Tailor-made Trips to Frankfurt
Frankfurt is a true metropolis. Rebuilt after the war, the skyline is hi-tech, high-rise and innovative. With the Stock Exchange and the European Central Bank located here, the city is the financial capital of Germany and after Brexit is tipped to rival London as Europe's financial centre.
Visit during December and it is the historic quarter of the city around Romerberg which takes centre stage as it holds one of the largest Christmas Markets in Germany. The scenic surroundings and festive atmosphere makes this an extra special time to see what the city has to offer.
Alongside it's financial heart, the city spends more on the arts than any other city in Europe and has the best range of museums in the country after Berlin. This makes Frankfurt the ideal school trip destination for Business and Economics students and also those studying Art and Design.
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Reasons to Visit
The Römerberg is Frankfurt’s old central square. Ornately gabled half-timbered buildings, reconstructed after WWII, give an idea of how beautiful the city’s medieval core once was. In the square's centre is the Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen ; in 1612, at the coronation of Matthias, the fountain ran with wine. This area makes a lovely contrast to modern high rise skyline of the city.
European Central Bank Visitors Centre
The European Central Bank (ECB) is planning to create a Visitor Centre in its main building, with a focus on the bank's role in the European context. The opening of the Centre is planned for the second half of 2016.
Liebieg Museum of Sculpture
The sculpture collection here from 5,000 years of various civilizations and epochs is considered one of the most important in Europe. Some pieces are exhibited in the exquisite gardens surrounding the house.
The Commerzbank-Arena offers guided stadium tours that include the dressing rooms, VIP facilities, press areas, and the Eintracht Frankfurt museum. The tours last 60 to 90 minutes. It is also possible to arrange a business lecture at the stadium to enhance your visit and learn more about the business of running the arena.
Frankfurt Airport Tour
During the visit your guide will take you through the baggage handling and customs zones, aircraft waiting areas & freight centre. This extended tour gives you an unforgettable glimpse behind the scenes of a world-class airport. They explain the operations as well as the history and planned future development of Frankfurt Airport. As an additional highlight, this tour takes you past CargoCity South to give you a look at Lufthansa's A380 maintenance base, the cargo terminals, and the site of the future Terminal 3.
Money Museum of the Deutsche Bundesbank
In six thematic “scenes” the Money Museum demonstrates exciting economic and political relationships and makes the history of money seem more real. The first scene focuses on numismatics and money technology, with historical coins from all over world, from antiquity to the present. An extensive collection of paper money and many other means of payment are also shown here. Objects relating to money, from techniques for producing money such as coin presses to displays on recognising counterfeit money complete the collection. Here, visitors can even test to see if the bills in their own wallets or purses are real. The other five areas focus on monetary and foreign exchange policy, the meaning of monetary value and stability and the special role of the central bank itself. Interactive information programmes and computer games in each “scene” illustrate the background of economic terms and connections. Central, current and complex topics are discussed as part of guided tours, lectures and special evenings at the museum. The specialised library, the historical archive and the comprehensive press archives are open to anyone who is interested in using them.
Frankfurt’s historical old town is brightly illuminated by thousands of fairy lights reflecting off the windows of the square’s traditional half-timbered houses. With the scent of baked apples, chestnuts, gingerbread and mulled wine the Frankfurt Christmas Market will give your students the opportunity to experience a traditional European Christmas market.
Museum of Communication
At this museum, visitors gain a comprehensive insight into the history of communication. Visitors can experience the development of 2,500sqm of communication.
John Deere Plant Mannheim
The Mannheim factory is the hub of John Deere tractor production in Europe. In all, more than 1.4 million tractors have rolled off the lines at Mannheim since the early 1920s. But over a third of these were built during the past decade and a half alone. Follow the tracks of tractor history at the John Deere Forum or take a guided factory tour to see the production and assembly lines of this famous brand.
Finance, Business & Euro Metropolis Walking Tour
From a medieval trade city to a modern finance metropolis, present-day Frankfurt has gained wide renown as the seat of Germany's most active stock market and the European Central Bank. Sights include the European Central Bank and the German Federal Bank.
Opel Factory in Rüsselsheim
Opel is one of Europe’s largest automakers, alongside its British sister brand Vauxhall selling over one million vehicles annually. Opel is conducting the largest model offensive in its history and will introduce 27 new vehicles and 17 new engines by 2018. The guided tour takes approx. two hours and incorporates the old-timer garage, the pressing plant, the body construction and the final assembly line.
Museum of Modern Art
The highly respected Museum of Modern Art – dubbed the ‘slice of cake’ because of its triangular footprint – focuses on European and American art from the 1960s to the present, with frequent temporary exhibits. The permanent collection (not always on display) includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Joseph Beuys.
German Stock Exchange
The visit begins with an audio-visual presentation explaining how the Stock Exchange works. Following the video, the group can see the stock exchange itself from the spectator’s gallery. There are phones in different languages, explaining the different areas of activity.
Frankfurt's skyline wouldn't be the same without the Main Tower, one of the tallest and most distinctive high-rises in town. A great place to get a feel for ‘Mainhattan’ is 200m above street level, on the observation platform reached by lift in a mere 45 seconds. Be prepared for airport-type security. It closes during thunderstorms.
Main River Cruise
Enjoy Frankfurt's stunning skyline aboard a cruise ship on the Main River. The beautiful old houses opposite the city on the Museumsufer, the cathedral and historical museum, the skyscrapers and the green river banks. You will see all this from a tour on the river. The onboard audio commentary in English tells you about history and the highlights you pass long the cruise.
Day Trip to Heidelberg
Heidelberg castle is the centrepiece of all the famous views of this town. The castle is made up of various magnificent buildings dating from different periods. Despite its ruined condition, enough of its original splendour remains to make it well worth a visit.
Schwetzingen Castle and Gardens
The origins of Schwetzingen Palace lie in a small knightly water palace and extend over an eventful history up to its greatest period of courtly splendour under the government of Elector Carl Theodor (1724-1799). The then summer residence lies in the midst of a complex of palace gardens unequalled in all of Europe.
Founded in 1815, this world-renowned art gallery has an outstanding collection of European art from masters including Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, Picasso and Cézanne, dating from the Middle Ages to today. More contemporary works by artists including Francis Bacon and Gerhard Richter are showcased in a subterranean extension lit by circular skylights.
Museum of Applied Arts
This is one of the most prominent museums in Frankfurt. Exhibitions here concentrate on graphics, product design and modern appliances complement the permanent display of cultural objects from all over the world.
The DAM's outstanding architectural collection is a virtual treasure trove: 160,000 plans, 500 models and various pieces of furniture, depicting all tendencies and periods of the 20th century. Engravings, sketches and drawings from Schinkel to Gehry, from Mies van der Rohe to Archigram provide material for exhibitions with historic themes.
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
At a national and international level, the exhibitions of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt have an excellent reputation. Whether it’s renaissance or baroque, art of the 19th century or classical modern: on an area of more than 2000 square metres, the Schirn presents aspects of important artistic works, overall trends and also topics discussed in society.
The Euro & Banking City Walking Tour
Frankfurt has gained widespread renown as an international traffic and transport hub, finance centre and trade show location. The Main metropolosis lies at the heart of the Rhine-Main region and is one of Europe's most productive and dynamic locations. Its development from a medieval trading centre to its current position as a modern and pulsating finance metropolis is at the core of this themed tour.
The Mathematikum, located in Gießen about an hour from Frankfurt opens a new door to mathematics. With more than 150 experiments, visitors can learn maths in a fun way. Designed for all levels of maths interest and ability this totally interactive museum will have you building bridges, agonizing at puzzle games, and even standing in a giant soap bubble.
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