WillieP
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Frankfurt Viewing Area

Wed Nov 23, 2005 2:20 am

is this still open?

many thanks
 
andz
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Wed Nov 23, 2005 2:44 am

I was in FRA on Saturday and I went to the spectator area, at the pay point the guy looked at me (no jacket) and said it was cold and a 10 minute walk there and back, so I declined. So yes something is open, exactly what I couldn't say.
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9V-SPF
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Wed Nov 23, 2005 3:58 am

It is definitely still open and the information about a supposed closing due to LH´s lounge rebuilding is quite contradictory.
The guy suggesting you not to go without a jacket was right: It is usually cold and windy out there but the views are still spectacular and worth freezing for.
 
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:57 am

Quoting 9V-SPF (Reply 2):
It is usually cold and windy out there but the views are still spectacular and worth freezing for.

He is correct, wear a heavy jacket out there even if it is sunny. It can get FREEZING out there!!! And it is more like a 5 minute walk to the terrace and back. There used to be 3 different viewing terraces open at FRA but after 9/11 they closed all 3 of them down and only opened up the one that is there now quite a while later. There used to be one right in front of the McDonalds in Terminal 2, and 2 on each of the satelite terminals in Terminal 1B. Now there is only 1!!! It sucks extremely...  banghead 
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andz
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:03 am

Unfortunately I put my jacket and beanie and scarf in my suitcase and checked it in, you don't need warm clothes in the terminal and I was heading home to summer! Then I went upstairs and.... "dammit, that was clever" LOL
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:30 am

Quoting 9V-SPF (Reply 2):
The guy suggesting you not to go without a jacket was right: It is usually cold and windy out there but the views are still spectacular and worth freezing for.

I can confirm this: I froze my a** off when I spent a couple of hours there in December a couple of years ago. Heavy jacket, gloves, and warm hat are all a must.

Tony
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WillieP
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:12 am

so is there any sort of refreshment selling place there? and do you have to be thru passport control to go to the viewing deck?
 
Avro85
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:16 am

AFAIK the terrace will not close before early 2006. So you can still go up there for a little while.

Quoting WillieP (Reply 6):
so is there any sort of refreshment selling place there?

yes there is a shop where you can buy drinks and some food. But on the terrace it's extremely expensive if I recall well. I would suggest to first go in the shopping mall downstairs ( -2 when coming in departure hall) to buy some stuff.

Quoting WillieP (Reply 6):
and do you have to be thru passport control to go to the viewing deck?

No you don't have to go through passport control. The terrace is open for everyone. But you still pass a security check before entering the terrace.

Enjoy your stay there. It's a wonderful spotting place.

Cheers
Chris
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:21 am

Quick tip. If you wanna save some money, just wait until the person at the till goes to the WC or on a break, that way you can bypass the till and just go straight to the security check who usually end up laughing because you didn't have to pay to get in!  Smile
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WillieP
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:26 am

any ideas what are the likely to be the opening times in January?
 
HT
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:02 am

Quoting WillieP (Reply 9):
any ideas what are the likely to be the opening times in January?

Try http://www.airportcity-frankfurt.com for more information on this and many more issues (incl. tours):

The opening hours:
November – February 10.00 - 18.30h
March – October 8.00 - 20.30h
Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
Note: The Visitors Terrace will be closed indefinitely on 28.12.2005!
The prices: Adults 3 €
(Info taken from a.m.website)
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[Edited 2005-11-23 19:03:05]
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Thu Nov 24, 2005 4:19 am

I'm leaving for Frankfurt in about five hours and I can't wait to get back up on the viewing terrace. It's almost without an equal in terms of variety and proximity to the aircraft.

What everyone has said is true - it's FREEZING up there. I remember standing up there with a heavy coat, gloves, scarf and hat, and swearing that I would go inside "as soon as this widebody on approach lands." And then lo and behold, another widebody would appear behind it, and another, and another... and I was still up there freezing!  Smile

I am so excited to be back at FRA tomorrow.
 
WillieP
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:00 am

so if the viewing area is likely to be closed now on a permanent basis from December , where would be the best place to spot?
 
HT
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:10 pm

Quoting WillieP (Reply 12):
so if the viewing area is likely to be closed now on a permanent basis from December , where would be the best place to spot?

Taking only public spaces into account:
- If you want to be protected from the elements use the restaurant area upstairs in T2 (but views are very restricted).

http://www.airliners.de/wissen/specials/frankfurt/planespotting.php (in german only) mentions 2 commonly used spots:
#1 is to the southwest of runway 25L next to the air lift memorial park (walkable from T2). Caution: Use the pedestrian/cycle-path along the perimeter fence (30-45 minutes); don´t use the dead-end (cul-de-sac) leading to "Catering" !
#2 is to the west of rwy 18. A car is required to reach it from the terminals.

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764
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:52 am

As we all know, the observation deck on T1 will be closed indefinitely (as in probably forever) for whatever reason.

But when I was in T2 a few days ago I noticed that the signs for the terrace there didn't have the note "temporarily closed" on them any more. Do you think that they might be smart enough to reopen that one? After all 9/11 is long gone and at least in Germany airports could get back to normal life, couldn't they?
 
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:57 am

Typical. Myself and another Photogapher are flying into Frankfurt from LAX in early March, and was looking forward into visiting the deck for a few hours before we catch the train to Stutgart!

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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Sat Nov 26, 2005 6:53 am

Quoting 764 (Reply 14):
Do you think that they might be smart enough to reopen that one?

A few years ago I asked one of these FRA security guys why they closed the T2 terrace and he told me that they have not enough machines to screen the people's backpacks, jackets, etc. to keep both terraces open. I don't know if he was talking rubbish or if this is indeed the reason for the closing of the T2 terrace. If it is the real reason, then they only have to move the screening machines from T1 to T2 and they can easily reopen the terrace.

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764
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RE: Frankfurt Viewing Area

Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:43 am

Let's hope for it.

I was thinking about sending Fraport a letter regarding this issue, but dismissied the idea because I do not think that they are really going to care about one lonely person complaining about the closure. Of course that might be a completely different story if several (as in hundreds of) people send in a petition.

Maybe we here at airliners.net should organize such a letter?!? Perhaps we can actually change something if we all work together...

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