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My Lufthansa 380 flight landed smoothly in fact so smoothly that nobody noticed we have already landed. I really planned to have this long 8 hour and 30 minutes layover in Frankfurt to allow me to explore another part of Germany.It helps that Downtown Frankfurt is easily accessible from the airport by a train that takes you to the Main Train Station in just 12 minutes at just €4.5 one way.
Germany is one of the countries I have visited more than any other European city.
My first time in Germany was in 1986 where I stayed for over a month staying in Hamburg and visiting then East and West Berlin and Munich. The next time I visited Germany was with my husband in 2011 where we toured Munich, Bamberg and Nuremberg.This is my third trip to this country.
Entering the city in the early morning I found Frankfurt to be cold and a bit dirty compared to other European cities. There was thrash unattended to infront of shops just across from the Hauptbahnhof or Frankfurt's Main Train Station.
However it didn't deter me from going around.
Here are some snapshots I took on this 8 hour layover in Frankfurt.
FRANKFURT MAIN TRAIN STATION - FRANKFURT HAUPTBAHNHOF
The Frankfurt Main Train Station is one of the largest train stations in Europe and is located just west of the city center. More than 350,000 travelers use this station every day. To be able to manage this great volume of traffic, the central station has more than 25 platforms in five departure hall
The eastern façade of the vestibule features a large clock with two symbolic statues for day and night. Above the clock, the word Hauptbahnhof and the Deutsche Bahn logo are situated.
The roof of the front hall carries a monumental statue of Atlas supporting the World on his shoulder, in this case assisted by two allegorical figures representing Iron and Steam.
Being such a huge station, there are numerous shops and stores inside this station.
DOWNTOWN FRANKFURT
If you had been to Europe before, you will find Frankfurts downtown to be unimpressive and very common. Its a bit scrubby which does not correlate to the image of Germany which is one of the cleanest countries in Europe.
While strolling along its streets at 7 am, the city has not even awaken yet. The streets were empty and there was hardly any vehicles around the business district.
EURO TOWER
Eurotower is a 40-storey skyscraper in the Innenstadt district of Frankfurt, Germany. The building served until March 18, 2015 as the seat of the European Central Bank (ECB) which administers monetary policies of the Eurozone which consists of 19 EU member states.The building is located at Willy-Brandt-Platz in Frankfurt's central business district.
FRANKFURTS FAIRY TALE FOUNTAIN
Would you believe if I tell you that this fountain's reconstruction was done in North Korea?
The Fairy Tale Fountain was “an art nouveau relic from 1910 that had been melted down for its metal during World War II.” Since no blueprints of the original fountain could be found, the city of Frankfurt “needed sculptors who could work from old photographs to re-create the naked beauty gazing down on an array of cherubic children and enormous water-spewing reptiles and fish.”
For this task, Frankfurt chose the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang. The deputy director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Applied Art, Klaus Klemp, explained: “It was a purely technical decision. The top tier artists in Germany simply don’t make realist work anymore. North Koreans on the other hand haven’t experienced the long evolution of modern art; they are kind of stuck in the early 1900s, which is exactly when this fountain was made.”

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