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The motto behind this hands-on museum is "learning by doing." Children are encouraged to poke, touch and create things themselves. All exhibits at the Werkstattmuseum Kaleidoskop are made by the children, and deal with topics such as building, health, water and mobility. Anyone who wants to take part can: all are welcome. The themes vary every now and then. the events are sometimes organized in other locations. Check website for further details.
In the southern part of the city, there are huge areas of forests with trails, warming huts, ponds and playgrounds. This is the spectacular Frankfurt City Forest or Stadtwald. The park was originally given as a gift in the year 1221, and has since been a center for recreation and escape from the urban character of the city. One of the largest inner city forests, it is an ideal rendezvous point for locals. There are annual festivals such as Wäldchestag (Forest Day) which takes place here as well. Visitors to the park can take a breather from the hustle and bustle of city life, and instead surround themselves with nature's serenity.
Rebstockbad provides fun for the family the whole year round. A wave machine and the best water chutes in Frankfurt attract more than 600,000 visitors a year. The complex is decorated with plenty of plants and includes a non-swimmers' pool, plunge pool, therapeutic pool, a five meter diving board and a giant double chute. Visitors can also swim in the outdoor area, under bridges and past fountains. For a small fee, you can visit the beautiful Japanese sauna, the Turkish baths or the whirlpool.
Frankfurter Reit- und Fahrclub is a state-of-the-art equestrian facility located in the Bürostadt Niederrad tenement. Features include two riding arenas, solariums, barns, stables and a race course. The club also offers riding lessons in both dressage and show-jumping upto Level M. So if you have a passion for horse-riding then this club is a must-visit.
Hochst swimming baths comprises of a large pool, another pool for non-swimmers, a paddling pool and two diving boards . The interior is decorated with plenty of plants, and the large windows provide a great view outdoors. There are special warm water days, and sessions are also organized for men or women only. Visitors can use the solarium and sauna for an additional charge, and a cafeteria serves refreshments. The pool is closed between July and August. Check website for further details.
Mount Feldberg, at 879m the highest of the Taunus mountains, is a magnet for locals who flock to the ski slopes, toboggan runs and Nordic skiing routes in winter. The summit is home to a mountain rescue service, an observatory and a weather station. The snowiest month is January but conditions in December and February are normally also good. Special buses run between Frankfurt and Feldberg during the ski season.
Opel is to Rüsselsheim what Ford is to Detroit. And if you want to know how a car is made, then this is the place to come. Visitors glide around the factory on a conveyor belt and watch all the different stages of production. A new feature is the virtual reality section, where visitors can take part in crash tests, simulations and speed checks. A great day out for kids and adults alike. Call for group visiting hours.
Freibad Schwimmbad Maaraue is the largest outdoor swimming pool in the state where swimmers can take a splash or indulge in water sports along with facilities available for tennis and beach volleyball. It also has a wading pool, a children's pool and a pool with a small slide and is surrounded by lush greenery. A perfect haven for swimmers.