Frankfurt Parks and Public Gardens

Many wouldn't think so, but Frankfurt is a very green city. 52 percent of the city's area is covered by green areas and water. There are more than 40 parks and roundabout 160.000 trees within the city (in 2014, Frankfurt received the "European City of Trees" award from the European Arbricultural Council). We have picked a few below to give you an idea - more info is available from the City of Frankfurt on the website Frankfurt Green City.

Anlagenring / Wallanlagen

The Wallanlagen frame the inner city of Frankfurt. They start and end at the river Main, and you will easily recognize them as a green ring on the map. Many Frankfurters use them in the morning to take their bike from the Nordend downtown to work, but they are also always worth a walk, with their ponds, gardens, playgrounds and art work.

 

The origins go way back to the 14th century, when Frankfurt was allowed to extend its borders and built a large city wall. In the early 19th century, the walls were demolished and the area was sold under the condition that nothing must be built on the grounds and the gardens have to be opened to the public. This order from 1827 is still valid today - ensuring us Frankfurters a wonderful green "belt" around our inner city.

 

If you start your walk at the Main, right next to the new ECB building, you will pass a pretty pond and a playground and then, leaving Berger Straße on your right, another nice pond with large fountains. Crossing Friedberger Landstraße, the ring continues, passing two more large playgrounds. You will then reach Eschenheimer Turm - the last of formerly five towers along the old city wall. Moving on, you will get to a pretty little botanic garden, Hilton Hotel on your left, and then to yet to another pond with the skyline already coming up behind. Next stop on your route is Opernplatz with the Old Opera building, before the walk continues through the Financial district with its skyscrapers, on to the Theatre square with the old ECB building and finally reaches the river again.

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Bethmannpark

Bethmannpark is a small park that everyone with a weakness for flowers and gardening will fall in love with. The central lawn is only allowed to be stepped on by the rabbits that zig-zag between the blooming daffodils and other flowers on the green, surrounded by vast beds of roses and many many others. The rest of the lawns can be used for playing and sunbathing; also a playground for toddlers exists. On a sunny day all benches are filled with sun-lovers, reading a paper, eating their lunch or simply enjoying this small oasis. In 1989, a Chinese Garden was built in Bethmannpark and soon became an attraction for tourists and a favorite spot for many Frankfurters and their kids who love to watch the large carps in the pond from the original Chinese bridge or just sit next to the waterfall.

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Grüneburgpark

Right next to the botanic garden and Palmengarten, on the northern border of posh Westend, spreads out Grüneburgpark - a wide stretched areal, where you will meet bankers in high tech runnin gear on their evening rounds same as students and families. The park is divided by more wooded areas and displays a nice variety - every corner is a bit different, and everyone will find their favorite spot for a little picknic, a sunbath or a game of frisbee. A cafeteria is based in the historic Schönhof-Pavillon. Five playgrounds for children of different ages are spread over the park.

 

A 4000 square meter Korean garden was built as a present by Korea for the book fair 2005, when South Korea was the host country.

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Günthersburgpark

Günthersburgpark is a very popular park in the lively Nordend-East district, bordering to Bornheim. During the day, it is bustling with familes and their children - Frankfurt Nordend ranks among the ten most popular city districts for familes in Germany - be it on the extensive playground, the football field, the water fountain field during the summer or on sleighs down a little hill in the winter.

 

A kiosk offering some good Greek snacks (greek salad etc.) as well as Frankfurters, coffee, cake and ice cream is situated right next to the large playground. When the air is still warm, children have calmed down (or gone to bed...), this place becomes quite romantic, lit with candles and surrounded by very old tall trees.

The park consists of an old part as well as a newer part in the north with large open lawns - during the summer, the Stalburg Theatre hosts a several week lasting open air theatre festival here, called "Stoffl" ("Stalburg Offen Luft", a literal translation of "Stalburg Open Air").

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Holzhausenpark

Holzhausenpark marks the center of the so called "Holzhausenviertel", a quarter within the disctrict of Nordend West. The Holzhausen quarter if one of the most upscale ones in Frankfurt, home to some old villas and expensive modern condos. Holzhausenpark is a small park with a large playground, a cozy cafeteria and the baroque style moated castle "Holzhausenschlösschen". Surrounded by a picturesque pond with a water fountain, the Holzhausenschlösschen is today home of the Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung, the non-profit foundation of the Frankfurt citizen, which is dedicated to the history of Frankfurt's families and institutions. The foundation hosts a regular series of concerts and other cultural events at the caste.

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Lohrberg

The Lohrberg is Frankfurt's peak - in the truest sense of the word. It is a 185 meter high hill within the city's borders (it belongs to Frankfurt Seckbach) from which you can enjoy a fantastic view over Frankfurt and its skyline. The park comprises several lawns on which people play football, fly kites in autumn, go sledging in winter and even do large barbecues in the summer (which is allowed on one of the lawns). All this, together with a playground including a pool for children, makes this a popular destination for families as well.

 

The Lohrberg is also home to the last existing vineyard within the city, which officially is the most eastern vineyard of the Rheingau. The award winning Riesling is often presented as an official gift or served to guests by the City of Frankfurt but can also be bought, for example here at the Lohrberg in the restaurant "Lohrbergschänke" or the "Main Äppel Haus" - the latter is a large garden, informing citizens about fruit-growing and other gardening related topics. It's a very nice spot, also offering great activities for kids by the way, where you can enjoy an apple wine in the shade and buy some souvenirs at the little store - everything related to apples.

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Ostpark

The 32 hectar large Ostpark (Eastern Park) is mainly characterized by a big pond surrounded by wide lawns that invite for football matches and sunbathing. Barbecues are permitted in designated areas. Besides football fields there is also a running track and a basketball field. Often missed by visitors is the very pretty "Bürgergarten" (community garden), a quiet little oasis (despite passing trains, planes and traffic noise), with a small artificial river and some floral rarities.

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Rothschildpark

The name of Rothschildpark goes back to one of Frankfurt's most famous families. The Rothschild family has been known for its activities in banking for the past 200 years (and still is today). The Rothschildpark had been an estate of the family back in the 19th century. Today, it is another green hideaway in the very middle of buzy Frankfurt. Right next to Opernplatz and its neighboring business districts it marks the border to residential Westend. Besides a playground, the park does not offer any major attractions but still is a nice spot for a walk or to have a brown-bag lunch on one of the many benches.

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Stadtwald

Frankfurt's green lung is its 4800 hectar large city forest. Spreading out in the south of Frankfurt, it's one of the first spots visitors usually see of the city, because approaching Frankfurt International Airport, you may sometimes get the impression the plane may streak the one or other tree top. The airport marks the one end of the wood. So while a walk here will most likely be accompanied by aircraft noise, it is still worth a visit. The beautiful Jacobiweiher, a lake surrounded by trees, will give you the impression you are somewhere completely else but not in the middle of a metropolis. The close-by Stadtwaldhaus houses a carefully designed information center around all you want to know about the forest and its inhabitants. And then there is certainly the football stadium, home to local football team Eintracht Frankfurt, which is nowadays called Commerzbank Arena but up until 2005 was called "Waldstadion", after the Stadtwald. And many Frankfurters still call their stadium Waldstadion today. 

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Volkspark Niddatal

Volkspark Niddatal, or short: Niddapark, is the largest park in Frankfurt, and the second largest green area right after the City Forest Stadtwald. The Niddapark is situated in the Northwest and borders several disticts - Nordweststadt, Praunheim, Ginnheim, Bockenheim and Hausen. In 1989, the Bundesgartenschau ("German Federal Garden Show" was held on these premises. The name derives from the river Nidda that flows through the park as well. There are several playground and basically unlimited space for all kinds of sports.

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