Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Trip Itinerary Ideas : Frankfurt, Germany

As we help plan a two week trip to Germany, we put together this list of places to see and things to do on your trip to Frankfurt, and day trips from the city center. 


Check out the Frankfurt Tourism Board's website, and their virtual city tour as well.

Weather


The weather in Frankfurt is moderate throughout the year, though often damp and drizzly. Summers are mild, with the occasional hot day, and it rarely gets very cold in winter and hardly ever snows.

Transportation

There are many ways to get around in Frankfurt and to other cities, the rail/subway system is the most commonly used. Uber is also available in most big cities in Germany but you might have communication issues with the drive. Be prepared with a translation app on your phone or a address you can show. 

Frankfurt's smooth-running, well-integrated public transportation system (called RMV) consists of the U-bahn (subway), S-bahn (suburban railway), Strassenbahn (streetcars), and buses. Buses are the public-transit option between 1 am and 4 am.
Fares for the entire system, which includes an extensive surrounding area, are uniform, though they are based on a complex zone system. Within the time that your ticket is valid (one hour for most inner-city destinations), you can transfer from one part of the system to another.
Tickets may be purchased from automatic vending machines, which are at all U-bahn and S-bahn stations. Weekly and monthly tickets are sold at central ticket offices and newsstands. A basic one-way ticket for a ride in the inner zone costs €2.60 during the peak hours of 6 am–9 am and 4 pm–6:30 pm weekdays (€2.30 the rest of the time). There's also a reducedKurzstrecke ("short stretch") fare of €1.60 the whole day. A day ticket for unlimited travel in the inner zones costs €6.60. If you're caught without a ticket, there's a fine of €40.
You can also buy RailEurope passes to go from Frankfurt to almost anywhere in Europe, some offering overnight trains too! (Save hotel money on a lay-flat bed and sleep on the train!)

In Frankfurt


Day Trips from Frankfurt

With a huge number of domestic and international flights landing in Frankfurt, the lively metropolis makes a strategic base for exploring central Germany, with excellent transport links to Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and the Rhine Valley. If you’re short on time or money, basing yourself in the city and exploring the surrounding sights can be easier than traveling around the region,  so to give you some ideas, here are some of the best day trips from Frankfurt.





Rhine River Valley

One of the most popular day tours from Frankfurt is to the idyllic Rhine River Valley and the most atmospheric way to explore the region is by boat. Take a boat cruise from Frankfurt to Mainz then continue through the UNESCO World Heritage listed section between Mainz and Koblenz – one of the most scenic boat rides in Europe, dotted with impressive hilltop fortresses, medieval villages and natural landmarks.













Cologne

Its most famous for the Cologne Cathedral which started being built in 1248, but was not finished until 1880. 



Heidelberg

A day or half-day tour to nearby Heidelberg is top of many traveler’s itineraries, reached by a drive along the dramatic Bergstrasse, or Mountain Road. Stop off at one of the many wineries and castles before you reach the main attraction –the romantic Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), once the principal residence of the Kurpfalz Princes and now renowned as one of Germany’s most beautiful castles.




Trier
Go back in time with a visit to Germany’s oldest city, Trier, dating back to 2000 BC. Less than 2 hours from Frankfurt, Trier’s main sights are the remnants of the Roman colony established in the city in 16BC, including Germany’s oldest cathedral, built by Constantine the Great  in 326 AD. A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, the ancient city is set on the banks of the Moselle River and features one of the earliest Gothic buildings in Germany, the Liebfrauenkirche, Roman Baths and a 20,000-capacity Roman Amphitheater.




Romantic Road

Lying close to the start of Germany’s iconic Romantic Road, Frankfurt makes a perfect launch pad for exploring Bavaria’s most scenic tourist route and there’s plenty to explore even if you’ve only got one day. Starting out at nearby Wurzburg, the road takes in attractions like the medieval town of Rothenburg, the walled city of Augsburg, the Tauber Valley vineyards and, further south, the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle.

Black Forest




Those looking to escape the city will find plenty to do in Bavaria’s majestic Black Forest with ample opportunities for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. Don’t miss a visit to the picturesque spa town of Baden Baden en route.

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