At this time of year, those cold rainy days, which we all dread, are inevitable. So what do we do? Of course, we could just throw on our anoraks and wellington boots to brave the elements. However, for those of us who would rather stay warm and dry we’ve put together some tried and tested activities that will have you beaming from ear to ear in no time.
1 | Museum Mile
When it comes to museums, we are spoilt for choice. The infamous museum mile on the Sachsenhausen side of the river Main hosts a whole array of historical treasures. Check what’s currently on at the world-renowned “Städel“, wander through “Liebieghaus” or take a nostalgic trip down memory lane at the “Filmmuseum“. Looking for something more central? Why not check out the recently renovated Jewish Museum or the newly opened German romantic museum in the city centre.
2 | 3D Neon Mini Golf
If museums and art galleries are not your thing, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. If you are up for a dose of neon crazy, then this is the place for you. Over 500 meters of Neon graffiti art awaits you. “Schwarzlichthelden” teamed up with artists from Interactive Laser Games to create some truly original and unexpected artwork. The UV neon colors are spectacular. See if you can recognize any Frankfurt landmarks along the way. Throw on the 3D glasses to make everything pop into new dimensions. Still unsure? Take the virtual google tour HERE. However, digital can only do so much here. Go and check it out for real. Be sure to reserve before heading over.
3 | Kleinmarkthalle
The “Kleinmarkthalle” is a classic must-do when in Frankfurt. Originating from the 19th century, this covered market hall hosts a wide variety of culinary delights. Browse the polished vegetable stalls, sample the spices, have a coffee or drink a glass of Riesling. The market hall really comes to life at lunch time, when locals come from far and wide to enjoy their break and shop for dinner. Why not soak up the atmosphere over lunch? The time will fly by.
4 | A Day of Wellness at David Lloyd
Cold winter rainy days are the perfect opportunity to treat yourself like royalty. “David Lloyd” in Skyline Plaza has a whole range of wellness treats to get you feeling warm, comfy and cosy. Book a luxury massage, explore the sauna world or take a swim under the glass dome. Explore the terrace and maybe even enjoy the rain in the hot tub. You’ll be so relaxed you won’t want to leave.
5 | Airport Tour
The Frankfurt airport is the busiest in Germany, but how well do you really know it? Fraport offers exciting tours of the airport airside area, landing strips and gates. From the bus you can watch the machines take off and land right in front of your eyes. You’ll also take a round of the south cargo city and everything in between. If aeroplanes are your thing, then this comes highly recommended.
6 | Shopping and Cinema
After a spot of shopping at “MyZeil” head up to the top floor to the recently reopened “Astor Film Lounge“. This is premium cinema at its finest. Go early and grab a cocktail at the bar before heading to your seat. The cinema hosts five differently themed intimate auditoriums. Food and drink service is indued in every room. If this is not up your street there are plenty of other cinema options in Frankfurt. HERE are our top recommendations.
7 | Frankfurt Cathedral
The “Kaiserdom” or Imperial Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew is a Roman Catholic church clad in Frankfurt red sandstone. It is the largest religious building in the city but was never actually an official cathedral. However, due to its important function as an election and coronation church in the Holy Roman Empire, it was named the “Kaiserdom”, which was translated into English as imperial cathedral. The current building is the third church on this site and can be traced back to the 7th century. Check the website for tours to discover the full history of this iconic building. A trip up the cathedral tower comes highly recommended.
8 | Ebbelwei Expreß
The “Ebbelwei Expreß” has been running since 1977. The bright and colourful carriages were designed by CM and Esten Estenfelder, two famous artists at the time. This “traveling cider pub” is a great way to get to grips with the local culture and see the city up close from the cosy comfort of the vintage carriages. An “Apfelwein” and a bag of Pretzels is included in the ticket price. The tram starts at the zoo and trundles into Bahnhofsviertel and the trade show area before heading back to the East End. You can hop on and off at any stop. Be prepared for some cheerful “Schlager” music and a good sing along as you gaze at the Frankfurt sites.
9 | Time Travel
If you can’t take a live tour, why not check out this virtual reality time travel extravaganza? In a digital environment you will go on a journey through time. Starting in the 19th century experience the hustle and bustle of life in Frankfurt on the cusp of the industrial revolution. Look over the shoulder of Frankfurt merchants and discover the roots of the Main metropolis, as if you were physically there. Fun for all the family and so exciting – you’ll forget all about the rain.