Frankfurt is not an especially pretty city. If you find yourself trapped here, asking, "What can I do?" the best answer is to go somewhere else. I aim to give you a list of places to visit within roughly 60-90 minutes by regional train from Frankfurt Central Station. The destination needed to have a direct or otherwise easy train connection to qualify. Likewise, it also requires an old town with enough things to do to fill at least half of a day.
If you have never been to Germany before and would like to spend some time exploring the country, check this guide. I try to balance well-known destinations such as Neuschwanstein Castle with spectacular destinations off the beaten path such as Stralsund or Bamberg.
The Bergisches Land is today known for its pastoral landscapes and small villages of slate-covered homes. However, its mines powered Germany's rise as a great power. The landscape is covered in natural beauty and monuments to human ingenuity.
The Westerwald is a heavily forested highland region that hugs the right bank of the Rhine Valley as it cuts through a series of small mountain ranges. To a large extent unsuitable for agriculture, the region did not develop instep with nearby regions, leaving a heritage of medieval towns, castles, and monasteries.
Like Alsace, the Maas Valley is a borderland region that sits in the center of European history. The region has its own cultural traditions and a long history of independence. This guide will take you through some of the most beautiful and historically significant destinations in Northern Europe.