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If you want to see a European city par excellence, go to Frankfurt – this German city meets all the expectations of decent “European-ness”. It’s a city where the bold and fashionable designs of modern architecture meet ancient buildings. It’s a megalopolis of museums, parks, high-rise buildings and apple cider factories. This is Frankfurt seen through the eyes of tourists.

Today, one can say with conviction that Frankfurt is the symbol of German prosperity, a titan of transportation, finance and economics, and the hometown of the famous Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

People on Roemerberg square
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People on Roemerberg square

Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany, situated in the state of Hessen near the Main River. It’s the headquarters of the European Central Bank, and the centre of German finance. Moreover, it’s home to the second largest airport in Europe, the Goethe University Frankfurt, and the world’s biggest car fair.

The city is spread out over both sides of the Main River, and its City Forest, whose area is 80 square kilometres, can be found in the southern part of the city. The interesting thing about it is that it’s the largest city forest in the whole of Germany, taking up almost a third of the city.

Even though Frankfurt is rather small, it’s still a multicultural city. It’s home to around 700 thousand people of 175 nationalities, and most immigrants living here are from Turkey, the Balkans and Italy. It’s worth noting that during weekdays the centre of the city swells to around 1 million due to people commuting here for work.

The Hauptwache plaza in Frankfurt
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The Hauptwache plaza in Frankfurt

The people of Frankfurt are known for their hospitality, and the city itself hosts many different festivals and carnivals every year. Pancake Day is always a blast here, while March brings traditional jazz festivals and music fairs. More than one of the festivals is dedicated specifically to apple cider – one of the most popular drinks in Frankfurt.

Once every two years a well known car salon opens its doors, and book lovers are welcomed to the annual book fair, the biggest of its kind in the whole country.

Nigh life enthusiasts will not be disappointed, either - Frankfurt is full of clubs and bars. There’s even something like the Red Light District near the railway station – an allusion to Amsterdam. Unlike the capital of the Netherlands, though, it’s not safe for walking alone at night.

During its time, this city was an important centre of the Holy Roman Empire; the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew used to be the place where the kings of different German lands were elected, and later it became the holy place for crowning emperors. J. W. Goethe, author of the timeless “Faust”, was born here in 1749, while Arthur Schopenhauer died here in 1860.

After the Second World War, Frankfurt was considered the capital of Germany – the House of Parliament was even built here, but eventually it had to submit to Bonn.

Frankfurt am Maine, Germany cityscape at sunrise
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Frankfurt am Maine, Germany cityscape at sunrise

The birthplace of J. W. Goethe also has the two highest skyscrapers in Europe: the “Kommerzbank” building and the tower of the exhibitions complex “Messeturm” both of which are 259 metres high. The city’s downtown area has become home to around 300 different banks (190 of which are foreign).

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