First impressions of Germany

When you don’t expect something and it still happens, it’s gratifying, humbling and magical at the same time. Especially around a festive time like Christmas!

So for a trip that was never supposed to have happened, arriving in Frankfurt was a surreal experience 🙂 Here are my travel notes from the 48 hours i spent in Frankfurt, which would be my very first impression of Germany.

7:15 am – Immigration was a breeze, but i must remember to always keep my return ticket details handy – took me a while to connect to the WiFi and produce a digital copy of it to the officer. Withdrew 200 Euros from the ATM (everything that i spent over the next 5 days) and got me a rail ticket to the central station (4 Euros).

9:00 am – Upon reaching Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, I was greeted by a crisp winter breeze… a refreshing one. So much so that I decided to walk to my hotel straight from the main train station.


My instant reaction upon reaching Frankfurt was “wow, this feels like Helsinki”. As I walked towards my hotel – a 1.5 km. walk per Google Maps (thank you, free WiFi)… It suddenly metamorphosed into a mix of Colaba (!!) and New York. Especially after passing the Indian Consulate and ICICI Bank!

Grandhotel Hessischer Hof

9:20 am – Reached Grandhotel Hessischer Hof and checked in to a fabulous room, replete with bright red upholstery and a very classic study table i fell in love with, instantly.

Grandhotel Hessischer Hof

I was truly delighted by how exquisite my room was. There was a fabulous welcome kit for me! After checking out it’s contents and freshening up, i caught a quick nap to get rid of the fatigue…

To be continued…


Exotic Gringo (Kaushal Karkhanis)

Leading an experimental life as a digital nomad, I started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as 'home'. An epic life-changing trip to South America an year later gave birth to this blog, Exotic Gringo.