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Quick meandering around Frankfurt

Posted in Frankfurt, Trip Report with tags , , , , on July 4, 2011 by getgowing

This is the 3rd installment of my second almost-’round-the-world trip for 2011.  Here are some previous introductory posts, trip reports, and live posts during my travels:

June 13, 2011

I had about a 6 hour layover before my next flight to Moscow, so of course I was going to get some view of the city in.  Taking the subway from the airport, it took only about 15 minutes to get to the main train station.  Frankfurt has several trains that service it, but within the city, the underground is called the U-bahn, and the suburban line that is mostly above ground is the S-bahn.  Following Thommy’s (my seatmate on flight ATL-FRA) suggestion, I took a train to the Hauptwache station.  I seemingly was able to ride the train for free because I didn’t go through any turnstiles.  All I could think back to was my time in Amsterdam when I bought roundtrip tickets and never went through any ticket collecting, in either direction…there was an open area so I just ended up walking around them.  What I read just 5 minutes ago, is that the Frankfurt transit system purposefully doesn’t have any turnstiles.  There are plain clothed ticket inspectors that regularly check for tickets.  Good thing I didn’t have to go very far, and it was not during rush hour.

I didn’t have any knowledge of where I was going or what I was doing, which was kinda nice.  Just walk around and meander a bit.  Before I could get to Hauptwache, a transfer was required at Frankfurt Hbf.

Approaching Frankfurt Hbf

At Frankfurt Hbf. I'll be taking one of those high-speed trains soon enough.

Frankfurt Hbf

I picked up a Käsebrezel (cheese pretzel) for a light snack, then continued on to Hauptwache.  (I knew pretzels were of German origin, but I didn’t realize how common it was.  It was EVERYWHERE!)

Close call of the day:

One thing I wasn’t used to, nor had I seen before until Frankfurt, was a button to open the doors of the train.  My stop was coming up, and I was looking at something on my iPod, and was just standing next to the doors distracted waiting for them to open.  After I looked up for a brief second, I saw the blinking button.  About 5 seconds after I left the train, it moved on to the next stop.  Pay Attention!!

PUSH this button!

After arriving, I just picked a direction and started walking, for about 20 minutes away from the station, and didn’t find anything interesting ope.  It was still around 9am, and apparently most businesses don’t open until 10am.

Castle tower in the middle of an intersection

No chocolate chips?

Nice little park

I liked the colors

I got this far and it seemed that it was mostly a residential area, so I turned around and walked back to the station.  Good thing I did.  I ran into the Frankfurt Apple store which was on a mostly pedestrian road, Große Bockenheimer Straße.  In this area was alot of high end shops and restaurants, reminded me of 5th Avenue in New York.  If you’re ever in Frankfurt and into people watching, get a bier und Wurst mit Brötchen (A beer and sausage with a roll) and a table outside.  It won’t disappoint you.

Frankfurt Apple store

Nevermind that it was only around noon. Its already the evening in Japan, and I was just preparing my body for it. 🙂

Around Hauptwache was also the start of one of the world's largest running races, the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Frankfurt, with about 70,000 runners.

Departure board in Frankfurt Hbf on my way back to the airport

That was just enough to entice my curiosity.  Over the next several weeks, I will have 2 overnight visits to Frankfurt.  I can’t wait!

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