Pilgrimage to Lufthansa First Class Terminal (Let’s go to Frankfurt)

For Elvis fans,  its a trip to Graceland.

Baseball lovers have Cooperstown.

For those who’s hobby is the glamour of flying on Airplanes, one of the Holy Shrines that must be visited at some point is the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt Germany.

I had read about this place many times on different travel blogs.  But I was not expecting a visit anytime soon. However, this past October, I decided to rebook a trip that included an award ticket using united miles.  As it turns out, when you change an award tickets through the United.com website, the new flights are priced using the award chart used when you booked the original ticket.  This is important as the old price to book a round-trip US-to-Europe ticket in Lufthansa First Class was 135,000 mile its now 220,000. So given the opportunity to Fly Lufthansa First Class one more time and visit the First Class terminal in Frankfurt,  I decided to book a last minute trip to Frankfurt.

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After arriving at Frankfurt Airport I quickly got on my phone and starting reading this blog post from Lucky’s blog on how exactly to get to Shangri-la.

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After a short walk outside,  I was greeted by the friendly Lufthansa staff and escorted through a security checkpoint.  Once inside my first impression was the lounge was much more cozy than I expected.  For some reason I guess I was expecting a larger space.  I had been to Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich earlier in the year so I guess I was expecting the Frankfurt lounger to be larger than it was.  I did however find out that I was the first passenger/Guest of the day.  So I had free reign to all the facilities.

First order of business was a quick bath.

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I made sure to get one of the famous rubber ducks.  Although this was the second time I’ve had access to a Tub at the airport this was the First Time I actually took a bath.

I was a still sleepy from my previous red-eye flight from Boston to Frankfurt,  so next I decided to make use of the Nap Rooms. In retrospect I should have woken up a little earlier, as I did feel a tad rushed once I woke-up.

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I was hungry for some breakfast so I decided to graze the Breakfast Buffet next.

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I also Ordered some Egg’s Benedict from the menu.

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After Breakfast,  I decided to browse the duty-free shop exclusively for the First Class Terminal Passengers.(Sorry forgot to take a photo of this).  Not finding anything worth buying, I strolled around the various seating areas waiting for my Lufthansa Lounge person to come fetch me for the trip to the plane.

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One of the highlights of the First Class Terminal is being driven to your waiting plane.  Walking through the Airport is after-all too gauche for a Lufthansa First Class Passenger.  Unfortunately, my ride was in a minivan with 5 other German business dudes.  I also happen to be flying from one of the closest gates to the First Class Lounge so did not get to see as much of the tarmac as I was hoping.  Despite the disappointment from the actual ride it was still the first time I’ve ever been driven to my plane so it was memorable.

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All too soon, the objective of my transatlantic journey was complete.  I did feel my expectation were a little high and hence some parts of my visit weren’t quite as expected.  However, it was still an amazing and relaxing visit I will remember.

-TK

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