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What To Do On Your 24-Hour Layover In Frankfurt

So you are on a layover in Frankfurt. Jackpot!

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So you are on a layover between visiting Rome and going home and you have landed in one of Germany's teeming metropolises. First of all, congratulations! You have hit the jackpot on layover cities. Frankfurt has a ton to offer, and the city center is only a short ride away from the airport. In a 24-hour layover, there is no limit to what you could see. Here are our suggestions:

If you are looking for the finer things...

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There is no better place to start out a visit to the finer side than on The Goethestrasse, a world-famous shopping disctrict in the center of Frankfurt. Take the S8 or S9 from the airport to Hauptwache and exit the station onto Schillerstrasse. From there follow the crowds. Famous from fashion, style, and, above all, money, The Goethestrasse is where Frankfurt's elite go to shop. It's also a great place for the rest of us to splurge - hey, you're technically still on vacation, right?

While you are in the area, just a few streets over, literally a five minute walk, you will find the headquarters of the German Stock Exchange, akin to Wall Street in the US. It is the world's tenth largest stock exchange. It is where the big money in Germany goes to trade. Great to look at, especially for all you financial types out there.

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From the stock exchange, it is a nine minute walk to the Maintower, the 4th largest skyscraper in Germany. On the top floor, you will find the Maintower Review, a restaurant known for both its delicious German cuisine, and its stunning view. The restaurant offers floor-to-ceiling panorama views of the skyline. Go for dinner and drinks, but be sure to bring your wallet - the restaurant has a 37 euro minimum purchase.

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Take the S9 or S8 to Hauptwache and immediately take a trip up to the top of the Zeil Galerie. The view of Frankfurt's Skyline is beautiful and, better yet, free. From here you can take a look down the Zeil, a famous shopping district, and see which shops you'd like to check out. You can also have lunch on the patio.

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From there you can take a walk down the Zeil itself. The street has some great little shops and big name stores to pass a few hours. Above all, don't miss the architechture of the strip, which is world renowned.

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From here, the Römer Plaza is only a six minute walk away. Take your picture in front of the picturesque buildings that have stood for over 600 years. The buildings are still functional today as the city hall. Yes, that means you can get married here! Cafes are aplenty in the area, so be sure to check out some Frankfurt specialties before taking a stroll down the Main River.

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It is literally unheard of to enter the city of Frankfurt without tasting the tart, unique flavor of Apfel Wein (Apple Wine), or Ebbelwoi as it's known to the natives. No matter where you go in the city, make sure to order up this regional specialty. We recommend a bar that is off the beaten path: Zum Tannenbaum. This small bar is in Bockenheim, a funky student district of Frankfurt, and is only a 15 minute train ride from the touristy areas near the Zeil and Goethestraße. Simply take the S3, S4, S5, or S6 from the Hauptwache to Frankfurt West and Zum Tannenbaum is a short walk from there!

Grüne Soße

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If you think of Salsa Verde when you hear "green sauce," you are already wrong. The Hessian specialty Grüne Soße is the only green sauce that many Germans think of. The egg-based sauce contains a mixture of seven herbs - borage, sorrel, garden cress, chervil, chives, parsley, and salad burnet - that give it its green color. It is one of the most beloved specialties in Germany, often served with potatoes and eggs.

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The Frankfurters love their green sauce so much, they actually have a monument to it within the city. All seven herbs are grown in huge fields within city limits so that the citizens never have to wait for imports from other counties. These seven greenhouses are right next to the herb fields. Each greenhouse represents one element of the delicious dish. and they light up at night. If you take the S16 out of the city, you will be able to see the spectacle from the train!

If you are looking to commune with nature...

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Take a wander through the Stadtwald near the airport in southern Frankfurt to clear your head in between flights. At 4800 hectares, the Frankfurter Stadtwald is the second largest urban forest in Germany. You will feel completely relaxed after a few hours of wandering through this lovely scenery. Then, you are lucky enough to climb back into a cramped plane!

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Another way to escape the city lights is by paying a visit to Lohrberg, and park that is about 20 minutes north of the city. The best way to get there is by taxi, but that taxi will be the last bit of technology that you will see once you are up there. The beautiful paths overlook the Frankfurt skyline and there are many areas to have a picnic or enjoy some sunbathing. Also be sure to check out the active vineyard on part of the mountain.

Written By Lauren Rogers

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