From a fairy-tale palace towering over the Rhine River to one of Germany’s oldest forts, there are a number of impressive medieval castles to explore outside Frankfurt and they each make for a great day trip destination. Here are a few of the best.
Frankfurt’s most important public square, Römerberg is a highlight of the city’s Old Town (Altstadt, and one of its top tourist destinations. A major gathering place since the 15th century, and host to bustling markets and festivals, Römerberg Square is known for its heritage architecture and for being the seat of the local government.
Römerberg, Frankfurt, 60311
While it was almost totally destroyed during World War II air raids in 1944 (like the rest of Frankfurt’s Altstadt), Römerberg Square has since been rebuilt according to the medieval style. Today, the narrow, half-timbered buildings that line the square—including the six that make up the famed Ostzeile complex—are celebrated for their beauty. In addition to its heritage architecture, and many cafes and restaurants, the square is also home to the beautiful Römer (Frankfurt’s City Hall). Given its importance, Römerberg Square features on numerous walking tours and Altstadt itineraries.
Things to know before you go
- Römerberg Square is mostly level, though its cobblestoned surface may be difficult to navigate for wheelchairs and strollers.
- The Fountain of Justice (Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen), which is located in the middle of the square, is one of Römerberg Square’s highlights.
- Römerberg Square is fully pedestrianized.
- Haus Wertheym is the only heritage building in the vicinity to have survived the devastation of WWII; today, it hosts a traditional restaurant.
How to get there
To reach Römerberg Square by public transportation, take U-Bahn lines U-4 or U-5 to Dom/Römer station. Alternatively, take trams 11 or 12 to Römer/Paulskirche station. The square can also be easily reached by bike or taxi (though cars cannot drive in the square itself); upon arrival, it’s best explored on foot.
When to get there
Römerberg Square never closes, and is a popular stop throughout the year. That said, it is at its busiest and most festive during December, when Frankfurt’s Christmas Market descends on the square.
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Located in the heart of Frankfurt’s Altstadt, Römerberg Square is within close proximity to many of the city’s other top attractions. It’s only a short stroll to the Frankfurt Cathedral, St. Paul’s Church, Frankfurt Historical Museum, and much more.
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- St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche)
- Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom)
- Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg)
- Goethe House & Museum (Goethehaus)
- German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum)
- Frankfurt Main Tower
- Old Sachsenhausen
- Old Opera House (Alte Oper)
- Städel Museum (Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie)
- Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof
- Frankfurt Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt)
- Palm Garden (Palmengarten)