also known as Europe Day 1

I arrived at Frankfurt at around 7AM on October 17, 2013 but it was still dark out.

First German Word I learned: Ausgang (Exit)

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First order of the day was to get cleared by immigrations. There were about six counters, all operating, my time with them was painless. No questions, they just looked at my Schengen Visa and then to me and then back to my passport, which they stamped.

Navigating was easy inside Frankfurt Airport, just read the signs. Also, I’m glad to report that my luggage was intact when I fished it out from the conveyor belt!

Frankfurt Airport is the second busiest international airport in Europe. It was a massive airport and we had to take a train that will take us to the Tourist Center.

At the Tourist Center I bought individual Frankfurt Cards good for 2 Days. Priced at 13,50 EUR (It’s 14,50 EUR now), the Frankfurt Card gives you unlimited rides in their DB- operated City Trains and TraffiQ Trams plus discounts on Tourist Attractions.

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The Frankfurt Airport station is connected to several train routes and I waited for a while for the DB train going to Frankfurt am Main HBF (Hauptbahnhof) to arrive.

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Getting inside the train was quite tricky because there was a gap between the platform and the train, you have to lift your luggage and you have to be fast because it was rush hour.

I didn’t get to sit down as all seats were taken. But it was a comfortable ride nonetheless. Or maybe it was just the inner workings of Euphoria sinceI am now in Europe? For realz.

I lost track of the time it took us to get to Frankfurt HBF but it was definitely under 30 minutes. The first thing that hit me when I stepped on the train platform was the cold air. Brrrr. But still bearable cold.

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And then I smelled bread. Marvelous bread! It was bread heaven in the central station. There were several stalls that sells freshly baked bread and sandwiches. My eyes glazed over.

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First meal in Germany: Salted Pretzel and Latte Macchiato. Köstlich!

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Frankfurt is also a bike-friendly city
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I had to wait for FredApp One host, Denis to arrive to check in. I waited outside the building, thankfully it wasn’t very cold and dangerous to wait outside.

A few minutes later a guy arrived in a black motorcycle, and next thing you know he was approaching me. It turned out to be Denis. (Who is a hunk and smells of freshly laundered clothes. Kiligz. Ok. Stahp.)

He carried my luggage up the stairs (yes, no elevators, yes, I don’t mind).

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I freshened up a bit in our room and headed out to officially begin “tourist duties”.

Itinerary for the day:

1. Main Tower
2. Old Opera House
3. Romerberg aka The Old Town

Main Tower
Cost: EUR 6.50
Fun Fact: The Main Tower is the only Skyscraper in Frankfurt that is open to the public!

To get to the Main Tower we went back to Frankfurt HBF and rode the DB Train Route S1 Taunusanlage, which actually stops near the Old Opera House. It was a good walk, the area is a marriage of old and new buildings, lined with trees that have golden leaves.

Cool wall art, spotted

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I even saw a Volkswagen Beetle, so pendong peace!

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It was a bit chilly though.

You can’t really miss the Main Tower from afar because it has this orange pole protruding from the viewing deck.

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Inside the Main Tower (building) I bought a ticket and passed through security check. I then waited for the elevator. Funnily enough, I rode the elevator with a group of oldies. Made me wonder if I would still want to go up the tower if I’m that old!

We went up really high because my ears were filled with pressure. To get to the viewing deck you still need to climb 2 flights of stair with glass steps.

Now feast your eyes on Frankfurt:

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main tower fisheye thehepburngirlI was amazed that I can see the entire city!

You can even see the main train station!

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Romerberg aka Old Town

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I spent a good thirty minutes until we can no longer bear the cold.

If you enjoy looking at a place in such great heights, the Main Tower is must to visit. I say it’s also a good place to let your thoughts run free as you stare into space.

Address: Neue Mainzer Strasse 52-58, 60311 Frankfurt
Getting there: S-Bahn Taunusanlage (S1,S2,S3,S4,S5,S6,S8,S9,)
Opening Hours:

In summer
Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

In winter
Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Main Tower Visitor Information:
http://www.maintower.de/en/AngebotefuerBesucher

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