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Frankfurt Stopover – The Top Five Things to Do in Five Hours!  (FRA)

Frankfurt Stopover – The Top Five Things to Do in Five Hours! (FRA)

Are you on a connecting flight in Frankfurt with more than five hours to spare?  Don’t spend time at the airport – you can easily shoot into the city and see a treasure trove of sites!

You can experience quite a bit in five hours – this post highlights some of the best spots that are easy to get to from the airport.

Getting into Frankfurt

 Frankfurt Hauptbahnhauf    Photo: Calvin Wood

Frankfurt Hauptbahnhauf   Photo: Calvin Wood

The home base for your micro-visit will be Frankfurt Hauptbahnhauf – which is the city’s main train station. My top five are all within walking distance of this transportation hub.

It’s simple to zip into the Frankfurt from the airport.  Trains depart from Terminal 1’s Regional Train Station about four times and hour – and it only takes 11 minutes to pop into town.  I have a sister blog post on traintotheairport.com dedicated to the Frankfurt Airport Train if you want to learn more.

 

Frankfurt's Top 5 in 5!

Number 5: Explore Goethe House

 Goethe House - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Goethe House - Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

Goethe House was home to one of Germany’s (and the world’s) most celebrated authors: Johann Wolfgang Goethe.  He penned some of the country’s greatest works of literature including his masterpiece: Faust.

 Library - Goethe House - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Library - Goethe House - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Even if you don’t know anything about this author – his house is fascinating to visit.  It’s about a 15 minute walk from the station and it gives you insight into how the upper classes lived in the late 1700’s. 

You can tour most parts of the building including the kitchen, dining rooms, and library.  This edifice was actually destroyed during WWII – but was rebuilt with all of the original furniture and paintings.   There are a number of interesting pieces including the desk where Goethe authored some of his early works.

 Goethe House Interior - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Goethe House Interior - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Goethe House - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Goethe House - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Number 4: Stroll along the Main River

 Walking Along the Main River - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Walking Along the Main River - Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

This is a beautiful walk – even if the weather is not cooperating 100%. 

 River Views on the Main  Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

River Views on the Main  Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

There are picturesque buildings along the river banks – and several cafes where you can soak it all in. 

  Eiserner Steg  -  Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Eiserner Steg  - Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

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Make sure you spend a couple of minutes crossing the Eiserner Steg.  This is a charming iron foot-bridge that spans the Main River.  The vistas from this part of the river are marvelous. 

The railings are covered in 1000’s of ” love locks” - like many other bridges in Paris and Rome.  If you’re a little bit romantic its heartwarming to see all of the outpouring of affection (although I’m sure the maintenance people loath it!).

 Love Locks -  Eiserner Steg -  Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Love Locks - Eiserner Steg - Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

Number 3: Relax over a Beer

 Stop For Some Local Beer   - Pboto: Calvin Wood

Stop For Some Local Beer  - Pboto: Calvin Wood

Germany produces some of the best beers in the world. If you're strolling through Frankfurt you must take a break and savor one of the national favorites. 

There are countless outdoor cafes around the station and in the old town.  Pick one with a good view and take it all in with a beer!

 Outdoor Patios for Beer -Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Outdoor Patios for Beer -Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Number 2: Pop into Frankfurt’s Cathedral – Dom St. Barthalomaus

 Bell Tower -  Dom St. Barthalomaus  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Bell Tower - Dom St. Barthalomaus - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

St. Barthalomaus is a striking place of worship – and a landmark that you can see from many parts of the city.  The highly ornamented bell tower looms over much of Frankfurt.

 Soaring Vaulted Ceilings -  Dom St Barholomaus  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Soaring Vaulted Ceilings - Dom St Barholomaus - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

It’s the largest church in the city and it has a magnificent interior – especially with the vaulted ceilings that force you to gaze at the heavens.  It’s no wonder this was the site of over 10 imperial coronations, starting back in 1562.

It’s about a 20-minute walk from the central train station (or a 5-minute walk from Romerberg).

 Artwork in  St. Bartholomaus  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Artwork in St. Bartholomaus - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Number 1: Marvel at Romerberg and the Old Town

 Gothic Buildings in  Romerberg  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Gothic Buildings in Romerberg - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

This is the number one sport if you have limited time.

If you're looking for some postcard worthy shots – you’ll get them in Romerberg and the surrounding streets.  Romberberg is a square that's bordered by a fabulous collection of gothic buildings including a 15th century town hall – Rathaus (Pictured at the top of this post).

When you think of quaint German buildings – this is what comes to mind!

  Old St. Nicholas Church  -  Romerberg  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Old St. Nicholas Church - Romerberg - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Make sure you visit Old St. Nicholas Church on the northern part of the square. It survived most of the bombing in WWII, so it’s a great spot to check out some original medieval architecture.   

 Artwork -  Old St. Nicholas Church  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Artwork - Old St. Nicholas Church - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Interior -  Old St. Nicholas Church  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Interior - Old St. Nicholas Church - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

The streets around Romerberg are fantastic to explore as well.  With plenty of storybook structures – it almost feels like you’re in some kind of fairy tale.  Charming and alluring – it’s easy to get temporarily lost as you stroll down its winding streets, gasping at each new set of buildings.

 Buildings in the Old Town - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Buildings in the Old Town - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Old Town - Building Detail - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Old Town - Building Detail - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Old Town - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Old Town - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

 Old Town - Frankfurt Stopover    Photo: Calvin Wood

Old Town - Frankfurt Stopover   Photo: Calvin Wood

If you have extra time between fights (at least 5 hours) don’t stay at the airport. Venture into Frankfurt as there’s so much to see. 

Gingerbread like buildings – Magnificent Churches – and German Beer:  All things you should not miss.  Having an extended stopover in Frankfurt is actually a treat!  Take advantage of it.

 Frankfurt Stopover    Photo: Calvin Wood

Frankfurt Stopover   Photo: Calvin Wood

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