Not much to do in Frankfurt...
Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
11Trip End Sep 17, 2010
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Took a walk thru town and bought tickets for the "Romantik Tour" for 14euro. This included a funicular to the top of the hill behind town to the Niederwalddenkmal monument (a giant statue that looks out over the village and the Rhine River. We weren't sure, but we THINK it was a statue of Kaiser Wilhelm...you know, the bad guy from WWI..) Well we walked around the large park surrounding the statue, lots of hiking trails and plaques for different small monuments and old building remains. 2 kilometers to another chairlift back down the hill on the other side, gliding overtop of vineyards to another small wine-making village called Assmanhausen. We had lunch at a little cafe, and they brought us all glasses of port wine after we finished, we think because the proprietor had a crush on Nathan and his red hair! She kept calling him "Mr. California".
After lunch, a boat took us up river and to the other bank for a tour of the castle. This was my first castle! Underneath the chapel overlooking the steep cliff towards the waterfront were the graves of three Prussian princes and a princess. After we toured the castle for about two hours we got back on the boat to return us to Rudesheim, returned to the hotel and enjoyed a bottle of local Riesling I bought the day before. Then it was time for our train to Frankfurt.
Being the banking and finance capital of Germany means that everyone in Frankfurt speaks English...they just don't speak it to us. =(
Our hostel here is very clean, safe, and friendly. The staff even brought us free drinks while we were in the lobby using the internet. We got an early start today and walked a few blocks from the hostel to the grocery store to buy breakfast, then took the train to downtown Frankfurt. We found the cathedral (dom), and then walked along the Main river towards the Romer (the most iconic symbol of Frankfurt, a row of very old half-timber houses along a square). Along the way I fed some bread to a flock of German geese. Desi doesn't believe me but I swear they honk with an accent...
It's been raining since Rudesheim, and neither of us brought an umbrella, but it's mostly a persistent light drizzle and not too chilly.
The next stop was the Goethe House (where the author/poet was born and raised, now a museum). We got a little turned around, got some bad directions, got splashed by a passing bus, and finally (just as I was getting ready to send up signal flares for the search party) a very kind German man in his twenties/thirties noticed our desperation and asked if he could help. Well I showed him the map we got from the hostel, and he said "This map is no good. I can't find it and I've lived here for a year!" Great. Well he finally was able to point us in the right direction, and I felt compelled to tell him his English was very good for a German. He said "well it should be, I'm from Los Angeles!"
Well the Goethe House was a bust once we finally found it, so we went looking for the old Opera House. We took a stroll through the city park to the Opera, snapped some pictures, and returned to our hostel to gather our things and make our way to Nurnberg.