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Spring Dippemess in Frankfurt is back with even more fun

Christian Fernsby |
Frankfurt's Spring Dippemess at the Ratsweg Fairground is the largest folk festival in the Rhine-Main region, attracting more visitors than any other outdoor fair.

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From party pavilions and food stalls to exciting fairground attractions, the Spring Dippemess guarantees fun and games for the entire family.

The fair's high-tech rides are particularly popular, the unofficial slogan being "Higher! Farther! Faster!"

The Spring Dippemenss comprises a total of 135 stalls and booths, including one party pavilion, 18 faiground rides of various types, 29 gaming booths (shooting galleries, games of skill etc.), children's rides, 14 pottery sales stalls, 40 food and beverage stalls, 18 candy stands and two raffle booths.

The Dippemess is a traditional fair that dates back to the 14th century. At that time, the "Maamess", as it was then called, was a mediaeval market proffering domestic articles.

Potters from the Westerwald, Kannebäckerland and Urberach came here to sell their wares, especially their ceramic bowls and pots. These were known in the Frankfurt dialect as "Dippe", from which the event soon took its name.

Over the years, more and more fairground booths and popular attractions joined the market.

In the 1950s, the Dippemess was relocated to Frankfurt's main fairground (Festplatz) on the Ratsweg, as the showmen’s larger rides and attractions could no longer be accommodated in the city centre.

In the generous space available here, the Dippemess rapidly expanded and today it is Frankfurt’s largest fair and Germany’s most popular Easter event.

With visitor numbers annually reaching 2.5 million, the Dippemess always features the latest high-tech rides and fairground attractions.

Where: Fairground "Festplatz am Ratsweg", 60385 Frankfurt am Main

When: Mondays to Thursdays 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Fridays and Saturdays (incl.Easter Saturday) 2:00 pm – Midnight; Sundays 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Good to know: For reasons of public order and safety, dogs and bicycles are prohibited on the fairground during opening hours.

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