With an early flight out of Frankfurt, we decided to go up the day before and do a little exploring. Unlike typical me, I did zero research on “what to do” or “what to see” other than 10 min of google when we got to the hotel, but we seemed to find enough to see!
The hotel (a Clarion right by the train station) was a nice hotel and reasonably priced at about $70…it just happened to be in the red light district… but it wasn’t that bad and the hotel felt clean and safe lol. Seriously, how fun is that light??
We walked 12 miles that day exploring the city (I was wearing wedges too..nbd). We started with the Stadel Art Museum. Frankfurt actually has an entire row of museums but I figured I was only going to get one out of Shai so I picked the one I cared about the most.
There were a few famous pieces (that’s a Rembrandt at the bottom) and a few interesting ones as well (like the smoking Rabbi had a very interesting story) but I won’t bore you with all of the museum photos! They had a lot of famous German artists but I didn’t recognize many of the names….it made me sad for how much of my humanities knowledge I have forgotten! I just love walking and taking in all of the history associated with art, especially in Europe.
Modern Art on the other hand… I don’t get. This blue/white/red thing is “art”…or so the sign said. I’m sorry….
After the museum we walked along the river and stopped for some apfelwein which is like alcoholic apple juice with seltzer water before heading to the main platz and checking out a couple cathedrals.
The Dom St Bartholomew began construction in the 13th century. From 1356 to 1792, it was where the Holy Roman Emperors were elected and, after 1562, consecrated and crowned! I thought that was pretty cool! It always blows my mind how deep history is intertwined in these cities. We were actually able to catch the organ player while we were there and it was such an impressive sound!
They have a 1 hour boat trip along the river for $10 a person that we decided to try and give our feet a rest. They pointed out significant spots along the city in both German and English and I was pretty happy to find that all of the spots we had seen were highlighted on the trip – we did a good job touristing!
There was a festival of sorts we saw from the boat so we walked down to it afterwards to get a closer look. It was actually like a flea market with food vendors and then…this lively group of “entertainers”….. oh and they sang…. I’m not sure I will ever hear those songs again and I hope you don’t either….but it was certainly entertaining!
Of course we ate too, but I already talked about that here! I can’t say that Frankfurt should really be on anyones “must-visit” list. As nice of a day as it was, I am not sure I would really need to go back (of course living here we will anyways though). I am not a huge city person but if given the choice I would always choose Munich over Frankfurt. If you think I missed something super important I would love to know!