The palatial art museum, part of the impressive Museumsufer along the Main River, is located at the foot of the Holbeinsteg pedestrian bridge. Housed in the current building since 1878, this is the primary museum for those who want to see the most varied range of art in Frankfurt.
The immense and significant collection of the Städel encompasses paintings, drawings, and sculptures from various periods and schools starting from the 14th Century. Featured artists include German masters (Durer, Memling, Cranach, Holbein) European greats (van Eyck, Vermeer, Rubens, Boticelli), French Impressionists (Renoir, Monet), and Modern artists from across Europe (Kirchner, Picasso, Dubuffet, Tapies).
The Städel is one of those massive museums that you can spend countless hours and days in. If you have only a limited amount of time, try to pick a few artists or periods that you would like to concentrate on. Since you are in Germany, it may be your civic duty to peruse the extensive galleries of German art. Of course, you can just wing it and casually waltz through the galleries for a random but exciting spin of great artworks. There are occasional guided tours conducted in English. The building was damaged during World War II, but fortunately its collections were stored elsewhere for safekeeping at that time. A renovation campaign of the galleries was completed in 1999.
The Städel features a sizable bookstore, as one would expect. The Holbein restaurant is open until midnight six days a week. The museum is closed on Mondays, and it is open late, until 9pm, on Wednesdays and Thursdays.