Held annually in mid-October at the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds in Frankfurt am Main, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest trade fair for books, and features an astonishing number of publishing companies, books and visitors.
This quintessentially literate event takes place for five days beginning Oct. 14. During the first three days, access is limited to trade visitors exclusively, but the final two days are open to the public, so whether you’re a bookseller, publisher, author, journalist, critic or simply a literary inclined traveler, there will be something for you to discover.
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The festival features more than 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and more than 300,000 visitors annually. Considering that the primary purpose of the event is to facilitate book publishing and multimedia companies from all over the world in their efforts to negotiate international publishing rights and licensing fees, it’s curious that it should so captivate the public. In any case, it is definitely the most important literary event of its kind. The history of the event dates back 500 years to the time when Johannes Gutenberg revolutionized printing in Mainz near Frankfurt, so it’s no surprise that this should be a seminal destination for people who traffic in letters.
Known these days for its futuristic skyline, among many other things, Frankfurt itself is a very worthy travel destination. The city’s downtown area, (especially Römer square and the museums at the River Main) draw millions of tourists every year.