After a jam-packed itinerary in Amsterdam, I was looking forward to relaxing a bit in Frankfurt. I wanted to drink German beer, try some German food, explore the neighborhood, and check out a few museums.
I read that Frankfurt is considered the cultural capital of Germany.
I’m not sure if that is true or not because I haven’t explored enough of Germany to form an opinion, but I will say that I was blown away by the quality and quantity of museums in Frankfurt.
With the Museumsufer Card, I had two days to explore my pick of 34 museums.
I decided to narrow it down to just the most intriguing modern and contemporary art.
I started my research. The more I read about the museums, the more museums I added to my must-see list.
And that is how I ended up walking over 30,000 steps in two days.
(Yes, I’m a dork, and I wear a Fitbit.)
My top 5 art museums in Frankfurt
If you have limited time in Frankfurt, these are in order starting with my favorite.
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
The Schirn specializes in contemporary art with two exhibitions that rotate frequently.
Museum Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts)
I almost didn’t go in this museum because I was tired and in a rush to get to the Städel before it closed. I figured I would pop in quickly just to see if anything piqued my interest.
This museum is currently hosting through September one of the coolest exhibits I have ever seen: The Weather Diaries, 3rd Nordic Fashion Biennale.
I have never considered myself to be “into fashion,” but this made me appreciate the beauty and creativity that goes into fashion design.
Gorgeous. Stunning. Inspiring.
Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfort Art Association)
This museum pushes right up against my contemporary art boundary.
You know what I mean… sometimes contemporary art can be a little too cerebral, and I just want to roll my eyes. Perhaps the reason I liked it so much is they provide an excellent program that gives a detailed description of each installation, so you don’t have to wonder what the piece is about.
This museum makes me want to plan several road trips to visit all of the amazing architectural wonders around Germany.
The Städel is probably Frankfurt’s most famous museum. They have a very large selection of art crossing multiple centuries and styles. There is so much to see, you should either plan to spend a few hours or prioritize like I did and quickly hit the famous works of art and fully explore the section that is of greatest interest (modern and contemporary for me).
On your way out, be sure to walk around back to see the courtyard exterior view of the annex.
Many of Frankfurt’s museums are located along the River Main, so you get great views of the city while you walk the short distance between the museums. If you have the time to visit a handful of museums, I highly recommend purchasing the Museumsufer Card to save on entry fees.