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1. Posted by ariqe (Budding Member 37 posts) 10y

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What can i do in Frankfurt just for a day ?
What are the must-sees ?
How about Schweinfurt?

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 15, 2006 7:13 AM by ariqe ]

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

For a day? Take a walk around the city.

See and for the details.

The tourist information near the main train station will be able to provide you with info too: free maps, suggested walking tours, guided tours in all kinds of languages around the city, help with accomodation, etc.

3. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

Quoting t_maia

For a day? Take a walk around the city.

Thank you! There sometimes seems to be too much emphasis on "what must I see". I imagine that this is driven by would-be helpful friends at home making remarks such as "What, you were in XXX and you didn't see YYY?" (happens to me).

IMO, the first time one visits a larger city (for example) one shouldn't "see" anything, but simply explore; look at the layout, the people, the way that daily life works. Absorb a feel for the locale. This includes visiting smaller grocers, hardware stores, post offices, city squares, and lots of walking (interspersed with coffee breaks).

An essential element of any truly wonderful city is a river that passes through, so whenever this is present, a walk along the riverfront is also obligatory.

Of course, it is always useful to "see what must be seen" and then plan to see it the next time one is there. This drives my wife, who is a bit more practical, a little crazy. We often split up briefly ("Okay, if you want to spend half an hour standing in line to climb the ZZZ, that is fine, I'll be in the shop across the street.")

You can see that I prefer the inefficient, serendipitous approach to finding "must-see" treasures.

Kevin Pfeiffer

P.S. -- If you arrive on the right day, you can see the Frankfurt Book Fair on your one day. This can be thought of as a "must-see" of sorts, but only one day each year (for the public, I think) and you must get there _very early_ to avoid the masses. BTW, I only happened to think of this because it just took place.

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 16, 2006 12:23 AM by pfeiffer ]

4. Posted by PLUSCREW (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Definitly take a walk around. the red light area around the hauptbanhof was most entertaining when i was there. i went there for a night to see if frankfurt is a worthy destination for a travel guide i was writing. I unfortunately flew into the wrong ariport and spent half a day getting into the city.
that aside i found frankfurt clean and easy to navigate,the museums looked interesting and the area to investigate is the alt sachsenhausen area over the river.
loads of great shops and plenty of food to try. wished id had a bigger wallet and tummy.
if id stayed longer i'd have gone to the irish pub over the road from the hauptbanhof. ;)

5. Posted by ariqe (Budding Member 37 posts) 10y

thks peeps !

so how much EUR do u think i shld bring to get by ?
I don't think i will buy much, or do any shopping...just some sightseeing, meals, hope on a few train rides to check out how the lifestyle like....and probably some postcards/fridge magnets or other small souvenairs that i may fancy.

6. Posted by Jam52 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

when are you going to be there? Im speding a couple of days there next month.I hear the christmas markets are pretty cool.

7. Posted by ariqe (Budding Member 37 posts) 10y

hey Jam, i just touched down the airport...

yeah you shld check out the markets, lots of stalls around..but of course don't buy impulsively ! =)