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Frankfurt with Kids

Family Travel Guide for Frankfurt, Germany

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If you are traveling to Frankfurt with kids, here are tips and ideas on how to make the whole family happy. From child-friendly museums, and fascinating skyscrapers, to the best toy store in town, here are sights and attractions for Frankfurt visitors of all ages.

1. Senckenberg Museum

The Senckenberg Museum is one of largest museums dedicated to natural history in Germany, and it is a fascinating place for young and old. The museum showcases more than 400,000 exhibits, ranging from fossil amphibians, and American mammoths, to Egyptian mummies. Highlight of the museum is its presentation of large dinosaur skeletons (including a Tyrannosaurus Rex), one of Europe’s most diverse exhibitions.
Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main

2. Main Tower

One of the best ways to see Frankfurt is from above: from the top of the skyscraper "Main Tower". This high-rise is named after the German river Main, which runs through Frankfurt's city center. Although the Main Tower (650-feet) is not the highest skyscraper in Frankfurt, it is the only one open to the public. Take the elevator up to the viewing platform and show your kids the sweeping views of Frankfurt's skyline.
Neue Mainzer Strasse 52-58, 60311 Frankfurt

3. Palmengarten

Take a deep breath and let your kids run free in Frankfurt’s Palmengarten. Founded in 1868 by a group of Frankfurt citizens, this Botanical Garden takes you on a horticultural journey from the African savanna, and the exotic plants of the rain forests, to the blooming flower gardens in Europe. On 50 acres and in various green houses, you can see more than 6,000 different botanical species from all around the world.
Siesmayerstr. 63, 60323 Frankfurt am Main

4. The German Film Museum

Little Film buffs shouldn’t miss the German Film Museum, located on Frankfurt’s riverbank; the museum explores the art and history of the moving picture, from its early beginnings with the laterna magica and camera obscura, to the replica studios and special effects of the today's movie industry. There are lots of hands-on exhibits for curious kids; you can re-enact a car chase or take a magic carpet ride over Frankfurt with the help of a blue screen. And of course there’s a movie theatre, which presents all movies in its original version.
Schaumainkai 41, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

5. Apple Cider Express

Your kids are tired from walking around, but there is still more of Frankfurt you want to see? Hop on the colorful "Ebbelwei Express" (Apple wine express), a historic tram that takes you trough the heart of Frankfurt and connects popular sights like the historic Romerberg Square, Paulskirche, the Museum of Modern Art and the Frankfurt Zoo. While listening to some local Hessian music, the grown-ups can enjoy a glass of "Ebbelwei" apple cider, the signature drink of Frankfurt, while kids nibble on some pretzels. (only on weekends)

6. Sightseeing Tours Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt International Airport is Germany's most frequented airport and the third busiest hub in Europe, with over 54 million passengers passing through each year. If you and your kids are one of them and want to kill some time at the airport, make sure to check out the visitor’s terrace for some great views (free for kids under 6). If you want to get a glimpse behind the scenes, how about taking the family on an airport sightseeing tour? From a mini-tour (45 minutes, no reservations required), and a night tour, to a fire-department tour, where your kids will find out how the airport's firefighters work, Frankfurt offers various tours for interested visitors of all ages.

7. Experiminta Science and Technology Center

Frankfurt’s science and technology center is a great place to spend a rainy day: The museum offers a wealth of interactive exhibits and hands-on workshops for busy hands and curious minds; young visitors can get inside a huge soap bubble, watch races with miniature solar cars, or explore the inside of a giant eye ball to understand the physics of human vision.
Hamburger Allee 22, 60486 Frankfurt am Main

8. Toy Store "Spielzimmer"

Take your kids on a shopping spree at one of Frankfurt’s best toy stores: "Das Spielzimmer" (The playroom) is a treasure trove for kids and offers everything from stuffed animals, handmade dolls, and wooden toys, to games, books, and music instruments. Große Friedberger Str. 32, Frankfurt am Main

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