Interrailing: German goodness

Interrailing Germany 1

So after Budapest I got a night train to Germany… not an experience I’d like to relive. The beds on the German trains are perpendicular to the direction of travel meaning any time the train put it’s breaks on (which strangely happens a lot between 9pm and 5am..) you were close to being thrown off the bunk! Arriving in Frankfurt at 5am definitely made for a difficult day!

Frankfurt was a city I visited not for it’s reputation as a top holiday spot (I really wanted to go to Leipzig, but it wasn’t on my path). Lucky for me the weather was wildly excellent which made for a wonderful day mooching around the city centre, visiting the Main Tower viewing platform and lots of lazing around reading in parks and basking by the river. Big props must once again go out to the amazing staff at the Five Elements Hostel. Not only did they let me check in 11 hours early in what was essentially the middle of the night, they were super helpful on things to do and places to see. On great foodie place they told me about was The Kleinmarkthalle - here they sell basically everything from lunch snacks (German, Italian, Lebanese) to fresh fruit and veg, meat, plants, nuts and treats, everything! Definitely make a visit if you're in Frankfurt.

My favourite thing was my visit to the Deutsches Architektur Museum. There was an exhibition in their temporary space called ’52 weeks, 52 Cities’ by Iwan Baan – quite literally what it said on the tin! You followed Iwan’s yearlong adventures around the world. Despite the exhibition being centred of architecture, the photos are taken in a human context and illustrate how humans interact with their environment, from the ultra modern to deeply traditional. He totally immersed himself in many of the situations, which made for a cohesive, moving, unique exhibition. Another recommendation was my dinner spot in Frankfurt – Atschel. Recommended by the staff at my hostel for their sauerkraut and apple wine, it was a yes from me! The super (massive, as always!) meal did however mean I really needed the long walk back the hostel along the river, especially after a few too many apple wines!

I also visited the town of Heidelberg on my second day in Germany. The baroque style old town and beautiful castle made for a super lovely day trip but in all honesty there isn’t much to do there for more than a day.

Now, all aboard for my last train... to Amsterdam.

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