North - East Leisure Tour, Frankfurt (Self Guided)

Frankfurt is a city young at heart, it has a very active and outgoing population. Take this tour of the city's North - East districts - Bornheim, Nordend Ost and Ostend - and visit Frankfurt's Zoological Garden and the Bethmannpark, as well as enjoy a cultural, shopping and leisure walk all in one.
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North - East Leisure Tour Map

Guide Name: North - East Leisure Tour
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: 4.2 km
Author: helenp
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Kaufhaus Hessen

1) Kaufhaus Hessen

What to buy here: Frankfurt apple wine.

Some people claim the city of Frankfurt is the heart of the apple wine culture while others say the center is where you are sitting when sampling this regional favorite. Apple wine is fermented without sugar and its alcoholic content at 5.5 per cent is about half that found in wine made from grapes. Apple wine normally is served in a stoneware pitcher with a separate bottle of mineral water. The consumer mixes his or her drink. The combination is a refreshing, low-cal treat with a punch. Big commercial brands like the Possman varieties are found anywhere alcoholic beverages are sold, including the supermarket in the basement of Karstadt department store at 90 Zeil. The Zeil is a pedestrian zone that is the city’s central shopping district.

Kaufhaus Hessen away from city center in trendy Bornheim at 288 Berger Strasse, 60385 Frankfurt, offers a connoisseur’s selection. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and until 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Possmann Original costs about €1.60 ($2.20) for a 1 liter bottle. Specialty brands cost more, but this is not an expensive gift.
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Berger Straße

2) Berger Straße (must see)

Berger Street is a popular shopping street with a diverse product range. On two miles there are, among other things, specialty stores, discount stores, mobile phone shops, boutiques, bookstores, an organic supermarket, and an electrical wholesale market. In addition, there are cafés, pubs and cider premises established here, so that Berger street is rather busy in the evening hours.

Why You Should Visit:
To wander down when you're in need of interesting, vintage, independent shopping, plus bars, "best wurst in town", or basically anything out of the ordinary.
It's also a fabulous place to sit and people watch, which you can do for hours and get a real feel of this vibrant part of Frankfurt.

Tip:
Try "Rucola" down the street for good Italian food at one edge, and the special cinema at the other edge.
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Bethmann-Park

3) 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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Zoo Frankfurt

4) Zoo Frankfurt (must see)

The Frankfurt Zoological Gardens are one of the oldest repositories of zoological exhibits in the world. The present facility is in an area of over 13 acres housing a variety of common and rare species.

The first zoological gardens in Frankfurt were founded in 1858 with Dr. Max Schmidt as their president. The zoo started with 600 animals. Dr. Schmidt had visited zoological parks in several countries and using his vast experience increased the number of animals during his 25-year tenure. Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck presented 2 bears to the zoo at the time. Despite the hardship caused by lack of food and frequent bombing, the director of the Zoo from 1908, Dr. Kurt Priemel made efforts with the help of animal lovers to protect rare and endangered animals, birds and fishes. The entire facility was destroyed in the 1944 bombings and many animals including big cats and elephants had to be put down because of bomb injuries. At the end of WWII, only 40 large animals remained. After the War, the well-known biologist and writer, Dr. Bernhard Grzimek took over the management of the Zoo and not only increased the number of species but improved the facility for the comfort of the animals and visitors.

Today, the Frankfurt Zoo has climate controlled landscapes hosting over 4500 animals. About 80,000 people visit the facility annually.

Why You Should Visit:
Pretty impressive for a city centre zoo! Very good for children/toddlers, too.

Tip:
Go on the feeding hours to see the animals getting fed (check online for specifics).
Food in the Mexican restaurant is good and not overpriced; otherwise, feel free to bring your own picnic and you'll have a great day.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-7pm (Sumer time); 9am-5pm (Winter time)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gallery Wilma Tolksdorf

5) Gallery Wilma Tolksdorf

The Gallery Wilma Tolksdorf rotates exhibitions with innovative art from young artists located in Europe and the United States of America. Visitors may check out the gallery from either Frankfurt or Berlin. Every month a new exhibition is presented.
Hours: Tue - Fri 11-18, Sat 11-14

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.
Frankfurt's Parks

Frankfurt's Parks

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Fun for Children in Frankfurt

Fun for Children in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is a great city to spend time with your family and kids. Frankfurt is a perfect combination of old and modern, it has numerous things to offer both adults and little visitors. Museums, shops and cafés are just a few of the many spots that will make your stay a wonderful one.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Old Town Walk

Old Town Walk

Frankfurt’s downtown, which is also the city's “Old Town”, is an ideal area to discover on foot. Though it was partially destroyed during World War II, it was nearly fully reconstructed in the years since, saving many of the original buildings. After you visit Old Town Frankfurt, you will walk away with a new appreciation of old churches, museums, squares, and shops.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
East Innenstadt Sights

East Innenstadt Sights

The Innenstadt (Inner city) is the central city district of Frankfurt am Main and is home to Germany's most expensive shopping streets and real estate. It is home to The Zeil - Frankfurt's most famous street, beautiful churches and modern skyscrapers, trendy restaurants, night clubs, and much more. Take this tour to experience the history and glamor of today's Frankfurt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Museum Embankment Walk

Museum Embankment Walk

Frankfurt is a city rich in both history and museums which celebrate it. The embankment to the south of the Main River is actually called Museumsufer or Museum Embankment because of the large concentration of museums. You will find both permanent and temporary exhibitions, but regardless of where you visit, few rarely regret the time spent inside a museum or two in Frankfurt.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Downtown Churches of Frankfurt

Downtown Churches of Frankfurt

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 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

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Taking Care of Your Feet


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