History of the Dippemess
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.
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
The pottery market, which exists to this day, offers visitors excellent insights into the history of the fair. Today, more modern fairground attractions, including numerous popular high-tech rides, attract visitors by the thousands. Included here are roller-coasters, auto-scooters, bumper-cars, ghost trains, swing carousells, merry-go-rounds and many others. For hard-core fans, there is even a looping carousell. More family-friendly rides and attractions are of course also present in large numbers.
The fair naturally also features Frankfurt's popular apple wine, a broad range of culinary specialities, including the folk fair-typical bratwurst. Roasted almonds, cotton candy, shooting galleries, raffles children's caroussels and many other traditional fairground attractions round off the excellent offer spectrum of the Autumn Dippemess.