Frankfurt Imperial Cathedral and Cathedral Tower
The Imperial Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew (in German: Frankfurter Dom) is an important church in the Old Town of Frankfurt. As the former electoral and coronation church of the Roman-German emperors, the cathedral is important to the history of the empire and was a symbol of national unity, especially in the 19th century. Today’s Frankfurt Cathedral is the fourth church building on the same site. Its construction dates back to 1877. The cathedral was badly damaged during the bombing in World War II.
The cathedral and the cathedral museum, which is also located on site, are popular with visitors from all over the world. An ascent up the cathedral tower is a special experience. The viewing platform 66 meters (216 feet) high is only accessible by foot through the narrow cathedral tower stairs. From the tip of the tower you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city center as well as:
- the TV tower to the north,
- the European Central Bank skyscraper to the east,
- the southern district of Sachsenhausen,
- the high-rise Financial District skyline to the west, and
- the Main River in both directions.
An ascent up the Frankfurt Cathedral Tower is not suitable for physically handicapped people or parents with small children. There is no elevator. The cathedral tower is a historical building and was built so tightly that it is difficult to let oncoming people pass when climbing or descending.
Due to its proximity to the Old Town and the historic Römerberg square, a visit to the Frankfurt Cathedral Tower is one of Frankfurt’s photo tips.
After you have taken photos or videos from the Frankfurt Cathedral Tower, you should continue to explore the area.
To the West
If you go west in the direction of the Römerberg square, you will automatically pass the New Old Town. On a section of a few hundred meters there are numerous reconstructed buildings and also the Frankfurt Historical Museum.
To the East
If you decide to take a walk in the direction of the ECB Tower, you should stop at the Frankfurt city model. It is also worth taking a walk to the other side of the Main River toward Main Plaza.
|Monday||10:00 – 17:00|
|Tuesday||10:00 – 17:00|
|Wednesday||10:00 – 17:00|
|Thursday||10:00 – 17:00|
|Friday||10:00 – 17:00|
|Saturday||10:00 – 17:00|
|Sunday||10:00 – 17:00|
Dom Tower Entrance Fees
Adults: € 3
Children and students: € 1.50
Note about the opening times: The cathedral itself is open every day until 6 p.m. – an hour longer than the cathedral tower. In black ice and other very bad weather conditions, the cathedral tower remains closed for safety reasons.
Access to the cathedral itself is free. The adjoining cathedral museum, however, requires an entrance fee, as does the cathedral tower.
Frankfurt 1930: View from the Cathedral Tower towards the Römerberg.