airxliban
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Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Thu May 25, 2006 10:01 am

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)
Heidelberg (castle)
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?
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RE: Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Thu May 25, 2006 10:05 am

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.
 
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RE: Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Thu May 25, 2006 11:11 am

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Wiesbaden

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 . . .

The Kurhaus and Casino downtown was always fun.

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Ruedesheim

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.
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RE: Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Thu May 25, 2006 6:55 pm

Würzburg is a great town. Very historic and colorful. Lots of great food and the wine is very tasty. It´s just a bit more then an hours drive south on the A3 from FRA.

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Anything I should buy in Germany that I can't find elsewhere, incidentally?

Currywurst! Yummy, yummy! But I recommend that you drive up to the Ruhrgebiet (just north of DUS) for this.
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RE: Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Thu May 25, 2006 8:22 pm

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Heidelberg (castle)

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.

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Stuttgart (2.5 hours, perhaps I could see the MBZ factory)

Good idea, MB recently opened their new museum: http://www.mercedes-benz.com/content...e/heritage_new/The_New_Museum.html I don't know about driving there, but if you do, make sure you don't take the A6 between Walldorf and Heilbronn. It is the Autobahn for traffic jams in this area, especially near Sinsheim.

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.

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RE: Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Thu May 25, 2006 10:25 pm

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.

If you like asparagus, now is the time, it's everywhere !!

Sachenhausen is great. Had some real ebble woi and great food  Wink 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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RE: Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Thu May 25, 2006 10:28 pm

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.

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RE: Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Thu May 25, 2006 10:42 pm

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.

Patrick

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.
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RE: Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Thu May 25, 2006 10:49 pm

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 7):
Unfortunately I'm leaving late on Saturday night

Too bad, well, maybe we get the chance to meet when you are in Germany next time (or when I am in the LA area next time).

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RE: Frankfurt, Germany - What To Do?

Fri May 26, 2006 3:05 am

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 8):
Too bad, well, maybe we get the chance to meet when you are in Germany next time (or when I am in the LA area next time).

Indeed. Or if you are ever in the UAE again (will be moving to Dubai in August) or in Oxford (if you are here before the end of July). Whereabouts in Deutschland are you from again?
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