For the perfect blend of modern-day bustle and old-world history, Frankfurt is a fantastic city to visit while on a river cruise. While many know this stylish city for its thriving finance and banking scene, there is plenty more to discover as you go deeper into its historical roots. Frankfurt is filled with rebuilt or restored historic buildings and landmarks (as the originals were destroyed during World War II), beautiful architecture, and so many museums that (if you're taking a cruise that start or ends in Frankfurt) you should consider staying an extra day or so to ensure you see it all! Best of all, the city of Frankfurt is very walkable, thus eliminating your need to arrange public transportation if you don’t need it. If you do need or want to utilize public transportation, Frankfurt has an excellent bus, tram, and train system, as well as plenty of taxis. Plus, you can enjoy some of the best authentic local fare around – and if you grow tired of sausage, sauerkraut, and all things German, you will also discover plenty of mouthwatering international choices, too!
There a few river cruise lines that currently offer cruises that either depart from or visit Frankfurt Germany. Among them are Avalon Waterways, CrosiEurope, Emerald Cruises, and Uniworld River Cruises. A great time to visit Frankfurt is during the spring and fall, when you can expect the most ideal weather for enjoying your vacation.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Frankfurt, along with a brief description:
Located in front of the Romer Building (the seat of Frankfurt’s administration), Romerberg is an excellent starting point for exploring Altstadt (Frankfurt’s old town). Not only is it situated in the heart of the neighborhood, it is also the site of numerous fairs, festivals and markets throughout the year (including their famous Christmas market). When visiting Romerberg, you can admire its many historic buildings and stunning architecture. There is also a fountain, church, town hall, plus a few shops and restaurants where you can look for souvenirs and grab a bite to eat without having to go far. This is a wonderful place to grab a coffee and a pretzel and just take in the incredible atmosphere.
♦ Frankfurt Zoological Garden
One of the most highly-rated attractions in Frankfurt is the Frankfurt Zoological Garden. Founded in 1858, this zoo features almost 5,000 animals of over 500 species. Visit with many kinds of exotic animals, including creatures from Africa’s Madagascar. There is also an Exotarium, which is a combination aquarium and reptile house, where you can see snakes, penguins, sea horses, crocodiles, and many kinds of fish! Other examples of animals you can meet include apes, otters, tigers, seals, and many more! Perfect for a family activity, you will also discover a playground and on-site restaurant where you can enjoy a nice meal together.
♦ Main Tower
For the most breathtaking views of the city, pay a visit to Frankfurt’s Main Tower! Located in the city’s Innenstady District, this 56-story (656-ft.) tower is named after the nearby Main River and offers some of the most stunning views of the area. Not only can you take in these incredible views but you will also discover some beautiful artwork in the main lobby. There is also an upscale restaurant and lounge, where you can experience fine dining against a panoramic backdrop (which is perfect for any romantic occasion, or simply a casual lunch). One unique highlight of Main Tower is that it is also home to a Fitness Club where you can workout high up in the sky! Where else can you say you’ve worked out with a 270-degree view of an international city?
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