Services for Journalists

Whether you are one of the more than 10,000 accredited journalists, including 2,400 bloggers, who will come to the Book Fair in October, or if you just want to inform yourself in advance online about the many activities of the Frankfurt Book Fair, we have a lot to offer you.

Please note: EVERY journalist/blogger needs a press ticket to enter the fairgrounds and the press centre. The press ticket is also a precondition to attend any of the events mentioned below, for which you need to register separately.

Opening press conference of the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017

Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Congress Center Messe Frankfurt (CMF), level C.3
Room: Illusion 2+3
Admission starts at 10:00 am

  • Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse
  • Heinrich Riethmüller, President of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association
  • Markus Dohle, CEO Penguin Random House

Registration: Journalists/bloggers need to register: Xing Events.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to security checks and procedures waiting times may occur. Please ensure that your plans for the day take account of potential delays, and leave any luggage not needed for your work at one of the cloakrooms (hall 5.1. or CMF, level C0).

After the press conference, there will be a press tour of the Guest of Honour Presentation France at approx. 12:30 pm (meeting point: entrance of the Pavilion, Forum, level 1). Please register at, Deadline: 5 October 2017.

Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017 opening ceremony

Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 5:00 pm approx. 6:30 pm
Location: Congress Center Messe Frankfurt (CMF), Level C.2
Room: Harmonie

  • Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse
  • Heinrich Riethmüller, President of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association
  • Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main
  • Wajdi Mouawad, author and literary speaker, Guest of Honour
  • Judith Rosmair, actress and literary speaker
  • Emmanuel Macron, President of France
  • Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

Guest of Honour 2018 Georgia Press Conference

Date: Thursday, 12 October 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Congress Center Messe Frankfurt (CMF), level C.2
Room: Illusion 2

  • Juergen Boos, Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse
  • Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
  • Medea Metreveli, Director Georgian National Book Centre
  • Nino Haratischwili, Author

Registration: Please register via e-mail

Handover Ceremony:
Guest of Honour France – Guest of Honour Georgia

Date: Sunday, 15 October 2017, 3:30 pm to approx. 4:30 pm
Location/Room: Forum, level 1

Registration: Please register via e-mail

Press Centre

Location and opening hours

The Press Centre will be located in the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt (CMF), level C3. Starting from Wednesday there will also be a press counter in level C0 of Congress Center Messe Frankfurt.

Tuesday: 9.30 am - 7 pm
Wednesday until Saturday: 9 am - 6.30 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 5.30 pm

Visitor Information

  • By public transport:
    The CMF is easy to reach by tram from Frankfurt central station. Take line 16 (direction Ginnheim) or 17 (direction Rebstockbad), and get out at the fourth stop (Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage).

  • By car:
    Accredited journalists and bloggers can use the Rebstock car park free of charge from 11-15 October 2017 (address: Messeparkhaus Rebstock, Am Römerhof). The car park has a direct access route from the Frankfurt West motorway exit (follow signposts). There is a complimentary transfer shuttle from Wednesday to Sunday that takes you directly to the Hall 3 entrance. The car park pay station is manned until approx. 8.00 pm.

  • Cloakroom and luggage:
    The Press Centre has lockers but not cloakroom services. Media representatives can show their press pass to use cloakrooms free of charge in any of the halls part of the Book Fair. The nearest cloakroom can be found in the "Via Mobile" covered walkway in front of Hall 5.1. Except for lockers there are no storage rooms for journalistic equipment in the press centre. Please store larger equipment in the nearest cloakroom.

  • Interview possibilities
    From Wednesday until Friday, interview slots can be booked in the interpreter rooms, which are situated in the press centre. These slots can be booked for either 30 or 60 minutes at a cost of 5€ per 30 minutes. The interpreter cabins are not suitable for more than two people, nor for TV interviews. On the Saturday and Sunday of the fair, a spacious room will be made available for interviews. For inquiries and bookings of the interpreter rooms, please send an e-mail to Norbert Interwies: Journalists who booked rooms can bring an interview partner into the press centre. Please come with your interview partner to the escalator of CRM 2nd floor, which leads to the press centre on the 3rd floor. At the entrance of the press centre, please inform the staff that you have booked a room and that you are bringing an interview partner.

Special note for Tuesday (opening day)

Please be aware that on Tuesday (opening day), press passes are required to access the Press Centre. You can get accredited online at and, pending review, you will be able to print out your press pass. This helps to avoid waiting times at the press counter in the Ludwid-Erhard-Anlage entrance area. Waiting times, however, cannot be ruled out due to security checks and procedures. Please ensure that your plans for the day take account of potential delays.

Any questions?

+49 (0) 69 2102-0


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Press Team

Head of PR & Communications

Kathrin Grün
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Kathrin Grün
t: +49 (0) 69 2102170
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46170
PR Manager (Guest of Honour, Gourmet Gallery, THE ARTS+)
Jördis Hille
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Jördis Hille
t: +49 (0) 69 2102 271
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46271
PR Manager (Business Club, THE MARKETS, Frankfurt Rights Meeting, EU-projects)
Ines Bachor
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Ines Bachor
t: +49 (0) 69 2102 189
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46189
PR Manager (Social Media, Digitalisation, Self-Publishing)

Frank Krings
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Frank Krings
t: +49 (0) 69 2102107
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46107
Trainee Marketing & Communications
 Julia Biermann
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Julia Biermann
t: +49 (0) 69 2102 165
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46165
Press conferences / press accreditation
Kathrin Ankermüller
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Kathrin Ankermüller
t: +49 (0) 69 2102212
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 212
PR Manager (Press Centre)

Norbert Interwies
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Norbert Interwies
t: +49 (0) 69 2102272
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46272
Vice President Marketing & Communications
Katja Böhne
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne
t: +49 (0) 69 2102138
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46138