Frankfurt is the business and financial centre of Germany and Continental Europe. It is the fifth largest city in Germany and the largest city in the state of Hessen. The city is home to over 690,000 people and an additional 650,000 people commute to the city every day! Frankfurt is located on the Main river and is home to the European Central Bank and the German Stock Exchange. The city is one of the most unique cities in Germany where everyone from wealthy bankers to students live together in harmony. The city also boasts the largest international population in Germany: approximately 25% of Frankfurt’s residence do not own a German passport. Frankfurt airport is the third-largest airport in Europe – it is the gateway to Germany and is many people’s first point of arrival in Europe. Aside from being Germany’s business centre, the city is also home to many museums, theatres and a world-class opera.
Städel Museum – The museum was originally established in 1815 by banker and businessman Johann Friedrich Städel and is now ranked as Germany’s oldest museum. Under a single roof, the museum offers a virtually complete collection of 700 years of European art, with a core focus on Renaissance, Baroque and early Modern art. There are over 3,000 paintings, 600 sculptures, 4,000 photographs and 100,000 drawings and prints found in the museums, including work by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Vermeer, Claude Monet, Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso. This year marks the museum’s 200th anniversary and with that, they are expanding the museum experience into the digital realm. Find out more at http://www.staedelmuseum.de/en
Main Tower – The city’s Main Tower is a 200m high (240m including the antenna) skyscraper named after the river Main. It is the city’s only skyscraper with a viewing platform open to the public and gives visitors a view of the whole city (see photo below). The tower is the 4th largest building in Germany and has been the Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen’s headquarters since its completion in 1999.
Römer (Roman)- The Römer is a medieval building in the Altstadt of Frankfurt and has been the city hall for over 600 years. The Römer family sold the building to the city in 1405 and it is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The building currently houses many offices, as well as the civil registry office. The hall suffered considerable damage in World War II and after reconstruction beginning in 1945 it was officially reopened in 1955.
- Frankfurt ranks as having the world’s seventh highest quality of life
- The Frankfurt Stock Exchange, built in 1843, is the tenth largest stock exchange in the world
- There are approximately 180 different nationalities living in Frankfurt
- Spread over 22 hectares, established in 1971, the Palmengarten is the largest botanical garden in Germany (see photo below)
- The Frankfurt book fair is the largest trade book fair in the world with over 7,000 exhibits
- The famous frankfurter pork sausages have been served in the city since the 13th century
- Frankfurt is home to Germany’s longest shopping street