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One-day Route in Frankfurt’s Museumsufer

By Miguel Martínez |

The museums in Frankfurt’s Museumsufer are a tourist and cultural jewel you can visit in one day.

Part of the experience when you travel is visiting museums. In DINKtravelers we have introduced you to some of them, such as the Louvre Museum in France, the Reina Sofia Art Museum in Spain, or the Vatican Museums. This time we travel to Frankfurt in Germany, where in addition to being Europe’s biggest financial center, Frankfurt is known as a special destination for cultural dissemination. So, get your bags ready and prepared for an incredible museum’s route.

The Museum Riverbank or Museumsufer

The Museum Riverbank or Frankfurt Museumsufer is a unique and authentic area located by the Main River.  It is a group of museums lined up on both the northern and southern banks of the river. The latter has the biggest number of museums. This is undoubtedly one of the most importan cultural and artistic attractions you can’t miss when you visit Frankfurt.

The Museum Riverbank used to be a line of monumental houses owned by wealthy merchants. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, these homeowners decided to move near the Main River given its closeness to commercial ports. Over time, two of the most popular streets of the riverbank were born: Untermankai, in the north, and Schaumainkai in the south.

In the late 19th century the first museum in Schaumaikai Street was founded: the Städel Museum. Nowadays, it’s one of the most famous museums in the world given its huge art collection that includes works made more than seven centuries ago. In the early 1980s, the Frankfurt City Hall decided to buy the merchants’ monumental houses in order to create the Museum Riverbank. Thus, they established one of Germany’s and Europe’s most relevant and outstanding cultural neighborhoods.

How to Get to the Frankfurt Museumsufer

In order to get to the Frankfurt Museumsufer we recommend three routes that will take you close to the South Riverbank. The first option is to take the subway. Use lines U1, U2, U3 and U8 towards Südbahnhof. All these lines will take you to Scheizer Platz. The second option is to take the bus line 46, and get off at Untermainbrücke; this will take you near the Riverbank. The last option is to take the tram. Take lines 15 and 16 and get off at Otto-Hahn-Platz.

Whichever route you choose, you’ll be a short walk away from  the Main River. Once there, you’ll enjoy one of Germany’s best cultural and tourist sites.

Best Museums in Frankfurt

As you get to the Museumsufer, walk along the bank of the Main river and visit the best museums of Frankfurt. You can visit them in order or choose which one to visit first. You can also visit all in one day, or leave some for the following days. Don’t forget our tips for visiting museums.

Liebieghaus Museum

Here you will find an unimaginable collection of sculptures, mostly of Greek and Roman origin, but also of other ancient cultures such as the Egyptian. Some of the best works include a marble sculpture of Athena, a Roman copy of a Myron sculpture, Carolingian reliefs sculpted in marble, and more.

  • Opening days and hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 h. Thursday from 10:00 to 21:00 h
  • Address: 71 Schaumaikai St. 60596 Frankfurt am Main.

Städel Museum 

Apart from being the oldest museum in the Museum Riverbank, it’s also considered one of the best in the world. Its extraordinary collection of 15th-century to present-day works makes this museum a must-see in Frankfurt Museumsufer. It houses works by Botticelli, Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini and other great painters.

  • Opening days and hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 h. Thursday and Friday from 10:00 to 21:00 h
  • Address: 63 Schaumainkai St, 60596 Frankfurt am Main.

Communications Museum (Museum für Kommunikation)

Here you’ll find an extraordinary collection of objects related with phone and postal services. The museum has the world’s biggest post stamp collection and it houses a gallery dedicated to this same topic.

  • Opening days and hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00 h. Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00.
  • Address: 53 Schaumainkai St. 60569 Frankfurt am Main.

German Architecture Museum (Deutsches Architekturmuseum)

This museum’s purpose is to exhibit the different construction techniques and projects of German cities, as well as of other parts of the world. If you love architecture, here you’ll find a collection of prints and models that will fascinate you.

  • Opening days and hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 h. Thursday from 11:00 to 20:00 h.
  • Address: 43 Schaumainkai St, 60596 Frankfurt am Main.


German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum)

If you love filmmaking this museum is the best option. Here, the history of German and international filmmaking is presented, covering its evolution from the nineteenth century to the present. It also teaches about cinematographic production and creation processes. When you visit this museum, enjoy the short films and special exhibitions dedicated to great filmmakers.

  • Opening days and hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 to 18:00 h. Thursday from 11:00 to 20:00 h.
  • Address: 41 Schaumainkai St, 60596 Frankfurt am Main.

Ethnologic Museum (Museum der Weltkulturen)

This is one of tourists’ favorite museums since it has over 60,000 historic and anthropological pieces belonging to the world’s most important civilizations. It stands out as one of the most visited museums of the Museum Riverbank.

  • Opening days and hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 h. Thursday from 11:00 to 20:00 h.
  • Address: 29-37 Schaumainkain St, 60594 Frankfurt am Main.

This is the last museum of the south riverbank of the Museumsufer; however, if you want to discover what’s at the other side of the Main River, cross the Iron Bridge.  This work of engineering is ideal to  frame your shots of Frankfurt’s urban landscape and also to contemplate the majestic river. It will also lead you to the entrance of the Frankfurt History Museum.

History Museum (Historisches Museum)

It’s dedicated to the city’s local history from Roman times and the Middle Ages to contemporary times. It’s a great place to end your visit to the Frankfurt Museumsufer.

  • Opening days and hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 h. Wednesday from 11:00 to 21:00 h.
  • Address: 2 Fahrtor St, 60311 Frankfurt am Main.

The Frankfurt Love Lock Bridge

If you travel with your partner, you’ll probably like to know Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg), the one you have to cross to get to the Frankfurt History Museum, is part of a special tradition. Put a padlock on the bridge as a symbol of love and be part of it!

The Frankfurt Card

You should know some transportation options and services in Frankfurt are more expensive than in other places around the European Union. Don’t worry! DINKtravelers, your world travel guide, wants you to enjoy the world’s wonders, so we recommend you purchase the Frankfurt Card.

The Frankfurt Card is a personal card for travelers like you. You can use it to obtain several benefits such as discounts in restaurants, stores, guided tours and even a 50% discount in museums. It also allows you to use the city’s public transport.

You can buy it here, at the airport, and in most hotels in Frankfurt. It costs 10.5 € if it’s valid for 24 hours, or 15.5 € if it’s valid for two days.

Now that you know all about the Museumsufer, don’t wait any longer and start packing. Frankfurt and its incredible museums await.