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Above the Frankfurt skyline

Up above the streets and houses, with the skyline at eye level, is the perfect place to relax after a day at Messe Frankfurt. Here are the best places in town for an al fresco drink with a view.

By Sabrina Waffenschmidt

»What happens on the roof, stays on the roof.« 
Stephan Puma, Creative Director

Viewing platform and restaurant for classy connoisseurs

Main Tower

High up on the 56th fl oor of the tower, 198 metres above street level, is Frankfurt’s highest observation deck. And if you’re looking for a bird’s-eye view of the city over a business lunch or stylish dinner, you simply must book a table at the 53rd-fl oor restaurant. Art lovers, or visitors with vertigo, can enjoy the Helaba Collection in the foyer (art owned by Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen), with works by contemporary artists.

Beach club for beach babes and party animals

Long Island Summer Lounge

At lunchtimes parents love to sit out and sip their cappuccinos while their children splash in the pool. As the sun goes down, the roof of the Stock Exchange multi-storey car park is transformed into one of the city’s most spectacular spaces. Torches and cosy lounge chairs make it the party place of choice for Frankfurt’s beautiful people. At all times of day and night, the panoramic views of the skyline are breathtaking.

Hotel and restaurant for business people

Fleming’s Hotel Main-Riverside

This centrally located five-star hotel has dedicated one fl oor to the needs of business travellers. The covered restaurant terrace and excellent hotel bar are at the same height as the landmark Eschenheim tower, with a near-360° view of Frankfurt and the Taunus mountains. A particular highlight here is the old Paternoster lift .

A green oasis and stage for all events

Skyline Garden

The Skyline Plaza shopping centre boasts 7,300 sqm of space on its roof and is unique in Germany. There are play areas for the little ones, table football, table tennis and boules areas for the young (and young at heart), a varied network of footpaths for a stroll, and ivy-clad corners for a quiet moment, plus yoga, tai chi and a spa for your wellbeing. The Alex restaurant is at the heart of it all. And we mustn’t forget the great view over the Europa Boulevard.

Three questions for

James Ardinast

James Ardinast and his brother David founded IMA; their restaurants, clubs and parties are always the talk of the town. They transform unassuming areas of Frankfurt into culinary hotspots.


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What is the secret of your success?

We only do what we really want to. We don’t let anyone limit us when we do it. It means we take people to places they would never otherwise go.


You like throwing parties on roof terraces – which is your favourite?

One of my favourites has to be the roof of the Hotel ‘25hours by Levi’s’. It has its own particular charm. There’s also the 420 sqm Code Rooft op, surrounded by tower blocks: it’s one of a kind.


Where does Frankfurt’s unique vibe come from?

Clearly there’s the diversity, and the fact that you can find everything you need here – sometimes you just need to search for a little while.

Viewing platform for culture lovers

Frankfurt Cathedral: Kaiserdom St. Bartholomäus

Climbing the 333 narrow steps to the top of the tower will be richly rewarded: at a height of 66 m, the viewing platform encircles the tower and provides beautiful views over the River Main, the old town, Römerberg and the skyscrapers of the banking district. The impressive cathedral museum in the cloisters is well worth exploring if you want to learn more about Frankfurt’s history; a variety of temporary exhibitions display both contemporary and historical works of art.

Restaurant and beer garden offer low-key sun worship


You’re always on the sunny side here, surrounded by steel, exposed concrete, thick wooden beams and cranes. It’s true that Oosten isn’t very high up, but at sunset its 270° views from the industrial heartland really come into their own. You can also eat delicious food in the restaurant, drink cool ale in the beer garden or relax with a cocktail on one of the loungers.

Bar for jazz fans and cigar connoisseurs

22nd Lounge & Bar

The bar on the 22nd floor of the Innside Frankfurt Eurotheum hotel is unique – and still a bit of an insider secret. A classically elegant interior includes parquet flooring, copper walls and black leather seats in which to enjoy live jazz, cigars and drinks: all with a spectacular view of the river. The ride to the top is in a great glass elevator! Our must-try tip is the range of Japanese, Saké-based drinks.

Shops and restaurant for architecture lovers


This shopping centre has a transparent hull for sunlight to stream through and provides a view of Frankfurt’s skyline. The architect Massimiliano Fukas has designed a unique roof structure, and just underneath this is the best place to enjoy the spectacular vista. The roof is made up of glass panels of different sizes and types. Looking up at the sky is almost as lovely as looking out over the city. Visitors use Europe’s longest freestanding indoor escalator to reach the top floor.

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