Visiting the European Central Bank

ECB main building

If you are interested in the workings of the ECB, the architecture of its main building or even the bank’s art collection, come and visit our premises in the Ostend of Frankfurt am Main for a lecture or a guided tour.

Our institution is open to individuals and groups alike. So members of the public, students, social organisations and professional bodies are all equally welcome.

Educational visits

General Information Visit and the Euro Exhibition

Learn more about the ECB’s role as the monetary policy authority behind the euro – the single currency of 19 EU countries – and what it does to keep banks safe, both inside and outside the euro area. Discover how the bank is organised and how it makes decisions to protect the value of your money and to maintain stable prices in the euro area. Alternatively, you can visit the Euro Exhibition – find out more about the notes and coins in your pocket and the stories they tell.

Visiting times:
Monday and Friday at 15:00 CET
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 CET
Duration of visit:
90 minutes

Tailored Visit

If your group already knows a lot about the roles and responsibilities of the ECB, we can arrange a special visit that focuses on your particular area of interest. Experts from the bank will provide in-depth information on topics related to monetary policy and banking supervision, including statistics and economic development. The visit will involve presentations and lectures. You will also have an opportunity to discuss issues with our experts and to ask them questions.

Visiting times:
Monday and Friday at 10:30 CET
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 15:00 CET
Duration of visit:
from 90 to 180 minutes

To request a “General Information” or “Tailored” visit, email us at – please specify the type of visit involved and your preferred date(s) and time(s).

For those requesting a “Tailored” visit, please describe the type of group involved and your topics of interest.

Priority is given to those who have not visited us previously. We aim to maintain a fair balance as regards the nationalities of visitors. Requests for “General Information” visits are mainly dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. In the case of “Tailored” visits, the possible multiplier effects of a group will also be taken into account (i.e. the extent to which the information received will be passed on to a wider audience).

A minimum of four weeks’ notice is necessary – visits cannot be requested more than six months in advance.

Architecture and art visits

Architecture Tour – General/Expert

If you are interested in architecture, general guided tours of the main building take place on a monthly basis. People with a more specialist interest in the design, construction and technical details of this building can request a tailored visit.

Visiting times for “General” tour:
first Saturday of every month, between 09:00 and 17:40 CET
Visiting times for “Expert” tour:
last Tuesday of every month, between 16:00 and 17:30 CET
Duration of visit:
90 minutes

To request a “General” tour, check availability at Frankfurter Stadtevents.

To request an “Expert” tour, email us at – please specify the preferred date for your visit. The maximum number of participants is 20.

Art collection

The ECB art collection comprises more than 350 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and art objects with a focus on contemporary art. Visitors will be able to see some of these works.

Visiting time:
first Saturday of the month at 10:00 CET
60 minutes

To request a tour, check availability at Frankfurter Stadtevents.

Other visits

Jewish Memorial Visit

During the Second World War, the Gestapo used the cellar of the Grossmarkthalle in the main building as the assembly point for nearly 10,000 Jews who were deported from there, by train, to concentration camps. The on-site memorial now located here can only be visited by way of a guided tour.

If you wish to take this tour, please consult the website of the Jüdisches Museum (only in German).

Elsaesser Exhibition

The Grossmarkthalle at the centre of the main building was designed by the architect Martin Elsaesser and built between 1926 and 1928. At that time, it was one of the largest building complexes in the city of Frankfurt, and also the world’s largest free spanning, reinforced concrete structure.

For more information about the Elsaesser exhibition, please contact the Martin Elsaesser Stiftung directly (only in German).

Visitor centre

The ECB is planning to open a visitor centre in its main building. Visitors will have an opportunity to understand our mission, our work and our environment.