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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Frankfurt

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Frankfurt each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1 : New Year's Day (national holiday)

March–April : Dippemess (local events)

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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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Frankfurt

Frankfurt has a temperate continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Average temperatures range from 1.6°C in January (34°F) to 19.4°C (66°F) in July. The city receives a moderate amount of rainfall, distributed evenly over the year.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -2/28 3/37 44/1.7 Not the best period to go
February -2/28 5/41 40/1.6 Not the best period to go
March 1/34 10/50 51/2.0 Not the best period to go
April 4/39 14/57 52/2.0 Not the best period to go
May 8/46 19/66 61/2.4 Not the best period to go
June 11/52 22/72 70/2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
July 13/55 24/75 63/2.5 Good period to go Good period to go
August 13/55 24/75 65/2.6 Good period to go Good period to go
September 10/50 20/68 48/1.9 Good period to go Good period to go
October 6/43 14/57 51/2.0 Not the best period to go
November 2/36 8/46 59/2.3 Not the best period to go
December -1/30 4/39 54/2.1 Good period to go Good period to go
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Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport is located 13 kilometres (8 miles) south-west of the city centre.

  • Two terminals
    • Terminal A
    • Terminal 2 (Air France)

Getting from the airport to Frankfurt and back
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A3, the A67 and the A5. Travel time to the city centre is about 20 minutes.
    • Several car rental companies have counters in each terminal, in the Airport City Mall on Level 1 (Arrivals) of A Concourse in Terminal 1 and on Level 2 (Arrivals) of the D Concourse in Terminal 2.
  • By rail
    • Trains to the city centre leave from the long-distance railway station on Level 3 of the AIRail Terminal. The trip takes about 15 minutes and costs EUR 4.55 each way.
    • Lines 8 and 9 of Frankfurt's S-Bahn suburban commuter rail system connect the regional railway station on Level 0 of B Concourse in Terminal 1 with the city centre. The trip takes about 15 minutes and costs EUR 4.55 each way.
  • By bus
    • Several bus lines connect the airport with central Frankfurt, leaving from stops outside Terminal 1 (Arrivals) and Terminal 2 (Level 2).
  • Between terminals
    • You can use either the SkyLine monorail (leaves every 2–3 minutes) or the airport shuttle bus (leaves every 10 minutes) for transfers between terminals, with a travel time of about 7 minutes
  • Navette
    • Liaison gratuite entre les deux terminaux.
    • Une navette toutes les deux minutes, environ 7 minutes de trajet.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are plentiful at all times outside each terminal. The fare runs about EUR 20 to reach the city centre in less than 30 minutes.

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GETTING AROUND Frankfurt

Public transport is the best way to get around Frankfurt, although the fares are relatively high.

By rail and bus

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.

Frankfurt Card

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.

Prices :

  • EUR 9.90 for a 1-day individual pass
  • EUR 14.50 for a 2-day individual pass
  • EUR 20.00 for a 1-day group pass (valid for up to five people)
  • EUR 29.50 for a 2-day group pass (valid for up to five people)

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Visitor information

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)

  • Address : Hauptbahnhof, Empfangshalle, 60329 Frankfurt am Main – Bahnhofsviertel
  • Opening hours : Weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
  • Telephone : + 49 (0)30 25 00 23 33
  • Website : http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en

Römer

  • Address : Römerberg 27, 60311 Frankfurt am Main – Altstadt
  • Opening hours : Weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
  • Telephone : +49 (0)69 212 38800
  • Website : http://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Germany is the euro (€).

1 CHF = 0,86 EUR

1 EUR = 1,16 CHF

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

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:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Frankfurt.

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Administrative formalities

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:
http://www.bamf.de/EN/Migration/Einreisebestimmungen/einreisebestimmungen-node.html

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic German phrases that will make your stay in Frankfurt a little easier:

Hello / How do you do?: Guten Tag

Good morning: Guten Morgen

Good evening: Guten Abend (there is no equivalent of “Good afternoon” in German)

Good-bye: Auf Wiedersehen

Yes: Ja

No: Nein

No, thank you: Nein, Danke

Thank you very much: Vielen Dank

I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht.

Could you repeat that: Können Sie bitte wiederholen?

Please: Bitte

What time is it: Wie spät ist es?

Excuse me: Entschuldigung

Airport: Der Flughafen

Train station: Der Bahnhof

Taxi: Das Taxi

Hotel: Das Hotel

Hôpital: Das Krankenhaus

Bank: Die Bank

Telephone: Das Telefon

I'm (…): Ich bin (…)

I'm looking for (…): Ich suche (…)

How much is this: 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 (…)

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Good to know

00 49
+ phone number without the 0 (calls to Frankfurt)
0 : 00
of time difference with
Geneva
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks

Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government offices

Usually open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2 p.m. on Friday)
230 V / 50 Hz

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.