Day 2: Oslo, Norway #oslo #norway #opera

Chicago to Frankfurt (8hours).

An 8 hour layover in Frankfurt!  What does one do?  Well, Google knows all these days:

  • How to enjoy an 8 hour layover in Frankfurt
  • Explore Frankfurt Airport on a layover
  • Walk across the Alte Brucke going to Sachsenhausen and visit the Deutsche Ordenskirche (Teutonic Order of Knights Church) located next to the Ikon Museum. Built in 1309 and suffering very little damage in the war, this church has some beautiful frescos in its baptism chapel dating from the early 1400’s, as well as some wonderful old altars along the walls. Interesting wall friezes of the life of St. Elizabeth and the story of St.George slaying the dragon.
  • Go view the massive scale model of Frankfurt located in the atrium of the Planungsdezernat Amt. This is in the same building as the Judengasse Museum located on Kurt Schumacher Str. Great idea to orient yourself where everything is in the city. Open weekdays, 9-5
  • View the Joerge Ratgeb frescos in the Karmeliter Cloister / City Archives, which are open weekdays from 08:30-17:00, a big plus, is that they are free. Located on Bethmann strasse, right around the corner from the Römer.
  • Ride to the top of the Main Tower, open until 19:00 on weekdays. Fabulous view day or night!
  • Visit the Palmengarten, which is open weekdays from 09:00-16:00 Feb.and from 09:00-18:00 Oct.
  • The Frankfurt Zoo is open 7 days a week.
  • You can visit the Goethe House after 14:00 on Mondays.
  • Senckenberg Natural History Museum – Great dinosaurs, fascinating for the kids, but adults will enjoy it too.
  • The Geld Museum (Money Museum) is open on Mondays from 10:00-17:00 and it’s free.
  • Go swimming at Rebstock Bad or one of the other great pools in Frankfurt, like Panorama Bad, or the Taunus Therme at the Nordwest Zentrum Mall.
  • Stroll through the Klein Markt Halle and see what kind of samples are available for tasting and get some great fruit and veggie photos.
  • The Kaiserdom, Liebfrauen Church and the Alte Nikolai are always open
  • Visit the neighborhood of Hoechst, which has a multitude of lovely half-timbered houses as well as the Bolangaro Palace, Hoechste Schloss and the Justinus Church – built in 850
  • Window shop around all the galleries that fill the neighborhood around the Kaiserdom.
  • Explore the neighborhoods of Bornheim, Bockenheim, Sachsenhausen, Nordend, and Westend. You will be amazed and pleasantly surprised at all the old architecture that is here in Frankfurt, a city that according to many guide books “was completely destroyed”. Streets to look for – Berger Strasse, Schweizer Strasse, Oeder Weg, Leipziger Strasse
  • Walk through the I.G.Farben building, which is part of the University campus. Amazing 1930’s architecture & once the biggest building in Europe, this was headquarters for the American Military after the war. Eisenhower had his office here. Ride the Pater Noster for a fun and unusual experience.
  • Visit the Grueneburg Park next door to the I.G. Farben building and the Palmengarten. Nestled in the trees is a lovely Greek Orthodox church which almost looks like a jewel sitting there. Nearby is the Korean Pavilion.

There’s a massive snow storm going on in Frankfurt right now – so I nixed the plans on going into the city.  However, I did find an airport shower where they offered hotel, soap, and shampoo.  That was all I needed to renew.  Now, I just need a nap followed by a light meal with some wine.

18:00p — Gonna miss the Barber of Seville Opera

9:45A 19:15p arrival to OSL

Now what? Oslo Pass

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Top 12 Things to do in Oslo

18:00 Oslo opera: Barber of Seville in ItalianTripAdvisor Opera Reviews