The Städel Museum in Frankfurt is considered one of the most significant and oldest museum foundations in Germany. It houses an impressive collection of European art spanning seven centuries. On display are approximately 3,100 paintings, 660 sculptures, 100,000 drawings and prints, and 4,600 photographs by artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Dürer, Monet, Picasso, and many others.
To provide a comprehensive insight into art history, the museum is divided into various periods and art styles across around 7,000 square meters. Additionally, there are rotating special exhibitions offering further insights into various themes and artists. An exceptional experience awaits with the VR app, allowing you to explore the museum from 1878.
The museum grounds also include the Städel Garden, accessible free of charge. It not only provides seating areas and a view of the Frankfurt skyline, but can also be seen as the museum's first exhibition space. The garden features sculptures and artwork from modern and contemporary artists, offering a serene atmosphere to enjoy art amidst nature.
A visit to the Städel Terrace is also recommended, which offers a panoramic view of the city. Access to the terrace is included in the museum admission. Besides the exhibition rooms, the museum features a café and a museum shop where you can purchase souvenirs and books on art.
The institution's origins date back to 1815 when the banker and merchant Johann Friedrich Städel initiated the civic foundation. In his will, he bequeathed his house at Rossmarkt, the exhibited art collection, and his estate of around 1.3 million Gulden to the institute. The institute's mission was to maintain a public collection and educate artists in the affiliated art school, later taken over by the city of Frankfurt.
A lengthy legal dispute ensued due to objections from distant relatives, negatively affecting the institute's work. The collection went through several relocations and expansions. During the Nazi regime, many modern artworks were confiscated, but the museum recovered after World War II and acquired new important artworks. Today, it stands among the most important museums in the country.
How to get there
- To reach the museum, the best option is to take public transportation to the stops "Schweizer Platz" or "Otto-Hahn-Platz."
- If arriving by car, you can use the parking garages Untermainanlage, Schauspiel Frankfurt, or Alt-Sachsenhausen.
- Additionally, the museum's main entrance is accessible by an elevator for barrier-free access.