Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Germany  /  Hesse  /  Frankfurt  /  The Hauptwache

The Hauptwache, Frankfurt

3.7
Frankfurt's main plaza, The Hauptwache is named after the Baroque building that is the plaza's centerpiece. The building was the home of Frankfurt's militia when it was a free city, and later it was a prison and a police station. Nowadays, it is a much friendlier place, with a cafe that been in operation since 1904. The Hauptwache Train Station in the plaza is one of the city's major transfer points between train lines, so locals often use the plaza as a meeting place. Plan to visit The Hauptwache during your Frankfurt vacation using our convenient Frankfurt visit planner.
Create an itinerary including The Hauptwache
map
The Hauptwache Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
622 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is a place where you will see how east and west meet... The variety of people, culture, life style, ages, etc are all found in one place (The Hauptwache) and the are is really crowded where you w...  more »
  • In the police station in this 1729-31 built in the the Hauptwache square. Today, the building and the outside area has a coffee shop/Café.
    View original
  • Best explored the city from here. Good starting point for shopping or on the way to the surrounding attractions: Alte Oper, Fressgasse, farmers market on the Constable guard, small market Hall, Schirn, Goethehaus, Café WACKER.
    View original

Plan your trip to Frankfurt

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Frankfurt

Hauptwache, Konstablerwache, and the Main river enclose the heart of the city, an area of activity with a range lodging options. The old section of the Sachsenhausen area is also an epicenter of activity with a range of accommodations; it also offers a vibrant nightlife. For short stay, consider lodging in the Bahnhofsviertel area near the main train station, which provides easy access to the city center and to international train transport.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Frankfurt by other users

17 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 43 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, teens, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Frankfurt BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Europe BY A USER FROM VIETNAM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Frankfurt BY A USER FROM THAILAND July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Germany, Zurich & Nice BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Germany BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Italy & Frankfurt BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Poland, Frankfurt & Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans