“What did you say?” I yell even louder. “Huh?” I give up. A plane takes off just a few feet from us and my son-man doesn’t understand a thing. My two boys are all excited! Because we are at Frankfurt Airport today and spending our day here. But from the beginning…
Trip without flying at Frankfurt airport
Every now and then we meet my brother and his family at the airport when they are taking the in-laws to the airport in Frankfurt. That’s always a nice opportunity for us to visit Frankfurt Airport. And sometimes the boys just like to take a trip to the airport. Why not! Because you don’t necessarily have to go to the airport in Frankfurt to fly away and take a vacation. There is also so much to discover there.
Terminal hopping with the SkyLine train
Since the parking costs are very high and the boys love to take the train, we take the public transport. We arrive at Terminal 1 by S-Bahn. First we wander around. Since we are simply much too seldom at the airport, the search for the SkyLine, which takes us from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, takes a little longer. Actually, it would have been relatively easy: Up the escalator and then straight towards the stores… well, that took a while, but it’s always exciting at the airport. There are so many things to see!
We walk once around the block and finally find the entrance to the SkyLine. My big boy asks me, “Where’s the driver?” I explain to him that everything runs automatically here and that no driver is needed for this. He doesn’t really believe me. I can see it in his face. Somewhat confused and incredulous, he nevertheless gets in. And then believes it when he sees it. The train drives itself! My boys sit in the front. A little tip: If there is a lot of traffic, just wait for the next train. Because this leaves every 2-3 minutes and you can sit with your children in the front. The ride starts and we can also very briefly see the apron with a few aircraft. The ride time is no longer than 2 minutes, unfortunately – because the boys think it’s great.
Sitting right at the front in the SkyLine Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt with Kids
The indoor playground Frankfurt Airport
From the SkyLine, we head straight to the indoor playground in Terminal 2. Going up and down the many escalators is fun for the boys! We have arrived: It’s really rare for me to see shoes off this quickly. “Come on, let’s slide!” I still hear and away they go. Up into the rocket and down the slide again. They do this about 100 times before they get completely out of breath and say, “Thirsty, Mom!
Food directly at the indoor playground
Time for a refreshment. Since the kids have ants in their pants, we’re having fries at the big “M” today to celebrate. But it’s also really a clever concept from the big M, because if you’re lucky (and we were on this day) you get a seat with small tables directly at the indoor playground. So short break for all: drink, eat and rest!
Then it’s back to the playground, where children can visit various stations on a soft floor. The theme is space travel and the kids love to climb the rockets, use the trampolines for “weightless flying” and the smallest ones romp around on soft obstacles.
The playground can get a little crowded at times. Over lunchtime, there is really a lot going on here. From 2 p.m. on Sunday it gets better and a bit more relaxed.
The indoor playground in the airport is also okay for children up to 3 years, but they can’t climb up anywhere yet. From about 3 years they come up the slides independently, because the distances are so high that otherwise the parents have to help and may even have to squeeze through themselves! Even older children up to about 10/11 years still have fun sliding, romping and climbing.
Frankfurt Airport Visitors Terrace
Next, the children want to look at the airplanes on the visitors’ terrace. It’s right next to the indoor playground in Terminal 2. We pay 3 euros per person, except for the youngest. From the age of 4, everyone costs the same. Unfortunately, I only found out afterwards that children with the HessenCard do not pay admission. The visitors’ terrace can even be entered without a security check.
We have even in mid-September a bright blue sky and almost 30 degrees. There are some shady spots and we enjoy the sun’s rays. Together we discover a lot: the different airlines, the baggage containers, a fire station, the A380 maintenance hangar, and and and. The kids take turns shouting “A plane is taking off!” or “There, a Lufthansa” (that’s one of the few logos they already recognize).
The fence disturbs me a bit at first, but I quickly get used to it. There are a few holes through which I can put my cell phone to be able to shoot fence-free photos of the planes.
There are many seating options to stay longer on the visitor platform. There are also covered places, a few girls had made themselves comfortable on it and slept. Why not – I could also lie down there directly and sleep, even with this noise.
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With the HessenCard all children come free of charge to the visitors’ terrace!
With the visitor ticket you can get on the observation deck all day, so you can also go back in during rainy periods, for example.
Check out the Frankfurt Airport page Frankfurt Airport page for more information and a great PDF with an overview of everything you can see from the visitor terrace.
A beautiful day out at Frankfurt Airport comes to an end
“Huh!? What did you say, Mom?” – “We should go now, it’s getting late.” “No, Mom, I don’t want to go yet.” “Yes you do, I’d like to take the SkyLine back and then catch the S-Bahn.” Fortunately, this helps the boys leave the visitors’ terrace after all.
Exhibition “The Evolution of Flight” in Terminal 2
Before we board the SkyLine again, we discover a giant pterosaur above us and are in the middle of the Senckenberg-Fraport exhibition „The Evolution of Flight“. The boys are thrilled and take a close look at everything. Questions are answered such as “What do squids and rockets or the pteranodon pterosaur and an A380 have in common?” The exhibition is open around the clock and free of charge.
Conclusion: A trip to Frankfurt Airport with children is worthwhile
Frankfurt Airport is not only exciting for children to take off. We spent a beautiful and very varied day of excursions here. From looking at airplanes, SkyLine ride, eat chips and look at dinos! We will definitely come again!
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Unfortunately already expired:
Event Tip: “Little Heroes, Big Flyers”
On October 3, 2019, kids can take a tour of the airport tarmac with various mascots – then admission to the visitors’ terrace is also included. Tickets must be purchased online. On the day itself, this is no longer possible.
Kids can get their face painted for free on the Visitors Terrace from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and there will be trivia for the kids.
Frankfurt Airport Directions
Since the parking fees are unfortunately very high, I would recommend to go there by public transport. There is a long-distance train station for the ICEs and ICs and a regional train station for S-Bahns and RE. It’s much more relaxed than driving. And my kids thought it was great to take the S-Bahn.
What else is good to know
The toilets are also located right next to the indoor playground and the visitors’ terrace. However, not only there, but also everywhere else in the airport there are possibilities to quickly find a toilet – actually a dream of every mother to have so many toilets for the kids in front of the nose!
Coloring and puzzle book against boredom
For kids, coloring and puzzle books are available free of charge at the information desks.
In Frankfurt Airport, there are isolated children’s playgrounds for romping.
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Another airplane peek-a-boo destination
Off to the A5 to watch planes – The viewing platform is located directly at the airport and on the A5. It’s completely free and besides planes you can also watch the cars and trucks on the highway for hours.