Start by taking in the whole city at a glance - In the Zielgalerie (a shopping center with over 50 stores) ride the elevator up to the 8th floor observation platform where kids will be able see all of Frankfurt.
Eschenheim Tower (Eschenheimer Turm) - Visit an impressive 14th - 15th century watchtower, once a part of the medieval city fortifications, and the oldest building in Frankfurt. The round tower is 47 meters high, topped with a spire and turrets. Stop into the cafe at the bottom of the tower for a coffee and kuchen.
Alte Oper ("Old Opera House") - This concert hall on Opernplatz is where you'll find stunning performances of opera and ballet - the Germans love both so get tickets early.
Goethe House (Goethehaus) - "On the 28th of August, 1749, at noon according to the Glockenschlage, I came to Frankfurt am Main and the world..." so begins Goethe's autobiography. Anyone who has read and loved Goethe (teens especially) will enjoy touring this beautiful home. Don't miss the collection of paintings of Goethe's life in Germany and Italy.
Judisches Museum - Located in the Rothschilds' original mansion (the Rothschild Palais) you'll learn the story the second-largest Jewish community in Germany before the Holocaust - and about one of the great banking families of the world.
Frankfurt Zoo (Zoologischer Garten) - A true city zoo, the special place here is the Grzimek House, set up to mimic night time so you can watch nocturnal animals at play. Braver kids will want to see the Exotarium, with its reptiles and insect exhibits.

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