Located along the rivers Rhine and Main in Central Germany Frankfurt
(German: Frankfurt am Main) is a city full of contrasts, a
fascinating blend of pulsating metropolis and tranquil village.
Among English speakers the city is commonly known simply as
"Frankfurt", though Germans sometimes call it by its full name to
distinguish it from the other Frankfurt in the German state of
Brandenburg, known as Frankfurt an der Oder.
Frankfurt City has about 650,000 inhabitants; it is the center of
the larger Frankfurt Rhine Main Area which has a population of 5
million and is Germany's second largest metropolitan area.
With its huge international airport — the largest one in Europe —
Frankfurt is Germany’s transportation centre. The gateway to Germany
is for many people also the first point of arrival in Europe. Its
prime traffic connections have made Frankfurt the country's most
international town; more than a quarter of its citizens are foreign.
The financial hot spot is the seat of the European Central Bank, the
Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is one of the two largest financial
centres in continental Europe (the other one being Paris).
What to see
The city is often seen only as a transit hub or a business centre,
but it is so much more. It boasts Germany's most spectacular
skyline, mirrored in the Main River, and Europe's tallest office
building. It is also birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Well off Frankfurt with its rich 1,200-year history has much to
offer to its visitors. The city skyline, the modern landmark of this
business and finance metropolis, stands by to welcome guests from
afar. The tower blocks have gained Frankfurt the epithet Mainhattan.
Luckily most of its obvious attractions are located around the city
centre where you find the historical town hall “Römer”, Frankfurt
Cathedral, St. Paul’s Church and Goethe House within very close
proximity to each other.
Frankfurt throws more money at the arts than any other European city
and represents a dynamic cultural centre with many fine galleries,
theatres and museums (located at the riverfront called “Museumsufer”).