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Who's Your Neighbor? What Love Requires of Us

2016 EUU Fall Retreat
Frankfurt, Germany, November 4-6

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THEME   •   SPEAKER   •   SOCIAL ACTION   •   WORKSHOPS   •   LOCATION   •  DIRECTIONS


Who: EUU members, friends, visitors and newcomers plus 40 members of the German Unitarians (Unitarier - Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens)

What: Our theme is "Who's Your Neighbor? What Love Requires of Us". Our speaker is the Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma USA.

Why: Join with UUs from throughout Europe in worship and religious exploration, workshops and spiritual practices, sharing talents and community. Get to know members of the German Unitarians in advance of the Spring 2017 Assembly of Unitarians in Europe in Ulm, Germany.

Where: DJH Jugendherberge in Frankfurt, Germany

When: Friday 4 November through Sunday 6 November 2016.

For specific questions please contact RetreatCommittee@europeanuu.org.

 
The Theme
Who's Your Neighbor? What Love Requires of Us.
The "golden rule," found, in some way, in all religions says, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” But who is my neighbor?

We live in a shrinking global community. Increased social mobility, massive immigration and online connectivity make this question even more complicated. Who is our neighbor?

Terrorism, poverty, immigration, globalization, the environmental crisis. There are good reasons why we separate, segregate and regulate our borders and communities. But if we are all part of one human family, who is our neighbor?

How do the values and traditions of Unitarianism and Universalism help guide us? What if we as UUs have something vital to offer that the world desperately needs? Can we imagine that we may be part of a global community that has a critical piece of the puzzle? That we could help unlock the potential for human understanding and cooperation? Who is our neighbor?

And then, the even more critical question: "What does love require of us?"

If you believe our faith has what the world needs to survive, what are we doing to support and embody it?  If you are not convinced of the power at the center of our tradition, bring your doubts and your questions so we can test it and build on its possibility.

Join us at the EUU Fall retreat Nov. 4 to 6 in Frankfurt. Together with The Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa Oklahoma we will try to find some answers to these important questions.

 
The Speaker


Rev. Marlin Lavanhar
Sr. Minister All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK USA
 
Marlin grew up as a Unitarian Universalist in Illinois. He majored in sociology at Tulane, and graduated from Harvard Divinity School. All Souls called him in 2000, making him, at age 32, the youngest senior minister of a major congregation in the denomination. Marlin began his ministerial career in the North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, Illinois.

After receiving his bachelor's degree, he taught English and American Culture in Kyoto, Japan for two years. He followed that with a three year around-the-world bicycle trip, studying Buddhism in Asia, Hinduism in India, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions in Israel, and cycling through much of Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North America. Along the way he visited and wrote about Unitarian communities on the Negros Island in the Philippines, in the Khasi Hills of Northeast India, and in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Romania. The experience helped him recognize the Unitarian ministry as his calling and he enrolled at Harvard Divinity School when he returned to the United States.

At Harvard, he was selected to assist the Unitarian Universalist Association in interfaith and international relations, and was invited to present a message to the Triennial World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom in Korea.
After graduating, he served as Minister of Outreach at the historic First and Second Church in Boston. He became widely recognized within the denomination for his development of the "Soulful Sundown Service" program in Boston, which reaches out to young people. His success was demonstrated by the wide distribution of a manual he wrote on how to bring young people into church.
Since coming to All Souls, Marlin has overseen exponential growth in membership and attendance. In 2008, All Souls became the largest church in the Unitarian Universalist Association with almost 1,800 adult members.
He serves the wider Tulsa community as a member of the Downtown Clergy Association, a board member of the John Hope Franklin Museum for Reconciliation, and the Mayor’s Police and Community Coalition.
He is married to Anitra Lavanhar and they have two children, Elias born in 2000 and Lyla born in 2008.


Social Action

Social Action Collections in Frankfurt - Bring to the Social Action Table 
                  

Used Eyeglasses for School Children in Egypt - This is a collection for impoverished children attending public schools in the city of Kafr Dawar in the Nile Delta near Alexandria, Egypt. Broken glasses are also welcome. Aude van Lidth will oversee the distribution and coordination with an optician. She will donate personal funds and work to have a community collection for this action.

Used Eyeglasses for a Clinic in Burkina Faso - The Paris Fellowship will once again be collecting old eyeglasses and cases. Even broken glasses can be repaired and reused, so please bring them.

Backpacks for Refugees in Brussels - The Brussels Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be collecting backpacks and soft cover attaché cases to help meet the needs of the refugees arriving in Brussels. With these items, people can carry their most precious papers and other valuable items on their person for safekeeping. The BUUF will bring them back to Brussels and donate them directly to refugees at one of the "reception" sites in Brussels.

Stamps for Hamburg - Laura from Hamburg will again collect old used postage stamps at the retreat. She passes them on to the German Unitarians and a group that does projects for the physically challenged. They both sort the stamps and sell them to stamp collectors in order to finance small social projects.
                       
Book Exchange - For our usual book exchange, bring books you are finished with – take some you want to read. We ask you to make a small donation (1 or 2 euros) for the ones you take.

No Corks - We are no longer collecting corks at retreats. This activity became so successful, the volumes made it impossible to handle the collection! If you would still like to donate (non-plastic) corks directly, please send them to the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union in Hamburg at NABU Korkkampagne, Klaus-Groth-Strasse 21, D- 20535 Hamburg.

Social Action - Sunday Service Collection for Charity

After careful consideration of many worthy local charities, we have chosen to love our new neighbors by supporting FATRA, a center for refugees and victims of torture. Thanks for your support!

FATRA -  Frankfurter Arbeitskreis Trauma und Exil e.V.
Frankfurt Study Group for Trauma and Exile - non profit

FATRA is a counseling center for refugees and victims of torture who need psychosocial and psychotherapeutic counseling. The counseling is free of charge. It is available to adults, young unaccompanied minor refugees (under 18), and children.

Most refugees who need counseling do not speak German. FATRA offers training to interpreters for the many different languages the refugees speak.

FATRA is a member of two large national umbrella organizations:
Parity Welfare Association
Federal Association of Psychosocial Centers for Refugees and Victims of Torture
For more details (in German) please go to their website:
www.fatra-ev.de

Workshops

FRANKFURT WALKING TOUR
Sylvia Keady and Carolyn Burmedi

(max. 20 people, session 1 and all or part of session 2 on Saturday)

English
Our youth hostel is located in a district of Frankfurt called Sachsenhausen which is on the south side of downtown and the river Main. We will walk along the river and then cross the Main on the Iron Footbridge (built in 1868) to the old town and the Historic Museum of Frankfurt - €2 entrance fee. (15 min. walk)

We will continue our walk through the Historical City Center featuring magnificent half-timbered homes; City Hall; St. Nicholas Church; St. Paul’s Church, the cradle of German Democracy; and to the Emperor’s Cathedral where ten coronations took place between 1562 - 1792. (15 min.walk)
 
After visiting the cathedral, it is optional to either go straight to the pub (see below) or to go to the Goethe House (10 min. walk) where the great poet and writer was born in 1749 and lived until 1775. During that time he wrote his famous literary works “The Sorrows of Young Werther” and the beginnings of “Faust” - €7 entrance fee. (10 min. walk)

When in Frankfurt, it is a must to try the local beverage, apple wine, for which Frankfurt, and especially Old Sachsenhausen with its traditional pubs, rustic half- timbered homes and narrow streets are famous. We will go to one of the oldest pubs before returning to our hostel nearby.

German
Unsere Jugendherberge liegt in einem Stadtteil von Frankfurt namens Sachsenhausen, der südlich von der Innenstadt auf der anderen Mainseite liegt. Wir werden am Ufer entlang laufen und den Main auf der Fussgängerbrücke Eiserner Steg (1868 erbaut) überqueren zur Altstadt und dem Historischen Museum Frankfurts (Eintritt €2). (15 Min. Fußweg)
 
Wir setzen unseren Weg fort durch die historische Altstadt mit Fachwerkhäusern, dem Rathaus, der Nikolai- und der Paulskirche (Deutschlands Wiege der Demokratie) bis zum Kaiserdom, wo zehn Krönungen zwischen 1562 - 1792 stattfanden. (15 Min. Fußweg)
 
Nach einer Besichtigung des Doms kann man wahlweise zurückkehren oder das Goethehaus besuchen, in dem der grosse Dichter und Schriftsteller von 1749 bis 1775 gelebt und seine berühmten Werke “Die Leiden des jungen Werther” und den
Anfang von “Faust” geschrieben hat (Eintritt €7). (10 Min. Fußweg)
 
Wer Frankfurt besucht, muss unbedingt das lokale Getränk Apfelwein probieren, für das Frankfurt und insbesondere Alt Sachsenhausen mit seinen urigen Kneipen, kleinen Fachwerkhäusern und engen Gassen berühmt sind. Wir werden eine der ältesten Apfelweinkneipen besuchen, bevor wir zur nahe gelegenen Jugendherberge zurückkehren.


A VISIT TO THE BEKTASHIS IN ALBANIA AND MACEDONIA (REPORT)
Gudrun Hahn

I recently spent four days in Albania to get to know the Bektashi order that resides there. This summer the International Association of Religious Freedom (IARF) organized a pre-tour to the quadrennial European conference in Tetovo, Macedonia. Under the helpful guidance of Prof. Arben Sulejmani thirteen participants experienced the little known liberal Muslim group in Albania and Macedonia. I will have a Powerpoint presentation with descriptions about their way of life and photos.


CLIMATE CHANGE - THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ROLE IN THIS THREAT TO HUMAN CIVILIZATION
Ahti Tolvanen

Unitarian Universalists at the Paris Climate Summit were represented by the UU United Nations Office delegation and their message received a favourable response at this historic event. During the seminar we will look at the collective and individual responses UUs are involved in to stop global warming. There will  be a discussion of why global warming is a moral and spiritual issue. We will also discuss a proposal that EUU members send a message to the follow-up meeting in Morocco in November that we consider it urgent that measures to implement the Paris Agreement begin immediately in every country, as time is of the essence. I am the UNO Envoy for the Finnish Unitarian Universalists and I attended the Paris summit as a member of Al Gore’s team.


CUBA: ON THE EDGE OF CHANGE
Fadel Erian

I will discuss my personal encounters with the Cuban people and their activities in art, music and sports. Personal impressions of several of the visited museums, historical sights and geographical regions will be given, as well as an overall evaluation of the visit.

Cuba is an island nation that was conquered by Spain in the early 16th century.  Its capital Havana was founded early on, and its Governor was relocated there in the middle of that century. Cuba’s history includes invaders from various European countries who were attracted by its location and natural resources. These conditions resulted in widespread corruption and exploitation, unavoidably leading to many protests and the rise of the revolutionaries. After many long fights, Fidel Castro became Premier of Cuba in 1959, and the U.S. Trade embargo was imposed in 1961 after the nationalization of all U.S. property.

Hampered by the U.S. embargo and the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991, Cuba’s economy has floundered. Today it is precariously propped up by Venezuelan aid.  Production of sugar ­­– and most agricultural and industrial products – has plummeted since the 1959 revolution. Cuba’s best options for growth are oil, nickel – and people.  Tourism is up, along with cash sent to residents from abroad.  About 80% of Cuba’s labor force works for the State. The workplace philosophy thus inspires the motto: “They pretend to pay us, while we pretend to work.”  Many Cubans no longer practice their professions because years of study – such as Engineering and Medicine – produced salaries in a currency that is worthless.


HEALING CHAKRA BRACELET WORKSHOP
Susan Goldberg

(max. 10 people, €15 each)

Love, peace, energy, protection, courage, comfort, joy, optimism, and spirit on a string. . .
. . .and you thought it was just a bracelet!

In your kit you will find a variety of gemstones and findings which you can arrange in any way you like for your bracelet. You can arrange them by color according to the rainbow pattern, or use your own ideas to balance the stones to your aesthetic sense.

The findings are bronze, and there is a bronze clasp. After you string the stones together and make sure the length is good for your wrist, you will add the clasp to finish it. Also, if there are stones left over, you can “dangle” them like charms from the bracelet.


IDENTITY MAPPING
Jane Robertson

Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? Mapping our identities. If we want to help others find a new way, to make a new home, we need to know who we are, both as individuals and as a community. We will use Cumming’s Identity Map to work with this topic. Cummings Identity Map has been developed by Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings. She has worked extensively with youth and young adults of color to empower them in claiming and strengthening their identity. She has also taught Cross Cultural Pastoral Care at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Working with her Identity Map helps people state one’s own identity and in understanding others’. I have used this map in my work with preschool teachers, and even in gatherings with friends. It is interesting and eye-opening!


SONGWRITING
Frank Kubitschek and Roland Weber

We want to encourage aspiring songwriters to set melodies to poems in order to achieve entire songs. With some theory and lots of practical exercises, we want to help you get inspiration regarding rhythm, melody and chords - and help you in putting it all together.

Our workshop will be most productive if we can start with given poems - either written by the participants themselves or by some old master, so please bring one with you.


NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER
Steve Crowley

Nature Deficit Disorder... What is it? Join this workshop to learn about this new concept. Nature is critical to every aspect of our lives. Current research will be reviewed that highlights how our degree of access to the natural world makes a dramatic difference in our physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Be prepared to be surprised.


ORIGAMI LESSON
Martha Hicks

(max. 10 people, €1 each)

Most of you already know of Origami; (“ori”- folding, “kami“ - paper) the Asian art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. Join us for conversation and a relaxing workshop where you will learn to make a hidden message pinwheel, a special gift card with a three dimensional leaf and a small hexagonal gift box. Special origami paper will be available at the workshop - please bring a euro to cover the origami paper expenses and handouts.


SHABBAT FOR UU: DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM JEWISH PRACTICE TO MAKE A UNIQUE SABBATH FOR OURSELVES
Shulamit Levine-Helleman

UUs draw inspiration from many traditions and many sources in our efforts to make something uniquely our own. In this process, it is important that we take the time and effort to understand those sources and not simply appropriate something that sounds interesting. We need to draw our inspiration from a place of respect.

One such practice where we can draw inspiration is Shabbat (the Sabbath). The idea of a day of rest is common in many traditions, not just Judaism, and it is even in secular culture with the idea of taking a sabbatical. But why is it something that we might want to do as UUs?

In this workshop, I will give background on Shabbat and how it is observed both by traditional Jews and by me. I will also share some of my Shabbat rituals with participants, so be prepared to participate in a bit of chanting as well.

Then we will talk about how this is a weekly practice we would all benefit from observing. And we will turn to the question: How can we draw inspiration from Jewish practices to make something uniquely our own?


SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Dave Frey

UU is sometimes called “that religion where you get to believe whatever you want,” and while there is truth in that statement, it overlooks an implicit, consequent responsibility: that we are charged with our own spiritual development.

My working definition of spiritual practice is: that thing you do regularly, maybe every day, especially the days you don’t feel like it, over a period of time, for spiritual development.

It’s this responsibility, combined with being exposed to others’ spiritual practices, that has helped me to begin and sustain a practice for the last four years. It’s proven terribly important to me, full of surprises, and as is true for UU itself, I was barely aware of what spiritual practice is not that long ago. I didn’t know what I was missing, and I suppose I’m not alone in that.

My primary intention for this workshop is to provide a place where those who are curious can be exposed to spiritual practice, and explore what that might mean for them. I’ll provide some definitions and examples, and keep the topic grounded in reality by sharing my own experiences and those of friends and others who have contrasting practices.

A second intention is to provide a place for those already familiar with practice to share their own experiences with the rest of us. Hearing examples from real people, including the motivations, frustrations, supports, and fruits, can be very helpful in getting started with one’s own spiritual practice.


TORAH STUDY
Neil Johnson

In the Jewish tradition the Torah (old testament) is divided into 50 portions that are read in either a yearly or triennial cycle. The section that is read on the week of the retreat is about Noah. In this workshop we will study some traditional approaches and commentaries of this text to show its many facets, from the literal to the mystical.


YOGA “BREATHE AND BE HOME”
Caroline von Westernhagen

A gentle and relaxing yoga session.


YOGA SUN SALUTATION
Christina Tomlow-de Muinck Keizer

The sun salutation is an ancient series of postures from the yoga tradition that align you with the energy of the sun and your inner sun power. We pause and feel grateful for all that the sun brings us. Besides that, doing the sun salutation has many health benefits. In this class we first learn the poses individually, and at the end we will do the entire sun salutation. Some flexibility is required, but it’s an entry level class. Please bring a yoga mat (if you have one). Otherwise a blanket from your room will do.


UNITARIER - RELIGIONSGEMEINSCHAFT FREIEN GLAUBENS AND EUROPEAN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS DISCUSSION
Heidi vom Hagen and Emily Searle-White
 
German
Wir freuen uns ganz besonders, Mitglieder der Unitarier - Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens bei diesem EUU-Treffen begrüßen zu dürfen. Tatsächlich werden wir unser nächstes Treffen im Frühling nächsten Jahres gemeinsam mit der URfG in Ulm/Neu-Ulm ausrichten. Während der Vorbereitungen zu diesem Treffen kamen auf beiden Seiten viele Fragen bezüglich der jeweils anderen Gruppe auf: Wer sind wir jeweils und woran glauben wir? Was sind die Ursprünge und Geschichten unserer Glaubensgemeinschaften und wo sind ihre Mitglieder geographisch zu verorten? Wie laufen unsere Treffen ab? Mit welchen Problemen haben wir in unseren Gemeinschaften zu kämpfen? Worauf sind wir stolz? Was sind unsere Werte?
 
Wenn Sie diese oder andere Fragen interessieren, laden wir Sie herzlich zu unserer Gesprächsrunde ein. Ob lebenslanges UU- oder URfG-Mitglied oder zum ersten Mal dabei, alle sind willkommen! Nehmen Sie teil und lernen Sie einige Ihrer Nachbarn und Nachbarinnen kennen!

English
We are extremely lucky to welcome members of the German Unitarians, the Unitarier - Religionsgemeinschaft freien Glaubens, to this retreat. In fact, our next EUU retreat in the spring will be a joint retreat with the URfG in Ulm/Neu-Ulm. During the lead-up to that retreat, many folks on each side have had lots of questions about the other group: Who are we, and what do we believe in? Where are the origins and histories of our faith communities and where are their members found? When we meet, what do we do? What problems do we struggle with within our congregations? What are we proud of? What are our values?
 
If any of these questions interest you, or if there are other questions that come to mind, we welcome you to join us for a round-table discussion. We welcome all perspectives, from life-long Unitarians and UUers to newcomers, so come and join us and get to know some of our neighbors.

Location
Haus der Jugend
Deutschherrnufer 12
60594 Frankfurt
Germany
Phone: +49 69 6100150
Email: info@hellofrankfurt.de

We will be staying at the DJH Jugendherberge in Frankfurt, Germany, which is directly downtown along the Main River. Expect simple youth hostel accommodations and food. There is also the option to stay off-site and pay a ‘non-resident’ fee to attend the retreat.


Please note that there is no on-site parking. There are several parking garages in the immediate area, and there are convenient park and ride options. There is a drop-off area for handicapped access. Public transportation access is excellent. For more info, see below.
 


For an adult EUU member in a shared double room with WC on-suite, the price is 190€. Click
here for more information, including prices for all ages and room types and to register. Retreat prices are for the entire cost of the retreat per person, including meals. Financial grants are available. To apply for a grant, write to our treasurer, John Hertz treasurer@europeanuu.org, by September 16th at the latest (earlier is better); we help as many EUU members as we can. All requests are treated confidentially. We understand that there are many reasons you may need some help to attend – please don’t be shy.


What’s Available
Sheets (are available free of charge)
Washer (incl. detergent) and dryer (may be used for a fee of 1 euro each)
 
What to Bring
Towels
Toiletries (incl. soap)
Earplugs (as the youth hostel is situated in downtown Frankfurt some of the rooms toward the street do get quite a bit of traffic noise)
Copies of handouts (the hostel does not have an accessible photocopier)
 
Internet Access
There is free wireless Internet. It does, however, NOT work in the bedrooms or the conference rooms – only in the lounge area.

Food
Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. through 9 a.m. Lunch is served from 12:30 p.m. through 2 p.m. Dinner is served from 6 p.m. through 7:30 p.m.
 
In light of the fact that the youth hostel will only be able to provide two different meals for lunch and dinner, the choice will be between “regular” and “vegan”. This way, we’ll be able to accommodate the dietary preferences of as many people as possible.
 
Beverage breaks in the morning and in the afternoon are part of the program, but if you get a craving at other times during the day, you can buy your preferred drink at the café/bar to the right of the reception area. You can also buy both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks there during the socializing periods each evening.
 
Opening times for the bar/café area:
Fri & Sat, 3 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sun, 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
 
There is an assortment of vending machines for quick snacks and drinks as well.
 
Access to the Youth Hostel
There is an absolute curfew from 2 a.m. through 6:30 a.m. You won’t be allowed to enter the youth hostel during these times. This is due to the hostel’s downtown location. The reception is, however, staffed 24/7.
 
Handicapped Accessibility
The youth hostel is handicapped accessible. There is an elevator which goes all the way to street level. For security reasons, reception needs to be notified at the beginning of the day if we’re going to use it as it lets out directly onto the street. It will then be in service for the entire day. There are also elevators inside the building which are accessible 24/7.
 
Some rooms are especially handicapped friendly. Please indicate whether you’ll be needing such a room. (They are quite limited, but I believe that most rooms could work. We need to look at this on a case-by-case basis.)
 
Check-in/Check-out
Earliest check-in is at 1 p.m. (This is the hostel’s earliest check-in time. We need to decide when we’re going to let people check in.)
Latest check-out is at 9:30 a.m.
 
Luggage
The youth hostel has a luggage room where luggage can be stored for up to 24 hours free of charge.
 
Valuables
Valuables may be stored in safe deposit boxes for the duration of your stay. Padlocks for these may be rented for a deposit of 10 euros.
 
Fun
There is a small rec room where you can play pool, foosball, and table tennis. You can rent the equipment from the reception desk for a deposit.

 
Directions
Arriving by Public Transport
Frankfurt public transport is safe and reliable. Trains, trams and buses run until late at night. Due to the hostel’s urban setting (including severely limited parking options as well as construction nearby), we highly recommend considering public transport or using Park & Ride spots (see “Arriving by car” below).

All directions are given from Frankfurt main train station (Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, Hbf).

  • By bus (Bus): Exit the main train station through the main entrance. You will find the bus stops to your right. Take bus line 46 toward Mühlberg. Get off at the Frankensteiner Platz bus stop, directly in front of the hostel. The bus runs every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. through 11:30 p.m. on weekdays. On the weekend, bus service starts at 7 a.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.
  • By tram (Straßenbahn): Exit the main train station through the main entrance. The tram stops are located directly in front of you. Take tram line 15 or 16 toward Offenbach Stadtgrenze. Get off at Lokalbahnhof.
    Follow Dreieichstraße north-bound until you reach the main river. Turn left onto left Deutschherrnufer and follow it for about 100 meters. You’ll find the hostel to your left.

  • By local train (S-Bahn): Local S-Bahn trains leave from the underground platform of the Frankfurt main station. Follow green “S” signs. Take the S3 (toward Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof), S4 (toward Langen (Hessen) Bahnhof), S5 or S6 (toward Frankfurt (Main) Südbahnhof). All trains leave from platform 101, and run every five minutes.
    Get off at Lokalbahnhof. Exit at Darmstädter Landstr. Turn right onto Darmstädter Landstr. and follow the street until you reach Paradiesgasse on your right (about 800 meters). Turn onto Paradiesgasse, following signs for Youth Hostel until you reach a medieval tower located at the back of the hostel. The entrance to the hostel is located around the front. 


Arriving by Plane
NOTE: There are two “Frankfurt” airports. One of them, “Frankfurt Airport”, is conveniently located about 15 minutes from the Frankfurt main station. The other, “Frankfurt Hahn Airport”, a budget airline hub, is located very much outside the metropolitan area. The bus ride takes about two hours.
  • Frankfurt Airport: Local trains to Frankfurt leave about every 15 minutes from Frankfurt (Flughafen) Regionalbahnhof (regional train station). Take either S8 (toward Offenbach Ost) or S9 (toward Hanau Hbf). Get off at Frankfurt Hbf; it’ll be the third stop from the airport. Then see “Arriving by public transport” above.
  • Frankfurt Hahn Airport: Bus connections to Frankfurt main station may be found here: https://www.hahn-airport.de/default.aspx?menu=by_bus&cc=de#. There are currently no bus schedules available which are valid through November. Should you require any assistance arriving via Frankfurt Hahn, please contact us directly.
Arriving by Car

If you’d like to arrive by car, please be aware that there is severely limited parking due to the hostel’s urban setting, as well as possible construction nearby. However, the following options exits.
  • Parking garages: As far as parking goes, parking garages are the safest options.The closest one (about a five-minute walk) is the Alt-Sachsenhausen parking garage, located at: Walter-Kolb-Straße 16, 60594 Frankfurt am Main. Fees: 1 € per hour (weekdays/Sundays/holidays), 4 € maximum overnight fee (7 p.m. – 7 a.m.). Hours of operation and other information are available here: http://www.parkhausfrankfurt.de/47-0-Alt-Sachsenhausen.html. Another option (about a ten-minute walk) is the Dom Römer parking garage, located at: Domstraße 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main. Fees:2 € per hour (weekdays), 1 € per hour (Sundays/holidays), 4 € maximum overnight fee (7 p.m. – 7 a.m.). Hours of operation and other information are available here: http://www.parkhausfrankfurt.de/43-0-Dom+Rmer+.html.
  • Park & Rides: This is the most convenient way of arriving by car. Park & Ride spots are generally spacious parking lots located right next to a train or subway station. They may be found on this website: https://pundr.hessen.de/. Enter “Frankfurt am Main (Kreisfreie Stadt)” into the search bar for a selection of Park & Ride locations. Click on any of the “P+R” symbols for more information on a particular location.
    Some of the largest P&R spots in the area are: Neu-Isenburg Bf P1, Frankfurt (Main) Heerstraße P1, or Frankfurt (Main) Stadion.
Please contact us directly if you need more information.

Taxi Hotlines

Plenty of cabs can usually be found outside the main entrance of Frankfurt main station. In addition, you can find some Frankfurt taxi hotlines below.

Taxi Frankfurt: +49 69 23 0001 and +49 69 23 0033
Taxi24: +49 69 24 24 60 24
Taxi 55: +49 69 55 88 00
 


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