As my tests ended mid-January and I only had to be back in Portugal at the beginning of February, I went to Frankfurt for spending two weeks of the winter season with Thomas. As I am a confessed snow freak and it is not very common to have snow in Frankfurt, we planned a winter getaway to the Bavarian city of Füssen, at the foothills of the Alps, to combine snow and crossing a visit to the stupendous castle of Neuschwanstein out of our bucket list (check our post here).
However, on the weekend before our trip, Thomas heard from some coworkers that there was snow forecast for a mountain nearby Frankfurt. Needless to say, when he suggested a day trip to visit it, I had agreed before he even finished the sentence, just after he said the word "snow".
THE TAUNUS MOUNTAINS
The Taunus mountains is a mountain range located in the northwest of Frankfurt. Its tallest and most famous mountain being Großer Feldberg (878 meters) which attracts many locals in winter for tobogganing, cross country skiing or just, as it was our case, have a walk on a snowy weather.
HOW TO GET TO THE TAUNUS?
If you are traveling from Frankfurt or you live there but do not own a car, we have very good news for you. You can go to Großer Feldberg by subway and by bus! Take the line U3 towards Oberursel Hohemark and go until the last stop which leaves you just at the foothill of the Taunus mountains and on a bus stop where you can get the bus line 57 to take you to the top. There is also the Taunus Information Center nearby if you need any further information about what to do in the surroundings, they are happy to help.
The whole trip takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes and you can get a subway ticket for 5,30 EUR that covers all transportation means for a day (bus included). If you are going in a group, there is a group-ticket for up to 5 people for 11.30 EUR.
WHAT TO DO THERE?
1. Walk around the natural park
This natural park region has a lot to offer, from simple trekking to golf and hot air balloon. Check here the brochure in English for all the possible activities. But we went there only to experience snow and we were not disappointed at all, it felt like walking right into Narnia!
2. Stop to the restaurant Feldberghog and taste a local flammkuche
The cherry on the top, literally, was the restaurant Feldberghof located near the bus stop at the summit of Großer Feldberg. It is an alpine decorated restaurant serving German traditional food while contemplating the amazing view offered by the mountain top. We advise you to order the delicious vegetarian Flammkuche, a homemade pizza-like pastry with melted raclette cheese instead of mozzarella.
WHAT WENT WRONG
On the day we went, it snowed all day long, not a snow storm but sufficient to cover the roads. Apparently, there was some shift problem of the company of the machinery which cleans the roads and consequently, the bus company stopped the circulation of the buses for safety reasons but with no kind of warning whatsoever. We stayed almost one hour at the bus stop clueless about why the bus was not coming and then decided to go back walking to the top to check what was happening and get a bit warmer at the restaurant.
There, we were informed about the bus circulation problem and started checking for other possibilities, but the cab companies said it was going to take 2 hours for them to pick us up at the top due to the limitation of driving through the snow. Luckily, the owner of the restaurant where we had lunch was kind enough to give us a ride on his way home until the subway station. Therefore, if you do not want to experience what happened to us, we advise you, if it is snowing the day you're going to the Taunus, to be very attentive about bus circulation.
And now it's your turn to let us know your impressions, thoughts and also tips to visit the Taunus Mountains near Frankfurt. We look forward reading your comments in the section below.