Both locals and visitors alike flock to the banks of the Main River (Mainufer) during warm and sunny days, sometimes ad nauseam. Without a larger body of water in close proximity, the Main offers the sole opportunity for many to relax on the water’s edge. Hence, it can get somewhat overcrowded on particularly pleasant summer days.
However, Frankfurt has another aquatic oasis that is much less known by those who have not lived in the city for an extended period of time: the Nidda tributary. Running through the northern and western neighborhoods of Bonames, Hedderheim, Praunheim, Rödelheim, and Nied, the Nidda meanders down to the Main along a southwesterly route and provides an open space for bikers, joggers, and walkers of every sort.
The tributary cuts through agricultural fields and allotment gardens (Schrebergärten), as well as residential neighborhoods and municipal parks. Along its entire route, kiosks, cafes, and restaurants cater to visitors in both sunny and balmy weather. Mini-golf, swimming pools, and even the occasional tented circus likewise line the tributary’s banks. I also like to BBQ at the available space next to the mini-golf; make sure you get there early enough though, as spots fill up quickly!
When biking, I like to start from Bonames and ride all the way down to Höchst on warm summer days and then return home via the Main. If that’s too long for you, you can also jump on the train in Höchst and shoot back to downtown in a manner of minutes.