Ambling through Frankfurt

Finally a Sunday when we had literally nothing better to do than to walk through Frankfurt and get a bit of urban exploration done!

Eschenheimer Tor made for a great starting point after lunch, our amble taking us through the green belt along Eschenheimer Anlage that stretches along the northern side of the city proper.

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The charming little corner of a garden – just next to Fleming’s Hotel – is set about 2,50m below the surrounding streets and paths and is quite invisible until you’re standing right on top of it.

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A small veggie patch surrounded by fancy fenceposts and the graffiti on the side of buildings and playgrounds really added to the flair of the place. The so-called Anlagengürtel is only 50 meters wide in places, with a reasonably busy street on one side, just behind a row of bushes; so don’t expect utter serenity!

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We followed Friedberger Anlage – east of the city – until we branched off toward the zoo where we hopped on a subway.

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Two short stops later, we headed through Ostpark and over the bridge crossing the railway tracks on the far end of the park, making a bit of a run for it on account of the blustery breeze coming our way.

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The graffiti on the walls just beyond the bridge really brought this rather unsightly place on Hanauer Landstraße to life. The only pity being, that you can’t see any of these works of art when you’re stuck in traffic coming up on the large roundabout underneath A661.

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On Sundays, Lindleystraße is quite deserted. On alternating Saturdays, though, the flea market is held here rather than on Schaumainkai, close to the Eiserner Steg. Unfortunately, the nearby Schwedlersee was closed, so we had to push on toward Offenbach.

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Walking through the industrial harbour – also quite empty – we hardly had a second to glance left or right, because we were running late for our drinks with friends.

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But there was enough time for one last snapshot while crossing the Offenbach lock.

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The weather was typical of April in Germany and changed every ten minutes – from downpour to sparkling sunshine and back again. Very worthwhile, even though we barely had time to stop along some stretches of the way due to time constraints.