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Need ideas for things to do around Frankfurt

Old Apr 2nd, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Need ideas for things to do around Frankfurt

Hi...we are torn between traveling between Germany and Switzerland and staying in the Frankfurt area. Any recommendations of great day trips in and around the Frankfurt area? We can stay overnight in different areas as well. Thanks.
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Yes - Mainhattengirl will have lots to contribute, agree she should be the first port of call. Lots to see in Frankfurt itself - I will just contribute the Museumsufer (south bank of the Main - a gazillion really excellent modern museums), and outside Frankfurt, a trip to Mainz is worthwhile too. Ask if you want more daytrips, there is lots to see around here.

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Definitely see the church in Mainz with the Chagall windows - it's stunning!
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We just stayed over in Bacharach before flying out of Frankfurt, so I think a couple of the towns along the Rhine would be easy trips in the area.
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Wow, seems I have a fan following. As to things to see and do, if you let us know what you are interested in, it makes things easier.

For side trips, I highly recommend Buedingen, if you want to visit a medieval walled town, but without the tourist kitsch of Rothenburg. If you like half-timbered houses, it is a treat. Other choices would be Idstein, Gelnhausen or Seligenstadt. All are with-in an hour of Frankfurt. If you go to Idstein, climb the Witches Tower and also visit the Union church. Very unique.

Bad Homburg has the summer palace of the Kaiser, the fabulous Redeemer Church and right outside of town is the Saalburg, a reconstructed Roman fort. Also Hessen Park, an open air museum.

In Frankfurt itself, you might want to visit the neighborhood of Hoechst, with the Justinus Church consecrated in 850, amd the Schloss and the Bolongaro Palace. They have a summer fest for a month this summer in this old town area that sits up on the city walls.

My suggested highlights of Frankfurt are the Kaiserdom, the Klein Markt Halle, Deutsche Orden Church, Alte Nikolai, Eschenheimer Turm, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial, the Alte Oper, any of the farmers markets, the main Cemetery (don't laugh, it is gorgeous and the largest in Germany), Bornheim, Sachsenhausen, Westend, and I really like the neighborhood around the train station. Beautiful turn of the century architecture. The 124 year old train station itself is magnificent.

For Mainz, do visit the cathedral. For me it is more awe inspiring than the one in Cologne, mainly because it is 1000 years old and is just beautiful. St. Stephens with the Chagall windows is stunning. Visit the Isis Temple ruins in the Romer Passage. Wiesbaden is pretty too, with some of the loveliest houses around.

Anything else?
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Anything else?

The old university town of Marburg: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/9a93/

Further downstream in the Lahn valley: Wetzlar, the baroque town of Weilburg, Runkel with its castle ruin, the abbey church of Dietkirchen and finally Limburg with its Romanesque cathedral.

Büdingen can easily be combined with Gelnhausen, the town of Friedrich Barbarossa, with the ruins of the imperial palace, the impressive main church, and a nice old town.

Lorsch: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/9ef9/ can be combined with the Bergstraße region, for example Zwingenberg, Weinheim.

The Rhine gorge really has not been mentioned yet? www.welterbe-mittelrheintal.de
Heidelberg and Worms are within reach. Also Würzburg: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/14f6/
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