Skip to main content

Accessibility at Frankfurter Buchmesse


We want the Book Fair to be an unforgettable experience for everyone. Here you will find an overview with information for people with disabilities.

In addition, we would like to draw your attention to some events and offers around the topic of accessibility.

For more information on Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH's commitment to reducing barriers, please see our Accessibility Statement.

Accessibility information


People with a degree of disability of at least 50 can purchase discounted tickets. Tickets & Ticket Purchase Information

Persons in wheelchairs or disabled persons who require an accompanying person (feature "B" on the German disabled person's pass) will be admitted free of charge on any day of the fair for themselves and their companion on presentation of their disabled person's pass.

Entrances & Exits

Unfortunately, not all entrances to the Frankfurt Book Fair are barrier-free. If you require step-free access, please use the main entrances City (underground, tram) or Torhaus (S-Bahn).

Assistance with orientation

Visitors who - for example due to a visual impairment - have difficulties with orientation or need other assistance, will be accompanied personally around the grounds for up to two hours. If you need assistance, please send an e-mail to the service center in advance.
If you need assistance at short notice, please contact one of the information stands on site. Depending on availability, we can also provide spontaneous assistance.

Touch model of the fairground

In the foyer of Hall 4.1, you can also feel the local conditions. At a 3D tactile model of the eastern exhibition grounds, blind people can also get an impression of the shape of the buildings where the Frankfurt Book Fair takes place.

Events with translation into German Sign Language

At selected weekend events, German Sign Language (DGS) interpreters will translate live on site.

Disability-friendly toilets

Toilets for the disabled are located in all halls. The required “Euro WC key” can be purchased at the Business Center in the Torhaus for 25 euros. If you do not have a Euro WC key, the Messe Frankfurt hall staff will be happy to unlock the WC for you.

Rental of wheelchairs and electric scooters

Rental of wheelchairs and electric scooters (by the day, 50 euros deposit):
First-aid station Hall 4.0 South/West, entrance Operation and Security Center (OSC).
Telephone reservation required in advance: +49 69 7575-6500.

Access and parking

Parking spaces will be reserved for exhibitors with limited mobility in the immediate vicinity of the hall entrances (on request via the information hotline for people with disabilities, see below). Visitors with limited mobility who have a parking permit for people with disabilities or a severely disabled parking permit with the symbol "aG" can enter via Gate North and will be assigned a parking space by the staff there. Taxis that transport people with walking disabilities and the corresponding feature on their severely disabled pass may enter the exhibition grounds.

Messe Frankfurt service plan

Elevators, handicapped accessible toilets, baby changing room: On the Messe Frankfurt service map(opens in a new window) you will find important information for your barrier-free visit at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds.

Further information and Messe Frankfurt hotline

Further information at Messe Frankfurt(opens in a new window), at all information stands or via the Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH information hotline for people with disabilities. Phone: +49 69 7575-6999 E-mail:

Feedback and suggestions

If you are having difficulties participating in Frankfurter Buchmesse or using the digital services despite the above information, please contact us. We are happy to receive suggestions on how we can make our services more accessible - via e-mail to or by telephone on +49 69 2102-0.

Events and offers on the topic of accessibility

At the 75th Frankfurt Book Fair, as in the two previous years, there were numerous events on the subject of accessibility. Watch three relevant specialist events on accessible publishing in our media library.

Feel and listen in the "Blindness Experience Mobile"

Every year, the "Blindness Experience Mobile" at the Agora offers a special experience and education on the topic of visual impairment and blindness. Visitors receive a mobility cane and a pair of glasses that simulate a visual impairment corresponding to an advanced cataract disease. With these, you complete a 12-meter-long "experience walk", which is equipped with everyday obstacles and objects to feel and listen to. Afterwards, the visitors are welcomed, questioned about their impressions and provided with information on the topic of visual impairment and blindness.

The "Blindness Experience Mobile" is a project of the LIONS Clubs together with the Christoffel Blind Mission (CBM).

Events with simultaneous translation into German Sign Language (DGS)

In 2024, there will again be events with simultaneous translation into German Sign Language (DGS). Check back later for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2024 program.

Latest #fbm23 news: interview with a sign language interpreter


Mediation "not only between two languages, but also between two cultures".

Sign language interpreter Katharina Nickel was back at the Frankfurter Buchmesse in 2023. In an interview with us, she talks about her career as well as the challenges and the best parts of her job.

Find out more
If you have any further questions, please ask.

Give us a call or drop us a line. We will be happy to help you.

Send Message