Frankfurt city beaches

There are two great spots within the Frankfurt city center to lay down at the river: LILU and Orange Beach.

2 hours A cafe that can float
Relaxing at a city beach and 25 minute walk along the river Suitable for groups and families

1. How to get there

You want to get to Frankfurt, Heinrich-Hoffmann-Straße / Blutspendedienst
Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Konstablerwache Take Tram 12, direction Rheinlandstraße
Arrival: Heinrich-Hoffmann-Straße / Blutspendedienst From here it is a 5 minute walk, check the map below.

Alternatives

Get to Frankfurt main station and take Tram 21, direction Stadion Straßenbahn.

OR:

Get to Frankfurt (Main), Südbahnhof and take Tram 15, direction Haardtwaldplatz.

Good to know

Travel duration: approx. 20 minutes

2. Activity on site

LILU: A former Jewish bath, now a public park at the river

Wander on this historical site. This is where Jews in Frankfurt were allowed to take a bath. Natural water sources are very important in the Jewish faith. In 1938 public baths were forbidden. Left behind is a beautiful natural sport for the public. LILU stands for “Licht und Luftbad” (Light and air bathing area). Click here for the official website (German only).

Walk from LILU to Orange Beach

It is possible to take a 40 minute walk to another hidden treasure in Frankfurt: Orange beach. Check the map below for details. The walk will take you over one train bridge from where you have amazing views of the Frankfurt skyline.

Lay down in a beach chair at Orange Beach

Enjoy the urban beach feeling having a drink in a beach chair under a train bridge. A must do in Frankfurt. Check out their website for upcoming events.

3. Map

4. Tips

Picnic or bbq at LILU

They have a public bbq area, very rare in Frankfurt. Bring your own bbq or rent one there. The “Transfer Werkstatt” employs people currently in unstable circumstances, and you can rent all you need for a joyful day at this urban beach park.

Have a drink at the Ponton at LILU

The Ponton could swim if the LILU were to be flooded. Isn’t that so incredible? Read more about floats on wikipedia.org.

The Ponton at LILU

Make it a bike tour

You can lock your bike properly at the LILU, at Orange beach it is a bit more difficult.

5. How to get back

Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Walk to the bus stop Erntestraße (check the map) Take bus 37, direction Hauptbahnhof
Change: Hauptbahnhof (main station) Take the subway or the S-Bahn (suburban train), direction Frankfurt city
Arrival: Konstablerwache

6. Costs

Round trip: Adult – one way: € 2.75
Adult – day pass: € 5.35
Group day pass (5 people): € 11.30

7. Highlights

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The Ponton at LILU - Enjoy a drink or snack here or just bring your own picnic.
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Inntaler high route (Höhenweg)

4 day hike along a beautiful high route with stunning views of the surrounding Alps.

4 days and 5 nights Sleeping on the train (Nightjet)
Hiking the Inntaler high route (4 days) Suitable for fit individuals / small groups

1. How to get there

You want to get to Innsbruck, main station and take a bus from there to the trail head. Read my post about the Nightjet on how to travel to Innsbruck overnight.

Click here for the up to date timetable: DeutscheBahn website*

Once you have arrived in Innsbruck you want to get to the station Igls, Patscherkofel.

Check the Innsbruck public transport (IVB) site for the up to date timetable.

Start: Innsbruck, main station Walk to the bus stop Sillpark (see map below)
Change: Innsbruck, Sillpark Take bus J towards Patscherkofel
Arrival: Igls, Patscherkofel (the last stop) From here follow the hiking map of day 1

Good to know:

Travel duration on bus J: approx. 20 minutes (one way)

2. Activity on site

Hiking the Inntaler high route (Höhenweg):

Day 1 – Hike up to the Glungezer hut

Start at the station of the Patscherkofel cable car and hike up through the forest. Once you are above the tree line you will walk on a beautiful path lined with swiss pine trees. Enjoy the great views of the Inn valley.

Check the map below for details.

Day 2 – Hike 7 peaks in one day: Glungezer to Lizumer hut

On this beautiful hike you will pass the following peaks, make sure to sign the summit register at the summit crosses:
1) Glungezer summit
2) Gamslauer peak
3) Kreuz peak
4) Rosenjoch summit
5) Grünberg peak
6) Grafmart peak
7) Naviser Sonnen peak

Check the map below for details.

Heads up:
The Lizumer hut is within a restricted military area. But no worries, it is allowed to pass through.

Restricted military area

Day 3 – Long day from the Lizumer to Rastkogel hut, passing Weidener hut

This day is going to be long, but beautiful. Start the day early and make sure to arrive at 6:30 pm the latest to get a hot meal at the Rastkogel hut.

Check the map below for details.

Day 4 – Long day down into the Inn valley

The last day will bring you down into the Inn valley to a town called Schwaz. It is at the Inn valley train tracks and you can catch a train to Jenbach or Innsbruck there, and then hop back on the Nightjet to Frankfurt.

Check the map below for details.

3. Map

Day 1
Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

4. Tips

Start early on day 3 and 4

You’ll hike at least 20 km on each of these days. It is absolutely doable, but you want to start your hiking day early.

Arrive at Schwaz train station (day 4) at 8 pm the latest

You still need to catch a local train to Jenbach or Innsbruck in order to get on the Nightjet taking you to Frankfurt.

Bring poles

Day 4 will lead you downwards 2400 meters in altitude, therefore poles will help your knees to not suffer so much.

5. How to get back

Check the Innsbruck public transport (IVB) site for the up to date timetable.

Start: Schwaz, train station Take a local train (S1) to Jenbach
Arrival: Jenbach Take the Nightjet back to Frankfurt, check my my post about the Nightjet for timetable details

Good to know:

Timetable Schwaz – Jenbach Sundays:
7:02 pm – arriving in Jenbach at 7:09 pm
8:02 pm – arriving in Jenbach at 8:09 pm

6. Costs

Nightjet (one way): Check out the section 6. Costs from my post about the Nightjet
Local train to Jenbach or Innsbruck: Adult – one way: € 2.9

Click here to get your ticket: DeutscheBahn website*

7. Highlights

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Flowers in the valley - Enjoy great views of the Karwendel mountains.
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Nightjet – Frankfurt to Innsbruck

Take the Nightjet to your adventure in Austria. Sleep on the train and arrive fresh Innsbruck.

At least two days Sleeping on the train
Hiking in the Austrian Alps, visiting Innsbruck Suitable for groups and individuals

1. How to get there

You want to get to Innsbruck, Austria.
Click here for the up to date timetable: DeutscheBahn website*

Start: Frankfurt (Main), Süd Take the Nightjet (ÖBB) to Innsbruck
Arrival: Innsbruck, Hauptbahnhof (main station) From here take a local bus to the start of your hike or walk into the city center

Good to know:

Daily timetable: 00:08 am – leaving from  Frankfurt (Main), Süd
09:15 am – arriving in Innsbruck
→ overnight journey
Travel duration: approx. 9 hours (one way)

2. Activity on site

Visiting Innsbruck

Enjoy a day in Innsbruck. Click the map below for a short stroll through the city center.

Innsbruck downtown

Hiking in the Austrian Alps

There are so many option starting your hiking adventure in Innsbruck that I will create separate blog posts for them, please select below:

Inntaler Höhenweg

Pitztal (coming soon)

Kühtai (coming soon)

Via Ferrata, Karwendel

There is a separate post for the Absamer via ferrata, click here (coming soon).

3. Map

4. Tips

Book a bed on the couchette coach (Liegewagen)
You have 3 options for your ticket:
1) Sleeper coach: Choose between compartments with 2 – 4 beds
2) Couchette coach: Compartments with 6 beds

 

3) Regular coach: Compartments of 6 seats.

 

The regular coaches consist of compartments of 6 seats which you can turn into one surface to rest on. I recommend to take the couchette for a good night sleep. A pillow, bed sheet and a blanket are provided.

Breakfast is included
Booking a bed on the couchette or sleeper coach includes a breakfast. The breakfast on the couchette coach is very simple though:

Stay overnight in Innsbruck
Your best option is probably to take the Nightjet at 00:08 am on a Friday, arriving Friday morning in Innsbruck. Stay overnight from Friday to Sunday. Then take the Nightjet back on Sunday night, arriving in Frankfurt early on Monday morning.

5. How to get back

Click here for the up to date timetable: DeutscheBahn website*

Start: Innsbruck, main station Take the Nightjet
Arrival: Frankfurt (Main), Süd Then take local transport to your final destination

Good to know:

Daily timetable: 08:44 pm – leaving from Innsbruck, main station
05:23 am – arriving in Frankfurt (Main), Süd
→ overnight journey
Travel duration: approx. 8.5 hours (one way)

6. Costs

Nightjet ticket:
(adult one way)
Seat car: starting from € 29
Couchette coach: starting from € 49

Click here to book your ticket: DeutscheBahn website*

Heads up
When you book a ticket to a destination outside of Germany, you’ll get forwarded to the international booking site of Deutsche Bahn automatically.

Make sure to select the right category during the booking process. I suggest to book a bed on the couchette coach.

7. Highlights

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Nightjet to Innsbruck - Start your journey at midnight in Frankfurt.
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Hafen 2 – Urban city escape

Great, alternative, urban city escape with an outdoor playground, open air stage and coffee shop. Located directly at the river Main, just outside of Frankfurt. Come for a sunny afternoon outside.

2 hours Open air spot at the river
Walk along the river and then chill outside having a coffee or a beer Suitable for families, individuals, groups

1. How to get there

You want to get to Offenbach, Nordring.
Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Konstablerwache Take S2, direction Dietzenbach Bahnhof
Change: Offenbach (Main) Kaiserlei Take bus 46, direction Römerhof
Arrival: Osthafenbrücke (the 3rd stop) From here, start your walk along the river.

Good to know

Travel duration: approx. 25 minutes (one way)

2. Activity on site

Go on a 40 minute walk along the river Main

This walk will lead you through beautiful parks, you will pass a ship lock and a fun little monument. Click the map below for details of this walk.

The “me” monument

Chill outside at Hafen 2

This is a great open air urban escape. Let your kids play on the big playground and enjoy a cup of coffee or come with your friends and have a beer.

3. Map

4. Tips

Come for the open air movies at Hafen 2

This is definitely a real highlight. Click here for the program.

Listen to a concert at Hafen 2

They have great independent music shows in a circus tent. Here is the program.

Up for a lazy day?

Just take the bus to Hafen 2 (Offenbach, Nordring) and back. Make sure to get a day pass for the RMV including Offenbach, see section “6. Costs” below.

Make it a bike tour

It is a 5 km easy bike tour along the river Main. Click here for the map.

5. How to get back

Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Take bus 108 from Offenbach (Main), Nordring. It does not matter which direction you go:

Start: Offenbach (Main), Nordring Take bus 108, direction Marktplatz or direction Kaiserlei
Change: Offenbach (Main) Marktplatz or Offenbach (Main) Kaiserlei Take whatever suburban train (S-Bahn) is coming first, almost all go to Frankfurt downtown
Arrival: Konstablerwache  

6. Costs

Outward journey (to Osthafenbrücke): Adult – one way: € 2.75
Return journey (from Offenbach, Nordring): Adult – one way: € 4.90
Day pass (including Offenbach): Adult – day pass: € 9.55
Group day pass (5 people): € 16.60

7. Highlights

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Playground, sand and beach chairs - Chill here after work.
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Historic steam engine

Ready to time travel? Take a ride with an original steam engine along the Frankfurt riverside. Impressive contrast to the modern skyline.

2 hours Visit an old railway switch cabin
Taking a ride with a steam engine train Suitable for families

1. How to get there

You want to get to Frankfurt, Dom/Römer.
Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Konstablerwache Take U4, direction Bockenheimer Warte
or
U5, direction Hauptbahnhof
Arrival: Dom/Römer From here walk to the river, to the bridge “Eiserner Steg”

2. Activity on site

Take a ride with a historic railway

The historic railway club Frankfurt offers special train rides on the tracks along the river within the city.

Start at “Eiserner Steg”, look for this sign:

Stop sign for the historic steam engine

Timetable

Check their calendar for upcoming dates and up to date timetable.

3. Map

This map shows the tracks the historic railway is using. This is not a hiking map!

 

1. Eiserner Steg: Start your round trip here

2. EZB: It doesn’t always stop there, make sure to take great pictures

3. Turning point: Get off and check out the old railway switch mechanism in the cabin

4. Tips

Going one direction is enough

The historic railway does two loops. One to the East (described above) and one to the West. I recommend to go only one direction, spending the rest of the time outside the train taking pictures of the train.

Taking the East loop is much more exciting as you will pass the European Central Bank, the industrial harbor and the former railway switch cabin. This loop takes about 45 minutes.

Check the map for details.

More information about the historic railway Frankfurt

Check out this great Wikipedia article.

5. How to get back

Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Dom/Römer Take U4, direction Seckbach
or
U5, direction Preungesheim
Arrival: Konstablerwache

6. Costs

Inner city transport

Round trip: Adult – one way: € 2.75
Adult – day pass: € 5.35
Group day pass (5 people): € 11.30

Historic railway

Ticket One loop (either East or West) Full tour (includes both loops)
Adult € 7.00 € 10.00
Child* € 3.00 € 5.00
Family ** € 17.00 € 24.00

*Children under 6 travel for free. Children between 6 and 14 pay 50% of the fee.
**Family = 2 adults and 2 kids

7. Highlights

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Steam engine - Travel back in time.
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