When I realised I’d be living just a couple of hours south of Frankfurt, it didn’t take me more than a day or two to realise that I would be able to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair. As a lifelong bookworm and aspiring writer, the Frankfurt Book Fair seemed like a fairytale event for me and now that I’ve been twice, I can assure you that if you’re at all like me, you’ll love it!
This year the Frankfurt Book Fair takes place from 15-19 October but the important days for “book tourists” are the Saturday and Sunday (18 and 19 October) when the fair is open to the general public. Entrance is â‚¬12 and I promise you it’s worth every cent. As well as book launches and presentations by various authors, you can also see all the new books from pretty much every significant publisher from across the globe, and I’ve always had fun with some of the free giveaways too (I recommend checking out any cookbook publishers – they like to give samples of the results of their recipes!).
It’s easy to find the Book Fair in the huge Exhibition Hall in Frankfurt – you can walk there from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (main station), just look for signs to the “Messeturm”. One tip: after you arrive and have a map showing all the exhibition halls, try to plan your day out a bit – I’m always left with not enough time to check all the sections I want to.