AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4525 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
Going to be in Frankfurt over the weekend and wondering what I should be getting up to.
Will have the whole day on Friday and at least a bit of Saturday to do the touristy thing and all that.
I hear that Frankfurt is a very dull and boring place that was mostly destroyed during the war.
All I have been advised about so far is to go to Sachsenhausen for some authentic food and drink and a bunch of lovely old restaurants. I guess that part of the city wasn't destroyed during the War.
If anyone from Frankfurt or that knows the city could advise me on what to see and what to do I would be most appreciative.
I am also planning a trip out of the city by car and have been presented with a number of options:
Wiesbaden (spa town)
Stuttgart (2.5 hours, perhaps I could see the MBZ factory)
Karlsruhe (dunno what there is to do there)
Wuerzberg (great food, lovely drive through the forests, the citadel, good wine)
Ruedesheim (wine town filled with american and british tourists apparently)
If anyone could shed light on these options and perhaps suggest others that would be great.
Anything I should buy in Germany that I can't find elsewhere, incidentally?
Air380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
Drive to Aschaffenburg, it is on the A 3 and has quite a nice castle you can look at and a nice center. Then go to the Resteraunt in the castle and get some local cuisine and, most important, wonderful local Franconian wine.
I lived there for 5 years . . . it's a great city. Of course, that was twenty two years ago, and I've only visited for a day or so since. But I always thought Wiesbaden was beautiful. Might I direct you to Eddie's Eck . . . great little Gasthaus . . .
Lots of tourists but on the river . . . with some absolutely splendid scenery. Perhaps a Rhine River cruise might give you time to see a lot of that area. Perhaps the cruise from Mainz north to Koblenz, and train for the return. I'd done that more times than I can count . . . great trip.
Not that great of an idea this weekend, we have some 20.000 sportsmen in town for the "Landesturnfest". It's all a bit crowded. Good thing I'll be leaving Friday afternoon for a birthday in the family.
Going by train would be an experience, too. The ICE takes your relaxed self from Frankfurt to Stuttgart with a stop in Mannheim in 1:20 and you'll travel on the high speed track between Mannheim and Stuttgart, adding one more high speed experience to your trip. But make sure you don't travel Sunday afternoon, half of Germany (including myself) will be returning from the four-day weekend.
If you do that, consider getting a "Weltmeister BahnCard" which will give you a 25% rebate on any fare for 19 EUR; Frankfurt-Stuttgart and back on the ICE is 98 EUR on a regular fare which is the only one you'll get on short notice.
[Edited 2006-05-25 13:39:25]
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YooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 48
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
My dad and i just got back from FRA last night. We got to FRA on May 21 and blasted through the city and did a jaunt to Walldorf (Dad's birthplace).
We went to Nue Isenburg for some pizza and good wine (apparently the Eintracht players visit frequently) and had a blast with my dad good friends and his kids and grandkids.
Walldorf has a nice forest to walk through. You can see plenty of wild life and tonnes of planes taking off startbahn-west. If you have the strength to walk from Walldorf to Moenchbruch (6.5 km), there is a fine restaurant Moenchbruch Mulle. Very good food and drink.
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Sachenhausen is great. Had some real ebble woi and great food and some great Weizenbier.
Downtown Frankfurt was good. Stores are a little pricey and everybody has WC Fever. The city was incredibly clean. I was amazed. Going to the Romer and Dom is a good experience as well as using all modes of transportation. The Zeil is a must.
Man, i had super fun (16 years since i was there last) and i hope you do as well.
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AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4525 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 6): Are you still there on Sunday? If yes, you are welcome to join our mini A.net meeting in Bochum, you could even travel to Bochum with Frank Leskova who will take the train from Frankfurt.
Unfortunately I'm leaving late on Saturday night - had I known I would have gone sat/sun instead of fri/sat. Should have checked the A.net meets on here before booking! Thanks for mentioning though, would have been nice to meet more German a.netters.