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Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

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Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

We will fly to Frankfurt the night before my return to US.

Are there hotels right in or near the airport?

Would that be the best area to stay?

I will need to be at the airport the next day at 8:30 am.

Is there anything interesting or an "Old Town" worth seeing?

I am wondering whether to arrive in Frankfurt early in the day to explore in the city, or if the city is to big to bother with for one day.

Thanks for any input!

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1. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

It's just 11 minutes by S-Bahn from Terminal 1 to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) where many hotels are. And 15 minutes to the stop Hauptwache, the center of the "Old Town". Which has however only few old buildings left/rebuilt after WWII. A city tour leaflet

frankfurt.de/sixcms/media.php/738/frankfurt_…

Hauptwache is #18. Distance Hauptwache to the river Main is approx. 750 meters.

More old buildings can be found in Old Sachsenhausen, which is just across the river Main from the Old Town. Old Sachsenhausen is the Apple Wine district of Frankfurt.

http://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=317578&_ffmpar[_id_inhalt]=5021012

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2. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

Thanks for this info.

So it sounds like there is no need to stay out at the airport.

Getting more into town sounds fast and easy.

I didn't know whether to book an early flt to Frankfurt so that we would have the day to roam around, or stay the extra time in Budapest.

It would be a Monday, so most any sights would be closed.

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3. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

Many of the museums are closed on Monday, but there are some, like the Senckenburg Museum or the Geld museum that are open. The Palmengarten is also open on Mondays. All of the churches that are interesting to see are open: the Kaiserdom, Alte Nikolai, Deutsche Orden. The Karmeliter Cloister is also open on Monday and here you can see the Jörg Ratgeb wall paintings done in the early 1500's. The Klein Markt Halle is open too. The Alte Oper and the Eschenheimer Turm are always there to see.

You could also stroll around the neighborhood of Sachsenhausen along the Schweizer Strasse, or go to the Berger Strasse in Bornheim. The Bethmann park there is very pretty, and contains an original Chinese Garden. Or for an even older part of town, go to the neighborhood of Hoechst. There you will find the Justinus church built in 850, as well as dozens of fachwerk houses lining cobblestone streets and all set up on the original city walls. A nice little palace is there too.

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4. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

Thank you also for this.

I have been looking at areas to stay in for the 1 night and thought that Sachsenhausen might be good since it sounds like that might be a good place to spend that evening.

Otherwise closer to the train station though that sounds like not a great area.

Your thoughts?

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5. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

Another museum open on Monday is the Paulskirche near city hall, the Römer.

The Paulskirche was the site of the first democratically elected Parliament in these part, between 1848 and 1859. We'll skip the long explanation and just say that first experiment with democracy didn't take.

In 1850, there was a large wave of pro-democracy German immigration to the US. It is that wave of German immigrants that founded the Over The Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati.

The Paulskirche has excellent English signage, and an 8 minute film in English that explains the democracy movement.

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6. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

If you visited Budapest, then take an early flight to Frankfurt. We had booked a mid-morning flight from Budapest, but when we got to the airport they asked us if we wanted a flight leaving in 1 hour. So we took it.

At Sachsenhausen North, we booked at the Maingau Hotel at Shifferstasse Str. You can't get better in that area. Around the corner is an excellent local restaurant called Atschel at Wallstrasse 7(it's not fancy but the grilled roast pork is really good, and I paid about 10 euro). Less than 100 feet away, you have the apple wine district with the pedestrian streets and wall-to-wall pubs, and a number of other local restaurants. So you don't have to walk all over the city, as everything is right there.

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7. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

Thanks!

I booked the same hotel.

It sounded like the best location for the one night there.

did you walk around the old town area at all?

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8. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

We stayed at the Maingau for 5 days. We must have walked every street in the area. I think that we did all the pedestrian streets in the apple wine district -- that was during the day, before things got hectic. We had breakfast at the hotel, our lunches were on-the-fly, depending on where we were, and our suppers were always at nearby local restaurants from the hotel.

At the corner from the hotel, there is a coffee shop, and next to it you find a convenience store where we would buy some cold beer or cold Riesling wine and had a relaxing time before going out for supper. There is no fridge in the rooms, but we did'nt waste time waiting for the beer or wine to warm up. Along the way to the Atschel, you will find a number of pubs.

The area is safe as we found a lot of people during the day(there is a play park in front of the hotel) and evening(people are going and coming from the pubs or restaurants). The nights are quiet for a good sleep.

When you get to the airport in Budapest, depending on your time flight, ask if there is not an earlier flight that is open.

Hope this helps.

By the way, we have some very good friends in your city that we correspond with regularly. They were our neighbors for 10 years, at our second home in Florida.

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9. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

If you want to go downtown from the hotel, for an hour or so, it's an easy walk. Go down Schifferstrasse, for 3 blocks, towards the river. There you have a pedestrian bridge(Eisemer). From the bridge you have a good view of the skyline.

Cross the bridge and go up to a big square(Romer, quite nice). Continue, straight ahead, on the square, and you find a wide pedestrian walkway. You can take the walkway and continue ... until you want to return to the hotel.

Coming back, you can take a tram #16 going the way you came. Get off at Schweizer Platz, where you have 3 blocks, on both sides, of little shops(pastries, breads, cheeses, flowers... ) and some fruit and vegetable stands. You also find some local restaurants(Zum Gamelten Haus at #67, and Apfelwein Wagner at #71 on Schweizer Str). Then take Gutzkowstrasse for 4 blocks. At the park turn left and the hotel is at the end of the street.

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10. Re: Flying from Budapest to Frankfurt, now what?

Thanks so much!

We're only there the day and overnight but your directions will keep us busy the whole time.