Frankfurt is a city that I never really thought twice about. I’ve actually flown there a couple of times, but since we used to stay in a hotel away from the city, most of the crew would just meet for drinks in the hotel and have a relaxing layover. However, since our new crew hotel is now only a 20 minute walk from the city centre, I decided to give it a visit!
If you saw my July roster post you would have seen that I was meant to be flying to Guangzhou. Well, I checked my roster a couple of days before and it had suddenly changed to Frankfurt! No complaints on my side; although Guangzhou would have been a new city to tick off the list, it’s not somewhere I’m particularly fussed about visiting.
The flight over to Frankfurt was nice and short, around 6 hours, although it was a 3am departure which meant lots of coffee was needed! Once we arrived I had a good nap, then got myself ready to do some exploring.
After a scorching walk into the city (35 degrees no less, I almost felt like I was back in Dubai but without the air-con!) it was time to hit the shops.
The central street in Frankfurt is called the Zeil, and has everything you could ever need! I was on a mission to find shoes to go with my dress for Kirsty’s wedding next month (my ex-flatmate who has now moved to Hong Kong) but it was mission unsuccessful this time.
My walk took me past the Opera House, where there was some kind of summer festival going on with lots of food and drink stalls.
Frankfurt is such a contrast between old and new – its of beautiful old buildings and then plenty of shiny new skyscrapers!
After stopping for some dinner and to write my postcards, I strolled on down towards the old part of the city.
One of the main attractions is the Römerberg, where there are some beautiful 15th – 18th century houses, as well as the old town hall.
Unfortunately the Ironman competition was getting ready to be held there in 2 days time, so it was full of scaffolding and quite difficult to see the whole square fully.
I headed on down towards the river, where it seems a lot of people had had the same idea! Every cafe or restaurant was full, everybody was sitting outside in the sunshine enjoying the evening.
I crossed over the bridge, where I was hoping to get a good view of the skyline. I wasn’t disappointed, as it’s the perfect spot!
The bridge is slowly filling up with love locks, let’s just hope it doesn’t end up like the Pont Des Arts in Paris, which is in danger of collapsing!
I sat for a while just enjoying the sunshine, but it was so hot that I soon gave up and headed back across the river. I’d spotted quite a few ice cream places on my walk so decided to treat myself to help cool down!
After all that walking I made my way back towards the hotel, perfect timing to witness the beautiful sunset and with plenty of time for a nice sleep before wake-up call the next morning.
Thanks Frankfurt for a lovely little layover 🙂