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Federal emergency brake - regulations for zoo, Palmengarten, parks and Goetheturm

27.04.2021 | 16:38 Clock | Service
Federal emergency brake - regulations for zoo, Palmengarten, parks and Goetheturm

In Frankfurt, the "federal emergency brake" had to be pulled a few days ago. This means that some stricter regulations also apply to the leisure sector. Unfortunately, museums, cinemas and theatres will have to remain closed. The zoo and Palmengarten may at least keep their outdoor areas open. Here, however, stricter rules apply:


Since Friday, 23. April, visitors must present a negative Corona test of an official test station at the cash desks, in order to receive entrance into the palm garden. The test must not be older than 24 hours. This does not apply to children who have not yet reached the age of six. The test is also compulsory if there has been a previous corona infection or if there is vaccination protection.

Visits to the Palm Garden are possible during two mandatory time slots: between 9am and 2pm and between 2.30pm and 7pm. Per time slot 1000 visitors are admitted. For the time being, visitors can only get appointments at the cash desk when they are admitted, advance bookings are not possible at the moment. A contact tracking form must be completed before entering the Palm Garden. This can be downloaded and printed beforehand at, but it is also available at the ticket offices. Admission to the Palmengarten is exclusively via the Palmengartenstraße entrance. The show houses will remain closed. In the garden, the wearing of a mouth-nose-covering (medical or FFP2 mask) and the observance of the distance rules apply.


Also in the zoo are some rules to follow. Here, too, the testing requirement applies. In addition, so that safety distances can be maintained, the number of guests per day is also limited here and divided into two time slots: 9 am to 2 pm and 2:30 pm to 7 pm. The zoo is closed from 2 to 2.30 pm. Tickets are available exclusively through the zoo's online ticket store. The same spacing, hygiene and contact rules apply as in all other public areas. Throughout the zoo grounds - both outdoors and in all indoor areas - there is a requirement to wear a medical mask, FFP-2 or KN95 mask for those six years and older. Due to the need to avoid large crowds at the zoo, no show feedings will take place until further notice. Please note: All animal houses are currently closed.

Goetheturm and Stadtwaldhaus

Due to the new rules resulting from the amendment of the Infection Protection Act, the Goetheturm will also remain closed for the time being. The tower was only open on weekends because a security service had to be on site to regulate the flow of visitors. Now the tower is completely closed again for the time being. The same applies to the outdoor area of the pheasantry. A reopening of both facilities is dependent on incidence. The Forest Store will remain open as a grocery store, while the Town Forest House will remain closed.


Unfortunately, the museums of the City of Frankfurt and the Institute for Urban History will remain closed until further notice. If the incidence numbers drop significantly and consistently below 100, the institutions will reopen. The City of Frankfurt will inform about this as soon as there is a prospect of the museums reopening. Exceptions to the closure are the reading room and the collections of the Institute of City History, which will continue to be accessible by appointment. The library at the Museum Angewandte Kunst may also open to visitors by appointment and confirmation.

Public green spaces

When visiting all public green spaces, the so-called federal emergency brake means that above a certain incidence, private gatherings in public spaces are limited to one household plus one other person. Children 14 and under do not count. In addition, the curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., of course, also applies to the green spaces.

Independent of the new rules, the requirement to wear mouth-to-nose coverings within the alley ring still applies. Alcohol is prohibited in the following green spaces: Grüneburgpark, Günthersburgpark, Wallanlagen, Mainufer on both sides between Friedensbrücke and Osthafenbrücke including Hafenpark, Bruno-Asch-Anlage, Goetheturm area and Kurfürstenplatz. These regulations also apply in the Botanical Garden.

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