Raunheim has a long and distinguished history that dates back as far as the Stone Age. The town’s also a stone’s throw on the Autobahn (or train) to Frankfurt, and right behind the Frankfurt Airport [FRA], making it quite convenient to visit there.
Raunheim’s local history museum is a fountain of information and probably the best place to start your journey. Set in a historical 18th century building, the museum has exhibits on Raunheim’s history from the Bronze Age, through the days of the Romans, church life, and its all around urban story.
After a stop at the local museum you can head off to see many of the mentioned local sites, like the Mönchhof Chapel. Originally built in the early 12th century and destroyed by a fire in the 1650’s, it was rebuilt in the ornate Baroque style that you see today. You’re gonna have to look for it though, it’s hidden within an old cemetery and most definitely worth finding.
Don’t forget about the beautiful Martin Luther Church that’s worth a stop, too.
One of the more unique places to visit while staying in Raunheim is the OPEL Zoo (in Frankfurt) where you’ll find everything from elephants to giraffes, and flamingos to crocodiles.
It’s also near the Palm Garden, an oasis of floral beauty in the heart of the big city. The museum has beautifully designed natural habitats for some incredibly exotic plants, from the tropical rainforests to the African Savannah.
And while Frankfurt is the place to go for any number of theater or opera performances, Raunheim has plenty of its own local artists exhibiting their artwork, in addition to many literary readings that are frequently held right here in town.
And, if all that’s not enough for you, then check out the Raunheimer Waldsee (Raunheim Forest Lake). Not only can you jump in for a swim, but there’s surfing and fishing, too! Get in on a game of beach volleyball or tennis, and the kids will love running around the playground.
For a town that’s so close to the big city, Raunheim is a gem that can stand on its own and shine bright in its big sister’s shadow.