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The 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair: Costumes on Sunday

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The final day of the Frankfurt Book Fair is also the most colorful. With a cosplay competition on Sunday afternoon, the Fair fills with people in incredible costumes, giving the scene a comic-con vibe. From the princesses of Frozen to Pokemon to comic book heroes to evening wear made from the pages of books, it is a visual feast, and a great day to bring kids along.

IMG_0356Sadly, bringing kids along also makes it hard to take photographs (at least when they’re small), but so it goes. With my daughter in tow, we strolled and gaped at the hundreds of brightly colored creations, all busy taking photos, making videos, and admiring each other’s wardrobes. My daughter was delighted. And so was I. Especially when I saw the book-page evening wear pictured above.

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At the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair: Day Two

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

How many kilometers have I walked in the past two days? More than I would probably believe. Just exploring one hall at the Frankfurt Book Fair would fill a day’s Fitbit, I’m sure of it. And I walked three. Excuse me while I go take a nap before gearing up for the evening’s events… Zzzzzzzz.

The funny thing about the Frankfurt Book Fair? You can’t actually buy any books. Ba-da-bing! Come to the book fair and don’t buy books! It isn’t what most people expect from an enormous event with the word “book” in the title. But it shifts the focus from consumption to admiration, and at the end of the day, it is probably a very good thing for my wallet. Only on Sunday are exhibitors allowed to sell their wares (though of course here and there things are being bought and sold), so if you want to buy something, Sunday is the day to do it.

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At the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair: Day One

Today we have quite a few photos to share, but they won’t be wordless (tune in again next Wednesday for your usual Wordless Wednesday post). In fact, every single one of the pictures we want to show you today is all about words. Words, printed on paper, and on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015. This year Indonesia is the host country. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

As the Frankfurt Book Fair host country this year, Indonesia has set up a large exhibit in the Fair Hall Forum. It is a cool, dark, otherworldly place that makes you feel like you’re underwater, surrounded by strange, glowing creatures.  It is one of the most chill areas to hang out at the fair, so if you’re attending, don’t forget to stop by.

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The Week in Germany: Exploring and Celebrating

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Exploring Germany

Thanks to Stadtkind Frankfurt I discovered a lovely series of videos made by Germany Tourism to share with you this week. Explore German cities via youtube; wish you could visit them all.

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.

 

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The Week in Germany: Travels, Art, and Oktoberfest

Ampelmännchen at the Frankfurt Römer. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Ampelmännchen at the Frankfurt Römer. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

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.

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Frankfurt’s Steamy Side

The Rhein-Main Therme had two delightful log-cabin-style outdoor saunas. Photo (cc) flickr user Romain Cloff

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.

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Wordless Wednesday: Around Instagram

The last couple of weeks on the Young Germany Instagram account we’ve met Instagramers in three different cities: Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt. Below you’ll find some of our favorite photos.

If you’d like to be featured in our Wordless Wednesday posts, tag your photos of your life and/or travels in Germany with #myyounggermany.  See you there!

Lolo from California Globetrotter was photographing from southern Germany:

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