Engineered to be a World Class City
Whether you fly into the bustling airport, use Frankfurt as a hub for excursions, or would like to explore the city in depth, your first steps into Germany will almost certainly include the outstanding Deutsche Bahn Rail service. There are trains into the city center main station every few minutes from the lower level Regiobahnhof, and also long distance service to other destinations directly from the airport’s impressive new Fernbahnhof.
On arrival into the main station (Hauptbahnhof) you will be in the heart of the action. The city may be Germany’s central transportation hub and financial epicenter, but is certainly not short on amazing museums and lovely gardens. A short stroll east along the Main River from the station is the core of the city, the medieval Römer. This square for kings and poets is also near to the Goethe home and museum. Retail therapy will cost you big on Konstablerwache, the second most expensive street for shops to rent in all of Germany. This pedestrian-only zone is host to one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in the country. Visit a month before the holiday for handcrafted trinkets. Be sure to keep warm with a glass of spiced Glühwein.
Nearby, board the U6 subway at Hauptwache for a short trip to Bockenheimer Warte, and a visit to the Palm Garden and incredible Senckenberg Museum, which boasts the largest exhibition of large dinosaurs in Europe.
Trains going to and from the Hauptbahnhof or Fernbahnhof leave frequently, making excursions from the city quite simple. Fairy tales come alive in locations such as Heidelberg (55 minutes by train), the Rhine valley (75 minutes), and the Fairytale Route itself in Kassel, just 90 minutes away and home to the Brothers Grimm Museum. Be sure to visit small towns as well for an authentic Germany experience such as Rüdesheim, a winemaking town in the heart of Rhine Gorge and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Hann-Münden in Saxony is known for its extremely old homes – some standing for more than six centuries!
Frankfurt – at the confluence ancient and innovative. See the city and the sights beyond on the incredibly efficient German Rail Network, traveling on high-speed ICE trains with your German Rail Pass.
Contributed by: Eric, Specialty Desk Agent, loves to frequent European events on visits with family in wonderful Kassel and Dortmund.