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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7603 times:

I will be doing a daytrip to Frankfurt from MAN in August. First visit to Frankfurt. Since I will be only doing a daytrip I will go to the observation deck.

How do I get to it and is there a fee to get on it?. I ask as I saw at the one at AMS in 2007 had turnstiles, but were not in use.

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User currently offlineGeocan From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7590 times:

G'day Ryan,

the only observation deck which was open on my visit last year was the one in Terminal 2 (Level 4, look for Besucherterrasse signs). This is the newer terminal. It is East of Terminal 1.
You can get to Terminal 2 via the shuttle rail from Terminal 1.
There is an entry fee, a few Euros, but I don't remember how many.
One also needs to go through the security control after the ticket counter.
The deck is quite long and the view is good of parked and taxing aircraft. Landing shots would require about 300/400mm lens. Watch for heat haze (yes, even in Germany!)
The main problem is that it faces South, so the aircraft are nearly always back lit. A cloudy day is actually better. Also, there is no shade.
The decks at the older Terminal 1 are closed due to building extensions. Probably Lounges and/or shops. The views there were better.
Hope this helps.


User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7585 times:

Thanks for the information.

As I will be there for most of the day are food/drink/toilet facilities close by?

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User currently offlineTMFRA From Germany, joined Apr 2006, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7579 times:

Yes Ryan, they are close by! Keep your ticket with you all the time and ask if you are able to get back with it before you leave the visitor platform! There is a snack bar near by and a "McDoof" as we say in Germany (doof means stupid). What I wanted to say was McDonalds  Smile. The problem really is the southwards facing platform! A sunny day would be really bad. Clouds as George said are way better!

Another good thing would be the spot at Highway A5. When you leave T2 there is a small footway leading you to the 25L/R arrivals. You walk straight along the airport fence under the approaching aircraft and after a maybe 15 to 20 minutes walk you reach a pedestrian bridge near the Berlin Airbridge Memorial. There you are facing north with the sun in your back!

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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7563 times:

Also is it a big walk from terminal 1 to the deck in terminal 2.

I made the mistake of flying on a low cost airline into AMS into the low cost terminal and that was a massive walk.

Thanks for all the help. That has answered my questions about Frankfurt. This trip will be my first time there.

South Australian Spotter
User currently offlineChukcha From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2054 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7557 times:
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I visited the observation deck in 1993. Back then, there were a few aircraft displayed on it - a Junkers-52, an Antonov An-2, a Sikorsky helicopter. Are the aircraft still there? I assume it would be in the old terminal.


User currently offlineGeocan From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7544 times:

the quick way from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 is via the free shuttle rail (called Sky Line).
If you are quick a few photos of the parked aircraft are possible from the carriages.
Walking could take about 10~15 minutes.
I looked up the Frankfurt Airport website, the entry fee is 5 Euro.


unfortunately those aircraft on the Terminal 1 Observation deck are long gone, way before it was closed.


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4938 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7527 times:


I recommend the 20min walk along the perimeter to the 25R arrivals spot, known as Zeppelinheim. Walk past the approach for 25L and just after the 25R approach you'll see a path leading up to a footbridge across the A5. Anywhere in this vicinity will allow very good photo's of aircraft arriving, and if your lens is long enough you can capture 25L arrivals too.

If you have time in the afternoon you can catch a bus to the runway 18 platform, which is good for photography from about 15:00.


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5954 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7467 times:

its against the sun from the Observation deck, you'll have it in your face the entire day...take a walk as suggested by Jax to the 25R spot at Zeppelinheim, the deck is really useless for photography at that time of year.

just buy some snacks from the shops on your way to the 25R spot and you'll be fine.


the bridge is the best spot for arrivals.

[Edited 2009-06-19 21:40:57]

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