By Ingrid Süßmann
Frankfurt is not only Germany’s business capital and home to the Book Fair, it’s also a city full of culture. When you feel like you need a little break from all the hustle and bustle inside the fairgrounds, you’ll find that the city has a lot to offer.
Next to Berlin, Frankfurt has the second-highest concentration of museums of any German city. Many of these museums are found along the Museum Embankment (Frankfurter Museumsufer). This architecturally interesting area along the River Main is home to thirteen museums, the most notable one being the Staedel Museum (which is unfortunately closed during the Book Fair due to renovations) and the Schirn Art Gallery (Schirn Kunsthalle). Other notable museums along the Museum Embankment include the Museum for Modern Art (Museum für moderne Kunst) and the German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum).
In addition, numerous other museums are scattered all over the city, ranging from Goethe’s birthplace-turned-museum (Goethe-Haus und Museum), to the History Museum (Historisches Museum) to the Museum for Applied Art (Museum für angewandte Kunst).
My tip? The Senckenberg Museum. The city’s Museum of Natural History has an exhibit of an anaconda swallowing a capybara -– a must-see!
If you’re more of the outdoorsy type and a bit of green is what’s needed after a long day at the fairgrounds, the Palm Garden (Palmengarten) is the place for you. This large park was established by Frankfurt’s citizens in 1868 and features not only various gardens displaying numerous beautiful and interesting plants throughout the year, but also several greenhouses with amazing plants (from enormous water lily leaves to gigantic cacti), and even animals.
Frankfurt is also renowned for its lively classical music scene, mainly the Frankfurt Opera Hall. During the Book Fair, “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Chaques Offenbach and “Medea” by Aribert Reimann will be playing. Make sure to get there half an hour early to catch the free introduction presented before each show.
Didn’t get your fair share of culture yet? For more ways to explore Frankfurt’s cultural side, visit the city’s online culture portal.
Ingrid has just completed her bachelor’s thesis on the effect of e-books in the publishing industry and is currently doing an internship at the German Book Office in New York City.