A Grand History
Germany’s love affair with festivals has been around since the Medieval period, where these events were a prime time for residents to meet together and trade goods.
Nowadays, the setup is a little bit different, but these exact same festivals still persist.
Dippemess is the oldest folk festival in Frankfurt. It takes place twice a year, once around Easter and once at the end of September. Originally, the festival was set up as a bi-annual market; these days, it is set up more like an amusement park.
Seeing the CityFestivals are also a great way to see the city cheaply. For instance, during the Museumsuferfest (the Museum Riverbank Festival), 20 different museums in the district are open well into the late hours of the night.
The day also hosts live music and shows, so there’s plenty of things to do for families.
For visitors who prefer a different kind of scene, the Nacht der Clubs (Night of the Clubs) offers entry to around 20 clubs on a 12 euro ticket, making it the place to visit for university travellers. Also, the dress code is more relaxed to encourage new people to check out the scene.
Off the Beaten Path
The Wolkenkratzer Festival (or Skyscraper Festival) takes place irregularly with the next one scheduled for 2013. However, if you do manage to catch this festival on a year it’s being held, you’re in for one of the more unique festivals in Germany, if not Europe.
It celebrates the skyscrapers of Frankfurt, with entry to the buildings for visitors, sky-divers, base jumpers and more. Likewise, the Luminale festival is a “festival of light” that takes place once every two years.
The buildings of downtown Frankfurt celebrate by putting out special light installations; the 2008 festival alone featured 220 light installations.
The festivals are excellent times to get the most out of your trip to Germany; there’s likely to be one on offer that suits your interests exactly.
There's so much to do and such a wide variety, have a look at this comprehensive list with everything from world renowned trade shows to wine festivals.
The culture of Germany is very much about celebrating pretty much everything, so when you do go, because you must, you should try to find a hotel in Frankfurt that's right at the heart of the action, just to make sure you don't miss a thing and have the festival experience of a lifetime.
Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a range of subjects. This article links back to Frankfurt http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-frankfurt