Museumsufer for art lovers

Prior to visiting Frankfurt, I made plans with Daiana Olteanu, a Romanian friend whom I met last year at Frankfurt BookFair, who is living in Frankfurt, to go for art discovery around Frankfurt.

I have two days free before the book fair and a day after the bookfair. So we planned well and try to cover as many art categories as we can.

From the hotel, we walked to Hauptwache, past Romer and then across the Main River to get to the other side of the river to an area called The Frankfurt museum embankment (Museumsufer). Alternatively we could take the tram or train but we preferred to walk to enjoy the nice chilly weather.

The embankment is one of the most important locations for museums in Germany and Europe. Through this unique cultural experience on both sides of the Main, the city enjoys an excellent reputation among art lovers.

There’s a total of 12 museums on the Schaumankai side, whereas about 22 museums on the other side of the Main River (some near the river, others located sporadically around Frankfurt city).

Frankfurt has more than 60 museums but there’s only 34 museums participating under Museumsufer:

  1. Altana Kulturstiftung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg
  2. Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt
  3. Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum
  4. Caricatura Museum Frankfurt
  5. Deutsches Architekturmuseum
  6. Deutsches Filmmuseum
  7. Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach
  8. Dommuseum Frankfurt am Main
  9. Eintracht Frankfurt Museum
  10. Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
  11. Frankfurter Kunstverein
  12. Geldmuseum der Deutschen Bundesbank*
  13. Frankfurter Goethe-Haus/Goethe-Museum
  14. Haus der Stadtgeschichte, Offenbach
  15. Hindemith Kabinett im Kuhhirtenturm
  16. Historisches Museum Frankfurt/ Höchster Porzellan-Museum
  17. Ikonen-Museum der Stadt Frankfurt
  18. Institut für Stadtgeschichte/Karmeliterkloster
  19. Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt
  20. Kindermuseum Frankfurt
  21. Klingspor-Museum, Offenbach
  22. Liebieghaus – Skulpturensammlung
  23. Weltkulturen Museum
  24. Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt
  25. Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
  26. Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
  27. Museum Giersch
  28. Museum Judengasse
  29. Portikus*
  30. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
  31. Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt
  32. Städel Museum
  33. Stoltze-Museum der Frankfurter Sparkasse*
  34. Struwwelpeter-Museum/Heinrich-Hoffmann-Museum

Do keep in mind that these museums are closed due to renovation works:
– Geldmuseum (Money Museum) until end of 2016
– Jüdisches Museum until 2018
– Museum Judengasse until spring 2016
– Stoltze-Museum has been relocated for 18 month to another building

museumlocationParticipating museums location.

Museum Embankment-Ticket
You can use the Museumsufer ticket to visit 34 museums on two consecutive days. If on the day after purchase museums are officially closed the ticket’s validity is extended by one day.

The Museumsufer ticket is available in three versions:
. as single ticket for €18
. as family card for 2 adults (in a partnership) and children/grandchildren under 18 years for €28
. as a concessionary ticket €10

The Ticket is not transferable; you need to show your passport and write your name on the ticket, and is only valid in combination with genuine identification.

tixSingle ticket €18 with my name on it.

I will tell about the museums I went to in my next posts (with lots of photos).

* Book your cheap Kuala Lumpur Frankfurt flights (KUL – FRA) with Lufthansa and enjoy beautiful Frankfurt. Benefit from the low fares and great service! And don’t forget to try Premium Economy Class for more personal space, more free baggage, more service. Long-haul travel in Premium Economy Class comes with plenty of comforts. 

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7 Tips on Planning a Frankfurt Trip with Family (updated)

Frankfurt is a nice place to bring your family on a holiday. Since the long school holiday is just around the corner, I am writing to share the tips on how to plan for your travel. A well-planned trip can allow you save time and cost of travelling in the city as well as place to stay.

These planning steps are based solely on my own experience.

1When to visit – The best times for Frankfurt are late spring to early autumn. The summers tend to be sunny and warm around 25 °C (77° F). Be prepared, however, for very hot summer days around 35° C (95° F) as well as for light rain. The winters can be cold and rainy (usually not lower than -10 °C/14 °F). It rarely snows in Frankfurt itself.

fallwomanAutumn in Frankfurt.

2Flight to Frankfurt – Previously it’ll be easier to take Malaysia Airlines direct flight to Frankfurt. But since MAS ceased flight to Frankfurt on May 29, 2015, you can take Lufthansa direct flight to Frankfurt. Alternatively you can also take KLM with layovers choices in Singapore, Paris or Amsterdam. Or try Cathay Pacific, with layover in Hong Kong. Do a comparison first and see which one is cheapest.

flightSons on MAS flight.

3Place to stayRent a place to stay via Airbnb. Renting a flat is much more cheaper as it is not based on pax as what the hotels in Frankfurt (perhaps in Europe). So many choices to choose from; fully-furnished apartment or house because this type of accommodation offers washing machine and kitchen. These two are the core things we need (in a mother’s perspective) when we travel with family.

AirbnbA comfortable apartment in Offenbach, 30 minutes away from Frankfurt city.

4City mode of transportation. Get Frankfurt Card. The super-saver card includes unlimited use of public transport system within Frankfurt city including Frankfurt Airport. It also offers 50% discount on admission to numerous Frankfurt museums, the Zoological Gardens, Botanical Gardens, Oper Frankfurt, city tours, river cruises, not to mention participating restaurants, cafes and retail stores. You can buy the group ticket (maximum of 5 persons) for €19 (one day) or €28 for 2 days. You can buy the ticket at  Frankfurt Airport, Hotels & Tours (Terminal 1: Arrival Hall B), Welcome Center, Tourist Information Office Frankfurt Am Main Hauptbahnhof and Tourist Information Office Römerberg.

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5Get online connection. Get Ortel data plan prepaid card. It is much cheaper to buy local simcard rather than have your phone on roaming. You can get the simcard for €15 and dataplan for €14.90. You canbuy  from phone shops around the city; in our case we got it from a phone shop (operated by Pakistanis) on Kaiserstraße, just across the main station.  They will help you install and register everything on your phone.

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6Where to go, what to visit. Being an an internationally diverse city, Frankfurt has many great things to offer; from arts, outdoors, and shopping, to historic buildings and high-rises, here are some of my suggestions:

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Römerberg -the old centre of Frankfurt with a number of historic buildings dating to the 14th and 15th century (many of which, unfortunately, were destroyed during World War II and rebuilt afterwards).

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Main River – the river that flows through Frankfurt, Germany from Kulmbach to Wiesbaden with a length of 527 km.

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Eiserner Steg (Iron bridge) – Frankfurt’s most well-known pedestrian bridge, built in 1869. It is just a minute away from the Römer, and provides great views of the skyline and the Main River.

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Historisches Museum – offers a wide collection of the history of the city.

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Frankfurt Zoological Garden – a green oasis in the middle of the thriving Main metropolis and it features over 4,500 animals on approximately 13 hectares land.

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The Main Tower – the only tower that is open to the public. From the viewing platform at a height of 200 metres, you will have a good view of Frankfurt and the surrounding area. Make sure to go on a clear day to get a nice family photo for your album.

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Goethe House and Museum, the birthplace of Germany’s most famous author and poet.

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Palmengarten Botanical Gardens – display a range of interesting and beautiful plants. Almost every kind of exotic flora growing around the world.

Meatzeil
Zeil shopping mile at hauptwache- where most well-known department store chains are to be found, but also where a host of specialised shops offer an extensive range of goods. There’s Zeilgalerie and Frankfurt Hoch 4. There are also cafes, snack bars and restaurants here.

Hauptwache
Hauptwache – one of Frankfurt’s oldest buildings. Hauptwache means “Main Watch”; the building stood as the home of Frankfurt’s military from 1730 until the 19th century. Today the baroque-style building houses a café and stands as one of the few remaining symbols of Frankfurt’s history as a city-state.

7Halal Places to eat – Frankfurt is considered a multicultural city because it is home to people of 180 nationalities. Nearly 25 percent of Frankfurt’s residents are foreign nationals. So looking for Halal food is not a problem at all. We did brought some food from Malaysia but the boys need to eat something also while touring the city because the cold weather made them hungry all the time. Here are some of the restaurants that we went:

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Thai Fun, Elbestraße 15, Frankfurt.

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Al Rafedain Restaurant, Baseler Straße 15, Frankfurt.

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Alim’s Fish Imbiss, Münchener Straße 35, Frankfurt.

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Vira Vira Restaurant, Hanauer Landstraße 41, Frankfurt.

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Palmen Grill, Klingerstraße 6, Innenstadt, Konstablerwache, Frankfurt.

So there you go. Happy planning and happy holiday!

 

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Day 6, Part 1 – Frankfurt – Köln

October 12, 2013.

I actually waited for this day because we had bought a family ticket to Köln by train. Guess how much we paid for the family ticket? €44! Can you believe that? Yes, but that was for the slower train, not ICE high-speed train. We checked three days earlier that for a family of 4, ICE fare would cost us €138 but we did not buy because we were afraid that we might want to go somewhere else; Berlin perhaps. Few days later we decided to go to Köln and went to Deutsche Bahn counter to purchase ICE ticket but little did we know that the later we buy, the more we have to pay. It would cost us €368! We were not willing to spend that much so we asked for cheaper ticket. So yes, we bought the €44 ticket. We were not rushing anywhere and I thought it would be nice to capture some photos along the way. I don’t think we would be able to do that if we were to take ICE high-speed train.

DBticketsOur ticket.

Like previous days, we took the train from Offenbach OST to Am Main Hauptbahnhof. We were 10 minutes late and ran as fast as we could to catch the train to Köln. We knew for a fact that the trains in Europe are very punctual. Lucky the train was still there. Perhaps they have a grace period of 30 minutes or so because we waited about 20 minutes in the train before it departed.

train-from-FBfIn the train; still at Frankfurt Am Main Hauptbahnhof.

So, our train route: Bahnhof-Siegen | Siegen -Köln Hbf.  And for my own record, here are the stations that we passed by from Frankfurt Hbf: Galluswarte – Messe – Frankfurt West – F-Eschersheim – F-Frankfurter Berg – F-Berkersheim -BadVibel Sud – Bad Vilbel – Dortelweil – Groß Karben – Okarben – Nieder-Wollstadt – Bruchenbrücken – Bad Nauheim – Ostheim – Butzbach – Kirch-Gons – Langgons – Großen-Linden – Wz-Dutenhofen – Gießen – Wetzlar – Asslar – Werdorf – Ehringshausen – Katzenfurt – Edingen – Sinn – Herborn – Burg Nord – Niederscheld Sud – Dillenburg.

BahnhofWestFrankfurt West.

Bad-VilbelA farmhouse in Bad Vilbel.

Dortelweil - Gross-KarbenSomewhere between Dortelweil and Groß Karben.

OkarbenSomewhere in Okarben.

Bad NauheimA house in Bad Nauheim.

Bahnhof-LindenGroßen-Linden.

GiessenGießen station.

Giessen2Somewhere between Gießen and Wetzlar.

WetzlarHouses in Wetzlar.

DillenburgDillenburg station.

And Dillenburg was the last stop of the train. Wait! We thought we would be taken straight to Siegen? Well that was not our case. Remember that we were 10 minutes late? We figured that the train that went straight to Siegen had departed on time. The train we took was to Dillenburg. We were a bit panicking but nonetheless, we guessed that we can just take the next train to Siegen.

And so we did. We took another train (more like a bus train; shorter and seatings like a bus) from Siegen to Dillenburg. This was the route: Dillenburg – Sechshelden – Haiger – Rodenbach – Dillbrecht – Rudersdorf (Siegen) – Siegen.

redleavesviewViews along the way.

SiegenSiegen.

And from Siegen, we took another train at platform 54 to Köln. These were the stations that we passed by: Eiserfeld – Niederschelden Nord – Niederschelden – Mudersbach – Brachbach – Freusburg Siedlung – Kirchen – Betzdorf – Scheuerfeld – Niederhövels – Wissen – Etzbach – Au – Rosbach – Schladern – Dattenfeld – Herchen – Eitorf – Merten – Blankenberg – Hennef im Siegbogen – Siegburg/Bonn – Troisdorf – Spich – Porz-Wahn – Porz(Rhein) – Köln Steinstraße – Köln Airport-Businesspark – Köln Trimbornstr – Köln Messe – Köln Hbf.

The trains practically stopped at every stations. Took us about 4 hours to reach Köln. OK, that was tiring!  I slept all the way from Siegen to Köln Steinstraße. But I did snap a photo of the train route in the train after I woke up. I gotta keep a record.

Finally, Köln, aku datang!

KolnKöln Hauptbahnhof.

Köln was colder than Frankfurt. 7°C! I was freezing because my jacket was not thick enough. I had my gloves on all the time to keep me warmer. Azmi and his dad seemed ok with the temperature but Yassin was just like me, lucky he got thicker jacket.

End of part 1. Part 2 will be about Köln Old Town. Stay tuned!

 

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Day 5 – Friday’s prayer at Konstablerwache

October 11, 2013.

It was raining the whole day but since it was Friday, the boys and their dad braved the rain to find a mosque to perform Friday’s prayer. My husband did his homework and found Zakariya Mosque situated at Moroccan Association for Culture and Communication, Albusstraße 18, Konstablerwache, down-town Frankfurt. They took the train from Offenbach OST to reach Konstablerwache station, about 8 stations away.

Zakaria MosqueIt is not really a mosque but big enough to let the nearby Muslim community perform prayers.

Konstablerwache is a central square in the centre of Frankfurt am Main and part of its pedestrian zone. It lies to the east of Hauptwache with both squares linked by the Zeil, the central shopping area of the city.

The name Konstablerwache, (constable watch-house) comes from the period when the building was used as an armoury; the term constable was then used in Frankfurt for a military rank in the artillery. In 1833, it was at the centre of an attempted revolution when revolutionary students attacked and attempted to loot it and the main watch-house (Hauptwache). In contrast to Hauptwache, Konstablerwache was demolished in 1886 and replaced by commercial buildings.

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After prayer, the boys were hungry and later went to get halal burger at Palmen Grill, Klingerstraße not far from the community center. Yassin forgot to bring his jacket and his dad had to buy him a new jacket at Rossmannn Drogeriemarkt also on the same street. It is actually a drugstore but they sell quite a lot of stuff including jackets. €15, bolehlah.

And that was it really for Day 5, not much activity. They later went to get me at the Frankfurt Am Main hauptbahnhof and we later went to have dinner at Thai Fun, Elbestraße and later bought ticket to Köln.

 

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