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Staying Near the Station

Melbourne, Australia
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Staying Near the Station

Hello Frankfurt Forum

We are having our first visit to Frankfurt (not til January next year, early planners here!).

We will only be there for two nights, arriving by train from Strasbourg then leaving for the airport. From my research, Hotel Hamburgerhof fits our bill perfectly, although it is incredibly close to the station. When we have stayed in Europe in the past, near the station is generally considered not the best. This doesn't seem to be the case in Frankfurt.

Is this an ok area to stay for a couple in their late 50s. All we want is easy connections and to be walkable from the city centre for two days of exploring.

Thanks in advance for any tips.


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Mainz, Germany
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1. Re: Staying Near the Station

Frankfurt is an incredibly busy station with almost half a million travelers going through every day, so in the daytime hustle and bustle one hardly notices the drug peddlers and their customers, the beggars and homeless that become more visible in the late evening hours. But your hotel is so close to the station and on that side there isn’t much going on with the drug scene that you should be perfectly fine. There are plenty of hotels and small restaurants in the area, so it is always lively.

The direct route to the city center would take you down Taunus- or Niddastrasse straight through the red-light district, however, so you may rather want to hop-on to the S or U-Bahn for a short ride. Or walk down Kaiserstrasse opposite the station‘s main exit where gentrification has extinct all redlight activities years ago and which today is lined by restaurants and chain stores. Towards the Messe/fair there is the huge Skyline Plaza shopping mall just a couple blocks from your hotel.

Frankfurt, Germany
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2. Re: Staying Near the Station

I might add that red light district does not equal dangerous. It is actually a rather hip area these days and we even celebrate it with a family festival once a year in the fall.

If you are not looking for drugs, you will hardly notice that scene as they will not bother you. Peddlers can be annoying, just ignore and move on.

It is not my favorite area of Frankfurt, but fine to stay in the Hotels in that area.

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