Frankfurt, Germany, is a charming city set on the banks of the Main River. Young and old all have plenty to see and do within this German city, but there are some activities the younger crowd love. When you’re making your travel plans, put these five family-friendly things to do in Frankfurt, Germany, on your itinerary.
Kids love Experimenta (ScienceCenter Frankfurt RheinMain). The science center is home to permanent and temporary exhibits that are hands-on, educational, and entertaining. Scientific stations include on that demonstrates motion, one for the atmosphere, one on force, and eight others. The life-size eye is especially interesting as parents and their children can walk into the eye and see exactly how the eye is formed. After you’ve explored the museum, head to the gift shop for souvenirs. There’s also a cafeteria for beverages and snacks.
Pay 21 Euros for a family pass, which covers the entry fee for two adults and three children up to the age of 18. If you have a Frankfurt Pass, you’ll save 3 Euros on the admission fee. Experimenta is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Climb to the top of Goethe Tower for spectacular views of Frankfurt. Located in Waldspielpark Goetheturm, this tower stands 141 feet and is the tallest wooden observation tower in Germany. The park spans more than 7 acres and has far more than the Goethe Tower to explore. There’s a restaurant next to the tower if you want to grab a bite to eat. Next, head to the park’s kid-friendly maze that celebrates animals. Look for the hidden animal statues and carvings as you work your way through the maze. There’s a small water park that’s free to all from May to September.
Senckenberg Museum of Natural History
The giant dinosaur outside Senckenberg Museum of Natural History certainly catches your attention as you make your way to the museum’s entrance. Artifacts within the museum demonstrate the world’s history. Head inside to look at full skeletons of dinosaurs, information about the Big Bang, and other artifacts that demonstrate the different periods that have formed the world we know today. Head outside to the Geopark where you’ll find huge stones, historic plants and trees, fossilized dinosaur footprints, and more. Back inside is a gift shop if you’re looking for souvenirs.
Tickets to Senckenberg Museum cost 4 Euros for adults and 2 euros for children if you have a Frankfurt Pass. If not, you’ll pay 8 Euros for adults (16 and older), 4 Euros for children ages 6 to 15. Children under the age of 6 are free. There’s also a family pass for 20 Euros that includes admission for two adults and three children. The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. each day of the week. The museum closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday has longer hours with the museum closing at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the museum closes at 6:00 p.m.
Spiel-Café Zebulon is a popular choice for families with active young children. While parents enjoy a snack and warm or cold beverage, children have a huge playroom to explore. There’s the Noah’s Ark playhouse and slide, a trampoline, plenty of toys, and cozy seating. The café serves a range of baked goods including cakes, croissants, and muffins. On Sunday, the breakfast includes everything you crave, from sausages and eggs to bread with jam or honey.
Enjoy afternoon tea from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Spiel-Café Zebulon from Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, the café is open for both breakfast and tea with hours from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you’re in town on the last Friday of the month, head to the café for the visiting actress who joins kids as one of their favorite fairy tale characters.
Open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week, Struwwelpeter Museum celebrates the childhood favorite book written by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman. This colorful building houses artwork, hands-on activities, and other memorabilia related to the book Struwwelpeter (Shockheaded Peter). The book contains a series of short stories, sometimes dark in nature. Kids can try on wigs that represent Shockheaded Peter’s messy hair, view antique copies of the book, and look at the artwork that’s been found in the books over the decades. Kids under the age of 6 are free. Those ages 7 to 13 pay a single Euro, students pay 2 Euros, and adults pay 4 Euros.
Now you have an idea of what you can do with your kids in Frankfurt, it’s time for accommodations. You’ll find many family-friendly hotels in Frankfurt. With average rates for three-star hotels in the $75 range, your room or suite doesn’t have to take up a lot of your travel budget. ReservationCounter.com checks the prices from a number of pricing engines to find its customers the lowest rate. Book today.