It was actually a rather simple idea of the Stadtwerke when they approached the artist couple CM and Estine Estenfelder in 1976 to design the interior and exterior of an old-timer tram. The "travelling apple wine tavern", which was intended to bring the sights of the city closer not only to tourists but also to Frankfurters themselves, rolled across the tracks for the first time on 7 February 1977. The old trams, which were built from the end of the 1940s until the mid 1950s and were used regularly for a long time in the streets of the city, still radiate an extremely rustic charm today with their colourful painting and rustic interior. The cars each offer 22 seats and eight standing places. So it's really cozy here. The carefully planned route before the maiden voyage takes about an hour and leads from the zoo past sights such as the Römer, the cathedral, the Paulskirche, the municipal stages, the fairytale fountain, the main railway station, the trade fair, the Westhafen and Sachsenhausen. For the simple trips there is no city guide who contributes a few explanatory words. There is, however, the possibility to download an app with which you can listen to an Ebbelwei-Expreß podcast, which provides short informative contributions to many stations of the journey.
The journey in the Ebbelwei-Expreß costs 8 Euros for adults, 3.50 Euros for children and young people up to 14 years of age. Included in the fare are 1 bottle of Ebbelwei or optionally apple juice or mineral water, as well as a bag of pretzels. It's nice that - apart from the podcast - it wasn't an attempt to modernize the Ebbelwei Express, but that a piece of city history really travels through Frankfurt and offers its guests a particularly rustic tour through the Main metropolis. If you want to dig a little deeper into your pocket, you can of course also rent the oldtimer train for private parties or larger groups.
Whoever has never driven the Ebbelwei Express before should definitely do so. The 40th birthday of this travelling institution is the perfect opportunity to do so, or?
When?: Saturday, Sunday, public holiday (with a few exceptions, please note the timetable)
You can also find more information here: www.ebbelwei-express.de