En route to Barcelona, I had a stopover in Frankfurt with about 9 hours between flights and was super excited about the opportunity! To me it was indeed an opportunity, as it would be my first ever visit to Germany, the land of my ancestors.
My family immigrated to Brazil in the early 1800s and they were humble farmers looking for a better life. The thing we didn’t do well was to keep our heritage alive as nobody in family speaks German or even know what is the exact part of Germany we are from. All we know is the boat they were on and that very likely our family is from the Frankfurt area. And that was enough for me to take in as much as I could in my short time there.
It was a relatively mild Sunday morning when I landed in Frankfurt in April. I was told the Frankfurt airport was overwhelming and that I would be better off exploring the airport instead of venturing into the city. Since I am a bit stubborn, I ventured into the city 😀
The whole process of buying the ticket to go to Frankfurt city centre from Frankfurt International Airport was so easy and straightforward for somebody who only knows how to say “danke” in German. I stopped by the Information Desk at the airport and everybody was super nice, smiling and took the time to explain everything for me. So here is how I did it:
1) I followed the signs and after the information I was given at the Information desk, I was looking for Gleis 1 (Track 1), highlighting very well where that was leading to.
2) I bought the 1 day pass (using the machines, very friendly to use), which would give me the right to travel to and from Frankfurt International Airport on the S-Bahn and also use local transportation. I ended up walking a lot and just used the ticket to go to city centre and back to the airport. The cost in April 2015 was $8,85 Euros just for me.
3) To get to city centre, the station I should get off at was Hauptwache and it was indeed in the very heart of Frankfurt! That would be also where I would get my train back to Frankfurt, but using Gleis 3 (Track 3) 🙂 Since the whole process of disembarking, going through immigration and buying the subway ticket was less than an hour, I was in Frankfurt city centre before 9am. The subway from the airport takes 15-20 minutes to get to city centre. From there, I walked a lot, visiting the Romerberg area as well as the Euro financial district. I also ventured to the other side of the Main river and just wished I could have stayed longer, because it feels like the city was waking up when I started heading back to the airport around 2pm. Here is a photo tour of some of the places I walked by:
These were just a fraction of the pictures I took. I found the city really great, maybe because everyone I’ve interacted with was so nice, maybe because of my own connection with the city or maybe because it was the first city I’ve “discovered” in 12 years by myself (the first one was London!). Now I need to return to Frankfurt, hopefully during summer and with my family, to show them around the city and to really explore it with more depth.
The overall time I spent walking around Frankfurt was about 5 hours and I didn’t feel tired nor did I feel the need to use the bus, or tram or subway (and consider the fact that I had flown all night on a direct flight from Miami, without sleep).
Although it was only a visual tour, it gave me a good feel of the city and I even had time to explore the airport a little bit when I went back. If you have a stopover of 8-9 hours in Frankfurt and feel up for it, definitely go for a walk around the city center, it is worth it!
Linking up with #WeekendWanderlust ! Check out the many cool posts this weekend, including A Brit and A Southerner ‘s “How to Find Awesome Cheap Attractions in St Louis”.