Frankfurt is a German city unlike any other, and a perfect place to start your motorhome holiday.
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Frankfurt Motorhome Rental
Frankfurt welcomes all campers
Frankfurt may not have the attitude of Berlin, but it is ripe with culture and the centre of business in Europe. And trade for RV rental holidays in Frankfurt is also on the rise.
It is one of the world’s most liveable cities: lots of space to relax, fine dining, excellent art and museums, good public transport and plenty of spots to sip a beer. Frankfurt has a high proportion of foreigners, with thousands commuting to work, while only 20% of the residents are naturalised Germans. This makes the city diverse and full of culture.
Places to see in Frankfurt
Thanks to its central location, Frankfurt offers plenty of opportunities for daytrips. With a camper, you can explore the area for as long as you want to. The ultimate in freedom.
Rhine Valley is one of the most popular day tours. The area is stunning and the ancient city of Mainz is a short drive away. From there you can take a boat through a UNESCO heritage site to Koblenz. Frankfurt is at the gateway to Germany’s romantic road – a drive through the most scenic parts of Bavarian Germany. Visit Rothenburg, a medieval town that has been dubbed Germany’s most German town.
Take a drive up the impressive Bergstrasse, or Mountain Road to Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), renowned as one of Germany’s most beautiful castles. On the way there are plenty of chances to stop off at a winery or enjoy woodland walk.
Pitching your camper overnight
There are plenty of places in and around Frankfurt to stop for the evening or set up camp for a few days. The city can get congested, particularly on Saturday, around tourist hot-spots. Parking spaces are limited, so instead leave the camper where it is and use the reliable public transport system.
City Camp Frankfurt has easy access to the city, a two-minute walk to the U-Bahn and plenty of camping sites.
See camping Mainflingen is a lakeside camping ground 30 minutes from Frankfurt, with opportunities for swimming, kayaking and great playgrounds for the kids.
An hour from Frankfurt, you can pitch a site in the vineyards with direct access to the Rhine at Campingplatz am Rhein or stay on the bank of the River Lahn at Lahn Camping.
Hearty food with a flourish
For a spectacular look at Frankfurt while you eat, try the Main Tower Restaurant & Bar. The food is delicious and the views unparalleled. Leib&Seele in the centre of the city has traditional German cuisine and is reasonably priced. ZumgemaltenHaus has traditional dishes and painted facades on the walls.
For something a little different, try Taste Of Darkness. You’ll need to reserve a table a month in advance, but eating in a blackout with no idea of what food is in front of you is a memorable experience. Each summertime, Frankfurt’s riverside is transformed into a huge outdoor bar. Maincafé puts on a beach vibe with deckchairs and chilled beer. At Hafenbar you can bring your own food, like a real beach, and King Kamehameha Beach Club is a beachside version of its famous city bar. Sachsenhausen, south of the Main river, has the best cider bars and pubs in the city. Taste the delights of ebbelwei – Frankfurt’s homely apple wine, somewhat like cider only more delicious. Try it at Adolf Wagner’s pub.
Old and new attractions
Wander around the Old Town. The Christmas market is everything you can imagine: mulled wine, sizzling bratwurst and delightful decorations. Bethmännchen and quetschemännchen are seasonal treats you should not miss.
Visit the grave of Anne Frank, who was born in the city, at the Old Jewish Cemetery. This 13th century graveyard is spooky, but impressive. The Dom is Frankfurt’s main attraction. This 14th century cathedral has stunning stonework and stained glass and was once used to crown the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. St Bartholomew’s has the city’s highest spire. Climb the 328 steps for a solid workout. Bornheim is a suburb with medieval-style houses that survived the war. In the centre of the city Römerberg, on the contrary, was mostly destroyed in the war but has since been entirely rebuilt. The Römer is the townhall and cafes and shops line the square.
The city forest is 48km sqandis the largest forest within a city’s limits in Germany. It’s a popular place for locals and tourists alike to relax and enjoy nature. One of the world’s largest exhibition centres, Messe Frankfurt plays host to an assortment of events, including the Automobile Exhibition, which brings in hundreds of thousands of people every two years.
Getting to grips with Frankfurt Airport
With the third largest airport in Europe, Frankfurt is the often the first port of call for holidaymakers visiting the continent. It’s a hub for international flights and connections and is the airport with the most international destinations in the world.There are two terminals and a sky train connects these. The airport is 12km from Frankfurt city.
It’s a 10-15 minute drive to get to the centre of the city taking the Autobahns. A3 and A5 are two of the most heavily used motorways in Europe and form a ring around the city. During rush hour these Autobahns and roads within the city can get congested.
A standard European weather forecast
Frankfurt is best during late spring to early autumn. The summers are sunny and warm and can sometimes hit highs of 35 degrees. Winters can be cold and rainy, but it rarely snows in the city. Trade fairs can bring in the crowds in mid-September.
How do I find a RV/campervan rental?
Pure motorhomes has a fleet of more than 300 vehicles, but there are a number of reputable rental companies in Frankfurt. McRent offer airport transfers throughout the day, while Compass deliver flexibility, coupled with a large range of vehicles, as do Enviro Campers. Autocaravan Express do not have a depot at Frankfurt Airport, but will generally send a member of staff to meet you when you land, while Big Sky are a global campervan hire company.
Pure Motorhomes and McRent Motorhome Rental
McRent is Europe’s largest motorhome rental company, and has a fleet of campervans and RVs for hire in Frankfurt. The Group Special Glass is only available in Germany, and it a pop-top campervan with space for four people. For groups of two, there is a standard compact van with toilet and shower or the compact plus, as well as a luxury motorhome. McRent continues to offer luxury models for those travelling in groups of four to six, at which point some of the motorhomes weigh in at more than 3.5 tonnes, so the driver will theed the appropriate licence. Pure Motorhomes Germany offers a similar range with many of the same vehicles, including premium luxury vehicles of less than two years of age, standard campervans and everything in between. McRent and Pure Motorhomes operate at the same facility at Dieselstrasse 4, Friedberg in Hessen, approximately 41 kilometres or 40 minutes by car from the Frankfurt Airport. You will need to pick up your motorhome hire from the depot, so you can either make your own way their or use their shuttle transfer service for 75€ for up to three people, or 95€ for four-six people. You will need to book this service when you book the motorhome, and wait at the meeting point 45 minutes after your flight lands to meet the service representative. Office hours are 9am to 6pm weekdays and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.
Big Sky Motorhomes
Big Sky doesn’t have a physical branch in Frankfurt, so any pick ups and drop offs will be arranged when you book your RV. As the motorhome will be brought to the city for rental, this service will be subject to the discretion of the supplier. It is most likely that your pick up will be made at Frankfurt Airport, where a company representative will meet you at the arrivals hall before getting the run down on your motorhome and instructions for dropping it off back at the airport. Such pick ups and drop offs will generally occur between 10am and 1pm, and 4pm and 6.30pm Monday to Friday, or on Saturdays from 10.30am to 1pm. If your plane lands outside these hours, you may be able to organise a different time. Big Sky’s motorhome fleet is labelled from A to H, with A being the most basic vehicle (a four-berth van without toilet or shower), and H being a new model seven-berth comfortable motorhome. Note that all Big Sky rentals come with full comprehensive insurance, unlimited kilometres and 24-7 roadside assistance.
Compass Camper Rental and DRM Germany
Compass Campers and DRM Germany operate from the same depot in Frankfurt at Kleiner Kornweg 2-4, Frankfurt-Kelsterbach. The branch is only 4.5 kilometres from Frankfurt International Airport, a trip that takes approximately 10 minutes by car. You will need to make your own way to the depot for pick ups are there is no transfer service available. DRM Germany’s fleet of motorhomes covers vehicles for several group sizes and many price points. A couple or a pair can rent a standard van, a fully equipped van, a compact motorhome or a luxury two-person RV. There are a number of motorhomes for groups of four, and DRM’s largest RV, the C4 Family Plus, is designed for up to six people and is equipped with a shower, toilet, and kitchen. Compass Campers matches the range from DRM, including the large Family Plus and the smaller vans, and has five branches throughout Germany so you can easily pick up in one location and drop off in another. The Frankfurt depot is open from January to March and October to December from 9am to 5pm on weekdays only, and 8am to 6pm weekdays and 9am to 11am on Saturdays for an extra fee April to September.
Enviro Campers Frankfurt doesn’t hold a depot in the city, so pick ups and drop offs will be made at the Airport with a company representative between noon and 4.30pm. They will meet you at the arrivals hall before showing you to your vehicle and giving you instructions and information on its features and use. At the end of the trip, you will meet a representative here again for a final inspection and handover. Enviro Campers runs a fleet of caravans less than two years of age, including fully equipped comfort two-person campervans, compact four-person motorhomes and luxury Carado model RVs for groups of six. All rentals from Enviro Campers also come with unlimited mileage, a campsite guidebook, full insurance, and roadside assistance with German insurance company ARAG.
AutoCaravan Express has a massive range of motorhomes for exploring Frankfurt and Germany in style. The largest and most comfortable is the Hymer-EXSIS six seater luxury RV with bathroom and kitchen facilities and plenty of space to spare. There is more than one option for groups of six, however, as the selection has four more six-berth motorhomes from standard to family and comfort models. There is just as much choice in the four-berth range, and groups of two or three can opt for one of two of the fully equipped spacious campervans. AutoCaravan Express will meet you at Frankfurt Airport for your pick up and to run through procedures between 10am and 2pm, or 4pm and 7.30pm on weekdays, or between 10.30am and 2pm on Saturdays. There is no Frankfurt depot so your drop off will also be conducted at the airport with a company representative.
What you need to know:
Your camper will come with one full propane tank,for the refrigerator and hot water.If you’re traveling for more than two months, get a second full tank from your camper hire company so you don’t run out in the middle of nowhere.
Get a small electric heater in Europe. It saves using gas during cold nights.
Pick up a German ADAC camping guide, this is essential.
Note that Germany has a peculiar lockout between 1pm and 3pm at some campsites. Make sure you find out the opening hours for when you can check in.
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