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Palmengarten

This 19th-century garden features century-old greenhouses and grounds, including a plot dedicated to Frankfurt’s most famous author, Goethe.

Palmengarten means “palm garden,” but this 54-acre (22-hectare) garden complex contains far more than just tropical plants. An elegant rose garden, a succulent garden with huge cacti and a greenhouse containing plants of the sub-Antarctic are just a few of the Palmengarten’s features.

After being opened to the public in 1871, the Palmengarten has had more than a century to grow. Enter the Palm House, an iron-and-glass greenhouse that was built in 1869, to see the garden’s 19th-century architecture and a vast collection of tropical plants. The galleries around the Palm House also feature temporary exhibitions of plants and contemporary art.

Explore the Goethe Garden, which is dedicated to the famous Frankfurt author, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In addition to a master of German literature, Goethe was an avid gardener. Look for one of his favorite plants, the ginkgo tree, which you can find throughout the garden.

Rent a boat to cruise over the Great Pond, which lies west of the Palm House. On a warm day, enjoy an apple wine, a Frankfurt specialty, at the beer garden, which opens only during afternoons in summer and is closed during all other seasons. If you want some exercise, play a round on the 18-hole miniature golf course.

Arrive in the evening during the summer months to enjoy one of the many musical and theatrical performances held in the gardens. Wander the gardens to the sound of a jazz band or a classical ensemble, or watch a chamber opera performed in the garden’s outdoor theater.

Wear good walking shoes, as the Palmengarten is quite large. You can also board an electric train that runs around the grounds regularly. The garden has two entrances, each within a short walk of a U-bahn station and a bus station. Parking is available for a fee in the underground garage on Siesmayerstrasse, near the northernmost entrance.

The Palmengarten is open every day. There’s a fee to enter. Expect to pay extra for boat rental, mini golf, rides and performances.


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Novum Hotel Imperial Frankfurt Messe

Novum Hotel Imperial Frankfurt Messe

Sophienstrasse 40, Frankfurt
3.7
of 5, from 766 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bockenheim, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Goethe University Frankfurt Campus Bockenheim, Senckenberg Museum, and Palmengarten. Congress Center Messe Frankfurt and Alte Oper are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$120
The Westin Grand Frankfurt

The Westin Grand Frankfurt

Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 7, Frankfurt
4.3
of 5, from 549 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Frankfurt, The Westin Grand Frankfurt is 3 blocks from the subway and around the corner from the renowned Zeil Shopping District. The Frankfurt Cathedral and Romerplatz are a short distance from the hotel.

$129
Hotel Palmenhof

Hotel Palmenhof

Bockenheimer Landstrasse 89-91, Frankfurt
4.1
of 5, from 71 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Papageno Musiktheater am Palmengarten and Palmengarten. Senckenberg Museum and Alte Oper are also within 15 minutes.

$114
Victoria Hotel

Victoria Hotel

Elbestrasse 24-26, Frankfurt
4.1
of 5, from 1,200 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bahnhofsviertel, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of English Theatre, Frankfurt Opera House, and Maintower. Staedel Museum and St. Paul's Church are also within 15 minutes.

$140
SAKS Urban Design Hotel Frankfurt

SAKS Urban Design Hotel Frankfurt

Mendelssohnstrasse 79, Frankfurt
5.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palmengarten, Senckenberg Museum, and Congress Center Messe Frankfurt. Alte Oper and Maintower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$88
Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt

Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt

Franklinstr. 65, Frankfurt
4.1
of 5, from 529 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Bockenheim, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Die Dramatische Buhne, Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, and Senckenberg Museum. Palmengarten and Alte Oper are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$86
Maritim Hotel Frankfurt

Maritim Hotel Frankfurt

Theodor-Heuss-Allee 3, Frankfurt
3.8
of 5, from 460 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Gallus, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Congress Center Messe Frankfurt and Senckenberg Museum. Palmengarten and Maintower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$99
Savigny Hotel Frankfurt City

Savigny Hotel Frankfurt City

Savignystr. 14-16, Frankfurt
3.8
of 5, from 536 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Frankfurt hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Deutsche Bank Twin Towers, Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, and Maintower. Alte Oper and Frankfurt Opera House are also within 1 mi (2 km).