For our Croatia/Slovenia trip in May, we're flying from Seattle to Ljubljana, connecting in Frankfurt. I booked our tickets using FF miles this past summer (gotta plan ahead to fly on "free" tickets). When booked, we had a nice, reasonable 3 hour layover in Frankfurt - it looked great. But Adria Airlines (Slovenia's national carrier) just shifted our connecting FRA-LJU flight out 6 hours(!). Unfortunately, that means we're now looking at a 10 hour layover in Frankfurt. I can probably get the connecting flight changed a bit, but even if successful, we would still have a 6 hour layover (there are limited options to pick from). I really don't want to sit around the Frankfurt airport for 10 hours (or even 6 hours), especially after arriving on a long flight from the US west coast. Rather than kill time in the airport, I'm wondering if it would it be practical (and realistic) to go spend that time seeing/doing something interesting in Frankfurt itself. Is that crazy talk? How much time would we need to get from the airport to the city and back - and what's worth seeing on a quickie drive-by visit like that? All I've seen of Frankfurt (on a previous trip) was their train station and airport. Of course, my preference would be to have a better (shorter) flight connection, but that may not be possible since we used miles (I already checked - it doesn't look promising). So I'm trying to figure out what options I might have to "take advantage" of 10 hours in Frankfurt. Suggestions? Thanks.
Well, you aren't the first person to have a layover in Frankfurt nor ask if there is anything to do there, so you can also try a search here on the Helpline, now that we have our shiny new search function. :-)) for lots more info. On to the business at hand. It is extremely easy to get into the city, with the S-bahn taking only 11 min. and one coming by every 15 minutes from track 1, at the Regional train station, under Arrivals B-1, in terminal 1. Buy a group day ticket for 14.90. Ticket machines are touch screen, switch to English and are easy to use. Only take small bills though or change. No CC. Ride 3 stops and you are at the main train station, HBF (beautiful 124 year old massive, historic station). Or instead, ride 5 stops and you are at the Hauptwache stop, in the center of downtown and a 5 min. walk from the Römer. What to see in Frankfurt? Do you like medieval churches, museums, art, farmers markets, Jewish history, parks, etc? My tips - Karmeliter Cloister w/ Joerg Ratgeb wall paintings (1513-1521), Kaiserdom (walk to the top) Alte Nikolai (1290), Deutsche Orden church (1309), the Römer (1330's), the Klein Markt Halle, Alte Oper (1881), Eschenheimer Turm (1425), the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Wall (12,000 names of Frankfurts' Jewish citizens, including Anne Frank, her sister and mom), the Staufen Mauer (1180), Palmengarten, Main Tower observation deck. Bornheim, Hoechst, Sachsenhausen, for older architecture. For museums: Judengasse Museum, Jewish Museum, Schirn, MOMA, Applied Arts, Film museum, Architecture museum, Stadel, Archeology, Liebieg Haus. Open produce markets: most days of the week, in multiple locations. Tell me your dates and I will tell you if there is a fest on then. We have them ALL the time downtown or along the river.
A ten hour layover in Frankfurt gets you in shape for a six or seven hour layover in SeaTac if you are heading to Moscow Pullman/Lewiston, Clarkston in the evening. Thank heavens for the Great Room.
You got good suggestions from Jo Speaking as a non-Frankfurt resident: it definitely is easy and quick getting from the airport to the Old town area of Frankfurt. Smallish but interesting. From there there is a very large and extensive pedestrian shopping area, we found the Cathedral right at Old town, you are also just a block away from the river, a number of small churches. lots of interesting lunch choices, including the ratskeller (always one of my favorites in germany) and even a very large McDonalds
I don't know if it is even possible for you but can you extend it to a day and 10 hours but changing either your arrival or departure day? That would give you a whole new set of options. You could really make good use of your time... we love doing this and have gotten to see London and Paris this way. Just another thought!
Thanks for the useful info, everyone. We will be there on Friday 5/11 - arriving at 08:25, and departing either 18:25 (currently ticketed for this flight), or possibly 14:20 (if we can get switched) - so either 10 hours there, or maybe 8 (not counting time getting processed in/out). The old town sounds like a good choice. Since we will be struggling to stay awake and fighting jetlag after the long redeye flight, I would probably favor walking around (mostly outdoors) and sightseeing, rather than doing museums (too quiet and sleep-inducing). Churches, historical architecture, etc. would be good. Thanks again.
We've tweaked on onward flight out of FRA, so now we will have a six hour layover (not 10). I assume that still gives us enough time to zip into the old section of town and back, with 3 hours or so available to walk around and see the sights. Reasonable? Thanks!