Guten Morgen Liebe’s!!
It is a chilly September day here in Germany – I’m talking in the upper 50’s low 60’s. That’s basically freezing for this Florida gal. I am currently here to visit my boyfriend who recently had to move back due to visa issues. He works 3 days a week and I have to find ways to stay entertained – instead of sitting around I’ve chosen to do some solo-explorations and go off by my self.
Yes, in the beginning it was a bit terrifying. First I had to brave the German public transportation system and some how make it from my boyfriends hometown (Pfungstadt, Germany) to Frankfurt. This required two train rides. The ticket machine was extremely confusing at the first stop, so when the train came I hopped on without a ticket and purchased one when I found a ticket counter (with a real person) at the second station. (NOT RECOMMENDED: You can get a fine of 60€ if caught riding the train without a ticket. I have figured out the bus system/machines now so that’s no longer an issue – I’m becoming a real pro!) The price for my roundtrip ticket was 17€ but definitely worth it.
Once I arrived in Frankfurt my first stop was Altstadt (aka Old Town). This is a beautiful historical area in Frankfurt (dating back to 794 A.D.) that is home to beautiful old churches, museums, and perhaps the most famous tourist destination in Frankfurt – Römerberg Plaza. Römerberg is where the famous Römer City Hall is located and additionally many other beautiful Middle-Age buildings.
I had my morning coffee here and then wandered on to the love lock bridge seen below.
After this I took a self-guided walk through the Historical Museum Frankfurt (Historisches Museum Frankfurt) It cost just 7€ pp/3.50€ for students. It was a museum full of beautiful artifacts and information on old Frankfurt. They will also be opening up a children’s portion of the museum soon making it perfect for the whole family!
After the Museum I made my way to St. Bartholomäus Cathedral which has been around since the 1300’s. My gosh was it beautiful.
After a little soul searching in the Cathedral I was wandering my way towards MyZeil (The mall area in Frankfurt) when I stumbled upon the most adorable (not-so-little) indoor market. (AKA Kleinmarkhalle) On the outside you can’t even tell of the countless vendors that lie through those doors.
It had meat counters, fruits and vegetable vendors, snack stands, flower shops, you name it. I grabbed my self some snacks and wandered around the amazing indoor market.
Finally made it to the shopping area where I spent the remainder of the day walking through shops, eating lunch, people watching, and just enjoying the scenery. I will say for Americans – I know you’ll be drawn to familiar brands, such as Nike, but don’t do it! You will pay triple the price you would pay in America. You’re in a foreign country, explore stores you wouldn’t usually go to for items you wouldn’t be able to get back home. (The picture below is the front of MyZeil the mall)
I walked everywhere I went in Frankfurt so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. I also used the MAPS on my iPhone to find my way around. If you don’t have service in Europe (or reliable service for that matter) you can download the city map of Frankfurt for offline use.
If you are looking for an easy way to get around and save money I highly suggest this Frankfurt Day Pass which can be purchased for 10€. It allows you unlimited use for the day on Frankfurt’s Public Transportation system along with 20-50% discounts at a variety of places such as Frankfurt Zoo, Main Tower, River Cruises, and more. Click the link HERE for details. They also offer a group ticket which is an amazing deal – 20€ for a 1 day pass and can be used for up to 5 people. So instead of paying 10€ per person the cost drops tremendously! (Thanks Frankfurt Tourism Board!!) Because public transportation alone could be around 10€ a person for the day this is an amazing deal that I wish I would’ve known about when I went.
There were many other stops I could’ve made but, being by myself, I tried not to wander to far from areas that I knew were safe. If you are thinking of traveling alone do your research so you know which areas are the safest!
For an itinerary of a day spent in Frankfurt, along with some extra “Bonus Stops”, download this PDF below!
Eager to learn more? Check out this awesome post by The Crazy Tourist on the 25 Best Things To Do in Frankfurt, Germany!