Updated on March 1, 2016
With our Frankfurt hotel accommodations covered in the last post, this one will focus on the city! We really wish we had more time to spend in Frankfurt – but with this whirlwind honeymoon we didn’t stay in one place too long – other than the Maldives.
After dropping off our bags and being told we had to wait to check in to the hotel, we started walking!
Let’s see where we are so far.
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Wanting to kill some time and grab a German lunch, we took a leisurely stroll along the river about 1km to Kloserhof! It had been recommended by the concierge at the hotel (the best part of the hotel…), and as he was the rest of the trip, pretty spot on.
The restaurant was founded in 1936 and really had a cool feeling of good ole fashion German food. Being my first time in Germany (not on a military base), I literally had nothing to compare it to, so take that for what it is.
We sat at the restaurant for about 1.5-2 hours. We were perfectly content sitting there and hanging out waiting for our room.
I took a page out of my brother Chris’ (other brother) book and asked the waitress to surprise me with something good. She came back with the chicken curry with almonds and rice, while I think Jaime got some sort of schnitzel. We both really enjoyed our meals and multiple beers.
After lunch we began our stroll back along with river southwest towards the hotel.
Getting back to the hotel, we checked in and caught up on some sleep that we missed out on during the overnight from JFK.
Rested and ready to go eat, we took another trip around the area, this time pretty much just walking about with no real plan in place.
After walking around the neighborhood, we found a few bars that were PACKED and didn’t look like they had any food. We finally “settled” for Ristorante Pizzeria Messina, and it was fantastic!
We knew we’d get some more “German” food for lunch the next day, so we were more than okay with a little Italian flavor!
Dinner done, it was time to turn in for the night and get an early start the next day before our late afternoon/evening flight to London.
Up and at ’em the next morning, we checked out of the room, left our bags downstairs in the storage area, and headed to Old Town Frankfurt! It’s about a 20-minute walk from the hotel, and about twice the distance of Klosterhof.
Alstadt, as it’s known, was exactly what we were looking for – the traditional old-style part of town!
Römerberg is the main section of Old Town – at least in the eyes of tourists. It has the traditional timber houses on a cobbled town square surrounded by shops and restaurants.
As you can see on the ground in the picture above, there were all these wooden boards laid all over the ground around the center of the square. There were even signs saying that kids should be careful, but it was pretty much inviting you to walk through them. I’m not sure if it’s some German idea of a puzzle or maze or what….lost in translation I guess.
We headed through to the eastern side of Römerberg and went to the Frankfurt Cathedral, also known as the Kaiserdom Sankt Bartholomäus. It’s a Roman Catholic Gothic Church dedicated to Saint Bartholomew. It’s a beautifully massive church and I wish we could have gone there for church or any type of event. We were able to get a few snaps but weren’t able to go fully inside.
Having a few more hours left, we grabbed a sausage and flatbread, obviously with beers, at a little restaurant in the heart of Römerberg.
After a delicious lunch we headed for a souvenir shop, Frankfurter Dippemarkt. It was a little mom-and-pop store recommended to us by none other than the concierge, Steven. We liked it significantly more than the other shops that were right in Römerberg.
It’s just to northeast of Römerberg and the Kaiserdom, and only about a 5 minute walk from the Cathedral. Well worth the walk for some unique mugs, dishes, and statues. We grabbed a couple mugs, obviously!
With a busy morning in Old Town now over, we went back to our hotel to grab our bags and hop in the Uber to the airport!
Have you ever been to Frankfurt? How long were you there and did you enjoy the stay?
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