Enjoy Frankfurt during Sporting Events

Frankfurt may be Germany’s financial capital, but it still has plenty to offer tourists. With a quieter, less hectic atmosphere than some of Germany’s larger cities, Frankfurt is a great opportunity to experience Germany’s culture without the huge crowds. Whether you’re traveling to Frankfurt for Euro 2024 or any other reason, here’s what to know about Germany’s fifth-largest city. 

Sporting events and other highlights in Frankfurt in 2024

Regardless of when you visit Frankfurt, you’ll always find something to occupy your time. Here are a few of the biggest events on Frankfurt’s calendar for 2024. 

Spring Dippemess

Held from March 22nd to March 24th, Spring Dippemess is the oldest and largest folk festival in Frankfurt. With fun for the whole family, Spring Dippemess dates back to the 14th century and is held on the festival square on Ratsweg in front of Frankfurt’s ice skating rink “Eissporthalle.” The festival features rides, attractions, music, food and drinks, and plenty of activities to celebrate the end of winter.

Euro 2024

Held every four years, UEFA’s European Championships is (after the FIFA World Cup) the pinnacle of football in Europe. In 2024, the event takes place across Germany from June 14th to July 14th, and Frankfurt is one of the 10 host cities for Euro 2024. Frankfurt is hosting five matches at Euro 2024, and there’s a Fan Zone along the Main River where you can catch all the action as the best players in the world face off for ultimate glory. 

Main Festival

If you’re in Germany in the middle of summer, make sure you check out the northern bank of the Main River. It turns into an adventure-packed festival with rides, music, street food, and so much more. This fairground-style festival features a lot of highlights, but one you simply can’t miss is the “water jousting” tournament, where participants with lances face off against each other in boats on the Main, cheered on by thousands of onlookers. Truly German, truly unique. 

Eintracht Frankfurt 

Even if you’re not in town for Euro 2024, there’s a good chance you can catch an Eintracht Frankfurt game. The team plays in Germany’s top flight, the Bundesliga, with matches held at Deutsche Bank Park. The stadium, located in Frankfurt’s south, is the same arena where Euro 2024 matches will be held. You can find the Eintracht Frankfurt match schedule here

Apple Wine Festival

If you’ve never had apple wine before, here’s your chance! This annual festival kicks off on August 11th and is a great way to enjoy the balmy, late-summer days (and evenings!) in Frankfurt. Held on Frankfurt’s Roßmarkt in the city center, this festival is your chance to enjoy “Ebbelwoi,” or apple wine, a traditional drink that’s been popular in Frankfurt for centuries. 

17 Tips for traveling to Frankfurt for Sports Events

Traveling to Frankfurt for the first time? Here’s what you need to know before you start exploring Frankfurt. 

1. Embrace public transport

Because it’s designed for business and trade, Frankfurt is one of the easiest cities for visitors to navigate their way through. It’s not a huge city, so most of the main inner-city sights and attractions are walkable, and if you want to head further afield (or the weather isn’t ideal for a nice stroll along the river), the public transport will not let you down. Plus, it’s an affordable option for anyone traveling on a budget!

2. Spend time at the Goethe House Museum

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is one of Frankfurt’s most famous inhabitants. Perhaps the most influential poet and writer in the German language, Goethe’s 18th-century influence can still be felt today. The Goethe House Museum is Goethe’s birthplace and childhood home, which has since been restored to its 18th-century glory and turned into a museum where you can learn all about Goethe’s life and influence. 

3. Invest in a tourist card

If you’re spending a few days in Frankfurt and planning to see several of the city’s main sights, you can save money and conveniently get around Frankfurt with a Frankfurt Card. The card gives you free access to Frankfurt’s public transport within the city limits and to/from the airport. You’ll also enjoy discounts of up to 50% on various tours, museums, and other city attractions. There are 1, 2, and 3-day tickets available, as well as group options and cheaper alternatives that include attractions only (no public transport). 

4. Don’t miss the Christmas markets

Are you visiting Frankfurt in November or December? The city’s Christmas markets are unmissable. Like most of Germany, Frankfurt has cozy Christmas markets that run during winter. These are a great chance to pick up some locally made crafts and gifts as you enjoy a warming cup of Glühwein. The most popular and largest Christmas market in Frankfurt is held at St Paul’s Square and the Römerberg old town center, complete with a huge, decorated Christmas tree. There’s also a summer Christmas market that’s held in Frankfurt City Forest.

5. Double-check transit schedules

Because Frankfurt is more of a business city, public transport doesn’t always run late into the night. If you’re using transit to navigate the city, make sure you double-check timetables and schedules so you don’t leave yourself stranded. If you do miss the last train or bus, you should be able to use a rideshare app or flag down a taxi to get you safely where you need to go. It will be plus to know the relevant transportation apps and websites in advance.

6. Bring some cash

While most places across Frankfurt accept credit and debit cards, there are still some smaller businesses that tend to rely on cash. Especially if you’re visiting markets or purchasing transit tickets, bring some cash with you just to be on the safe side. It also makes tipping easier, as I generally prefer to throw a few dollars down for each drink rather than tipping via credit card. 

7. Drink the water

In Frankfurt (and across Germany), the drinking water is safe. In fact, it’s delicious! Drinking water is monitored constantly throughout Germany and must comply with strict safety regulations. In Frankfurt, you can drink the water without any worries, and will save significantly on bottled water. Remember to bring a reusable water bottle to fill up across the city. 

8. Check the calendar before you book

Because Frankfurt hosts many corporate events, conferences, and business trade shows, the city can become especially busy at certain times of the year. If your trip aligns with a big trade show, you may even find it difficult to book a hotel room, and you can certainly expect to pay a premium. Try to check an events calendar before you book your trip, and adjust your dates if possible to avoid any clashes. 

9. You don’t need to speak German (But You Can Try!)

You’ll find that most people in Frankfurt are willing and happy to speak English, as it’s spoken frequently and fluently across Germany, and more than 25% of Frankfurt residents are expats. However, if you know a few phrases and you’re looking to test out your German, don’t be afraid to try! You can always revert back to English as needed. But if you really want to learn some German before you travel, take a look at these Learning German tips.

10. Switch beer for Apple Wine

Although most people associate Germany with beer, it’s actually not the drink of choice in Frankfurt (though it is still easy to find). The state beverage is apple wine, or “apfelwein,” a tart drink made with fermented apples. You can find it all across the city, and of course, if you’re visiting in summer, there’s a whole festival to enjoy. No trip to Frankfurt is complete without at least one cup of apfelwein! 

11. Bring your hiking boots

Located south of the city, right next to Deutsche Bank Arena, you’ll find Frankfurt City Forest. If you’re looking for a break from highrise buildings and seemingly endless concrete, the forest is a great place to escape the hustle of the city without venturing too far. Easily accessible on public transport, Frankfurt City Forest has a vast network of hiking, cycling, and running trails. It spans more than 5,000 hectares and is one of Germany’s largest wooded urban areas. 

12. Eat like a local at Erzeugermarkt Konstablerwache

While Frankfurt has some great restaurants, the best way to truly eat like a local is to visit the state’s largest farmer’s market. Located right in the city center, Erzeugermarkt Konstablerwache features market stalls from more than 50 of the state’s local farmers. You can find traditional cured meats, locally baked hearty breads, and delicious fresh cheeses. Plus, you can wash it all down with a cup of traditional apple wine!

13. Seat yourself at restaurants

In most casual restaurants around Frankfurt, you don’t need to wait to be seated. Unless there’s a sign indicating otherwise, it’s usually fine to go and seat yourself. You might see that some tables have signs on them indicating that they’re reserved. Generally, these signs also have a time of the reservation – you can still sit at these tables, just make sure you vacate before the time indicated on the sign. 

14. Tip by rounding up

You don’t need to tip excessively at restaurants, but it’s a nice thing to do if you’re happy with the service you receive. You can generally just tip by rounding up the cost of your bill. For example, if your lunch is €13.5, you may choose to pay €15 to include a tip. Instead of leaving money on your table, hand it to your waiter and let them know if you need any change. 

15. Watch for cars, and bikes!

Just like anywhere you travel to, you need to take care when walking and crossing streets. Be aware of cars, and never cross a street if the pedestrian signal isn’t on. In Frankfurt, you don’t just need to look out for cars, but also bikes! The city has many bike lanes, and some of them take up parts of the sidewalk. They’re usually clearly marked, so stay alert and make sure you’re not accidentally walking in a bike lane.

16. Many stores are closed on Sundays

If you’re from an area where stores are open every day of the week, you might find that things operate a bit differently in Frankfurt. In general, supermarkets and stores are closed on Sundays, so make sure you factor this into your plans if you need to pick up some supplies. If you do need something urgently, stores inside airports and train stations are generally open on Sundays. Restaurants, bars, pubs, and museums are open on the weekend. 

17. Relax by the river

Like most cities set on a river, Frankfurt has some picturesque bridges, river views, and walking trails along the Main River. The river runs along Old Town, where many of the city’s most popular and famous attractions are. If you find yourself with some time to spare, take a stroll along the river bank and take in the sights and sounds of the city. There are even some floating restaurants where you can enjoy a coffee as you watch the world go by. 

Need more tips about Frankfurt? Check our travel guides!

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