The Frankfurt Book Fair is all about presentation, spectacle, promotion, and celebration. On Sunday you won’t want to miss the cosplay competition that fills the halls with colorful, eye-catching costumes (this is the best day to come with kids as Saturday can be prohibitively full). A day ticket for a private visitor costs 18 euros. (See further private ticket options here.) But my personal recommendation? Grab your camera and wander. Let your mouth hang open in wonder as you gape at shiny new covers, at strange visual promotions, and at famous authors you didn’t know were coming because the calendar of events is an enormous pain in the ass (more on that in a second).
Have you moved to Germany from warmer climes?
Take Liv Hambrett’s advice on dressing for Germany’s colder climate then, right here.
The Frankfurt on the left
The left of the country. Fall in love with Germany’s banking capital with StadtKindFFM’s photographs.
That pesky VW scandal
In case you’ve been wondering what exactly happened, there’s a detailed explanation right here:
“More than 11 million cars are affected in the largest scandal to ever hit the automobile industry. As Volkswagen makes up 3% of the German GDP and employs nearly 210,000 people in Germany alone, their problems are Germany’s problems.” Read more on Understanding Germany.
Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo comes from Kylie Maslen, who has fallen head over heels for Berlin.
If you want to be considered for a Wordless Wednesday feature, tag your photos of Germany with #myyounggermany. See you on Instagram.
I love this city so, so much that I was terrified of my time here coming to an end. I’ve felt more myself here than I have for a long time. My physical health is better, my mental health is better, my writing is better & my confidence grows every day. Today I walked into my appointment at the Ausländerbehörde so nervous that they would find a reason to take this away from me. Instead when I applied for a one year visa they gave me a stamp for two. I am so lucky to be here & can’t wait to see what my future here holds. 🇩🇪
Celebrating 25 Years of German Unity
First you need to go enter the giveaway for one of Ottmar Hörl’s Einheitsmännchen. Then you can find out where to celebrate in Berlin and in Frankfurt.
The moon was amazing this past Sunday night, so this week for Wordless Wednesday, we’re featuring some of the sweetest photographs from the supermoon event, which was also visible in Germany.
As always, tag your Instagram photos with #myyounggermany to be considered for our weekly features!
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The Ampelmännchen are invading…
These little green (and red and black and yellow) guys have taken over the Frankfurt Römer. And deutschland.de is giving away three of them. Take home some contemporary German art. For real.
Oktoberfest is on.
And in case you didn’t already know all about it, here is a handy guide.
Visit places, see things, Germany is cool, etc.
A lot of bloggers have good tips for travel this week. Chris and Paige have gorgeous photos of Gelnhausen, California Globetrotter wants to take you hiking in the Leutasch Spirit Gorge, and World Traveling Military Family have tips for a visit to the Daun Wildlife Park. Meanwhile, I Heart Berlin has tips for Zehlendorf, Dahlem, and Wannsee.
I’ve written about it before, and I’ll write about it again. I can’t get enough. I’d do it every single week if I could. Every day even. I’m talking about visiting the sauna. And for anyone who loves the steamy tradition, Germany is a great place to be.
Resident on Earth has explained sauna etiquette, and I have raved about my favorite sauna in Mainz before. But having recently moved to Frankfurt am Main, I now have a whole new set of what are called Sauna Landschaften to explore. I couldn’t be happier.