Closest beach to Frankfurt am Main

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Moving up to Frankfurt au Main in a few weeks and it will kill me if I don't have a close beach to go to on weekends and relax. I'm working there during the summer so I guess I should have looked up the location a bit more before accepting the job... Anyway all I can seem to find is little green swampy lakes and open-air pools(kino) close to where I'm staying. There is also the 'beach clubs' but I'd much rather have the real thing. If any one can tell me the closest beach which I can travel to in a fair amount of time (an hour or so) then that would be great!! I guess I'll have to settle for the beach on special occasions :(

 

By the way I'm new to Toytown so any introductions are welcome :)

 

Guten Tag

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Welcome to TT,

sadly, in Frankfurt you've not really chosen a coastal town so maybe you'll have to settle for those little green swampy lakes as you call them, but I'm not convinced they will be so green and swampy. Water quality in Germany's lakes is generally excellent and constantly tested. Down here in Bavaria it's very often "drinking quality".

 

If you want the nearest actual coastline then I just looked at google and very roughly, in a straight line, the coast around Antwerp seems to be the closest and would also appear to be almost the same straight-line distance from Frankfurt as Middlesborough is from London.

 

A goooooogle map

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If you fly, it's around 2 hours flight to the nearest beach. Any other method of travel will obviously take you longer - about 5 hours drive or train ride to the sandy beaches in Holland, for instance. So just about do-able for weekends, but better suited to a long weekend.

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Langener Waldsee ;)

 

North sea Nederlands is about 3-4 hrs away.

 

Fly, if you can.

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You can go here:

http://www.king-kamehameha.de/

 

Or here:

 

http://www.longislandsummerlounge.de/home/galerie/

 

Or here:

 

http://www.wakeport.de/

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geewebb - river and lake beaches can be beautiful. I have no idea what exists near Frankfurt, but here are some examples from where I live to give you an idea.

 

Inselsee - a lake

http://www.lueneburger-heide.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/1179_Scharnebeck_Inselsee.html

http://www.yelp.de/biz/inselsee-scharnebeck

Badebetrieb_Inselsee_Scharnebeck_2012.jp

http://www.scharnebeck.de/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-2640/5917_read-23796/

 

Bleckede beach - along the Elbe

http://www.hafen-fotos.de/keyphoto/viewphoto.php?foto=49PICT005020060930.jpg

elbstrand / bleckede

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Sorry for your lack of sense of humour.

 

I actually do hope that you enjoy yourself when you arrive, and the suggestion of the search function was supposed to be helpful.

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thank you for all your feedback, I understand Frankfurt is central but I was just wondering if anyone knew of a nearby lake etc like some that have been mentioned. Thanks again.

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good question! there is a beach about 25 minutes away from frankfurt am main, Langen Waldsee.It is very nice but gets crowded on hot weekends. The closest nice beach after that am main is maybe Geiseltalsee Lake (2.5 hours in Leipzig) or Bleibtreusee near Cologne (1 hour 45 mins). If you ask some locals when you get there they may be able to point you to in the right direction to a less known one. There is many beautiful lakes in Deutschland also, Lake Konstance is worth a visit, Königssee is beautiful on the border with Austria, and also Schluchsee.

 

Have a nice time!

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I'd wager a guess that the number of lakes closer to Frankfurt than either Leipzig or Cologne easily exceeds a hundred.

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Yes but lakes with a beach? I have just listed a couple where I have had nice days. Please feel free to post some suggestions :)

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Here's seven of em including Langen within 30 km of Frankfurt: www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=3562&_ffmpar[_id_inhalt]=1139320 (not directly linked as TT's markup doesn't like the url...)

And this brochure linked there has around 70 swimming lakes in Hessen (map on page 10): http://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/media.php/738/Badeseen.pdf

 

This one in Mainhausen seems to be recommended occasionally and has a sand beach (and, as should be expected of any beach in Europe, virtually one body next to the other on summer days): http://www.seecamping-mainflingen.de/koenigsee-zellhausen.html

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Yes but lakes with a beach? I have just listed a couple where I have had nice days. Please feel free to post some suggestions

 

I'm in Bensheim and we have a lovely swimming lake with a large sandy beach. Of course it's not the coast, but then the weather is distinctly better than in England ;) .

 

There must be so many others even closer to Frankfurt. OP, if you can't find any, come to Bensheim! :) Half an hour from Frankfurt by train and the lake is a short walk from the train station.

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This one in Mainhausen seems to be recommended occasionally and has a sand beach (and, as should be expected of any beach in Europe, virtually one body next to the other on summer days): http://www.seecamping-mainflingen.de/koenigsee-zellhausen.html

 

Mainhausen is actually made up of two towns, Mainflingen and Zellhausen. Both towns have very good swimming lakes with beaches. I've lived here for over 20 years and yes, the lakes do get quite full in good weather, but they are well run and very popular.

 

Another good one is in Nieder Roden, which is a bit nearer to Frankfurt: http://badeseen.hlug.de/badegewaesser/kreis-offenbach/strandbad-nieder-roden.html

 

Honestly, there is no shortage of good lakes in the area.

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...open-air pools(kino)...

 

By the way, Kino is cinema, not pool. An open air Kino is just somewhere outside, where they show films.

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