After visiting the Lufthansa WorldShop (my favourite store, ever) and clearing immigration, it was time to spend the next seven or so hours in the Lufthansa First Class Terminal.
The Lufthansa First Class Terminal can be used by departing passengers only and not by arriving passengers. That is, if you are arriving in Lufthansa First Class and connecting to either a Lufthansa, SWISS, or Austrian flight on the same day, you can use the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. You can only gain access to the terminal by either being a Miles & More HON Circle member, or by either arriving/departing in Lufthansa or SWISS First Class. If arriving in First Class, you must have a connecting flight operated by Lufthansa, SWISS, or Austrian to use the First Class Terminal since they can only drive you to a flight operated by one of those three airlines.
The First Class Terminal is completely detached from the main Frankfurt Airport Terminal which means it is a separate building. It is basically a large lounge in a separate building from which you are driven to your flight by either a Porsche or Mercedes.
To get to the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, go to the ‘A’ arrivals hall (one floor down from departures), and exit the terminal, turn left, and keep walking for about seven minutes until you reach the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. Here’s a map, just follow the green line to get to the FCT:
You won’t be able to miss the First Class Terminal due to the large “Lufthansa First Class” signage on the building. Simply cross the street and you will be able to enter the large lounge through the glass doors.
Once inside the small lower lobby, simply take the elevator up to the main level and your personal Lufthansa assistant will be there waiting to greet you and explain your entire First Class Terminal experience.
The main lobby (before security) features some seating space and also three large desk counters where Lufthansa representatives wait for your arrival. The second you enter the main lobby, one of the personal assistants will promptly greet you and guide you through security.
My personal assistant couldn’t have been any friendlier and she jokingly asked “What took you so long?” as in what took me so long to get to the First Class Terminal since my flight landed well over an hour ago. I explained that I had to visit the WorldShop and buy a few Lufthansa accessories as I always do. She was extremely polite and super friendly and told me she would give me an extensive tour of the First Class Terminal.
As usual, I couldn’t resist not to take any pictures. This is the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, after all. I also asked my assistant if it was ok to take pictures and she told me that it was absolutely fine as long as I do it in a discrete way which doesn’t distract other passengers.
Clearing security takes roughly ten seconds as there aren’t any queues and the staff is very polite. All you do is pass through the metal detector and put your items in the x-ray and ten seconds later you are in the lounge. The First Class Terminal has its own Duty Free shop and you can buy just about anything you need there.
Next to the Duty Free shop and the entrance to the main lounge area, is a Miles & More statement printer.
The entrance to the main lounge area is through a sliding glass door.
Immediately to your left, you will find various timezones and a ton of magazines.
To your right is the main bar area and restaurant.
There is also a Lufthansa duck collection located right by the main entrance.
The First Class Terminal features the following amenities:
- Relaxing room
- Office units
- Copy machine
- Fax machine
- Credit card phone
- Free local phone calls
- PC with internet access
- Wireless network
- Local magazines and newspapers
- International magazines and newspapers
- German magazines and newspapers
There are plenty of seating areas which consist of lounge chairs, relaxing chairs, regular chairs, comfortable couches, and much more. Each seating area has snacks on the coffee table and servers constantly ask guests what drink to bring. The bar features an extensive selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. For example, did you know they have more than ten different types of water?! Not to mention all of the alcohol they have.. it’s crazy. You could technically order what you want and they will make it for you.
In terms of style, the First Class Terminal has one of the best lounge designs in the world. Every little detail is incorporated and part of a larger overall design. I don’t think I’ve ever been to such an awesome lounge before, not surprisingly, Lufthansa has thought of everything to make the journeys of the most important customers as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
The lounge is just downright gorgeous, I don’t think the pictures can fully show the details. One has to experience the terminal for themselves to fully view and appreciate the design and architecture.
Amongst the comfortable seating areas which are spread throughout the lounge, is a business centre which consists of a couple of private rooms where you can charge your devices, connect to the internet, and
pretend to work.
I honestly don’t think it is possible to work in such an atmosphere. I had a hard time reading social media while I was in the lounge due to the awesomeness of the terminal, let alone think of work!
I spent a total of seven or so hours in the lounge and it was relatively empty most of the time. There were more Lufthansa staff than the passengers in the lounge – but that is the key, each passenger has their own personal assistant and therefore the ratio has to be even in order to ensure a comfortable lounge experience.
The flight information screens are a bit irrelevant since your personal assistant fetches you and takes you to your car when it is time for boarding. That’s the beauty of the First Class Terminal – your personal assistant comes and gets you when your flight is ready. You don’t even have to know what time it is. I personally lost track of the time since I had over seven hours in the lounge. I think I managed to do just about everything possible in the seven hours that I had.
The snacks by the various seating areas consist of mainly nuts and dried fruit.
There are also a couple of sleeping rooms which are constantly refreshed after passengers use them.
The cigar lounge features plenty of different cigars and alcohol to go along with them.
The bar features an extensive menu, which consists of just about every single type of alcohol you could want. There are also plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and more than ten types of water.
The back of the bar menu contains the cigar ‘menu’, with plenty of different types of cigars.
After taking more than enough pictures of the First Class Terminal, I decided it would be best to start the First Class experience with a bath. Since there were only a few passengers in the terminal, all of the shower and bath rooms were free. I told the attendant my flight details and she showed me the way to the room which featured both a shower, and a bathtub.
There are a couple of bath and shower rooms and therefore it isn’t necessary to reserve a room hours before your flight. Your wait time at most is 15-30 minutes during peak times in the terminal.
The bath and shower room design is stunning, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a beautiful bathroom before.. and keep in mind that we are at an airport! The whole time I was in the terminal, I felt like if I was living in a dream since everything was so surreal and I truly felt relaxed at all stages during the First Class journey.
Here’s a video of the bath/shower room:
The bathroom is very spacious and there are plenty of hooks and seats to store your belongings properly.
Of course Lufthansa’s signature First Class duck was waiting for me!
There is also a shower located behind the sink, although I really do recommend having a bath since it makes you think more about the fact that you are bathing in a First Class Terminal, waiting to be driven to your airplane in a fancy car. Life really doesn’t get any better!
The bathroom features plenty of toiletries and accessories such as a comb, shaving kit, etc. There are also bath salts and body lotions of different kinds.
The bath salts, shampoo, lotions, and conditioner are Etro brand and they really make the bath excellent.
It takes about ten minutes for the entire tub to fill up with water. I recommend firstly pouring the hot water and then at the end finishing up with the cold water since otherwise you won’t be able to get in.
I basically poured in all of the bath liquids and that made a very, very nice and big foam.
There are also slippers and a robe waiting for you.
I stayed in the bathtub for about an hour, just relaxing and thinking about how f#$%ing cool the whole experience was. I was literally thinking that I’m in a dream, I mean who would’ve thought that I can be experiencing all of this for close to nothing?! I love miles so much!
After the relaxing hour, I decided it would be best to have some lunch. The First Class Terminal has a restaurant and buffet, so you can either order something from the menu or grab some food yourself, of course everything is complimentary.
The menu is actually very extensive and features a lot of soups, salads, meats, fish, desserts, etc. There are also choices from different regions around the world, such as Asia.
Firstly I ordered the vegetable consommé soup, which was excellent. The wait time for the food is super quick since there aren’t millions of people dining.
I also ordered some tea from the bar and the presentation was excellent. The thing that completely surprised me was the brown sugar on a stick, I’ve never seen that before: so cool! I mean you just stir your tea with the sugar stick and as you stir, the sugar simply melts away – what a brilliant idea!
After the soup, I decided to go for some Wiener Schnitzel, which was rather large and I wasn’t able to finish it all. All of the food in the First Class Terminal is catered by DO&CO (the company that caters Austrian flights) and therefore all of the food is very high quality and excellent. The schnitzel was by far the best schnitzel I’ve ever eaten.
I decided to tour the buffet options after eating and found that all of the food is super high quality and very fresh. I was quite full and therefore only tried a couple of the salads and appetisers, and everything was exceptional.
All of the various dessert options particularly caught my eye 🙂 . All of the ice cream, puddings, chocolate, was super tasty.
Because, I mean, who wouldn’t want fresh meat right from a leg?!
After sampling way too much food, I ordered a mint tea for the grand finale of my First Class Terminal food sampling. The tea was once again presented in a beautiful way, with the sugar stick.
After the nice lunch, I thought I would tour the duty free shop and actually found my favourite champagne.
Then I decided to ask for another picture in front of the bar.
I had about three hours to go and decided the best idea would be to sleep for a few hours in one of the sleeping rooms. I set an alarm for about half an hour before boarding time and fell right asleep. Given that it was almost morning Seattle time and I had been up for the past twenty or so hours, I fell asleep quickly.
When I woke up, I felt super refreshed and comfortable. I had a good bath, then lunch, and then sleep – all in the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. After waking up, I had some more tea and just walked around the lounge until my personal assistant fetched me and told me it was time to board my onward flight.
The Lufthansa First Class Terminal is an experience like no other, everyone should experience the Lufthansa First Class Terminal at least once in their lifetime. The entire time I was in the terminal, I felt as if I was dreaming. Words will never be able to properly describe the whole experience and I hope the pictures above really show at what a fantastic job Lufthansa has done for the most valued customers.
I will always remember this visit to the terminal and the whole First Class experience. Just the fact that you can do all of this in an airport is mind-blowing and then there’s the part where they drive you to the airplane in a fancy car…
Oh, Lufthansa, I will always love you. There’s no better way to fly!