The Drupal Camp Frankfurt will take place in the biggest city in the Rhine-Main-area - Frankfurt, which is also known as "Mainhattan" and is number 12 on the New York Times’ list of "52 Places to Go in 2014". The city offers a wide variety of sights, culture and historical background and not only the skyscrapers and financial business which it is famous for. Here you can find all the information you need to get to the camp and how to get around in the city.
The Drupal camp Frankfurt takes place at the University of Frankfurt, at the campus Bockenheim. The facility will give us plenty of room for sessions, BoFs, sprinting and socializing. Bockenheim is a student quarter of Frankfurt and therefore you’ll find many pubs, bars and restaurants around here. So if you want to get a beer or some nice food, you will just find it around the corner.
The address of the Venue is Senckenberganlage 31, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, but the main entrance is located at the Gräfstraße, opposite to the Hotel West, see Map below.
The campus Bockenheim is situated in the center of Frankfurt and it can be easily reached.
In general parking in Frankfurt is close to impossible and expensive. So the best way to get around is using the
If you want to visit by car, there are some parking spaces around the university:
- Ladengalerie Bockenheimer Warte, Adalbertstraße 10 – 10 Euro/day, distance to the university approx. 300m.
- Bahnhof West, Kasseler Straße/Hamburger Allee – around 5 Euro/day, distance to university approx. 1km
The underground station “Bockenheimer Warte” is just next to the university and you get there with the lines U4 (when coming from the central station), U6 and U7. When you arrive there, you should check the outside of the station, it’s really worth a look.
From the central station its just a 15 minute ride to the airport and probably the fastest way to get there.
On Saturday we plan a nice get-together at Depot 1899. It's a nice big bar where we'll have enough space to have a chat, drink a beer, Eppelwoi or coke and have some little snacks. And it's situated in the center of Frankfurt Sachsenhausen, so if you want to party the whole night - no problem ;) We'll start round about 8pm, and we hope to see many of you there!
How to get there
The Depot can be reached best using a train - Südbahnhof is the nearest station (only a 3 minutes walk by foot), but Lokalbahnhof is also really close.
Frankfurt is well known for its skyline, the financial sector, the big fair and one of the biggest airports in Europe. The city is very dynamic and modern – but there’s also another side that builds a nice contrast to all the chrome, glass and big business. Frankfurt offers a lot of historical and cultural highlights, like the Paulskirche, the Römer or the “Museumsufer” – a unique collection of 13 museums situated at the Main riverside.
If you stay a bit longer and like to discover the city, here you have some hints that might be interesting for you.
Of course you can find all kind of restaurants that you can imagine in the city. But there are also some specialties that you find only in the area of Frankfurt. Ebbelwoi is the national drink of Frankfurt; it’s a kind of cider and served in a “Bembel”, a traditional clay crock. “Grie Soß” is dialect for “green sauce” – a sauce made of different herbs, sour cream, mayonnaise and hard boiled eggs. Most of the traditional restaurants and pubs that serve this kind of food and drinks can be found in Sachsenhausen - where you will feel like transported back in time, with all the small lanes and tiny old houses.
If you’re not afraid of heights and like to get an overview from a bird’s eye view, you should go on top of the Main Tower. You can get there easily by public transport - station “Willy-Brandt-Platz”. The building is nearly 200m high and offers an impressive view over the city.
From there it is not far to the bull & bear in front of the stock market.
Just nearby is the Zeil – the biggest shopping street in Frankfurt. You find stores of all the big labels here, and also two big shopping malls. If you like it more upper-class you should visit the Goethestraße – but make sure to have enough money with you ;)
As the river Main flows through the city, you have many bridges of all ages in Frankfurt. There are many possibilities to cross the river, of which some are really new like the Holbeinsteg – a big suspension bridge for pedestrians between Sachsenhausen and the area around the central station. But there are also the old ones...
…like the “Eisener Steg” (iron bridge), also a pedestrian bridge that was built in 1868. It special appearance makes it to one of Frankfurt’s landmarks and it connects Sachsenhausen with the Römerberg. Also, in a way, you can call it one of the first open-source projects, as its was funded by the people of Frankfurt.
The Römerberg (Roman hill) is the center of the old town of Frankfurt (Station “Dom/Römer”). You find many typical old buildings there; the most important is the Römer, the historical town hall of Frankfurt (you might have seen this on pictures when the German football team was celebrating there – although the last time is quite some time ago) and the old Nikolai church.
In this area you also find the Paulskirche, which is an important building for the German history, as here the first German parliament was voted in 1849.
Not far away you can find the birthplace of the most famous son of Frankfurt - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous German poet. Today the Goethe house is a museum and is a reconstruction of how Goethe’s birth house looked like back in the days.