As Frankfurt has the reputation of being a concrete jungle, travelers are invariably pleasantly surprised when they realize how green the city actually is. Apart from numerous tree-lined boulevards, Frankfurt is punctuated with lush green parks and gardens, many of which also have playgrounds. We take a look at the best green stretches in Frankfurt to escape from the hustle-bustle of the city.
Palmengarten is a 147-year-old botanical garden spanning an area of 22 hectares. It is home to a large number of exotic plants and beautiful flowers. The Palmengarten Express takes visitors on a fun ride all around the park while kiosks and two restaurants
take care of hunger pangs. Grüne Schule (Green School) offers interesting events and courses for children of all ages as well as adults, to help them understand various aspects of nature. There’s also the option of hiring a paddle boat to explore the beautiful pond amidst swans and fish. Palmengarten also has playgrounds, ensuring that a day here is fun for the entire family.
Bethmannpark is a pristine, quiet oasis right in the city center. It’s especially beautiful in spring and summer when the park bursts into row upon row of colorful flowers. The highlight of this park is the Chinese Garden, designed as per the principles of Feng-Shui. It has a dragon portal and picturesque bridges and ponds that provide great photo opportunities. Bethmannpark also has a playground for little guests to blow off some steam.
Rothschild Park is a green slice of peace and quiet right in the busy business district of Frankfurt
, known as Bankenviertel, and the perfect place to take a short break from sightseeing. It is built in the style of an English landscape garden. When in Rothschild Park, don’t miss the Ring der Statuen, a series of interesting sculptures. The park is always open.
The main attraction of Lohrberg Park is the panoramic view of the city of Frankfurt
it offers. The view is especially stunning after sunset when the entire city is illuminated. This park is also a favorite place for families and friends to get together and have a barbecue picnic; remember though that you have to bring your personal barbecue grill and use only the designated area for cooking. Lohrberg also has a great playground.
Grüneburgpark (Green Castle Park) gets its name from a castle that used to stand here many centuries ago. It is situated opposite Palmengarten and sprawls over an area of 29 hectares. A corner of the garden is made of a beautiful botanical garden managed by the Goethe University of Frankfurt. Another attraction of this park is the Korean Garden, done up in traditional Korean style. Grüneburgpark is Frankfurters’ favorite place to stroll, relax and sunbathe in summer.
Adolph-von-Holzhausen Parkis a historic park dating back to the 1500s when it belonged to the famous Holzhausen Family. Though originally over 30 acres in size, the park covers only around 3 acres at present. Still today, the simple, yet elegant 18th century Holzhausen Castle built in French Classicistic-Baroque style makes up the prettiest corner of the park. The walkways of the park shaded by tall chestnut trees are the locals’ favored place for a lazy stroll.
Rebstock Park exhibits cool avant-garde urban planning that truly befits a contemporary city like Frankfurt
and allows Frankfurters to bond with nature right in the midst of their urban space. The park looks on to modern buildings on one side, and eventually merges into the forest on the other side. As you stroll, you will find open meadows, towering trees, a man-made canal and lots of locals jogging, walking or swimming.