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.
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.
Ottmar Hörl’s installation Overcoming Boundaries was commissioned as part of the celebration of the 25-year anniversary of German Reunification. The statues, which are 38-centimeters tall and made of light, weather-resistant plastic, are intended as symbols for Germany’s future and an invitation for viewers to spend a few minutes thinking about the issues or joining in the conversation surrounding the anniversay.
“Everyone is intended to get involved, to contemplate these issues, find new ways to improve our social and political systems, contribute to the debate, to intervene—and everyone should do it their way. Ideally, this may result in new ways of looking at things, new ways of doing things, so that ‘borders can be overcome,’” explains Hörl in a pamphlet available at the exhibition.
As an obsessive reader, book stores are one of the first stops I like to hit when visiting a new city. Monuments? Museums? Pish-aaw. I’d rather find out what books are waiting for me on the city’s shelves. If I walk past a few sights on the walk between book havens, then that’ll be nice too. Today I’ve compiled a list of a few of Frankfurt’s coziest bookstores for tourists who like to take a city by book.
by Greg Webb
Being an American, I think most of us can agree to having experienced at least some sort of anxiety about what it’s going to be like entering another country due to the aggressive nature of our airport security (even towards its own citizens). If you’re anything like me, you will/have/are scouring the internet looking for answers to questions that you simply cannot find. Well, look no further! In the next five minutes, you will learn the ins and outs of the German passport control and customs through my first-hand experience with Frankfurt am Main’s International Airport.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting point for book lovers, and the enormous fair hall pulses: with color, passion, and beautiful, beautiful books. Book people–from authors to publishers and everyone in between–have descended on Frankfurt, and for the next five days, Frankfurt will be the unofficial capital of books.
I spent the morning wandering the cavernous halls, getting a feel for the layout and taking pictures of books and stands. I think I could spend the next year here and not manage to see it all. The program booklet is as thick as a telephone book, though I doubt I’ll make it to even half of the interesting events I’ve circled. A large “Lesezelt” (reading tend) has been set up in the courtyard outside, and there are rumored to be readings by Finnish authors happening in a sauna (how that is supposed to work I have no idea).