A few weeks ago, I was going through my daily dose of Skyscanner searches and came across a shockingly inexpensive flight to Frankfurt, Germany. I thought why not? I had always imagined myself going to Munich or Berlin but the opportunity arose and off to Frankfurt I went. As the financial capital of the European banking system, I was not really sure what to expect upon my arrival. A friend of mine from the United States is from Frankfurt and had recommended a small itinerary of things to do but other than that I was on my own. Once landing at the airport and conquering the complicated corridors of the combined airport and train station, I found myself on the S9 headed towards the Frankfurt Central Train Station. A few recommendations for when you land in Frankfurt that I learned on the go and wish I would have known before:
- The train you want to catch to get to the main train station in the city is S9.
- You need to pay for your ticket at the kiosk before getting on the train and for the one way ticket, it is around 5 euros. Depending if you choose to use public transportation for the rest of the day, I would recommend looking into the daily pass option which is around 10 euros.
Frankfurt HostelI chose to stay at the Frankfurt Hostel and it was one of the best decisions of my entire trip. Here are the reasons why I enjoyed the hostel so much. The location was perfect. The hostel was located directly next to Frankfurt Central Station and was just a short walk away from the riverwalk, opera house, and the heart of Frankfurt. The staff at the hostel were also extremely welcoming and helpful throughout my entire stay. They helped me with directions to where I wanted to go and even offered a free walking tour once a day. Since I was traveling alone, I really enjoyed the outgoing atmosphere created at the hostel because it made it very easy to meet fellow travelers. In the evenings, after the free pasta dinner, the main area turns into a local bar and space for people to drink and socialize. The cost of the hostel was relatively inexpensive and very appropriate considering they offer a free pasta dinner and breakfast.
Frankfurt the CityThe weather gods were with me on this trip because for two of the three days I was in Frankfurt it was forecasted to rain and I never saw a drop. After checking into the hostel, I went on a nice walk along the riverside, which provided a quaint and charming start to the afternoon. It is a great view of the city and enjoyable walking path. In hindsight I wish I would have packed some running shoes because the city would have made a beautiful backdrop for a morning run. Lining the walkway are park benches and little play areas for kid, making it a great outing for individuals as well as families. While it was very sunny, it was Germany and it was winter so being the Florida girl I am, I found a nice little bakery to get a cup of coffee and pretzel. One of my biggest culinary recommendations from the trip is that you must try the pretzels. They were AMAZING and also came in a ton of different flavors and were even offered as the bread for a sandwich. Weather permitting, walking around Frankfurt is a great way to see the city. I was able to see the Romer, the Opera House, the Zeilgalerie, along with several of the amazing museums.
Heidelberg CastleWhile Frankfurt has a lot to offer within the city, there are also a lot of amazing day trips available. I chose to go to go to the Heidelberg Castle. Here are some of the logistical aspects:
- It is around a one hour and thirty minute drive from Frankfurt.
- Flixbus offers very inexpensive bus trips to and from Heidelberg. They leave almost every hour, making it convenient and easy to travel to and from.