Leisure activities in Frankfurt for solo expats, couples and groups

leisure in Frankfurt
Updated 2022-11-11 02:21

Frankfurt is a great city with plenty of places to visit, whether during the week or for a weekend. It is multinational, fast-paced, and full of expats and Germans who enjoy the opportunities it offers. The city has a very strong business vibe and areas and activities for relaxation and out-of-work time.

Every expat has a personal story that shapes their preferences for socializing and filling in their free time. Frankfurt has something for all leisure types: it is family-friendly, an excellent place to meet new people, and a romantic city for the love birds. The only thing up to the newcomers is to discover the side of Frankfurt that they are more attracted to

Things to do in Frankfurt with your family

During nice and sunny days, Frankfurt looks greener than ever and offers excellent moments to relax and enjoy the simplicity of nature. There are many outdoor spaces, parks, and gardens that allow this. Below are some of the best:

Waldspielpark Goetheturm

As its name suggests, Waldspielpark Goetheturm is a forest play park with slides, swings, miniature golf, a small paddling pool, and space for roller skating. The park is designed with children in mind, and pet parents should know that dogs aren't allowed in the park. The park is open to the public throughout the year. However, the pool is accessible only between mid-May and the end of September of each year — and even then, it depends on the weather forecast. 


Rothschildpark is located close to the Opera Tower (Opernturm), a 170 m-tall skyscraper home to multinational companies. It is a great escape for you and your family from the city's rush and ideal for legal and bank professionals working nearby, looking for a relaxing lunch break amid their workday. The park was restored after World War II and, more recently, has been thoroughly redesigned by creatives and architects to match the city's modern needs. 


Palmengarten is the most extensive garden in Germany, with 13,000 plant species. It contains a large amount of exotic and local plants, which is great for introducing children to botanical education, biology, and gardening. The garden offers an interactive educational service for children as young as three years old. In addition, the garden hosts exhibitions, guided tours, and cultural events, such as music concerts, making Palmengarten a major attraction at all seasons and for all family members.

Alter Flugplatz Bonames

Alter Flugplatz Bonames was a helipad for American forces. Today, it is part of Germany's Green Belt environmental project and a fantastic place for outdoor sports such as skating and biking. It can be reached by canoeing or by biking along the Nidda River. Alter Flugplatz guarantees fun times for the whole family.


The Pinkelbaum or the peeing tree is an artistic project by famous German cartoonist and author Friedrich Karl Waechter. The tree says: “For 300 years, I have been peed. Starting today, I pee back”. The tree sprays its visitors with water and entertains them. Keep in mind that Pinkelbam is switched off during the winter months.

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Water play park in Waldspielpark Goetheturm


Things to do in Frankfurt with your partner

Kaiserdom St. Bartholomäus is a medieval tower offering a fantastic view of the Old Town, the historic site of Paulskirche, where Germany's first democratic constitution was composed, the medieval building of Römer (Roman), often used as a civil registration office and for civil wedding ceremonies, and the Frankfurt Museum Embankment on Main River. To reach 66 meters above the metropolis of Frankfurt, you can climb the 328 steps — a tiresome but rewarding experience. 

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The visit needs to be booked in advance, and the view is best and at its most romantic at sunset. The usual opening hours are from 9 AM to 8 PM. 

If you and your partner like walking, you can cross from Frankfurt's downtown to the laid-back Sachsenhausen neighborhood via the only pedestrian bridge in Frankfurt, Eiserner Steg. And if that is not romantic enough, on the fence of the bridge, you and your partner can lock your love (remember to bring a key locker). The views from the bridge are beautiful. 

On any rainy day (except Sunday), if you want to stay protected from the cold, you can take your partner shopping at My Zeil shopping center. Besides the many brands across the mall's eight floors, there's a big food hall and a top floor offering views of Frankfurt's skyline. Even if you don't buy anything, a visit is always worth it to admire the architecture of the building, enjoy the flow of people, and ride Europe's longest escalator. 

Frankfurt's Old Opera House (Alte Oper) is one of Europe's most fascinating concert halls, offering a rich program including all music genres (e.g., jazz, rock, pop, and musical productions). Can you think of a better date night? We can't. 

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Alte Oper

My Zeil

Things to do alone in Frankfurt

If you are a solo expat in Frankfurt, your best bet is to start with the museums — and there are plenty of them. The Goethe House is the birthplace and family home of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, one of the most prominent German authors. Since recently, the Goethe House has also been home to the world's first museum dedicated to the romantic era, with a permanent exhibition and pop-up exhibitions and events throughout the year. Naturkundemuseum Senckenberg natural history museum is an opportunity to spend some time alone educating yourself on paleontology and biology. Also, the Städel Museum is the oldest in Germany, which presents many important art pieces from masters such as Bacon, Dürer, Botticelli, and many others. 

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Goethe House

Naturkundemuseum Senckenberg

Städel Museum

Frankfurt is a great business and entertainment hub daily, attracting people to enjoy the city's fun sites. Being alone means never being lonely, and exploring it with a family or a partner means plenty of opportunities to impress your loved ones. Winters in Frankfurt can seem less interesting, as most of them are rainy and cold (less than the more northern German cities, though). Summertime, on the contrary, is fun to go out but can be surprisingly warm. The days when most people have the will to do activities are springtime and autumn. However, events happen all year long, and there are always ideas for those who seek them.

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