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Frankfurt layover

Hi all,

I have a Monday 2/3 layover at Frankfurt airport on my way to India from 9:30am to 7:30pm and would greatly appreciate any recommendations on things to do.

Thank you,


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It is quick to get into the city, with a train only taking 11 min. (3 stops from the airport) to the Main Train Station - Hauptbahnhof, or a few minutes more (5 stops from the airport) if you would like to get off at the Hauptwache or the next stop Konstablerwache (6 stops from the airport). There is usually a train every 15 min. and they run from very early in the morning (04:15) til quite late at night.

How to find the train station in this huge airport? To start with, there are two train stations. Going into Frankfurt, you should follow the signs for Regional Trains or S-Bahn. (look for the big green S) This station is under Terminal 1 by Arrival Hall B-1, and the signs will be in English. Just take the escalator downstairs and for Frankfurt, go to track #1. There is also an RMV ticket machine here. Regional trains may also stop here and you can ride those with your ticket too.

Cost - a single ticket, one way (einzel fahrt) costs 4.35 €. This ticket will take you into Frankfurt city center by train, and is also valid to get to your final destination by tram, bus, S-bahn or U-bahn, as long as you keep traveling without a break. An all day ticket (Ganz Tag) for one person that includes travel to and from the airport as well as all public transportation in the city, is 8.50 €.

A group day ticket, called an "All Day Collective Ticket" on the ticket machine (gruppen karte) costs 15.00 €. This ticket is good for up to 5 people and is valid all day long, getting to and from the airport and on all forms of transportation in Frankfurt. A good choice for 2 or more people. These are NOT 24 hour tickets, they are only good for the day of purchase until the trains, etc. stop running for the day, usually around 1 a.m. Going to Mainz or Wiesbaden from the airport costs the same amount as going to Frankfurt.

The RMV and DB share ticket machines and they are all touch screens. They switch into English and are fairly user friendly. The machines take coins, 5 and 10 euro bills for single tickets and if you are getting a group ticket it will take a 20 euro bill. It will NOT take a 50 euro bill. Change will be in coins. RMV machines do not take American credit cards for local travel, but the DB does.

In Frankfurt you do not need to validate your ticket unlike some other cities in Germany. It is all on the honor system. If you do not have a ticket though, you will be fined 40 € immediately.

If you need to store your carry-on at the airport, cost per bag will be 7 € for 3-24 hours. The better deal is to bring your carry-on into the city and store it in the lockers located along track 23 in the main train station. Cost is between 3-5 €.

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Now, what to see in Frankfurt:

  • The Roemer and the Roemerplatz, City Hall since 1405 and old town square. Visit the Emperors Hall to see the lifesize portraits of 52 of the Emperors.

  • Book Burning Memorial, site of the Nazi book burning

  • Alte Nikolai Church, Gothic church built in 1290

  • House Wertheim, the inner city's only original half-timbered house left at the end of WWII, we tell you how it was saved and why

  • Eisener Steg, pedestrian bridge of the Main River, offering a great view of the skyline and the many museums lining the riverbanks, covered with "locks of love".

  • St Bartholomew, better known as the Kaiserdom, Imperial Church, chosen site for elections and coronations of the Holy Roman Emperors. Fredrick Barbarossa was the first in 1152. There has been a church here since 680

  • Joerg Ratgeb's wall paintings in the Karmeliter Kloster (Carmelite Cloister), the largest religious wall paintings north of the Alps, painted in the early 1500's

  • Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall, a very personal memorial that the city of Frankfurt has created, to honor the memory of the 12,000 Frankfurt Jewish Citizens who lost their lives during the Holocaust, including Anne, Margot and Edith Frank

  • Medieval Jewish Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest Jewish cemeteries in Germany, used from 1272-1828

  • Jewish Ghetto Wall, (Staufen Mauer) once part of the city's defensive walls built in 1180, it later became one of the walls that surrounded the Jewish Ghetto

  • Klein Markt Halle (little market hall) this is a wonderful produce hall filled with fruits, vegetables, chocolates, pastries, cheeses, breads, meats, fish, and delicacies from around the world (closed on Sundays and holidays)

  • Hauptwache, historic Frankfurt landmark

  • The Bull and the Bear at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

  • The Thurn and Taxis Palace, newly reconstructed and a lovely example of 18th Century Baroque architecture

  • Eschenheimer Turm, an original guard tower from the city's outer defensive wall, built in 1425

  • Alte Oper, one of Europe's classic opera houses, once known as the most beautiful ruin in Germany

  • The Goethe House, where Frankfurts' favorite son was born

  • Deutsche Ordens Church (Teutonic Order of Knights) built in 1309

  • Paulskirche, the location of Germany's very first democratically elected parliament in 1848. JFK spoke here in 1963

  • Farmers Markets, Thurs. & Sat. at the Konstablerwache, Fri. by the Stock Exchange, Wed. & Sat. in Bornheim on the Berger Str., Tues. & Thur. small market on the Kaiser Str., Tues, Fri. & Sat. in Höchst, Tues. & Fri. Sachsenhausen Sudbahnhof, Fri. Nordend Friedberger Platz.

  • If you have time, go to the neighborhood of Höchst. Here you will find one of the oldest churches in Germany, St. Justinus, consecrated in 850. Also lots of half-timbered buildings, a small schloss with dry moat, city walls, & the Bolongaro palace.

Multiple museums to visit for every interest.