Hotel Manhattan, Frankfurt
Dusseldorfer Ztr. 10, 60329
Frankfurt am Main
24 Hours In Frankfurt
Frankfurt is known as the financial hub of Germany and is home to many global business head quarters situated jn impressive skyscrapers. However, Frankfurt has much more to offer than just business people in suits; Romerberg is a traditional area of the city boasting half timbered traditional German architecture and the Main Tower is a must do when visiting this beautiful city.
In this post, I will guide you through my 24 Hour itinerary from London Stanstead, to Frankfurt. For more destinations in my 24 Hours In series click here.
Hotel Manhattan, Frankfurt
I booked this package on lastminute.com this time, and this hotel was the most reasonably priced and the photos looked great. The total cost for this 24 hour break was £186 for two of us, including return flights to stanstead. Bargain.
The hotel includes breakfast, which is a continental style and includes your usual breads, pretzels, jams and fruit plus tea, coffee and fruit juices.
The hotel was located on a sketchy street however, there is a big homeless person problem in Frankfurt and the street our hotel was on seemed to be the local hangout. Although we didn't experience any trouble, it was intimidating to say the least. However, the location of this hotel was perfect; right opposite the Central trainstation and transport hub it was slap-bang in the centre of Frankfurt city which meant everything was accessible on foot.
24 Hour Itinerary
Our day started at 4am, which is always the case on a fleeting trip into Europe from the UK. We did the two hour drive from our home to Stanstead Airport and continued to get through airport security and wait for the Ryanair flight to Frankfurt. The flight is a menial 1 hour and 5 minutes so no sooner are you in the air are you coming in to land. You can read my experience of flying with Ryanair here.
Upon arrival into a new city, we usually check out the local transport to get us to near our hotel for check-in. However, Frankfurt airport is absolutely massive, the best option (and easiest) was to grab a taxi straight to our gaff. This cost 40EUR for 6km! What a rip off.
Once we had dropped off our bags at the hotel, we proceeded to grab the hop-on-hop-off bus and do a tour of the city, to which after one lap we would choose which stops were of interest and jump off to explore that area. Frankfurt is not a massive city unlike Amsterdam, so the tour only took around 40 minutes which covered all the main tourist spots plus a drive through the old town too.
Our first stop was the Eisener Steg (English: iron footbridge). This footbidge connects the two sides of the city across the river Main. It was unfortnately blown up during WWII, rebuilt in 1946 and fully resorted in 1993. From here you have amazing views of the river bank which is lined with cutesy bars and resturants and when the weather is nice and sunny, this is a hotspot for both locals and tourists to hang out.
From here, we walked straight into Romerberg. Here is a square which hosts the famus Christmas Markets, and is lined with half timbered buildings, just how you would imagine German architecture to be. It is beautiful but a real tourist hotspot in Frankfurt, so expect some crowds. Deffo a good place to get some nice pics for the 'gram.
After wandering through Romerberg, we had worked up an appetite and was craving some good ol' German sausage. We came across a 'hole-in-the-wall' type restaurant with an outside seating area and dived straight in to the Currywurst. If you are visiting Germany, add this to you list of 'must-eats' you will not regret it I promise! :-)
We continued to walk down the main high street and take in the views.
Next, we headed to the Main Tower. This is Frankfurts' most famous view point, and boasts a 200m high platform which is perfect for gaining a 360 panoramic view of Frankfurt. If you are a bit wobbly over heights, there are plenty of rails and one side of the viewing platform is completely covered so you will be safely hidden behind the glass whilst still taking in the breath taking views. It was 10EUR entry but it was so worth it. The hop-on-hop-off bus stops right outside the Main tower so if walking isn't your thing you can just grab the bus. We took the bus back to the hotel after this stop at aroun 5:30pm.
In the evening, we walked back down the main strip from our hotel and ate a very untraditional german meal of burgers and chips. Sometimes, you've just got to do what you've got to do.
The next day, we had a morning to continue our exploring. We walked from our hotel down to the Senkenberg Museum, otherwise known as the dinosaur museum. It is a natural history museum with a focus on biodiversity, zoology and geology, which is right up my street. Even if it's not up your street though, it is well worth a visit just to have a gawp at some of the amazing models and dinousaur fossils they have on display here. It took us a good two hours to get around the entire museum, it's pretty massive, and was 10EUR to enter.
The End of Our 24 Hours In Frankfurt
After the musuem visit, unfortunately it was time to travel home. With the flight only being so short (I think 50 minutes on the way back to the UK) it allowed us more time to have a steady morning on the Sunday, normally we are up and having a second early morning to get back to the airport. Germany is a great country to explore over numerous 24 hour breaks for this reason.
I would highy recommend Frankfurt as an introduction to Germany, although places such as Munich, Berlin and Hamburg seem to be the more popular choice. If you are looking for a city break that is on a smaller scale than Berlin, Frankfurt is the place for you. Ryanair do extremely low cost flights to and from Frankfurt International Airport daily, feel free to contact me if you need anymore advice or guidance when booking a 24 hour break from the UK - I would be more than happy to help you!