One of our favorite aspects of the trip was the people and scenes each day inside the Frankfurt main train station, known in German as the Hauptbahnhof. Every time we passed through the station, the facility was bustling with different fans. Some were coming to Frankfurt for the day, others were on their way to one of the 11 other host cities throughout Germany. When we walked over to the train station at 10 a.m. Sunday to get our rail passes validated, we got our first taste of the international flavor of the event. There were English fans traveling home after the previous day's game; Mexican and Iranian supporters headed out to the match that day in Nuremberg; Japanese fans making their arrival for Monday's game in Kaiserslautern.
And kudos to the German organizing committee who had plenty of well-marked signs, helpful staff and useful guides all throughout each train station. When we needed help or direction, we didn't have to go far.