Population: 701,350 (2014)
Demonym: Frankfurter (if you like that, guess what those from Hamburg are called!)
Area: 248 km2 (96 mi2)
Dialing Code: +49
Electricity Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug/Soket Types: C / F
Time Zone: Central European Time (UTC+1); Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Frankfurt am Main, with a population of over 680,000, is the fifth largest city in Germany. It is located in the state Hessen (Hesse), and while once it was the seat of the first democratically-elected German parliament, today it is one of the most important transportation and financial centres of Germany, the European Union and the entire world.
Frankfurt is certainly Europe’s New York. The city’s skyline over the river Main with its significant skyscrapers gives it the cosmopolitan, big city vibe, and the financial district’s tall buildings reflect the futuristic German architecture, the hallmark of the city. Most famous of these are the Deutsche-Bank-Hochhaus (Deutsche Bank building) with its twin towers, the “Haben” (debit) and “Soll” (credit), and the MesseTurm (Trade Fair Tower), a splendid example of post-modern architecture. Frankfurt also has a very diverse and international feel, as every third person here is foreign-born, again, much like New York City. Frankfurt’s importance in the financial world is also unquestionable, as it is one of the financial centers of Europe. The city serves as the seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and around 50 commercial banks, such as Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank.
Its airport is the 9th busiest international airport of all and is the main operations base and primary traffic hub of Germany’s flag carrier airline, Lufthansa. Lufthansa is ranked as Europe’s biggest and the world’s fourth-biggest airline, with over 90 million passengers per year and 117,000 employees worldwide. The Frankfurt Central Station, with around 350,000 travelers per day, is Germany’s and the EU’s most frequented railway station.
Frankfurt reflects its 2000+ year history and culture just as much as its modern and shiny present and future. The old and new city neighborhoods live in harmony with each other and offer a lot to see for the interested visitor.
Learn & Explore
The Tourist Information Center has 2 main offices, one at Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) and the other at the popular and aforementioned Römer. More on the city’s official website: www.frankfurt-tourism.de.
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