I'll be spending one day in Frankfurt, Germany. I have one day to browse around. My transportation method of choice is the train/subway. I see that I can take the train from the airport
to the main station in town
From there I can hop on the U4 subway. There is a stop on the U4 that appears to be less than 1/2 mile from the Marriott. I can't tell if it's accessible on foot. Has anyone made this walk to the hotel from Messe/Festhalle stop?
After checking in, I'm going to hit the downtown area. Any quick "can't miss" ideas?
Your Friend, Pained.
Awe, sorry Pained. I go to Germany a lot these days, but my family picks me up from the airport and drives me to their little burg in the Bavarian countryside. Alas, I have no experience with Frankfurt outside of the airport.
The good news is you know your stop is within 1/2 mile from the hotel. Why wouldn't it be accesible on foot?
Here's a couple of quick links for you to peruse.
You can be our trailblazer. I'm sure you'll find some nifty hot spots!
Safe and happy travels!
I arrived in Frankurt on Friday morning around 10:00 AM after an 8 hr flight from Philadelphia. I took the train from the airport to the main station in 14 minutes... very easy. At the main station, I needed a little help to find the entrance for the U4 subway line. Quick trip to the Festhalle-Messe stop. This is within a city block of the Frankfurt Marriott.
The checking in was great. I handed the young front desk lady my Chase Visa and my Black PP card. She was really nervous trying to please. She was trying to find a suite that was ready for early check-in as an upgrade. I was alone, so I thanked her for her efforts, but asked for a smaller, simpler room.
I freshened up and hit the down town shopping area. Once again, easy subway ride, 5-7 minutes. It was packed with life, really invigorating. Picked up a Bayern Munich sweatshirt for my son. Had some great schnitzel at Jintz Corriander. Sat outside and people watched during lunch. Back to the hotel for a nap.
I'm guessing you have plenty of information at this point, but, depending upon the weather, I've found it to be an easy walk (with a roller bag). If the weather isn't great, the Strassenbahn (not subway, more so a street car system - it's above ground for this short trip) is direct, easy, and incredibly convenient. (It couldn't be any closer unless they ran it into or under the hotel.) Oh, and it's a nice hotel, and some of the views are splendid.
I lived in Frankfurt many years ago, so it's a pleasure to go back, but - if it's your first time, and you don't have lots of time to burn - keeping in mind it's a large and diverse city - consider one of the (very convenient and reasonably priced) day or half-day bus (or combo) tours. You can book them in the information office at the Hauptbahnhof - very near the main street entrance. I'm congenitally skeptical of guided tours, but I've found the guides (surprisingly) informative, laid back, and more pleasant than irritating... Over the last few years, I've done a few of these - for example - on lengthy layovers flying to Asia or Africa. Even having lived there, I always learn something and see something I never saw before. Among others, I'd recommend:
If you end up walking thru the University downtown, try to imagine that -- just a couple of decades ago -- that entire complex was the U.S. Military Headquarters (V Corps, Corps of Engineers, etc.) -- the main U building (today) was originally the IG Farben building (yup, that IG Farben) and the U.S. re-named it the Abrams building, but everyone called it the Farben building....