Europe : Germany : Frankfurt : City


Cold but Calm Night

by jscargo (February, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: very safe, lots of space and places to lie down
Cons: no internet, cold (was february and the cold wave was at its peak)

I spent 1 night in FRA and it was quite ok, I would definitely recommend FRA for sleeping, a part from the cold, but that was unusual, coz this really bad cold front struck europe in early 2012 and i had the bad luck of sleeping there during one of these days. There is free wifi, and the wifi is coded by SMS, so you get 30 minutes free, then with this 30 minutes free i got online, asked some friends online to send sms's to this free wifi stuff, so in the end i could surf for about 2 hours, helped me a lot to kill time.

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by JNW (June, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Other
Where: Landside
Pros: Clean airport
Cons: Sluggish security process

We were traveling back to the USA from Rome. We had a stop over at Frankfurt. Out of 6 people, they searched 5 peoples carry on bags and physically searched all 4 young people in our party. Three of them are white women of college age. All of the 4 are college educated. We saw the security people search lots of other young people from our flight making most of them nearly miss the flight. We had more than 2 hours to make our connecting flight. We barely made it. Ridiculous!

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Gypsy Camping Near the Airport

by Kilroy (May, 2009)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Pros: Safe and discreet camping
Cons: In good weather only. Must have sleeping bag and preferably a tent.

Because I had a sleeping bag and backpacker's tent with me, a chose to leave the terminals and camp about 1/2 km away. FRA is surrounded by primitive forest. I checked it out, but the ground seemed too rough for comfortable tenting. Fortunately, I found a reclaimed construction zone with flat grassy ground. It is in a big traffic island between two freeways, only 1/2 km from Terminal 2. It is half grassy and half wooded, so it is easy to hide. Location: 50.055N, 8.585E. From Terminal 2, walk straight out and cross under the first freeway and there it is! At night, there is little chance of any human encounter, and I felt comfortable enough to leave my camping gear here during the day while I explored the city. Rain is always possible. In summer, insects are going to be an issue, so you need a tent. In cooler months, you might get by with continued >>

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The Saving Grace

by phoenixtears (December, 2010)

Reason for Stay: Checking in and had to wait
Where: Airside
Pros: Nice seating style
Cons: Other parts of the airport were too crowded

I have never been a fan of Frankfurt, and after my experiences last December, I will never be a fan of Frankfurt again. However, there was a plus when it came to sleeping in the airport. Long story short, I was stuck in the blizzard and was actually offered a free hotel room for the night. I took it but went back to the airport at 4am to ensure I recieved new tickets for the connecting flight which I missed due to the weather. After getting my ticket I went to find a place by the gate to rest, and found these lovely lounge-chair-esque seats waiting for me to sleep on. It was like a chair that was slightly laid back with leg rests. Super comfortable, and just what I needed. If it means anything, I was on my way to Khartoum, and that automatically makes Frankfurt look heavenly in comparison.

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another acceptable night

by erin (June, 2009)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside

I have slept twice in Frankfurt. The first time was unintentional (didnt get on a flight and had to sleep overnight/couldnt afford hotel) and the second time intentional-early morning flight and hotel again too expensive. The first time I slept in the main lobby, in sort of a quiet alcove to the side on a bench. The cleaning people left it alone until about 5am, but it was rather cold. Most annoying were the constant announcements for trains throughout the night. So the second time I thought- I will go to the elevated tunnel connecting the airport to the train, no announcements! Unfortunately this place was less than ideal, because it vibrates whenever someone walks across the tunnel. ALso I felt a bit unsafe being so isolated. So back to the main terminal... Was ok. Security left me alone but it was cold and the bathrooms really not so n continued >>

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