Looking for info and reviews of eco-friendly hotels, sights and activities in Frankfurt, Germany? The following are our favorite environmentally friendly and sustainability-minded hotels, tours and travel activities in the German financial capital. We’ve also added links to healthy eateries, the weather forecast for Frankfurt am Main and other useful travel information. Enjoy!
Frankfurt and sustainability
The introduction of a low emission zone in Frankfurt am Main and lorry bans to combat fine particulate matter in the inner city, in addition to the promotion of cycling as a mode of transport, all constitute measures undertaken to enhance the air quality in Frankfurt, and thus make a sustainable contribution to enhancing the quality of life in the city.
Whilst ecological aspects were already taken into consideration during the planning of some of the bank towers, others were retrofitted. The Commerzbank tower is ventilated as much as possible by a natural system, for instance, with gardens located at heights of up to 144m. Combined heat and power (CHP) plants in areas of new development, school buildings to passive house standards, and the use of biogas in composting facilities are just a few outcomes of implementation of the environmental policy guidelines developed by the city.
Eco-friendly hotels in Frankfurt
Surprisingly for a German large city, there don’t seem to be many particularly eco-friendly, sustainable hotels or hostels in Frankfurt. Most hotels with a green policy in place form part of larger hotel chains. Listed here are those hotels with a green policy clearly communicated on their website.
Business Bio-Hotel Villa Orange
“Here at Villa Orange you will find everything you need for your business and much more that makes your stay special: four-poster beds and freestanding bathtubs, a cosy library and artwork in the foyer, plus an ample organic breakfast and the best service. We are Frankfurt’s first and only organic hotel. Connecting business and sustainability is important to us.”
The following Frankfurt hotels have an environmental policy in place:
QGREENHOTEL by Meliá
“The QGREENHOTEL by Meliá is a business and social meeting point for EAST and WEST and for leisure and business travellers from all over the world. The hotel is located in the centre of Frankfurt close to the Katharinenkreisel (Opelrondell), with direct access to the A5, A66 and A648. Frankfurt International Airport is only a 10 minute drive away.”
NH Frankfurt City
“NH Frankfurt City is a top quality four-star hotel, with 256 full-comfort rooms, including eight suites and eleven Superior rooms. It is ideally located in the center of Frankfurt/Main, the perfect starting point for shopping on the “Zeil”, which is just two minutes away by foot, and to visit Frankfurt’s historical sites, such as the medieval “Römer” landmark. All the museums in the historical part of Frankfurt Sachsenhausen are within easy reach by foot or public transportation. The train station is just half a kilometer from the hotel.”
Mövenpick Hotel Frankfurt City
“Whether you are planning to visit Frankfurt on a business trip to attend or host a conference, or on vacation to enjoy one of Germany’s finest cities, the modern and comfortable Mövenpick Hotel Frankfurt City is the perfect choice for you and your party. Easily reached by train or Metro from the airport, the 4 star Green Globe-certified Mövenpick Hotel Frankfurt City is ideally located next to the fairground and vis-à- vis the new shopping centre Skyline Plaza.”
INNSIDE Frankfurt Niederrad
“Located in the centre of Niederrad, near Frankfurt International Airport and with easy access to the main tourist attractions and the Zeil shopping centre, the INNSIDE Frankfurt Niederrad is the best option for your trip to Frankfurt thanks to its strategic location, its full facilities and the quality of its services.”
INNSIDE Frankfurt Eurotheum
“Located in a famous skyscraper in the heart of Frankfurt, near the Old Opera House, the historic centre, the main shopping and restaurant area (Zeil), the European Central Bank, and all the city’s trendy nightspots, the INNSIDE Frankfurt Eurotheum is the best option for discovering Frankfurt and doing business in this fantastic city.”
Citadines City Centre Frankfurt
“The Apart’hotel Citadines City Centre Frankfurt offers its guests two multifunctional conference rooms and an excellent overall setting for special events of up to 45 persons. Located on the hotel’s ground floor, these two sunlit function rooms dispose over the most modern conference technology, including wireless Internet access, which is free of charge. They also open out onto the hotel’s spacious outdoor terrace.”
Eco-friendly tours & urban adventures in Frankfurt
Covering some 80 square kilometers, Frankfurt am Main’s green belt area (the so-called GrünGürtel) forms the city’s most important local recreation area – for relaxing, unwinding and taking a breather. It is available to residents and guests alike at all times, absolutely for free, right on Frankfurt’s doorstep.
Botanical Garden (Palmengarten)
The Palmengarten was founded in 1868 by a group of dedicated Frankfurt citizens. Today, these widely acclaimed botanical gardens are under the care and maintenance of the City of Frankfurt. This superb botanical showcase was originally established thanks to the purchase of the Duke of Nassau’s excellent tropical-plant collection. A special greenhouse was erected to house these plants, enabling visitors to meander through a jungle-like tropical environment. Website
Opening hours: November until January daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | February until October daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Healthy eateries and vegetarian restaurants in Frankfurt
Tower Cafe, Restaurant, Event | Am Burghof 55, Alter Flugplatz, Frankfurt Bonames | Website
Mouson Restaurant | Waldschmidtstraße 4, Frankfurt Ostend | Website
TABLE – zu Tisch bei Michael Frank | Römerberg 6a, Frankfurt | Website
Manufactum brot&butter im Opernturm | Bockenheimer Anlage 49-50, Frankfurt | Website
Weather in Frankfurt & other travel info
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