Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Frankfurt, users recommend paying a visit to Deutsche Börse, in the City Center area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.


This Renaissance-era building was originally constructed as a monastery, although it hasn't been inhabited by monks since 1803. A beautiful structure on its own, the interior is made even more so with several frescoes by artist Joerg Ratgeb. Today, the Karmeliterkloster houses the Museum of Early History, the Institute of Urban History and a public art gallery.

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City Center

This centrally located historic building was the site of the German Stock Market and continues to be a symbol of German growth and economic dominance. Great place to visit during a walking tour of the Altstadt (Old City). Bookings for tours must be made one working in advance, and visitors must show a valid ID card or passport.

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City Center
Alte Oper

When it was built in 1880, the Alte Oper was celebrated for its architecture and excellent acoustics, and while Frankfurt has a more modern opera house now, it's no match for the original in terms of style and sheer elegance. Magnificent exterior details make the building fun to see even from the outside. Inside, the main hall seats 2500, and several more intimate spaces accommodate anywhere from 10-700 people. The Restaurant Opéra is absolutely gorgeous, with high ceilings and an elegant red and gold color palette with sky blue and gilt accents. Like much of the city, the Alte Oper was nearly destroyed during World War II, and only narrowly missed being completely demolished by the city. It reopened in all its restored glory in August 1981, and continues to schedule a variety of classical concerts, operas, and jazz performances.

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City Center

The historic "city hall" is actually a configuration of eight homes and was chosen as the seat of government as far back as 1405. Tour the Imperial Hall (Kaisersaal) in the interior to view the 52 portraits of the Holy Roman Emperors from Charlemagne to Francis II. Documents also show how Frankfurt was chosen in 1356 as the location for the crowning of all German kings.

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City Center

This historic and beautiful church has a storied history in Frankfurt as the site of the first German National Assembly in 1848. Mostly destroyed during the war and rebuilt in 1947, the interior of the old church reflects a modern sensibility and complements the exterior architectural style. Visits provide an interesting glimpse at the role of the church in the development of the region and the country.

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This homage to St. Bartholomew holds a singular place in German history as one of a few churches raised to the position of "Imperial cathedral." Royal coronations were held in its soaring Gothic interior for hundreds of years. Relief sculptures of the stations of the cross line the walls and the exterior of the church is crowned by one of the most magnificent steeples in the world. The church is closed to visitors during church services.

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This magnificent church sits supremely on the Römerplatz and borders a central district. Amazing architecture highlights the growth and development of the city and forms an interesting contrast to the modern buildings that define much of Frankfurt. Open all hours.

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An international/ English speaking Catholic parish is housed in this church with a typical German exterior constructed in 1219. Steeply sloping slate roofs and stucco walls conceal the low vaulted arches and primitive sculptures of early Gothic style within. Paintings from the 19th century hang near the vibrantly painted altar. Located in a residential street in the Buchgasse near the city center, this is where Frankfurt's book fair took place during the late Middle Ages.

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