Four Hour Layover in Frankfurt
I am looking into an itinerary that would give me precisely four hours of layover in Frankfurt, coming in from New York. I am wondering if experienced travelers can tell me if such a layover allows for venturing in to the city for food. Would four hours allow for enough time for one to get decent food? If so, what is the best food close to the airport that is doable within the four hour layover timeframe?
Kinda depends on the kind of food you'd want. Four hours should give you enough time to get to Frankfurt central station, from which it is only a *very* short walk to Rainbow Garden, a very decent Thai restaurant.
But maybe you're looking for more traditional German fare, in which case I can't help, but you might want to skim through the Frankfurt threads....
here's what I would say - you can get through customs and immigration, into town, back, through customs and immigration and security in less that 2.5 hours, if nothing goes wrong and you know what you are doing. so, if you are not a real comfortable traveler, or you are on a very busy day, you might find that the time is a little too tight.
in the airport, you have a couple of reasonable choices. the best choice, for a standard german style resteraunt, is upstairs in terminal B. if you go out of security, in the downstairs part of the airport are a few pretty good resteraunts.
if you want to take the adventure and go into town, what I would suggest is to go, as quickly as you can, to the train station in the airport. take a train to the central train station, then change to an Sbahn to the Opera station. right around the Opera is a pedestrian walkway with several really good street food options, including some very good sausage stands. then go back the way you came.
frankly, in the train station is a great cafeteria type place with german street food type of things - sausages, roast meat, that kind of thing. you could do worse than going into the central train station, having lunch and going back.