Visit programme of the City of Frankfurt am Main
... for children and grandchildren of Jewish and politically or religiously persecuted former citizens of Frankfurt
The City of Frankfurt am Main has been running a programme since 1980 aimed at allowing former Frankfurt citizens, including those of Jewish descent and/or those who suffered political or religious persecution, to visit the city. Over the last 30 years or more, around 3,500 people from all over the world have returned to visit their own (or their parents' or grandparents') former home city of Frankfurt am Main.
The programme is aimed at all those (including themselves, their parents or grandparents) who suffered persecution during the National Socialist regime and were forced to leave Frankfurt am Main. If you or your parents or grandparents are former Frankfurt citizens as described above and would like to visit your/their hometown to search for traces of the past and get to know modern-day Frankfurt with its democratic society and culture, this page contains all the relevant information about the programme. Please note the application requirements for our visit programme. Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions regarding the visit programme.
General information on the visit programme
Based on a decision by the City Council, the children and grandchildren of former Frankfurt citizens are invited to visit their parents' home city. This visit programme is organised once a year. On behalf of the Executive Board of Frankfurt (the city government) and the City Council (the parliament), the mayor of the city invites about 25 guests to spend a few days in Frankfurt am Main, their parents' or grandparents' former home city. The guests and their companions are organised into a travel group.
The City of Frankfurt am Main covers the following costs:
Return flight for the invited individuals
Overnight stay including breakfast
Supporting programme with receptions, organised meetings, cultural events etc.
Tickets for the public transport network in the Frankfurt city zone
Admission tickets for the Palmengarten, Zoo and Senckenberg Museum as well as a single-visit MuseumsuferTicket
Registration for the visit Programme
Your parents or grandparents must have been born in Frankfurt am Main and have emigrated from the city during the National Socialist regime.
Those who belong to the defined group of people and who wish to register should fill in and sign the registration form and then send it to the City of Frankfurt am Main. Please enclose suitable proof of identity (e.g.: copy of identity card stating place of birth, or certificate of descent) with your registration. We will assess your entitlement to participate in the visit programme based on the information you provide.
The date of registration and the year of birth (plus other criteria) are decisive for the order in which invitation places are assigned.
The address and any other personal data submitted in the registration will be stored in an automatically generated file exclusively for the purpose of providing further support. No data will be passed to third parties unless this has been explicitly consented to.