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The Hauptwache

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An outdoor shopping area amidst historic buildings in the city center of Frankfurt.
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An der Hauptwache, 60313 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
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All reviews police station shopping street central point catherine's church guard house pedestrian zone kaufhof department store large square great shopping u bahn and s bahn nice place to walk the heart of the city nice street starting point street performers eating places nice area
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited The Hauptwache on a Saturday, we followed the Christmas Market stalls from the Römerberg up to the square, it is nice to see and is right by the shopping centre and financial districts.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ldgp14
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Hauptwache is a very big square located in the center of Frankfurt, a big city in Germany. It is a shopping zone, where you can walk and buy a lot of things. In fact, the name of the square is due to a building,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank AlbertSalichs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the main square of central Frankfurt. Has underground station as well as taxi ranks on edge. Good open-air cafes and restaurants. The "designer brands" are not far away.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our travel arrangements were screwed at the last second, so I had to travel day earlier than my wife, that gave me freedom to travel as I wished. I took the train and gay off at The Hauptwache around early afternoon, and walked around and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FreeJohnny
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Spent a weekend in Frankfurt and somehow every day we ended up back at the Hauptwache.... there are street performers, restaurants, cafes, shops, and a little bit of everything here. Great for families and couples.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank IslandManRides
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Very busy shopping district in central Frankfurt just a short walk from the river, Romerplatz and the Dom. If shopping is your thing then this is the place for you with high street brands, big malls and lots of smaller, more local stores. Some good...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018

On that quiet Sunday morning the air was filled with beautiful strains on the saxophone, being played by a homeless guy in a wheelchair. Of course you have all the shopping and the eating places, but those street performances in Hauptwache were really something special....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wordsncolors
Reviewed September 30, 2018

In a large square in the city center the Hauptwache is a nice top off for a lunch to watch the world (Frankfurt) go by.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve M
Reviewed September 23, 2018

The old guard station is not so spectacular in itself but the square is the center of Frankfurt and start for a big shopping spree on Goethestrasse (high end) Fressgasse (food) and Zeil (popular brands).

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TMK901
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

One of the major shopping districts of Frankfurt, it is in the city centre, with a U Bahn station connection

Date of experience: September 2018
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José Roberto Z
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
U-Bahn/S-Bahn tickets (11 Replies)
I'm arriving at Frankfurt Flüghafen in early november and before I head to Berlin (by train), I need to go to a store near Hauptwache Station and then back to the Hauptbanhof. My questions are: What kind of S-Bahn ticket do I need to go from the airport to central Frankfurt? Is it a regular ticket or do I have to pick something else because I'm leaving from the airport? When I'm riding the U-bahn do I need to buy a single trip ticket to every change of lines I make or is it valid for a...More
November 02, 2011|
Response fromJosé Roberto Z|
I did not know that and thus I have bought the tickets to Berlin from the Hbf a few months ago. Lesson learned to my next trip to Germany, though. Let me ask you something else: My 2010 Eurail Timetable says I don't have to make a seat reservation for this trip to Berlin, however do you think it is recommended since it's on a Saturday night (perhaps the trains are busier)?
Question on 1) public transport, and 2) day trip (4 Replies)
Hi guys, I have two questions to ask. 1. I will be flying into Frankfurt Airport early in the morning, landing at about 630AM. I would like to take the train to Frankfurt Hbf. And, for the rest of the day, I plan to walk around, but also have the flexibility to hop onto the SBahn. Which kind of ticket should I get? Part 2 of this question is my wife will be joining me in Frankfurt, she is taking the ICE from Stuttgart Hbf to Frankfurt Hbf. After that, we will be walking around town. I...More
March 18, 2015|
Response fromBornheimgirl|
Buy yourself a day ticket for 8.80. You can use it all day on all forms of transport and it gets you in from the airport too. When your wife gets here, I would just get a one way ticket. Where are you staying overnight? I If the weather stays nice, the KD ship will go. Head up to Rüdesheim and ride the ship to St. Goar, then train back. If by some chance it doesn't go, ride the train up to Braubach and tour the Marksburg. You can see a lot of castles from the train. Cross with the ferry...More
Singapore, Singapore
Frankfurt Airport to The Zeil (5 Replies)
hi all, i have a 12 hours layover in Frankfurt on 23 Dec and would like to visit The Zeil. I read that the 2 stations to get here are Hauptwache or Konstablerwache station. Need some help on which would be the nearer one and how do i get there from the Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1? From the rmv.de site, there's advice to take S9 and there's also advice to take U2. Not too sure what's the difference? Thank you.
December 08, 2014|
Response fromBornheimgirl|
Not sure what the RMV site is telling you, as the U-2 has nothing to do with coming in from the airport. Do be aware that the Christmas Market in Frankfurt ends on the 22nd. Here is all the info you need, except that the prices are different now from when I first wrote it. tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g187337-i301-k68093…