A Few Hours in Frankfurt

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A Few Hours in Frankfurt

On my way back from the Middle East, I had a layover in Frankfurt. It’s not a place I would have considered as a vacation destination, but I enjoyed having a few hours there as we waited for our connection back to SF.  If you haven’t been there, it’s the financial center of Germany and often referred to as ‘Bankfurt.’  You’d think it’d be a boring city with all the banks but if you do have a little time to spare in the city, the center of the city is only 10 minutes away by train from the airport.  Super modern buildings and pedestrian-only shopping streets is how I would characterize the central area by the train station.

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frankfurt

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Around every corner, there’s modern art integrated into the architecture and the parks which was fun to photograph.

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frankfurt

Obviously, I’m generalizing based on seeing an 8×8 block area but there are lots of places to hangout, everywhere: restaurants, cafes, parks, open areas with fountains, etc.  It makes for a fun place to spend time.  It also doesn’t hurt that the shopping is great.

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The buildings in this shopping area were ridiculous.  This one had what looked like a vortex warping the front of the building and allowing you to see all the way through.

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In the same area, you’ll find some classic architecture right beside the modern one.  Below is a classic clock tower near the vortex building.  Note the space-agey inside of the vortex which houses shops and cafes.

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Another super fun building that houses a department store.  I photographed this from the 3rd-floor window of Esprit right across the street.  Since Frankfurt is a frequent stop for me every time I travel to the Middle East, I’m happy to know that I can spend a few hours there entertained.

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