Frankfurt's Parks, Frankfurt (Self Guided)

Frankfurt is home to an amazing diversity of parks, like a park with an old residential baroque castle; a park with a Chinese garden; a park built on-top a previous airport; a park that once accommodated guests like Napoleon and Emperor Franz Joseph.
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Frankfurt's Parks Map

Guide Name: Frankfurt's Parks
Guide Location: Germany » Frankfurt (See other walking tours in Frankfurt)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Author: helenp
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Günthersburgpark

1) Günthersburgpark (must see)

Among old, beautiful trees, the Günthersburgpark features a café with a summer garden. Visitors will admire sculptures of "The Sower" by Meunier at the Southwest entrance, as well as the "Walking Bull" by Fritz Boehle. The park has a nice playground for the kids, a water feature that is open in the summer, a small cafe, and relatively large lawns for groups or events.

Why You Should Visit:
Regardless of whether you see it as "just a nice green space" or as picturesque setting (especially in the autumn), a walk here is extremely cool and pleasant.
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Bethmann-Park

2) Bethmann-Park (must see)

Bethmann-Park (or Von-Bethmann-Park) was once part of the gardens adjacent to the home of a wealthy Jewish banker in Frankfurt. Today, it is a quiet oasis in the midst of the bustling city.

Moritz von Bethmann created a Rococo style garden that later became a public park in 1783. Many eminent visitors including Napoleon Bonaparte, Goethe, and Emperor Franz Joseph have strolled through the garden. In 1941, the property was confiscated by the Nazi regime and given to the city of Frankfurt. In 1952, the Bethmann family officially agreed to donate the garden to the city and it was opened to the public. In 1990, a Chinese garden with a temple and a stone bridge were added to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen Square. The park also serves as a teaching facility where visitors can learn about plants and pests and diseases that affect plants.

Visitors can enjoy a peaceful walk and spend a few quiet moments at the Chinese Pagoda. The park offers a children’s play area and a giant chessboard that is popular with older visitors. The remains of the old Friedberger guard tower are located within the grounds. Bethmann Park is open all year and provides a serene and secret hideaway behind thick walls.

Why You Should Visit:
By far not the biggest park but one of Frankfurt's nicest; it is enclosed by thick stone walls, thereby making it more peaceful.

Tip:
You can sit on benches or your own blanket.
You can also eat well here and there are a few nice cafés.
A bit difficult to find the WC – it is located just outside the gate.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am-8pm; Sat, Sun: 10am-8pm
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Adolph-von-Holzhausen Park

3) Adolph-von-Holzhausen Park

In 1722, Adolph-von-Holzhausen Park housed the residence of French architect Remy de la Fosse. In the late 18th century, construction began on a landscape park in English style. The former Baroque summer residence, now called Holzhausenschlößchen, is headquarters of the Community Foundation, where concerts, exhibitions, and events are organized regularly.
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Grüneburgpark

4) Grüneburgpark (must see)

Located in the West End of Frankfurt, Grüneburgpark is a popular 29-hectare green area for relaxation and recreation among the locals. Its proximity to two universities makes it a place for jogging or rollerblading. Students and visitors can enjoy the quiet ambiance of beautifully landscaped gardens.

The park is named after the Green castle that once stood at the location in the 14th century. Banker Heinrich von Bethmann Metzler purchased the land and designed a garden in 1837. At the time the park was frequented by intellectuals like Wolfgang von Goethe and Bettina von Arnim. Later the land was purchased by the Rothschild family who commissioned the building of a mansion with the same design as the French Loire castles. The landscaping was entrusted to well-known botanist Heinrich Siesmayer who converted the land into an English country garden. The city of Frankfurt took over the property from the Rothschild’s when the Nazis came into power. The Rothschild palace was destroyed completely during World War II.

The Korean government gifted a Korean garden to the city in 2005 together with two pavilions and a reflecting pool. The new garden was created by some of the best botanists in Korea. It is divided into four parts reflecting the four seasons.

Visitors who want a quiet space to rest and reflect after hectic sightseeing or shopping will enjoy a stroll or picnic at Gruneberg Park.

Why You Should Visit:
Open day and night for the public; perfect location for a picnic and hangout with friends, a run or open-air theatre in the summers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Botanischer Garten / Palmengarten

5) Botanischer Garten / Palmengarten (must see)

The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University owns and maintains this 7 hectare garden for the purpose of studying native German and international flora.

The first botanical garden in Frankfurt was designed for the study and plantation of medicinal plants and herbs by the Senckenburg Foundation that ran a public hospital. A new location was selected for the Botanical Garden adjacent to the public park called Palmengarten and the facility was shifted in 1907. The landscaping of the present facility was started in 1931 and was completed after the war in 1958. A greenhouse and laboratory were constructed in 1963 by the university for the benefit of students.

Today, there are over 5000 species of flora that include native German flowers, plants and weeds, plants from the Mediterranean, Asia, North America, endangered species and an exhibit showcasing the cultural history of plants in the garden. For visitors and serious students of botany, viewing the Botanical Garden is an entertaining and educational experience.

Why You Should Visit:
Perfect for a picnic on the lawn, a nice boat ride on the lake, or just enjoying waterfalls.
Lots of playgrounds, plant exhibitions – but they also do events (like concerts) that are worth checking out.

Tip:
If you love gardens, be sure to check out both the Botanischer Garten AND the Palmengarten.
Adult entrance to Palmengarten costs €7.5 (cash only).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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