Germany Theme Parks & Fairs
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All around Germany there are ample activities for families to partake in, especially in terms of theme parks. There is Eurodisney, on the outskirts of Paris, while in Germany there are as many as 7 theme parks to choose from. There is the Europa Park in Rust (Rust vacation rentals | Rust travel guide), which is close to Freiburg. Then there is Legoland of the famous Lego Company of Denmark which is half way between Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) and Stuttgart. Phantasialand and Moviepark which are close to Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) and in close proximity to Bonn (Bonn vacation rentals | Bonn travel guide) as well as Dusseldorf is in the Ruhr Valley. Other theme parks in Germany include the Heide (Heide vacation rentals | Heide travel guide) Park near Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) and Holiday Park which can be accessed from Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide), Stuttgart (Stuttgart vacation rentals | Stuttgart travel guide) or Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide) and finally there is the Hansa Park which is easily accessible from the Baltic Coast.
Although not home to a theme park, Frankfurt is known for its numerous fairs and for the throngs of visitors that attend these. There are various ways to see Frankfurt such as the Super Saver Frankfurt Card. A one day ticket costs 8.70 € (euros) and a group ticket which include 5 persons costs a mere 15 € and includes free and unlimited travel on Frankfurt's public transport system within the city as well as reductions ranging from 20% to 50% to visit the Frankfurt museums, botanical gardens, zoological garden, Frankfurt Theater and Opera as well. Additionally, you get discounts at various restaurants, cafes, bars and retail stores. If you are staying longer, you may also opt for the 2 day ticket. There is also a reduction that you receive for the Frankfurt sightseeing tour which is the best way to get an overview of the city. The 2 ½ hour city tour starts from the main train station, covering the famous skyline of Mainhattan or the business and banking district, the museum embankment, Old Sachsenhausen (Sachsenhausen vacation rentals | Sachsenhausen travel guide), St Paul's Church and you get an opportunity to alight and walk around the Roemerberg (Roemerberg vacation rentals | Roemerberg travel guide) and visit the Goethe-House or the Main Tower's rooftop observation platform 200 meters above street level. Frankfurt am Main is a city having a population of over 650000 inhabitants and is a very cosmopolitan city with nearly 25% of the population comprising of foreign nationalities.
Some of the popular fairs include the Frankfurt Book Fair, the International Automobile Show which is hosted every 2 years and the ACHEMA, the international chemical engineering fair which is once in 3 years. Hence, it is not surprising that because of all of these fairs, Frankfurt has the third biggest exhibition area worldwide comprising of 578000 sq. meters and the Frankfurt airport is also the 3rd largest airport in Europe in terms of passenger traffic and largest in Europe in terms of freight traffic. The train station has over 1730 trains every day with a commuter traffic of 350000 each day. During our short stay in Frankfurt, we got the opportunity to go up the Frankfurt Main Tower and get a spectacular view of the urban development and sky scraper from the top of the 55 storey building. One of the interesting highlights of our sightseeing tour was a visit to the historic area of Roemerberg, which is a city within the city comprising of the Roemer Town Hall, the Frankfurt Dom or Cathedral and the St. Paul's Church which is where the first German National Assembly was held in 1848 and is known as the cradle of German democracy.
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