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Frankfurt Christmas Market

27 Nov - 22 Dec 2013 The very first Christmas market was held in Frankfurt am Main as long ago as 1393. Nowadays, with the coming of the Advent season, Frankfurt’s picturesque Römerberg is transformed into one of Germany’s most beautiful and popular Christmas markets.

Visitors will find more than 200 lovingly decorated stalls, offering many fine Frankfurt specialities, an imaginative arts and crafts market with unique gift ideas and a festive fringe programme awaiting them. Come and spend a few hours strolling through the market, enjoy a warm beverage, and take in the wonderful Christmas spirit.

Frankfurt Delicacies
Two of Frankfurt’s most popular specialities – “Bethmännchen”, a marzipan and almond treat, and the popular “Quetschemännchen”, made of dried plums and nuts – look back on over 100 years of culinary tradition. Bethmännchen were enjoyed by no less than Frankfurt’s favourite son, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Originally, Bethmännchen were covered with four almond halves, each representing one of the four sons of the famous Frankfurt banker, Simon Moritz von Bethmann. After the death of one of his sons in 1845, only three almond halves were used.

Opening hours:
Mon.– Sat.: 10.00 – 21.00
Sun.:11.00 – 21.00


Tel.: +49(0)69/21 23 08 08
Fax: +49(0)69/21 24 05 12
info@infofrankfurt.de

Information for coach tour organisers

You’ll find a total of seven short-term stopping spaces for dropping off and picking up passengers right next to the Christmas market at St. Paul’s Church/Berliner Straße. For bus parking, please have a look at our list on www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
Please note that Frankfurt is now an official“Green Zone”. All vehicles, including passenger cars, lorries and busses require the appropriate emissions sticker when entering downtown Frankfurt.
Further information: www.umweltzone.frankfurt.de

Bus parking outside of the Green Zone:
Rebstockgelände
Fechenheim Industriegebiet
Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt-Höchst
Ballsporthalle Frankfurt-Höchst



www.frankfurt-tourismus.de
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Frankfurt - a sparkling Christmas Market
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Frankfurt am Main – A City of Contrasts

Frankfurt am Main, the metropolis in the heart of Europe, is defined by the stimulating contrasts of tradition and modernity, commerce and culture, business and tranquillity. But Frankfurt is not only a city of finance, it is also a city of culture, featuring a truly unique theatre and museum landscape.

At Frankfurt’s famous museum embankment, magnificent museums of every variety stand side by side like pearls on a string. Here, one finds a total of 16 museums and exhibition venues of great distinction, including the Museum of Applied Arts, the German Architecture Museum, the German Film Museum and the internationally renowned Städel Art Museum.

The historical centre of Frankfurt, meanwhile, offers a plethora of interesting sightseeing attractions, such as the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Emperor’s Cathedral (Kaiserdom), the famous Römerberg old town and St. Paul’s Church, all of which have taken their place in the annals of German history. Best of all, everything is within walking distance, including the banks of the majestic River Main, which present themselves to locals and visitors as a pair of beautiful riverside promenades with green belts, cocktail bars and plenty of space for sports and leisure.

If you’re looking for a more cosy atmosphere, simply cross the Main and head to the nearby going-out district of Sachsenhausen, where you’ll find numerous traditional apple wine pubs offering the locals’ beverage of choice as well as popular regional delicacies. Frankfurt am Main is also extremely family-friendly, with Frankfurt Zoo, the Palmengarten and the Senckenberg Museum, Germany’s largest museum of natural history, ready to inspire children of all ages with their fascinating exhibits.

The final weekend of every August is dedicated to the spectacular Museum Embankment Festival, renowned as one of Europe’s largest cultural celebrations. Frankfurt’s museums stand at the centre of attention during this time, offering art enthusiasts and all others a colourful cultural programme that is on show late into the night. The festival celebrates a different motto every year and features a unique combination of art, culture, music and cuisine representing the four corners of the Earth.

Whether it’s the museum embankment, the historical old town or the apple wine district of Old Sachsenhausen, you’ll be happy to know that they are all within a stone’s throw from the landing stage of KD Cruise Lines.

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What else is on offer over the festive season

The goings-on at the city’s many theatres and churches are equally festive during the Advent season. Holiday events to be held at Alte Oper include two Christmas concerts on 16th and 17th December as well as family showings of “Hänsel and Gretel” from 19th to 22nd December. On the Sunday before Christmas Eve, young opera fans have a special Christmas concert for children to look forward to at Oper Frankfurt. The parish office of Emperors’ Cathedral has also put together a multifaceted musical and liturgical programme for the holidays, while daily Christmas concerts will be performed at the Church of our Lady every day at 7:30 pm from 01st to 22nd December.

The quiet and contemplative Christmas period traditionally comes to an end with the festive turn of the year. One particularly appropriate way for gourmets to end the year is with a visit of the Tigerpalast. Here, head chef Andreas Krolik serves his guests a first-rate New Year’s Eve menu, which is available as a three-course, five-course and vegetarian version. Having been awarded 17 Gault-Millau points in the current issue of the gourmet guide of the same name, Krolik ranks amongst the state’s very best chefs. Diners are served refined combinations not only on their plates, but also on stage. The world-renowned artists of the theatre’s variety revue bedazzle their audiences with their breathtaking performances once dinner has been served.

Lovers of classical music have the chance to celebrate the turn of the year with the traditional 1822 New Year’s Concert, taking place on 13th January 2013. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of the Nations, the Young German Philharmonic Orchestra has chosen to focus its musical efforts on the period ending Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign. To interpret this significant historical event, orchestra director Jonathan Stockhammer has selected pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Zoltán Kodály. Alexander Schimpf has been engaged as soloist for the Liszt piano concert.
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