the terrace (Terminal 1) should be open in August. The 2nd terrace has been closed since Sept. 11, 2001 & is likely to remain closed.
Except for the terrace there are just 2 decent spots (if you want to call the terrace decent
One is located at the eastern perimeter, close to autobahn A5. You can either walk there from terminal 2 (about half an hour) or you can go from terminal 1 by bus. This way it's just an 8-minute ride & another 5-minute walk. The bus stop is "US Air Base", bus line is OF
-64, terminates at "Dreieich-Offenthal." From the bus stop just go where the planes are.
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Important to know: This spot is most useful when westerly winds occur, ie when Rwys 25L & 25R are in use. Over the weekend it can get pretty packed (passing cyclists get bitchy at times
) but there's enough space. It's really the prime location in Frankfurt.
The other is the platform close to Rwy 18. Difficult to get there without a car. A taxi should be the best solution. It's located right beside Rwy 18, at the tunnel entrance. You can take photos of departing aircraft (in use all day) &, if Rwys 07R & 07L are in use, of arriving planes.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.