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As one of the major cities in Germany, Frankfurt has a lot to offer visitors. It is full of history and German charm that attracts people to the country from all over the world. Throughout Frankfurt, there are a number of interesting museums, great German food, and plenty of medieval and Renaissance influences. While Frankfurt loves to embrace its history, it is also a very modern city. There are lots of shiny skyscrapers intertwined with the historical architecture of Frankfurt. Throughout the city, there is a unique atmosphere that isn’t quite the same as any other cities in Germany. Due to Frankfurt’s central location, it is the perfect spot to start a trip around the country. You can easily catch a train from Frankfurt to some other popular locations, such as Cologne, Munich, and Heidelberg. Booking return flights from Christchurch to Frankfurt is the perfect way to begin and end your German holiday.
Start planning your next big holiday by booking a trip around Germany. Book your cheap return flights from Christchurch to Frankfurt with Webjet, then use our guide to start planning your time in the city.
The best time to visit Frankfurt
Frankfurt experiences four distinct seasons throughout the year. Spring and autumn are generally considered to be the ideal time to visit the city. During these seasons, you’ll avoid the summer’s peak tourist crowds, and temperatures average a comfortable 17-20°C during the day. Visiting in summer, Frankfurt is at its busiest as Europeans flock to the city on their summer holidays. Summer temperatures range between 24-26°C during the day, but it also rains more than any other time of year. Since summer is high season in Frankfurt, hotels increase their rates to match the large demand.
If cold weather doesn’t bother you, you can find some great deals by planning a trip to Frankfurt in the German winter. Winter months are chilly, with daytime temperatures around 5°C and nighttime temperatures around freezing, but German winter is full of charm as well. Frankfurt has plenty of indoor activities to keep you entertained on the super cold days, including museums and cosy pubs where you can enjoy German beers. Winter is a great time to save money on hotels in Germany as well as CHC to FRA flights.
Frankfurt is an exciting city to celebrate holidays. The big ones across Germany are Oktoberfest in the autumn and Christmas. Oktoberfest is a large beer festival, and while the most famous is in Munich, Frankfurt offers exciting Oktoberfest celebrations as well. In December, you’ll be amazed by Frankfurt’s Christmas cheer. The city comes alive with Christmas markets, decorations, and lots of festivities. Holidays are an exciting time to visit Frankfurt, but they also get busy, so be sure to book your hotel far in advance if you’ll be travelling to Germany during one of these times.
Departing From Christchurch
Christchurch is home to one airport, which is the second busiest in New Zealand. Christchurch Airport is located 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) northwest of the CBD and offers several transport options to fit different budgets.
Each week, there are close to 500 return flights from Christchurch to Frankfurt. These flights can get you to Germany in about 27 hours with one stopover. Some of the airlines to offer cheap airfares from Christchurch to Frankfurt include Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Emirates, United Airlines, and British Airways.
Getting to Christchurch Airport
For the most affordable trip to Christchurch Airport, you can catch one of the city’s Metro Red Buses. The Purple Line and bus 29 both offer service from central areas to Christchurch Airport (CHC). The Purple Line stops at several major stops, including the Bus Interchange, Ferry Road, and the University at Ilam Road. For direct access from the Bus Interchange or Fendalton, you can catch bus 29 to the airport. Both of these buses have a fare of $8.50 NZD for a one-way ticket and $15 NZD return.
A taxi or an Uber will get you from central Christchurch to the airport in about 20 minutes. Taxis operate with meters, and taxi fare to the airport comes to about $35 NZD from the CBD and inner suburbs.
Parking at Christchurch Airport
Each of the Christchurch Airport car parks is located within easy walking distance to the terminal. There are several short term and long term car parks to choose from.
Where to Park at Christchurch Airport
• The Long Stay car park offers uncovered parking. Rates start at $27 NZD per day and $135 NZD per week.
• Orchard Road car park offers the most affordable daily rate. Prices start at $22 NZD per day and $154 NZD per week.
• The Craddocks offer a cheap long-term rate. It’s right outside the airport with a shuttle to the terminal. Rates start at $24 NZD per day and $100 NZD per week.
Arriving in Frankfurt
There is one major airport in Frankfurt, which is the busiest German airport in terms of foot traffic. Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is located 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) southwest of the city centre.
How to Get from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Your Frankfurt Hotel or Accommodation
For the cheapest option into the city, you can catch one of the public city buses that depart from both airport terminals. For the quickest route into the city centre, catch bus 61 toward Frankfurt South Central Station. This bus will get you to the city in about 30 minutes. Tickets to ride this bus cost €2.75 ($4.70 NZD) and can either be purchased from a ticket machine or directly from the driver.
The RMV regional train also offers quick and affordable access into central Frankfurt. The train makes regular departures from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and arrives to the city’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) in about 10-12 minutes. Train tickets to ride the RMV from the airport to Frankfurt Central Station cost €4.50 ($7.70 NZD).
For the most direct route to your hotel, can can take a taxi from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) into the city. A taxi will arrive to Frankfurt’s centre in about 15 minutes. Taxis in Frankfurt calculate fare using meters, and average taxi fare into the city costs €40 ($68 NZD).
Things to do in Frankfurt
St. Bartholomew's Cathedral
Construction of this cathedral dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries. It was built in a Gothic style, which was popular throughout Europe during that time period. St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral was once called the Imperial Cathedral and was where the coronation of German emperors took place between 1562 and 1792. Throughout the cathedral, there are lots of intricate designs that date back hundreds of years. For an amazing view over Frankfurt, head to the top of the cathedral’s highest tower.
Hundreds of years ago, Frankfurt was surrounded by a wall to keep invaders and enemies out of the city. Eschenheimer Turm was a tower along the wall that was built in 1428 to guard the northern part of the wall. While the wall itself is no longer there, you can still see the 10-storey Eschenheimer Turm, which is the city’s oldest unaltered landmark. Surrounding the Eschenheimer Turm are several modern skyscrapers, offering an interesting contrast to the history of the area. If you would like to venture into the Eschenheimer Turm, you can make a reservation for the high-end restaurant that is inside.
Goethe House and Museum
One of the most famous German writers in history was the novelist and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Goethe grew up in Frankfurt, and you can still visit the house where he lived between 1749 and 1765. The house hasn’t been altered since Goethe lived there, so you can still see the traditional German designs that were incorporated into the architecture. In the house, you can see the writing room, which was where he penned some of his earliest works. Next to the house, you can also visit the Goethe Museum, which features artwork from the “Age of Goethe.”
Visit the Museumsufer
Frankfurt’s Museumsufer is one of the city’s top attractions. Located on the southbank of the River Main, this spot is a series of twelve different museums. Each museum has something unique to offer visitors, and they touch on a variety of subjects, including history, film, and art. The top museums to visit in the Museumsufer are the Icon Museum, the German Architectural Museum, the Museum of World Heritages, and the Städel Art Museum.
Explore the Römerberg
Like most German cities, Frankfurt loves to embrace its history. To get a glimpse into Old Frankfurt, head to the Römerberg public square. The large square is surrounded by buildings in traditional German architecture. Popular places to visit around the Römerberg include the Old Town Hall, the Justice Fountain, and the Historical Museum. In December, this square is also where the city’s largest Christmas market is held.