The Museum Embankment Festival, or “Museumsufer Fest” in German, is an annually held festival on the banks of the River Main, and it attracts more than 3 million visitors every year.
It’s structured as a tribute to the museum landscape of the city, made as a unique combination of art, theater, music, dance and cuisine.
When you come to the festival for the first time, you will be impressed how big it is, and it takes some time to get an overview of it all.
You have one kilometer on each side of the river Main to explore, and even one more kilometer with sales stalls on the road above the promenade.
The program for all stages are presented at the festivals homepage, and it can be smart to mark your favorites in advance.
Print it out so you know what scenes you want to be close to at different times.
You’ll also have an opportunity to visit all participating museums, for a low price, during the Museumsufer festival.
They will remain open well into the night, and if you would like to visit them you’ll need to get the special Museum Embankment Festival button (available for only around 7 euro).
It can be bought in the Tourist Information Offices, at the main train station and at the museums in Frankfurt.
This year’s Guest Country
Each year Museumsufer present a country that is the official theme country of the festival. In 2015 it was Indonesia that presented its cultural diversity.
Guided Museums tours
It is good to know that some guided museum tours are available in foreign languages.
For example, Museum of Modern Art or MMK offers guided tours in English, while Frankfurt Goethe-House / “Freie Deutsche Hochstift” in English and Spanish.