Stuck on an overnight layover in Frankfurt? Germany’s fifth largest city, nicknamed “Mainhattan” for its modern skyline that intermixes with 600-year-old buildings below, gives plenty of options for the night owl.
For the complete lowdown on Frankfurt, check out the complete Frankfurt Layover Guide.
But for those looking for evening and nighttime activities to keep you entertained and help you enjoy the nightlife of Frankfurt, here’s Layover Guide’s suggestions for an overnight layover in Frankfurt:
Hop on a bus
Departing from convenient downtown Frankfurt, you can catch a two-hour bus tour as late as 8 p.m. The open-top bus is a convenient way to see and learn about more of the town than you would probably get to see on your own. With a professional guide on board, the tour begins at the stunning medieval Römer town hall, Frankfurt’s town hall for more than 600 years. Römer, constructed in the 15th century, was named after the Roman settlements that existed on the land before Frankfurt. After a leisurely stroll around the area, where you’ll see architectural masterpieces such as St. Paul’s Church and Frankfurt Cathedral (Gotischer Kirchturm), the tour continues to Old Sachsenhausen, with its narrow cobblestone lanes and homey squares on the south bank, now known for its popular bars, restaurants and cafés. From there, the tour moves on to the city’s European banking center, where a modern skyline dotted with skyscrapers dominates. On board, you’ll have the chance to see the former home of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, the Baroque old Hauptwache Plaza and the Zeil shopping center, with its stunning modern design by Roman architect Massimiliano Fuksas.
See a Show
Even if you don’t know German, you can still enjoy theater in Frankfurt. The English Theater presents plays in none other than…you guessed it: English! English Theater
If you’re not up for the drama (or comedy), you can head to the theater’s poetry slam or the two-level James Bar (closed Mondays; open Sundays 5-11 p.m. and Tuesdays through Saturdays 6-12 p.m.), with a gallery above and performance space below.
Drink Some of the Best Beer
The Germans are so fastidious when it comes to their favorite beverage that many breweries still follow the repealed Purity Law (das Reinheitsgebot), first introduced in 1516 and requiring that the ingredients in beer (except for Weiss, or wheat, beers) be limited to malted barley, hops, yeast and water. Check out Klosterhof, open until 1 a.m. every night (hot food available until 11:30 p.m.) or Eckhaus, open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Eat Some of the Best Wurst
Germans are just as serious about their wurst, or sausage, boasting 1,500 different types. In fact, the average German eats more than 62 pounds of sausage a year! See what all the fuss is about. After all, you’re in Frankfurt, after which the frankfurter (much elevated from its American counterpart) is named, and where it’s celebrated with a six-day festival each summer. You’re likely to find sausage just about anywhere in Frankfurt, often in beer-and-wurst taverns, but most locations of the popular chain Best Worscht in Town offers late hours (most locations closed Sundays) and the convenience of numerous locations.
Drink Apple Wine
Apfelwein, or hard apple cider, is actually more popular than beer or riesling in Frankfurt. Like the frankfurter, Frankfurt’s version of apple cider is much different from what we’re accustomed to in America, where it’s more sweet than the bitter German type. Sachsenhausen, on the south bank, has an abundance of apfelwein taverns, which can be identified by the pine wreath hanging above the door.
See Some Cabaret
What’s a trip to the country that birthed the cultural zenith of the Weimar Republic without seeing some cabaret? Check out the late-night shows at Tigerpalast. Dinner and show packages are available.