Frankfurt Travel Guide

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Photo Gallery: Frankfurt Airport's Terrific Tarmac Tour

January 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM | by | ()

It's been the subject of many awesome time-lapse videos and even a Star Wars fan fiction-style mini production, but Frankfurt International Airport is pretty great at offering live access via their Airport Tour by Bus.

Called the Flughafen Rundfahrt in German, the tours depart from the pre-security area of Frankfurt's Terminal 1 (level 0, Airport City Mall) and go through security (no airline ticket needed) to join up with a bus for an airside drive all along aircraft at gates, at hard stands, on the Cargo apron, in maintenance hangars, and of course on the runway.

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The Little Things: How Condor Airlines Remembers Retro Style

October 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | ()

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

All too often these days, airline passengers moan that the the glamor has gone from travel. While it's true that legroom is decreasing and a full, complimentary steak dinner is no longer the norm onboard, the Frankfurt-based leisure airline Condor refuses to let every smidgeon of retro style and comfort be lost to the ages. In fact, Condor slips historical hints of the jet age into each of their flights today.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Condor Business Class to Germany

September 16, 2014 at 4:06 PM | by | ()

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Blue and yellow. A crane-like logo (it's actually a Condor). German flight crew with jaunty neck scarves.

Sounds like Lufthansa, right? In most cases, yes, but here we were somewhere between Toronto - Frankfurt on DE1061, a Condor Boeing 767. The similarities are no coincidence; Condor is a partner of Lufthansa and we were on our way to visit Condor HQ in Frankfurt, Germany,

Their 767-300s are three-class airplanes, with Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class (formerly “Comfort Class”). Business on Condor now sports flatbed seats, with a multi-course meal and some of the nicest HD in-flight entertainment with which we’d had the pleasure to play.

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Unlimited Free WiFi Finds a Home at One of Europe's Busiest Airports

July 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM | by | ()

From New York City to Atlanta, some of the busiest airports in the world are finally flipping the switch on complimentary WiFi. It's better late than never, and we’re glad airports are finally getting the message. Now that complimentary connections are continuing to expand, its time to welcome's yet another major airport to the club.

Leave your credit card digits in your wallet, as Frankfurt Airport is now offering unlimited free WiFi to passengers 24 hours a day. Previously WiFi was limited to 60 minutes, but now you’re free to continue your time wasting—or work emails—until it's time to board that flight.

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Frankfurt Airport's Christmas Market is Worth a Long Layover

December 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

With security lines, crowds, and other less than awesome features—an airport isn’t necessarily the best place to welcome the holiday season. Some airports are looking to change this, however, and one in particular has embraced the holiday spirit in grand style. Germany's Frankfurt Airport is the must-visit airport for December, as they've installed a full-on Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas Market.

FRA is boasting decorations, trees, lights, and all of the usual holiday trimmings as they do their best to bring a traditional German holiday market atmosphere right to the terminals. The over 300 shops and restaurants at the airport are in the holiday spirit with Christmas specials and other deals and, on Christmas Eve, many of the stores will even stay open later than usual—just in case you need one more thing for that special someone.

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Frankfurt, The German City That Doesn't Drink Beer

August 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM | by | ()

The city of Frankfurt boasts the largest skyline in Europe (shown above in all its modesty), but that's not why it stands out amongst the crowd. No, this Germany city has an even bigger secret: It doesn't drink beer.

We know what you're thinking. A German city that doesn't drink beer? Blasphemy! But no, seriously, it's true. In Frankfurt, it's apfelwein (apple wine) that fills the glasses of the locals.

Apfelwein is made in the same way as wine -- by pressing apples and adding yeast -- but it tastes more like a cider and it drinks like a beer with an alcohol content of 4 to 7 percent. It is served to patrons in what's called a bembel (that blue and white pitcher in the photo below) and drank from a special glass called a geripptes, which has ridges cut into it to prevent it from slipping out of your hand (back in the day, the Germans ate pork and sausage with their hands while they drank, which made them greasy).

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Video Interlude: A Tilt-Shift, Time-Lapse Flurry of Activity at Frankfurt Airport

July 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM | by | ()

With nearly 60 million passengers in 2012 and over 1,000 takeoffs and landings every day, Frankfurt International Airport easily ranks in the top ten busiest airports in the world. To support all those travelers, they've got a pretty excellent Twitter—@Airport_FRA—and even an often updated YouTube.

On the latter, Frankfurt Airport has just uploaded a new time-lapse and tilt-shift look at the busy-as-a-beehive action on the tarmacs in a typical day, no doubt inspired by the similar video work of our buddy Ross, who's filmed three such videos around FRA in the past, but from a passenger's point of view.

Now, a dynamic 1 minute and 40 seconds from the operational end. Enjoy:

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Four Fun and Cheap Things to Do During a Long Layover in Frankfurt

May 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM | by | ()

Typical Frankfurt skyline

Don’t complain while in Frankfurt am Main!

Do you have a few days to kill in Frankfurt or perhaps just a few hours? Whether you're stuck with an extra-long layover or find yourself with spare hours between business in town, contrary to popular opinion Frankfurt does actually have interesting things for you to do.

Here are our easiest and cheapest suggestions within spitting distance of the Hauptbahnhof:

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An In-Flight Drink Gone Nearly Extinct: The 'Lufthansa Cocktail'

November 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM | by | ()

It's been far too long since we last named an "in-flight cocktail of the month," but there's a good reason for that. You see, airlines just don't offer all the libations they once did, and a prime example of this is the classic Lufthansa Cocktail.

Though the Orange-Apricot liquor of 12 ingredients was once served to passengers onboard Lufthansa flights decades ago (sometimes even in cute mini bottles), the Lufthansa Cocktail is now so extremely rare that it can only be had in two ways:

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Inside the Newest (and Largest) Lufthansa Lounges at Frankfurt Airport

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
November 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM | by | ()

What do you do when you've just built an airport addition that, in itself, is the size of a whole other airport? Well, if you're Lufthansa at Frankfurt International, you fill it with some superlatives like, say, the largest lounge in the entire system.

This is the case at FRA's brand new A-Plus Concourse, where the LH Senator Lounge on the non-Schengen departures level takes top spot. Its 23,000 square feet easily beats the 19,400 square feet of the airline's next largest lounge, which just happens to be next door in Terminal 1 proper. In total, A-Plus adds five sparkling new, sprawlingly spacious lounges to the roster: a First Class Lounge, a Senator Lounge and a Business Lounge on the EU Departures and Arrivals level and, on the non-European area (Non-Schengen area), there is a Senator Lounge and a Business Lounge.

Now that we've shown you around the rest of the A-Plus Concourse, it's time to have our boarding pass checked, grab a Frankfurter Allgemeine and a tall, cold glass of Franziskaner beer and have a good look around a couple of these spaces.

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Frankfurt Airport's New A-Plus Concourse: A Super Home for Superjumbos

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
November 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

Last month, Lufthansa opened the brand-spanking-new A-Plus Concourse at Germany's Frankfurt International Airport. Why's it so special? Well, among other things, it's directly designed for the biggest, baddest airplanes out there. We're talking A340s, 747s, 747-8is, and the almighty A380. This week, we'll take you inside and all around this place through which some 6 million travelers will journey each year.

If you're an airport whose tarmac is already crawling with superjumbos and you're about to add another 6 million passengers per year, what do you need? The answer: Lots and lots of space. German efficiency. An airline with enough mega planes and super long routes to keep the place hopping. So there you go. The answer is Frankfurt and its hometown airline, Lufthansa.

Speaking of German efficiency, let's talk tech. For passengers, Pier A-Plus boasts self-scan boarding gates, which are awesome if you hate waiting in lines. For operations, the addition of A-Plus means Frankfurt International has the world's largest airport baggage handling system. All of this becomes more and more important with each day, as Frankfurt looks to have a whopping 90 million travelers annually by 2020, up from 56 million in 2011. And those flyers will be stepping into FRA from more and more superjumbo aircraft.

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Inside Frankfurt Airport's Completely New A-Plus Concourse: Six Million Travelers Can't Be Wrong

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
November 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM | by | ()

Last month, Lufthansa opened the brand-spanking-new A-Plus Concourse at Germany's Frankfurt International Airport. Why's it so special? Well, among other things, it's directly designed for the biggest, baddest airplanes out there. We're talking A340s, 747s, 747-8is, and the almighty A380. This week, we'll take you inside and all around this place through which some 6 million travelers will journey each year.

0500 hours.

The seatbelt sign is on and traytables are up and locked. The Lufthansa Airbus A380 named "Tokio" is on final approach to Frankfurt International and we're inside.

Seat 15K.

It's a window, upper deck, right over the hulking wing of this superjumbo. Looking out, the airport on the horizon glows with the fluorescence of its millions of lights, pre-dawn. Usually we're not super anxious to leave a plane to experience the airport, but Frankfurt is an exception.

Wheels down.

Turning off onto the taxiway, we can already spot the many Lufthansa crane logos that adorn each Star Alliance gate. It's pretty obvious who rules this coop.

Rounding a corner, the A380 aims for its new home on the ground—a long, sleek concourse with gates and facilities designed for its massive dimensions. Whereas the plane squeezes itself into other airports, like buttoning pants two sizes too small, here it finds Frankfurt's just-opened A-Plus Concourse is tailor-made with breathing room. Once we've parked, three jetbridges stretch out to welcome over 500 passengers into these fresh digs.

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