153 Concerts at the 29th Rheingau Music Festival

One concert series always receives worldwide attention: the 29th Rheingau Music Festival will take place from July 18 to August 27, 2016, and includes 153 concerts at more than 40 venues across the Rheingau and neighbouring regions. The main event locations are Kloster Eberbach, Schloss Johannisberg, Schloss Vollrads and the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden. Additional venues include numerous churches, castles, and vineyards. Amongst them are concerts in the St. Hildegard Abbey and the Haus der Begegnung in Königsstein. New venues for this year include the Church of the Redeemer in Bad Homburg, the Malakoff Terrace in Mainz, the Park surrounding the Parkhotel Tillmanns in EltvilleErbach and the J. Neus Vineyard in Ingelheim.

This summer’s performances will include outstanding soloists and ensembles like Isabelle Faust, Till Brönner, Yannik Nézet-Séguin, Lisa Batiashvili, Grigory Sokolov, Igor Levit, Paavo Järvi, Mark Padmore, Jan Lisiecki, Annette Dasch, Max Mutzke, Julia Fischer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Alina Pogostkina, Philippe Jaroussky, Dominique Horwitz, Alexej Gorlatch, Hélène Grimaud, Christian Gerhaher, Gautier Capuçon, Klaus Hoffmann, Magali Mosnier, Maurizio Pollini, Sir András Schiff, Belcea Quartet, Simone Kermes, Daniil Trifonov, Götz Alsmann, Alban Gerhardt, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Hilary Hahn, Berliner Philharmoniker, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Prager Symphoniker, Choir of the King’s Consort, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Tschechische Philharmonie and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Additional information can be found at www.rheingau-musik-festival.de

Photo Credit: FriedrichvonThiersch Saal_Kurhaus Wiesbaden(C)AKM.JPG / Rheingau Music Festival Konzertgesellschaft mbH

A Musical World Record in Frankfurt am Main

Music fills the air and a world record is set. Thousands of excited guests waited in anticipation for the official announcement that they had achieved a word record. 7,548 musicians came together to play in Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena where an official representative from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed the event as the largest orchestra in the world. Musicians played together for more than five minutes, including excerpts from Dvorak and Beethoven. The previous record was held by Brisbane, Australia where 7,224 musicians played together – 324 fewer than in Frankfurt. Professionals and amateurs alike were welcome to join and show their appreciation for music and its power to connect people. The event is another great example of the Main Metropolis’s diversity.

Photo Credit: Commerzbank-Arena/Axel Gross



World Club Dome

World Club Dome – biggest club in the world in Frankfurt am Main

For the fourth time, BigCityBeats hosted World Club Dome and transformed the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt into the biggest club in the world. Over the first weekend in June, hundreds of DJs and artists performed for the crowd of more than 130,000 on 20 stages covering the immense 700,000 m² festival area. Headlining the opening night on the Arena’s main stage, Armin van Buuren and David Guetta made it clear that Frankfurt does not just work hard, but plays hard as well. Top acts this year included Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Steve Aoki and Frankfurt’s own Sven Väth. New to the festival this year was the giant WCD Pool Sessions party. In addition, some lucky attendees traveled to the festival in the world’s highest disco. A Boeing 747 outfitted as a disco at 10,000 meters flew festival goers from London, Paris and Hamburg to Frankfurt accompanied by the electronic dance stylings of DJ Robin Schulz.

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Mainova IRONMAN European Championship 2016

The super endurance challenge begins with a 3.8 km swim followed by a 180 km bike race. These two events are then topped off with a marathon race! Every summer the world’s best come to Frankfurt to compete in the world’s largest IRONMAN qualification. More than 2,300 participants from over 60 nations and 100,000 spectators along the route make the IRONMAN an international festival.  The 2016 race also marked the 15-year anniversary of the event in Frankfurt.

This year, Melissa Hauschildt of Australia beat out three German competitors to win the women’s triathlon. Among the men, Sebastian Kniele took first followed closely by Andreas Böcherer.

The date is already set for 2017’s race. World class athletes will set out on a new adventure on July 9, 2017.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Ironman / 2015 Getty Images




Frankfurt Hosts Largest Corporate Run in the World

On June 15, 2016, more than 68,000 runners from over 2,600 companies lined up at the starting line for the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, making the event one of the largest running events in the world. Frankfurt’s financial sector was very visible as always. Deutsche Bank, for example, came out with a team of 1,327 runners! In addition to the race itself, companies and colleagues greeted their teammates in tents and grill parties all across the city, especially along the banks of the Main. Don’t miss out next year on the 25th anniversary of the race on June 13, 2017.


Photo Credit: J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

frankfurter weihnachtsmarkt

Frankfurt Christmas Market

The Frankfurt Christmas Market looks back on centuries of tradition and is one of the oldest in Germany. In fact, the first official reference of the market was in the year 1393. Centred in Frankfurt’s Römerberg, the traditional, timbered houses offer one of the most picturesque backdrops of any Christmas Market in Germany. At the numerous stands, classic Christmas delights are offered, like mulled wine, roasted almonds and bratwurst. Additionally, Frankfurt offers its own brand of specialities like hot Apfelwein, Bethmännchen pastries and Quetschemännchen candy figurines. Local craftsmen sell their handy crafts and art in the stalls neighbouring the Paulskirche and also at Römerplatz. Here one can find a truly special Christmas gift or souvenir.

Towering 33 meters above the market, weighing some nine tonnes and adorned with 5,000 energy efficient LEDs, the largest Christmas tree in Germany casts a magical glow across the market. The tree is donated by the Austrian tourism region Skijuwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau in Tirol. The tree is flanked by a stage with the traditional nativity scene and a stage where local and international music groups perform on the weekends. Every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:00 PM, the horn group plays from the balcony of St. Nicholas Church, filling the market with traditional Christmas music.

On weekends, tours through the market are offered in English and German. The tour includes a sampling of the Frankfurt specialities in the Market, as well as a telling of stories from modern day and historical Frankfurt and its many personalities. One specific highlight of the tour is a visit to the balcony of the St. Nicholas Church with a view across the sea of Christmas lights glistening through the cold, crisp air across Frankfurt’s city centre.

The Frankfurt Christmas Market stretches from the Main River northward to Hauptwache where it empties into the main shopping boulevard, Zeil. Several other smaller Christmas Markets are held in the areas surrounding Frankfurt. A more recent addition to the traditional Frankfurt Christmas Market, the so-called “Pink Christmas” at Friedrich-Stoltze-Platz, is a popular meeting place of the city’s LGBT community and friends and lovingly decorated with much attention to detail yet also with a certain “pink” touch. The Christmas market held in the Frankfurt city district of Höchst provides a similarly memorable experience. Höchst Castle with its Gothic-style keep is in fact well worth a visit on its own. In the woods boarding Frankfurt, the Sachsenhausen Christmas Market is held at the Geotheturm (Goethe Tower). Here visitors can enjoy traditional Christmas Market offerings in the tranquillity of the woods. Other noteworthy markets are not far from Frankfurt in Hanau, Mainz, Rüdesheim and Michelstadt.