Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Christmas 2008 in Frankfurt

Visiting Central Europe during the Christmas periods are the best times because that’s when all the Christmas markets open and hopefully with a bit of snow as well to welcome the Christmas spirits. Last year we decided to travel around Central Europe for our Christmas 2008 holiday break and our first stop was Frankfurt, Germany.

Our flight from London to Frankfurt touched down around early morning and we hop on a coach to take us from the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Frankfurt am Main, the central city area. The bus ride itself took about 1h 45 mins to get there and it stopped right outside the Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (Frankfurt (Main) Central Station) which was perfect.

Frankfurt am Main is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany and is situated on the River Main. Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe.

After we checked into our hotel, we headed out to see the sights of Frankfurt. We walked along to the Under Main Bridge (Untermainbrücke) to cross the River Main. Once on the other side of the river you are presented with an excellent cityscape view of Frankfurt.

Cityscape view of Frankfurt

We cross back again to the Frankfurt am Main area via the Iron Bridge (Eiserne Steg) to get to the Frankfurt’s Christmas Market. There were loads of stores selling Glühwein (mulled wine) and loads of barbequed feasts. What more can a guy ask for! LOL!

It was just right for the winter season. There were also stores selling Christmas ornaments and cookies etc. The whole market was just packed with both locals and tourists roaming around to see what the market had to offer. Along the way we saw this weird retail building that had a massive hole in it. Upon closer inspection it was designed this way. Anyway it was just weird.

From there we found a local restaurant/bar called Hauptwache‎ Café right in the centre of Hauptwache Square where we settled down to have dinner. The baroque building which gave the square its name was built in 1730. It was the headquarters of the city's Stadtwehr militia when Frankfurt was an independent city state and also contained a prison.

For dinner we ordered a Crumbed Pork Schnitzel and a Bratwurst Sausages and mash. Needless to say it was delicious! After dinner we walked around the square and then headed back to our hotel to rest after a long day travelling and walking for the next day there would be more things to see and do.

Stay tuned for day 2 of Frankfurt. To check out the pictures taken during our trip to Frankfurt check out the Frankfurt link in the snapshots section.

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