather reports, the reporter stands on top of the building.

In the foyer, there are two art pieces accessible to the public: the video installation by Bill Viola "The World of Appearances" and the wall mosaic by Stephan Huber "Frankfurter Treppe / XX. Jahrhundert" ("Frankfurt's Steps/20th century").

Visitors to the observation deck at the top floor are encouraged to take a map to spot Frankfurt’s numerous landmarks from atop. One floor below is a restaurant and bar with large windows offering panoramic 360-degree panorama of the city. On clear days you can see as far as the Mainz, Wiesbaden, Hanau, and Taunus Mountains.

Why You Should Visit:
There are a few elevated places in Frankfurt which provide amazing views of the city, but the Main Tower has to be the tallest and the best amongst them.
Unlike some other observation decks, the top of the Main Tower is completely open other than a low railing. There's no glass between you and the sky.

Tip:
Go before sunset to see Frankfurt in daylight and 20 minutes later in the light of a big city.
Also, make sure to wrap up if going during the colder months.

Opening Hours:
[Foyer: Art exhibition] Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
[Observation deck: Summer] Sun-Thu: 10am-9pm; Fri, Sat: 10am-11pm
[Observation deck: Winter] Sun-Thu: 10am-7pm; 10am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Main Tower on Map

Sight Name: Main Tower
Sight Location: Frankfurt, Germany (See walking tours in Frankfurt)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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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.
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
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
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

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