Germany’s world-famous poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in 1749 and his home is now a tribute to his life. The house is a great portrayal of Baroque-era living, despite the fact that it is a reconstruction built after the original was destroyed in World War II. The house is made up of two neighboring houses in Grosser Hirschgraben. Next door you can find the Goethe Museum and explore an enormous collection of books, as well as documents and graphics about the poet.
Address: Grosser Hirschgraben 23-25.
Telephone: (069) 138 800.
Hours of operation: Daily, 10am–6pm.
Admission: Adults - €5, Students - €2.50, Children (ages 7-18) - €1.50.
Visit Frankfurt’s giant zoo to see more than 4,500 animals enclosed in areas meant to resemble their natural habitat. An interesting stop is the "day and night house" where you can observe nocturnal animals without staying up all night. The zoo is one of the oldest in Germany; it’s been running since 1858.
Address: Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1.
Telephone: (069) 2123 3735.
Getting there: On the subway, take U6 or U7 to Zoo Station.
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9am–7pm. Weekends from April to October 8am–7pm. Weekends from November to March 9am–5pm.
Admission: Adults - €8, Children (ages 6 – 17) €4. Discounts available.
Frankfurt’s Botanical Gardens stretch for 50 acres and display more than 6,000 different plants. Wander through exotic rainforest flowers or European weeds as you journey through the different areas of the plant kingdom.
Address: Siesmayerstrasse 63.
Telephone: (069) 2123 3939.
Getting there: Entrance Palmengartenstrasse, trains U6, U7 or buses 32, 33, 50 to Station Bockenheimer Warte.
Hours of operation: Daily, between March and October 9am–6pm. Closes earlier in the winter.
Admission: €5; €7 for special events. Discounts available.
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Wiesbaden, a German spa resort 40km (25 miles) west of Frankfurt, has 15 functioning hot springs that average temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius. The resort is Germany’s most popular and has operated since the time of ancient Rome. While you stay in the luxurious hotels, you can enjoy the cultural events centred around the Kurhaus concert hall complex, which includes a casino and restaurant.