Spotting Guide (English)

Frankfurt EDDF FRA

Anyone, who is looking for the best pictures at an airport needs a good map. With such a spotting guide on paper, you are also able to obtain a good and, above all, quick overview of the prevailing situation. As so often in life, it is also so with spotting - good preparation is everything! But not only spotters from other locations can discover new perspectives through the various available Spotting-Guides.

Especially at airports as large as the Rhine-Main airport, a viable and, above all, current plan is indispensable. For this reason, I have compiled all relevant information about Frankfurt (EDDF / FRA) on this page. In this context, the corresponding GPS coordinates are also attached. As a result, that the most positions do not have street names and / or house numbers. Through the GPS Coordinates you still have a comfortable way to get to your destination.

Likewise, one of my main selection criteria is that the parking facilities are toll-free. So that you have an idea of how the pictures look from the described position, I have attached sample pictures. The picture quality can be very variable, depending on the season and the weather.

Likewise, the used equipment is sometimes not a negligible factor in spotting. In this case, not only the camera equipment and/or focal length is meant. Sometimes you need to take a ladder with you, to receive the pictures you want. 

Hardfacts about the Airport Frankfurt am Main

Accessibility by car

The connection to the Autobahn A3 and the Autobahn A5 ensures a good accessibility of the Frankfurt Airport.

                 

Runway (Source: de.wikipedia.org)

07R / 25 L       4000 m x 45 m Asphalt

07C / 25 C       4000 m x 60 m Asphalt

18 (Start)        4000 m x 45 m Concrete           

07L / 25 R       2800 m x 45 m Concrete

The Plan with the detailed Information´s

Following you can find an overview of the frequently used spotting positions at Frankfurt am Main Airport. The pictures of WWW.JET-PIX.DE were taken at these listed photo positions.

Spotting Guide Flughafen Frankfurt / Vielen Dank für die Bereitstellung der Karte an die FraPort AG Spotting Start Landung 25 07 18 Affenfelsen Startbahn West Zeppelinheim Besucherterrasse
Spotting Guide Flughafen Frankfurt, Your way to the best Destinations / Vielen Dank für die Bereitstellung der Karte an die FraPort AG

Here you can find an overview of the most used photo positions at Frankfurt Airport. As everyone knows, the sun does not stand statically in the sky, so you have to hike to get always the best result. Also for the ideal picture often a ladder is necessary. But please take care that you do not get negatively notice by the airport staff, keep enough distance to the fence.


Position 01. Das Wasserwerk / Pump Station

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 2' 17.89 "N 8 ° 29' 15.35" E 

Parking:

In the business district Mönchshof there are parking facilities and the walk to the o.g. GPS coordinates are quite fast. 

Description:

This position is particularly suitable in summer, but only in the case of 07 operation. Here you can create great pictures from late afternoon to sunset. Through the extensive area you can also vary the perspective, this is particularly useful when working with fixed focal lengths and a widebody is landing.

Usability:

In the summer, the place is recommended from about 6 pm, when the sun has crossed the axis of the orbit. 

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 70-300mm

Meals: There is a petrol station in the commercial area 

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Pos.1 Wasserwerk

Position 02. Ticona „Freifläche“ / Ticona "Open Area"

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 2' 7.29 "N 8 ° 29' 16.84" E 

Parking:

Parking at this photo-position is brilliant solved. There is a large selection of parking spaces available for free. Larger vehicles can also be parked there. From this parking lot is an extensive exploration round the northwest runway possible.

Description:

At 07, superb images are possible from this position. Depending on your preference, you can experiment with different angles and focal lengths. Everyone will find the right place for themselves.

Usability:

The position offers a lot of good opportunities at every time of the year.  As with the other photo locations, the sun is around 5.00pm on the runway axis.

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 16-500mm

Catering: self-catering 

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Pos.2 Ticona

Position 03. Ticona „Waldrand“ / Ticona "Woodside"

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 1' 59.52 "N 8 ° 29' 31.42" E 

Parking:

To reach this position, the same parking lot as from position 02 can be used.

Description:

If the position 02. Ticona "Freifläche" is too close to the happenings, you can simply switch to the forest edge. Especially in the summer, this place is very popular, as there is enough shade. From the parking lot you can walk to the position in a loose 10 minutes. There is also enough space here, everyone will find their place here. Another advantage is that this place is not very well known with the "Sunday excursionists". Thus, the spotters are usually among themselves.

Usability:

Here you can take pictures from sunrise to noon.

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 70-500mm

Catering: self-catering 

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Pos.3 Ticona Wald

Position 04. Düne aka. Feuerwache 4 / Dune aka. Fire Station 4

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 2' 21.71 "N 8 ° 31' 20.66" E 

Parking:

Due to the newly created parking spaces, parking is possible close to the runway. If you are in the direction of Feuerwache 4, you will quickly find the parking lot at the fire brigade training center. Please do not park at the parking lot directly at the fire brigade. 

Description:

Meanwhile the visitor base on the "Dune" is one of the standard places for spotting at the airport. Through the newly built visitors platform it is also possible for families with children to get an accurate overview of the runway Northwest.  

Usability:

From sunrise to around 2:00pm this position is good to use.

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 16-500mm 

Catering: self-catering

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Pos.4 Feuerwache 4

Position 05. Lineup 18 / Line-Up Runway 18

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 2' 1.04 "N 8 ° 31' 12.49" E 

Parking:

Anyone who wants to stay here should find a legal parking lot at the DFS Radar tower. Parking in the turning area of the lineup is not appreciated, there is an absolute ban on stopping. From the Spotting position 06 it is about 10 minutes walk. 

Description:

Here you can take wonderful pictures from the line up.

Usability:

From about 2.00pm until the end of the operation 11:00pm.

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 16-600mm 

Meals: Self Service

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 16-600mm 

Meals: Self Service

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Pos.5 LineUp

Position 06. Parkplatz DFS Radar / Parking place  DFS Radar-Station

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 1' 36.47 "N 8 ° 31' 10.08" E 

Parking:

Here is photo taking directly from the car possible, pure luxury. The parking space is for free and mostly sufficient.

Description:

The position is very popular at 07 operation. The warning time for the incoming plane is quite short, you have to be constantly on the guard. An app such as FlightRadar24 can therefore be very helpful. For about 15 seconds a picture is possible, then the airplanes disappear behind the radar tower of the DFS and the trees.

Usability:

In the summer from about 05:00pm until sunset.

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 24-300mm

Meals: self-service

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Pos.6 Parkplatz DFS Radar

Position 07. Parkplatz "Affenfelsen" / Parking Place "Monkey Rock"

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 1' 20.32 "N 8 ° 31' 11.98" E 

Parking:

There is a free car park, which provides sufficient free parking at normal times. At the weekend the parking lot can be quite scarce. 

Description:

One of the main points at Frankfurt Airport is the so called "Affenfelsen" at the West (18) runway. However, if you do not want to go to this point, you can also take pictures at this parking lot.

Usability:

From Sunrise to 2:00pm

Description:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 24-300mm 

Catering: self-service

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Pos.7 Parkplatz Affenfelsen

Position 08. Affenfelsen / Monkey Rock

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 1' 17.87 "N 8 ° 31' 23.29" E 

Parking:

There is a free car park, which provides sufficient free parking at normal times. At the weekend the parking lot can be quite scarce. 

Description:

The Affenfelsen is surely one of the most suitable Spotting places in FRA.

Usability:

From dusk till dawn with some limitations due to the position of the sun

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 70-300mm

Catering: self-service

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Pos.8 Affenfelsen

Position 09. Starbahn-West Nachmittag / Runway-West Afternoon

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 0' 13.50 "N 8 ° 31' 19.67" E 

Parking:

The parking lot is free of charge.

Description:

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Affenfelsen and enjoy to walk, you can search for a good position along the runway 18.

Usability:

From about 2:00pm to sunset 

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 70-300mm

Catering: self-catering 

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Pos.9 Startbahn West Nachmittags

Position 10. Startbahn-West Vormittag / Runway-West Morning

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 0' 15.18 "N 8 ° 31' 49.68" E 

Parking:

There is a free car park, which provides sufficient free parking at normal times. At the weekend the parking lot can be quite scarce. 

Description:

You can search for a good position along the runway 18. 

Usability:

From Sunrise until about 2:00 pm

Description:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 70-300mm

Catering: self-catering 

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Pos.10 Startbahn West Vormittags

Position 11. Holiday Parkplatz / Holiday Parking Place

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo position - 50 ° 1'23.13 "N 8 ° 32'15.96" E 

Parking:

Due to the limited parking places at this Photo position, you have to park at the Momkeys Rock parking lot. Then you can walk through the tunnel under the runway 18.  

Description:

From this position are good pictures possible while 07 an 25 operations

Usability:

From about 09:00am to 02:00pm 

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 70-500mm

Catering: self-catering 

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Pos.11 Holiday Parkplatz

Position 12. Aussichtspunkt A5 aka. Zeppelinheim / Viewpoint A5

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 2' 21.90 "N 8 ° 35' 48.33" E 

Parking:

Parking at the S-Bahn station in Zeppelinheim, or on the Waldparkplatz between the S-Bahn station and the Spotting-Point A5. 

Description:

Many appreciate the lookout platform on the A5, others do not like it because of the volume caused by the highway (A5). However, here is a good overview of the airport's entire operations. Both at 07er and 25er operation, there are many good photo opportunities. 

Description:

Spotting is possible from sunrise to about 03:30 pm, then you have to move to position 13.

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 70-300mm

Catering: self-catering 

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Pos.12 A5 Blick Zeppelinheim

Position 13. 25er Betrieb Abendseite / Runway 25 Evening

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 3' 2.02 "N 8 ° 36' 6.91" E 

Parking:

Parking spaces are available at the Zeppelinheim S-Bahn station. Is the same parking lot as for the spot position on the A5. 

Description:

The position 13 is very well suited to be able to spot landing Jets. A walking distance of about 15 minutes is necessary to get from position 12 to position 13. The path leads directly along the A5 and is asphalted. A lost is not possible, left fence, right highway ... Depending on taste, the perspective can be changed, so the use of almost all focal lengths is possible.

Usability:

From about 05:30pm in the summer is very good to use and it should 25er operation prevail. 

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 16-500mm

Catering: self-catering 

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Pos.13 25 Abendseite

Position 14. Besucherterrasse Terminal 2 / Visitors Terrace T2

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 3' 3.11 "N 8 ° 35' 9.53" E 

Parking:

As already written, I appreciate free parking. Therefore, I do not use airport car parks. For a visit remains thus the journey by the train / S-Bahn left or the ending. Also I like to use the footpath over the Spotting position 12 and 13. This means that I park the car at the S-Bahnhof Zeppelinheim and then walk for about 45 minutes. If you like it more comfortable, you can also take the S-Bahn to the airport from the Zeppelinheim S-Bahn station. 

Description:

The visitor terrace offers an optimal overview of the apron. There is much to discover and you quickly feel as part of the dynamic environment. The spotter quickly realizes, that here is always a backlighting situation prevails, also the protection against spillage is hindering good pictures. To counter the fact, some lens holes have been let into the fence by the terrace operator. In sum, the visitor terrace offers  a really great experience.

Usability

Due to the orientation of the visitors' terrace in the front of the terminal facing south, you can actually look all day towards the sun. Thus, backlight images are guaranteed. Only in the evening the situation can improve a little, when the sun has already wandered far west.

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera Focal Length: 16-500mm

Sitting: Available on the spot, Benches

Catering: self-catering or the ample choice of Restaurants 

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Pos.14 Besucherterrasse

Position 15. 25er Abendseite Nordwestbahn / Runway 25 Evening

GPS-Coordinates:

Photo location - 50° 3' 3.18 "N 8 ° 32' 17.07" E 

Parking:

Here you can park well in the commercial area. There is always a free car park to be found. One should give effort to the normal operation there not to hinder.

Description:

If you want to take a good picture in the afternoon at 25 operations on the northwest runway, then this spot is the right one. Here from late afternoon, when the sun is no longer on the axis of the runways, good pictures to the sunset are possible.

Usability:

From 05:30 to sunset.

Equipment:

Camera: Crop or full format camera

Focal Length: 70-500mm

Catering: self-catering 

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Pos.15 Nordwestbahn Taubengrund

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Further Informations

Links

Here are some nice, www based, information sources:

Flugplan aka. timetable

Here are all relevant time informations are provided. It is even possible to register an alert on an alert and to receive an e-mail as a message. Here I especially thank "Flederwiesel" for the great work!

Betriebsrichtung aka. Operations

Here, you can quickly check which operating direction prevails at the moment at Frankfurt Airport. This information is provided by FraPort AG and is very handy.

 

Wetterdaten aka. weather forecast

Kachelmannwetter provides all necessary weather data. In particular, the breakdown of the sunshine minutes per hour is very helpful and the forecast on the subject of clouds and in which layer these occur. 

Duration (min.) for position change

 Zeppelinheim             <--->    Ticona                        20min

Zeppelinheim             <--->    Düne                           15min

Zeppelinheim             <--->    Lineup                        20min

Zeppelinheim             <--->    Affenfelsen               25min

Safety-First...

...Distance from fences

The use of a ladder is most essential at the Frankfurt airport. If you want to use them for photography, you should always ensure that you keep enough distance to the safety fence. Nobody wants to provoke unnecessary use of security and / or police. 

...Road use

Trafficking in agricultural and forestry paths is not a pleasure for the sake of nature. Be sure that you drive on public roads.

...parking restrictions 

Only use official parking place, don´t use tow away zone.

...Radio scanners

The use of Radio scanners are prohibited in Germany.


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