Even on an overcast day, the view from the observation deck of the Main Tower, Frankfurt’s highest public viewing platform, is impressive.

Even on an overcast day, the view from the observation deck of the Main Tower, Frankfurt’s highest public viewing platform, is impressive. (Robin Hoecker / S&S)

It’s the place to go to get high.

Located atop Frankfurt’s fourth-tallest building, the Main Tower Restaurant and Bar offers a different view of the city than from the airport or the train station.

Attentive bow-tied waiters deliver gourmet meals and expensive cocktails, but the restaurant’s main draw is the view. Looking down from the 53rd floor, a rounded glass wall delivers staggering panoramas of Frankfurt’s silvery skyscrapers, also cleverly known as Main-hattan.

A high-speed elevator ride covers the 613 feet from the lobby to the restaurant in exactly 45 seconds.

For a full 360-degree view, take the elevator one floor higher to the observation level. At a height of 656 feet, the open-air deck is the highest public viewing platform in the city. On a clear day, visitors can see as far north as the Taunus mountains and as far south as the Odenwald.

Once inside the restaurant, the 26-foot glass walls give patrons the feeling of sitting in the clouds, floating over the city with the ant-sized people below. Even in bad weather, the restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere. Patrons can sip coffee over candlelight while raindrops roll in beads across the windows.

Although there is no posted dress code, better leave the flip-flops at home. The restaurant is a classy joint full of business-suit types and well-dressed couples gazing into each other’s eyes.

For those who can afford the pricey menus, the Main Tower Restaurant would be a special and romantic place to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary. Meals range from the three-course vegetarian menu, which costs 48 euros, to the more elaborate six-course Mainhattan menu, which includes lamb, calimari risotto and rabbit, priced at 98 euros.

If you are one of the unfortunate who doesn’t have extra hundred-euro notes lying around, no worries. Just pay the 3 euro elevator fee, order a slightly overpriced drink and soak up the view. If you dress right, you can at least pretend that it’s your favorite hangout.

While the menu does include a handful of beers, the bar specializes in cocktails, which hover in the 10-euro price range. For those with a refined taste for alcohol, the bar has a range of options, including eleven varieties of single-malt scotch.

It may not be the place to hang out every Friday night, but the Main Tower is at least worth a one-time visit. Guests can come down after having had at least a taste of the high life. Just pray that the elevator works, otherwise it will be more than 1,000 steps back to the lobby.

Main Tower

Frankfurt, Germany

Drinks: Range from 3 euros for coffee or beer to 10-euro cocktails and pricey bottles of wine.

Food: Three- to six-course meals cost anywhere from 48 to 98 euros.

Clientele: Well-dressed and high-class in the restaurant, but anyone can go to the bar and have a drink.

Location: Neue Mainzer Strasse 52-58, Frankfurt, Germany


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