German Festivals: Frankfurt's Bookfair

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Frankfurt am Main is a big player in the global trade fair business. Annually host to an average of 80 fairs and exhibitions, the city attracts large numbers of visitors from all over the world.

One of the highlights is Frankfurt's book fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse). The biggest book fair in the world dates back to the 15th century. Its popularity has been on the increase ever since.

Today, more than 250,000 visitors flock to the fair annually.

Their aim: information on a selection of the almost 400,000 books which are being presented.

Readings, talks, interviews and other side events offer additional incentives for an interested public. The book industry, publishers, critics, readers and writers alike are all under the spell of the biggest book fair in the world.