Explore the Fascination of Frankfurt Airport
The new multimedia Fraport Visitor Center, our spacious visitor terrace, and the airport tours are open for you again. Discover FRA - for example during the fall vacations. We hope you enjoy it.
Frankfurt Airport is gaining another attraction: a new multimedia Visitor Center in Concourse C of Terminal 1. The new facility puts the fascinating world of Germany’s largest airport at visitors’ fingertips. It’s an opportunity for airport fans of all ages to explore the aviation business with all of their senses. How about slipping into the role of marshaller and guiding a jet into its parking position? You can do it here! Or hurtling through the winding tunnels of the airport’s automated baggage conveyor system? Just put on a virtual reality headset and start the exhilarating Motion Ride! The exhibition’s centerpiece, The Globe, also lets you playfully experience worldwide aviation in action – and learn about the important role that Frankfurt Airport plays in it.
The path through the exhibition spanning 1,200 square meters is indicated by glowing overhead stripes that precisely match the paths used by giant aircraft to take off and land. Right at the start, a 55-square-meter model of the Airport City (at a scale of 1:750) invites guests to embark on a virtual voyage of discovery. This detailed replica of the entire airport and its 400-odd buildings can be interactively explored using an iPad. Over 80 digital points of interest deliver a wealth of interesting information in the form of texts, videos and 3D animations. “Smart windows” use virtual reality to supplement the apron panorama with real-time data on parked aircraft. Engrossing stories about zeppelins and the Berlin Airlift can also be enjoyed during a trip back in time.
“The Globe” is the most technologically sophisticated exhibit in the Visitor Center. This interactive LCD wall visualizes all active flights around the world in real time. It is made up of 28 individual displays, combined to create a single screen spanning some 25 square meters. The system is truly unique: nowhere else is capable of depicting thousands of flight movements in such detail. Flight data for The Globe are provided by FlightAware, a U.S. flight tracking platform. Fraport partners with FlightAware to process data required for operations at Frankfurt Airport. In particular, the data provided by FlightAware allow better planning of airport processes.
The Fraport Visitor Center will be open daily from 11 am to 7 pm. The standard entry price for adults is 12 euros. A reduced price of 10 euros is available for eligible guests with corresponding ID. Children under four enter free of charge.
The Fraport Visitor Center can also be booked as an exclusive venue for events. It is equipped with the latest presentation technology, and the one-of-a-kind airport panorama makes it an ideal backdrop for product launches, press conferences and sundowner parties.
The popular airport tours will also resume in early August. The Starter Tour lasts 45 minutes and includes live narration to provide a fascinating stream of figures, data and facts on the airport and its activities. The 120-minute XXL Tour provides a more extensive look behind the scenes. Guests get to watch ground handling operations, takeoffs and landings while passing close to aircraft, and also catch glimpses of the new fire station number 1 and the construction project to build the new Terminal 3 in the south of the airport.
The perfect way to round out an excursion to the airport is to enjoy the view from the popular Visitors’ Terrace. This platform at Terminal 2 provides a bird’s-eye perspective of planes from around the world landing and taking off and the bustling activity on the airport apron. To celebrate its reopening, admission is free of charge for a limited time. Until further notice, the visitor terrace can be entered without prior booking and without proof of a negative rapid antigen test, proof of full vaccination or proof of Covid-19-recovery. There is currently a capacity of up to 300 people at a time. The mask requirement remains in effect on the visitor terrace for the time being. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the mask requirement.
Reservations are required for both the Visitor Center and the airport tours. Reservations can be made in the ticket shop at www.fra-tours.com. Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to do so on site. The proof requirement of either a negative rapid antigen test, full vaccination or Covid-19-recovery remains for the visitor center and for the airport tours. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the regulation and the mask requirement (the mask requirement remains in effect for everybody else). The Visitor Center currently has a capacity of 35 people at a time and for the airport tours up to 40 people per tour are possible.
During the fall vacations, guests of the Visitor Center can park for one hour free of charge in the public parking garages at the airport (except Business Parking): Simply show your parking card at the Visitor Center reception desk and receive a parking voucher. Also for day trippers, Frankfurt Airport is always a worthwhile destination – naturally while complying with the current rules to prevent infection.
Passengers and visitors can get more information on the wide variety of services available at Frankfurt Airport on its travel website, service shop, or Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube pages.