There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Frankfurt each year.
The main ones are listed below.
These two fun fairs, the first celebrating the arrival of spring and the second coinciding with the beginning of autumn, date back to the 14th century. Around a half million people join in the festivities each season, which include rides, carousels and vendors selling regional foods, confections, and local arts and crafts.March/April : Good Friday (national holiday) March/April : Easter Monday (national holiday) May 1 : Labour Day (national holiday) Last weekend in August : Museumsuferfest (local event)
Attracting over three million visitors each year, this three-day festival is one of Europe's largest cultural events. Participating museums keep their doors open late into the evening, and the purchase of a festival button for just EUR 7 gives you free admission to all of them. A superb programme of music, theatre and dance performances is on offer at the riverside, along with a wide range of culinary delights.October 3 : German Unity Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the anniversary of Germany's reunification in 1990. Festivities in Frankfurt include a celebration at city hall with music and speeches.December 25 - December 22 : Christmas Market (local event)
Although these events now pop up each year in many cities, Frankfurt's Christmas market on historic Römerberg Square is one of the oldest and largest in Germany. The huge Christmas tree in front of the Römer, festooned with thousands of lights, and the nearly 250 colourful and elaborately decorated market stalls, where you can find handcrafted toys, ornaments, candles and other gift ideas, along with delicious treats like gingerbread and mulled wine, are certain to get you into the festive spirit!December 25 : Christmas (national holiday)
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Frankfurt Airport is located 13 kilometres (8 miles) south-west of the city centre.
Public transport is the best way to get around Frankfurt, although the fares are relatively high.
There are 9 U-Bahn urban rail lines with 86 stations (58 of which are above ground) covering the entire metropolitan area. The network of bus lines also offers very dense coverage and some of them operate at night. To reach cities near Frankfurt, there are also nine S-Bahn suburban rail lines. Rail services generally operate from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.
To discover all of Frankfurt's cultural attractions, this range of passes is a great and affordable option. Apart from unlimited rides on all of the city's rapid transit services, including the train to the airport, the passes also allow you to receive discounted admission at museums, the Frankfurt Zoo, the Palm Garden, on sightseeing tours and pleasure cruises on the Rhine and the Moselle, etc.
Upon your arrival in Frankfurt, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Tourist Information Offices operated by Tourismus und Congress Frankfurt
Offers sightseeing recommendations, tourist information and brochures.
Hauptbahnhof (main train station)
See your doctor before you travel. Taking out travel health insurance to cover any emergency medical expenses or hospital stays during your time in Frankfurt is also recommended.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Germany.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Frankfurt.
For stays of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay.
As a general rule, travellers from all other countries are subject to visa requirements, although foreign nationals from certain countries may enter Germany for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
For further information, visit the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees:
Here are a few basic German phrases that will make your stay in Frankfurt a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Guten Morgen (morning) / Guten Tag (during the day)
Good evening: Guten Abend
Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen
No, thank you: Nein, Danke
Thank you very much: Vielen Dank
I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht
Could you repeat ?: Können Sie bitte wiederholen?
What time is it ?: Wie spät ist es?
Airport: der Flughafen
Train station: der Bahnhof
Taxi: das Taxi
Hotel: das Hotel
Hospital: das Krankenhaus
Bank: die Bank
Telephone: das Telefon
I'm (…): Ich bin (…)
I'm looking for (…): Ich suche (…)
How much is (…)?: Wie viel kostet es?
Do you have (…)?: Haben Sie (…)?
Where can I find (…)?: Wo kann ich (…) finden?
Where can I buy (…)?: Wo kann ich (…) kaufen?
I'd like (…): Ich hätte gerne (…)
And what about tipping?
In Germany, as is also the case in France and Italy, when the service is especially friendly and attentive, leaving a tip is recommended and always appreciated. An appropriate tip in this case is anywhere between 5 and 10 percent of the bill at restaurants or bars. Do not leave the tip on the table. It is better to hand it to the server when paying the bill.