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Frankfurt, officially Frankfurt am Main (;
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on the
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"; french: Francfort-sur-le-Main), is the most populous city in the
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German state
of
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. Its 763,380 inhabitants as of 31 December 2019 make it the fifth-most populous city in
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Germany
. On the river Main (a
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of the
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Rhine
), it forms a continuous
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with the neighboring city of
Offenbach am Main Offenbach am Main () is a List of cities and towns in Germany, city in Hesse, Germany, on the left bank of the river Main (river), Main. It borders Frankfurt and is part of the Frankfurt urban area and the larger Frankfurt Rhein-Main Regional Auth ...

Offenbach am Main
and its urban area has a population of 2.3 million.European Union: State of European Cities Report Retrieved 22 April 2014 The city is the heart of the larger
Rhine-Main The Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, often simply referred to as Frankfurt Rhine-Main, Frankfurt Rhine-Main area, or Rhine-Main area ( German: ''Rhein-Main-Gebiet'' or ''Frankfurt/Rhein-Main'', abbreviated FRM) is the second-largest metropolitan re ...
metropolitan region, which has a population of 5.5 million and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after the
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region. Frankfurt's central business district lies about northwest of the geographic center of the EU at
Gadheim Gadheim is a village in Lower Franconia Lower Franconia (german: Unterfranken) is one of seven districts A district is a type of administrative division Administrative division, administrative unitArticle 3(1). , country subdivision, admi ...
,
Lower Franconia Lower Franconia (german: Unterfranken) is one of seven districts A district is a type of administrative division Administrative division, administrative unitArticle 3(1). , country subdivision, administrative region, subnational entity, firs ...
. Like
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France
and
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Franconia
, the city is named after the
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Franks
. Frankfurt is the largest city in the Rhine Franconian dialect area. Frankfurt was a
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, the
Free City of Frankfurt For almost five centuries, the German city of Frankfurt was a city-state within two major Germanic entities: *The Holy Roman Empire as the Free Imperial City of Frankfurt () (until 1806) *The German Confederation as the Free City of Frankfurt ( ...
, for nearly five centuries, and was one of the most important cities of the
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, as a site of Imperial coronations; it lost its
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upon the collapse of the empire in 1806, regained it in 1815 and then lost it again in 1866, when it was annexed (though neutral) by the
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. It has been part of the state of Hesse since 1945. Frankfurt is culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse, with half of its population, and a majority of its young people, having a migrant background. A quarter of the population consists of foreign nationals, including many
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s. Frankfurt is a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation, and rated as an according to
GaWC The Globalization and World Cities Research Network, commonly abbreviated to GaWC, is a think tank A think tank, or policy institute, is a research institute A research institute, research centre, or research center is an establishment founded for ...
. It is the site of many global and European corporate headquarters. In addition,
Frankfurt Airport Frankfurt Airport (; german: link=no, Flughafen Frankfurt Main , also known as ''Rhein-Main-Flughafen''), is a major international airport An international airport is an airport An airport is an with extended facilities, mostly f ...

Frankfurt Airport
is the busiest in Germany, one of the busiest in both Europe and the world, the airport with the most direct routes in the world, and the primary hub for
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Lufthansa
, the
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of Germany. Frankfurt is one of the major
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s of the European continent, with the headquarters of the
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European Central Bank
,
Deutsche Bundesbank The Deutsche Bundesbank (), literally "German Federal Bank", is the central bank A central bank, reserve bank, or monetary authority is an institution that manages the currency and monetary policy of a State (polity), state or formal mone ...
,
Frankfurt Stock Exchange in front of the Exchange The Frankfurt Stock Exchange (german: Börse Frankfurt, former German name - FWB) is the world's 12th largest stock exchange A stock exchange, securities exchange, or bourse is an Exchange (organized market), exchan ...

Frankfurt Stock Exchange
,
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Deutsche Bank
,
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,
KfW The KfW, which together with its subsidiaries DEG, KfW IPEX-Bank and FuB forms the KfW Bankengruppe ("banking group"), is a German state-owned investment bank, investment and Development finance institution, development bank, based in Frankfurt. ...
,
Commerzbank Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft is a major German bank operating as a universal bank, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main. In the 2019 financial year, the bank was the second largest in Germany by the total value of its balance sheet. The bank is pr ...
, several
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cloud
and
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fintech
startups and other institutes. Automotive, technology and research, services, consulting, media and
creative industries The creative industries refers to a range of economic activities which are concerned with the generation or exploitation of knowledge and information. They may variously also be referred to as the cultural industries (especially in Europe or the ...
complement the economic base. Frankfurt's
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is the world's largest
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.
Messe Frankfurt Messe Frankfurt (literally "Frankfurt Trade Fair") is the world's largest trade fair A trade fair (trade show, trade exhibition, or trade exposition) is an exhibition organized so that companies A company, abbreviated as co., is a Legal per ...
is one of the world's largest
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trade fair
s. Major fairs include the
Music Fair is a Japanese music show. It is broadcast by Fuji Television. The shows started in 1964 and it is the longest-running Japanese music show and is sponsored by Shionogi. Current airtime 18:00 -18:30 (JST) every Saturday. Hosts * Fubuki Koshiji ...
and the
Frankfurt Book Fair The Frankfurt Book Fair (German: Frankfurter Buchmesse, FBM) is the world's largest trade fair for books, based both on the number of publishing companies represented, and the number of visitors. It is considered to be the most important book fa ...
, the world's largest book fair. Frankfurt is home to influential
educational Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, value (ethics), values, morals, beliefs, habits, and personal development. Educational methods include teaching, training, storytelling, discussion ...
institutions, including the
Goethe University Goethe University (german: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) is a university A university ( la, universitas, 'a whole') is an educational institution, institution of higher education, higher (or Tertiary education, tertiary) education and ...
, the UAS, the FUMPA and graduate schools like the
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is a private, non-profit business school in Frankfurt, Germany. The school offers bachelors, masters, MBA, doctoral, and executive education programs. History The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management ...
. Its renowned
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venues include the concert hall
Alte Oper Alte Oper (Old Opera) is a concert hall in Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany. It is located in the inner city, Innenstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Innenstadt, within the banking district Bankenviertel. Today's Alte Oper was built in 1880 as ...

Alte Oper
, continental Europe's largest English theatre and many museums (e.g. the
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ensemble with Städel and
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Liebieghaus
, Senckenberg Natural Museum, Goethe House and the Schirn art venue at the
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). Frankfurt's skyline is shaped by some of Europe's tallest skyscrapers. The city is also characterised by various green areas and parks, including the central , the City Forest, two major
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botanical garden
s (the
Palmengarten The Palmengarten is one of three botanical gardens in Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is located in the Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend-Süd district. It covers a surface of 22 hectares. It is major tourist attraction. History L ...

Palmengarten
and the University's Botanical Garden) and the
Frankfurt Zoo The Frankfurt Zoological Garden is the zoo of Frankfurt, Germany. It features over 4,500 animals of more than 510 species on more than 11 hectares. The zoo was founded in 1858 and is the second oldest zoo in Germany, after Berlin Zoological Garden. ...

Frankfurt Zoo
. In sports, the city is known as the home of the top-tier football club
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, the Löwen Frankfurt ice hockey team, the basketball club Frankfurt Skyliners, the
Frankfurt Marathon The Frankfurt Marathon (official name until 2010: Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon, as of 2011: BMW Frankfurt Marathon) is a marathon which has taken place every year in Frankfurt am Main since its inception in 1981. It is the longest-established ci ...
and the venue of Ironman Germany. It was also one of the host cities of the
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and
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2006 FIFA World Cup
s.


Distinctions

Frankfurt is the largest
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in
continental Europe Continental Europe or mainland Europe is the contiguous continent A continent is any of several large landmass A landmass, or land mass, is a large region In geography Geography (from Greek: , ''geographia'', lite ...

continental Europe
. It is home to the
European Central Bank The European Central Bank (ECB) is the prime component of the Eurosystem The Eurosystem is the monetary authority In finance Finance is the study of financial institutions, financial markets and how they operate within the financia ...

European Central Bank
,
Deutsche Bundesbank The Deutsche Bundesbank (), literally "German Federal Bank", is the central bank A central bank, reserve bank, or monetary authority is an institution that manages the currency and monetary policy of a State (polity), state or formal mone ...
,
Frankfurt Stock Exchange in front of the Exchange The Frankfurt Stock Exchange (german: Börse Frankfurt, former German name - FWB) is the world's 12th largest stock exchange A stock exchange, securities exchange, or bourse is an Exchange (organized market), exchan ...

Frankfurt Stock Exchange
and several large commercial banks. The
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Frankfurt Stock Exchange
is one of the world's largest
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s by
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and accounts for more than 90 percent of the turnover in the German market. In 2010, 63 national and 152 international banks had their registered offices in Frankfurt, including Germany's major banks, notably
Deutsche Bank Deutsche Bank AG () is a German multinational investment bank To invest is to allocate money Image:National-Debt-Gillray.jpeg, In a 1786 James Gillray caricature, the plentiful money bags handed to King George III are contrasted with the ...

Deutsche Bank
,
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,
KfW The KfW, which together with its subsidiaries DEG, KfW IPEX-Bank and FuB forms the KfW Bankengruppe ("banking group"), is a German state-owned investment bank, investment and Development finance institution, development bank, based in Frankfurt. ...
and
Commerzbank Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft is a major German bank operating as a universal bank, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main. In the 2019 financial year, the bank was the second largest in Germany by the total value of its balance sheet. The bank is pr ...
, as well as 41 representative offices of international banks. Frankfurt is considered a
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(alpha world city) as listed by the
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group's 2012 inventory.The World According to GaWC
". GaWC. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
Among global cities it was ranked 10th by the and 11th by the Global City Competitiveness Index 2012. Among financial centres it was ranked 8th by the International Financial Centers Development Index 2013 and 9th in the 2013
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. Its central location within Germany and Europe makes Frankfurt a major air, rail and road
transport hub in Helsinki, Finland : Port of Szczecin, A6 autostrada (Poland), motorway, Expressway S3 (Poland), expressway and Szczecin Główny railway station, railway connections, an inter-city public transport, a city bus and Tramways in Szczecin, electr ...
.
Frankfurt Airport Frankfurt Airport (; german: link=no, Flughafen Frankfurt Main , also known as ''Rhein-Main-Flughafen''), is a major international airport An international airport is an airport An airport is an with extended facilities, mostly f ...

Frankfurt Airport
is one of the world's busiest international airports by passenger traffic and the main hub for Germany's
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Lufthansa
. is one of the largest rail stations in Europe and the busiest junction operated by
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Deutsche Bahn
, the German national railway company, with 342 trains a day to domestic and European destinations.Bahnhof.de Frankfurt Hbf
. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
Frankfurter Kreuz The Frankfurter Kreuz (''Frankfurt Junction'') is an Autobahn, Autobahn interchange in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where the autobahns Bundesautobahn 3, A3 and Bundesautobahn 5, A5 meet. The interchange was originally to be built from 1931 to 1933 ...

Frankfurter Kreuz
, the
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Autobahn
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close to the airport, is the most heavily used interchange in the EU, used by 320,000 cars daily.Strassenwaerter
In 2011 human-resource-consulting firm
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ranked Frankfurt as seventh in its annual 'Quality of Living' survey of cities around the world. According to ''
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'' cost-of-living survey, Frankfurt is Germany's most expensive city and the world's 10th most expensive. Frankfurt has many
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in the city centre, forming the Frankfurt skyline. It is one of the few cities in the
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European Union
(EU) to have such a skyline, which is why Germans sometimes refer to Frankfurt as
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Mainhattan
, combining the local river
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and "
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Manhattan
". The other well-known nickname is Bankfurt. Before Bombing of Frankfurt am Main in World War II, World War II the city was noted for its unique
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, the largest timber-framed old town in Europe. The Römer area was later rebuilt and is popular with visitors and for events such as Christmas markets. Other parts of the old town were reconstructed as part of the Dom-Römer Project from 2012 to 2018.


Etymology

''Frankonovurd'' (in Old High German) or ''Vadum Francorum'' (in Latin) were the first names mentioned in written records from 794. It transformed to ''Frankenfort'' during the Middle Ages and then to ''Franckfort'' and ''Franckfurth'' in the modern history, modern era. According to historian David Gans, the city was named 146 AD by its builder, a Frankish king named Zuna, who ruled over the province then known as Sicambri. He hoped thereby to perpetuate the name of his lineage. This is however chronologically incompatible with the archaeologically-demonstrated Roman occupation of the area around Nida (Roman town), Nida fortress in modern Heddernheim. The name is derived from the ''Franconofurd'' of the Germanic peoples, Germanic tribe of the
Franks The Franks ( la, Franci or ) were a group of whose name was first mentioned in 3rd-century Roman sources, and associated with tribes between the and the , on the edge of the . Later the term was associated with Germanic dynasties within the ...

Franks
; ''Furt'' (cf. English ''ford (river), ford'') where the river was shallow enough to be crossed on foot. By the 19th century, the name ''Frankfurt'' had been established as the official spelling. The older English spelling of ''Frankfort'' is now rarely seen in reference to Frankfurt am Main, although more than a dozen other towns and cities, mainly in the United States, use this spelling (e.g., Frankfort, Kentucky; Frankfort (town), New York, Frankfort, New York; Frankfort, Illinois). The suffix ''am Main'' has been used regularly since the 14th century. In English, the city's full name of ''Frankfurt am Main'' means "Frankfurt on the Main" (pronounced like English ''mine'' or German ''mein''). Frankfurt is located on an ancient ford (German: ') on the river
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. As a part of early
Franconia Franconia (german: Franken, ; Franconian dialect: ''Franggn'' ; bar, Frankn) is a region In geography Geography (from Ancient Greek, Greek: , ''geographia'', literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study ...

Franconia
, the inhabitants were the early
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Franks
, thus the city's name reveals its legacy as "the ford of the Franks on the Main". Among English speakers, the city is commonly known simply as Frankfurt, but Germans occasionally call it by its full name to distinguish it from the other (significantly smaller) German city of Frankfurt (Oder), Frankfurt an der Oder in the States of Germany, ''Land'' of Brandenburg on the Polish border. The city district Bonames has a name probably dating back to Roman times, thought to be derived from ' (good table). The common abbreviations for the city, primarily used in railway services and on road signs, are ''Frankfurt (Main)'', ''Frankfurt (M)'', ''Frankfurt a. M.'', ''Frankfurt/Main'' or ''Frankfurt/M''. The common abbreviation for the name of the city is "FFM". Also in use is "FRA", the International Air Transport Association airport code, IATA code for Frankfurt Airport.


History


Early history and Holy Roman Empire

Germania, Roman settlements were established in the area of the ''Römer'', probably in the first century. ''Nida'' (Heddernheim, Praunheim) was also a Roman civitas capital. Alemanni and Franks Francia, lived there, and by 794, Charlemagne presided over an Council of Frankfurt, imperial assembly and church synod, at which ''Franconofurd'' (alternative spellings end with -furt and -) was first mentioned. It was one of the two capitals of Charlemagne's grandson Louis the German, together with Regensburg. Louis founded the collegiate church, rededicated in 1239 to Bartholomew the Apostle and now Frankfurt Cathedral. Frankfurt was one of the most important cities in the
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. From 855, the List of German Kings and Emperors, German kings were elected and crowned in Aachen. From 1562, the kings and Coronation of the Holy Roman Emperor, emperors were crowned and Imperial election, elected in Frankfurt, initiated for Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian II. This tradition ended in 1792, when Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, Franz II was elected. His coronation was deliberately held on Bastille Day, 14 July, the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. The elections and coronations took place in Frankfurt Cathedral, St. Bartholomäus Cathedral, known as the (Emperor's Cathedral), or its predecessors. The ('Frankfurt Trade Fair') was first mentioned in 1150. In 1240, Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, Emperor Friedrich II granted an imperial privilege to its visitors, meaning they would be protected by the empire. The fair became particularly important when similar fairs in French Beaucaire lost attraction around 1380. Book trade fairs began in 1478. In 1372, Frankfurt became a (Imperial Free City), i.e., directly subordinate to the Holy Roman Emperor and not to a regional ruler or a local nobleman. In 1585, Frankfurt traders established a system of exchange rates for the various currencies that were circulating to prevent cheating and extortion. Therein lay the early roots for the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Frankfurt managed to remain neutral during the Thirty Years' War, but suffered from the bubonic plague that refugees brought to the city. After the war, Frankfurt regained its wealth. In the late 1770s the theatre principal Abel Seyler was based in Frankfurt, and established the city's theatrical life.


Impact of French revolution and the Napoleonic Wars

Following the French Revolution, Frankfurt was occupied or bombarded several times by French troops. It remained a Free imperial city, Free city until the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire in 1805/6. In 1806, it became part of the principality of Aschaffenburg under the (Prince-Primate), Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg. This meant that Frankfurt was incorporated into the Confederation of the Rhine. In 1810, Dalberg adopted the title of a Grand Duchy of Frankfurt, Grand Duke of Frankfurt. Napoleon I of France, Napoleon intended to make his adopted son Eugène de Beauharnais, already ("prince of Venice", a newly established primogeniture in Italy), Grand Duke of Frankfurt after Dalberg's death (since the latter as a Catholic bishop had no legitimate heirs). The Grand Duchy remained a short episode lasting from 1810 to 1813 when the military tide turned in favour of the Anglo-Prussian-led allies that overturned the Napoleonic order. Dalberg abdicated in favour of Eugène de Beauharnais, which of course was only a symbolic action, as the latter effectively never ruled after the ruin of the French armies and Frankfurt's takeover by the allies.


Frankfurt as a fully sovereign state

After Napoleon's final defeat and abdication, the Congress of Vienna (1814–1815) dissolved the grand-duchy and Frankfurt became a fully sovereign city-state with a republican form of government. Frankfurt entered the newly founded German Confederation (till 1866) as a free city, becoming the seat of its , the confederal parliament where the nominally presiding Habsburg Monarchy, Habsburg Emperor of Austria was represented by an Austrian "presidential envoy". After the ill-fated German revolutions of 1848–1849, revolution of 1848, Frankfurt was the seat of the first democratically elected German parliament, the Frankfurt Parliament, which met in the (St. Paul's Church) and was opened on 18 May 1848. The institution failed in 1849 when the Kingdom of Prussia, Prussian king, Frederick William IV of Prussia, Frederick William IV, declared that he would not accept "a crown from the gutter". In the year of its existence, the assembly developed a common constitution for a unified Germany, with the Prussian king as its monarch.


Frankfurt after the loss of sovereignty

Frankfurt lost its independence after the Austro-Prussian War in 1866 when Prussia annexed several smaller states, among them the
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. The Prussian administration incorporated Frankfurt into its province of Hesse-Nassau. The Prussian occupation and annexation were perceived as a great injustice in Frankfurt, which retained its distinct western European, urban and cosmopolitan character. The formerly independent towns of Bornheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bornheim and Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bockenheim were incorporated in 1890. In 1914, the citizens founded the University of Frankfurt, later named Goethe University Frankfurt. This marked the only civic foundation of a university in Germany; today it is one of Germany's largest. From 6 April to 17 May 1920, following military intervention to put down the Ruhr uprising, French occupation of Frankfurt, Frankfurt was occupied by French troops. The French claimed that Articles 42 to 44 of the Treaty of Versailles (1919), peace treaty of Versailles concerning the demilitarisation of the Rhine Province, Rhineland had been broken. In 1924, Ludwig Landmann became the first Jewish mayor of the city, and led a significant expansion during the following years. During the Nazi Germany, Nazi era, the synagogues of the city were destroyed. Frankfurt was severely Bombing of Frankfurt am Main in World War II, bombed in World War II (1939–1945). About 5,500 residents were killed during the raids, and the once-famous Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), medieval city centre, by that time the largest in Germany, was almost completely destroyed. It became a Battle of Frankfurt, ground battlefield on 26 March 1945, when the Allied advance into Germany was forced to take the city in contested urban combat that included a river assault. The 5th Infantry Division (United States), 5th Infantry Division and the 6th Armored Division (United States), 6th Armored Division of the United States Army captured Frankfurt after several days of intense fighting, and it was declared largely secure on 29 March 1945. After the end of the war, Frankfurt became a part of the newly founded state of Hesse, consisting of the old People's State of Hesse, Hesse-(Darmstadt) and the Province of Kurhessen, Prussian Hesse provinces. The city was part of the Allied Occupation Zones in Germany#American Zone of Occupation, American Zone of Occupation of Germany. The Military Governor for the United States Zone (1945–1949) and the United States High Commissioner for Germany (HICOG) (1949–1952) had their headquarters in the IG Farben Building, intentionally left undamaged by the Allies' wartime bombardment. Frankfurt was the original choice for the provisional capital city of the newly founded state of West Germany in 1949. The city constructed a parliament building that was never used for its intended purpose (it housed the radio studios of Hessischer Rundfunk). In the end, Konrad Adenauer, the first postwar Chancellor of Germany (Federal Republic), Chancellor, preferred the town of Bonn, for the most part because it was close to his hometown, but also because many other prominent politicians opposed the choice of Frankfurt out of concern that Frankfurt would be accepted as the permanent capital, thereby weakening the West German population's support for a German reunification, reunification with East Germany and the eventual return of the capital to Berlin. Postwar reconstruction took place in a sometimes simple modern style, thus changing Frankfurt's architectural face. A few landmark buildings were reconstructed historically, albeit in a simplified manner (e.g., Römer, St. Paul's Church, Frankfurt am Main, St. Paul's Church, and Goethe House). The collection of historically significant Cairo Genizah documents of the Municipal Library was destroyed by the bombing. According to Arabist and Genizah scholar S.D. Goitein, "not even handlists indicating its contents have survived." The end of the war marked Frankfurt's comeback as Germany's leading financial centre, mainly because Berlin, now a city divided into History of Berlin#The divided city, four sectors, could no longer rival it. In 1948, the Allies founded the Bank deutscher Länder, the forerunner of
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. Following this decision, more financial institutions were re-established, e.g.
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and Dresdner Bank. In the 1950s, Frankfurt Stock Exchange regained its position as the country's leading stock exchange. Frankfurt also re-emerged as Germany's transportation centre and
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became Europe's second-busiest airport behind London Heathrow Airport in 1961. During the 1970s, the city created one of Europe's most efficient underground transportation systems. That system includes a suburban rail system (Frankfurt S-Bahn, S-Bahn) linking outlying communities with the city centre, and a deep underground light rail system with smaller coaches (Frankfurt U-Bahn, U-Bahn) also capable of travelling above ground on rails. In 1998, the
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was founded in Frankfurt, followed by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and European Systemic Risk Board in 2011.


Geography

Frankfurt is the largest city in the federated state of Hesse in the south-western part of Germany.


Site

Frankfurt is located on both sides of the river
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, south-east of the Taunus mountain range. The southern part of the city contains the Frankfurt City Forest, Germany's largest city forest. The city area is and extends over east to west and north to south. The city centre is north of the river Main in Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt district (the historical centre) and the surrounding Innenstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Innenstadt district. The geographical centre is in Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bockenheim district near Frankfurt West station. Frankfurt is the centre of the densely populated Frankfurt Rhine-Main, Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region with a population of 5.5 million. Other important cities in the region are Wiesbaden (capital of
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), Mainz (capital of Rhineland-Palatinate), Darmstadt,
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, Hanau, Aschaffenburg, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Rüsselsheim, Wetzlar and Marburg.


Districts

The city is divided into 46 city districts (''Stadtteile''), which are in turn divided into 121 city boroughs (''Stadtbezirke'') and 448 electoral districts (''Wahlbezirke''). The 46 city districts combine into 16 area districts (''Ortsbezirk (Frankfurt am Main), Ortsbezirke''), which each have a district committee and chairperson. The largest city district by population and area is Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main), Sachsenhausen, while the smallest is Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt, Frankfurt's historical center. Three larger city districts (Sachsenhausen, Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend and Nordend (Frankfurt am Main), Nordend) are divided for administrative purposes into a northern (''-Nord'') and a southern (''-Süd'') part, respectively a western (''-West'') and an eastern (''-Ost'') part, but are generally considered as one city district (which is why often only 43 city districts are mentioned, even on the city's official website). Some larger housing areas are often falsely called city districts, even by locals, like Nordweststadt (part of Niederursel (Frankfurt am Main), Niederursel, Heddernheim (Frankfurt am Main), Heddernheim and Praunheim (Frankfurt am Main), Praunheim), Goldstein (part of Schwanheim (Frankfurt am Main), Schwanheim), Riedberg (part of Kalbach-Riedberg (Frankfurt am Main), Kalbach-Riedberg) and Europaviertel (Frankfurt), Europaviertel (part of Gallus (Frankfurt am Main), Gallus). The Bankenviertel (''banking district''), Frankfurt's financial district, is also not an administrative city district (it covers parts of the western Innenstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Innenstadt district, the southern Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend district and the eastern Bahnhofsviertel (Frankfurt am Main), Bahnhofsviertel district). Many city districts are incorporated suburbs (''Vororte'') or were previously independent cities, such as Höchst (Frankfurt am Main), Höchst. Some like Nordend (Frankfurt am Main), Nordend and Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend arose during the rapid growth of the city in the Gründerzeit following the Unification of Germany, while others were formed from territory which previously belonged to other city , such as Dornbusch (Frankfurt am Main), Dornbusch and Riederwald (Frankfurt am Main), Riederwald.


History of incorporations

Until the year 1877 the city's territory consisted of the present-day inner-city districts of Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt, Innenstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Innenstadt, Bahnhofsviertel (Frankfurt am Main), Bahnhofsviertel, Gutleutviertel (Frankfurt am Main), Gutleutviertel, Gallus (Frankfurt am Main), Gallus, Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend, Nordend (Frankfurt am Main), Nordend, Ostend (Frankfurt am Main), Ostend and Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main), Sachsenhausen. Bornheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bornheim was part of an administrative district called ''Landkreis Frankfurt'', before becoming part of the city on 1 January 1877, followed by Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bockenheim on 1 April 1895. Seckbach (Frankfurt am Main), Seckbach, Niederrad (Frankfurt am Main), Niederrad and Oberrad (Frankfurt am Main), Oberrad followed on 1 July 1900. The ''Landkreis Frankfurt'' was finally dispersed on 1 April 1910, and therefore Berkersheim (Frankfurt am Main), Berkersheim, Bonames (Frankfurt am Main), Bonames, Eckenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Eckenheim, Eschersheim (Frankfurt am Main), Eschersheim, Ginnheim (Frankfurt am Main), Ginnheim, Hausen (Frankfurt am Main), Hausen, Heddernheim (Frankfurt am Main), Heddernheim, Niederursel (Frankfurt am Main), Niederursel, Praunheim (Frankfurt am Main), Praunheim, Preungesheim (Frankfurt am Main), Preungesheim and Rödelheim (Frankfurt am Main), Rödelheim joined the city. In the same year a new city district, Riederwald (Frankfurt am Main), Riederwald, was created on territory that had formerly belonged to Seckbach and Ostend. On 1 April 1928 the City of Höchst (Frankfurt am Main), Höchst became part of Frankfurt, as well as its city districts Sindlingen (Frankfurt am Main), Sindlingen, Unterliederbach (Frankfurt am Main), Unterliederbach and Zeilsheim (Frankfurt am Main), Zeilsheim. Simultaneously the ''Landkreis Höchst'' was dispersed with its member cities either joining Frankfurt (Fechenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Fechenheim, Griesheim (Frankfurt am Main), Griesheim, Nied (Frankfurt am Main), Nied, Schwanheim (Frankfurt am Main), Schwanheim, Sossenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Sossenheim) or joining the newly established ''Landkreis'' of Main-Taunus-Kreis. Dornbusch (Frankfurt am Main), Dornbusch became a city district in 1946. It was created on territory that had formerly belonged to Eckenheim and Ginnheim. On 1 August 1972, Hesse's smaller suburbs of Harheim (Frankfurt am Main), Harheim, Kalbach (Frankfurt am Main), Kalbach, Nieder-Erlenbach (Frankfurt am Main), Nieder-Erlenbach, and Nieder-Eschbach (Frankfurt am Main), Nieder-Eschbach became districts while other neighbouring suburbs chose to join the Main-Taunus-Kreis, the Landkreis Offenbach, the Kreis Groß-Gerau, the Hochtaunuskreis, the Main-Kinzig-Kreis or the Wetteraukreis. Bergen-Enkheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bergen-Enkheim was the last suburb to become part of Frankfurt on 1 January 1977. Flughafen (Frankfurt am Main), Flughafen became an official city district in 1979. It covers the area of Frankfurt Airport that had belonged to Sachsenhausen and the neighbouring city of Mörfelden-Walldorf. Frankfurt's youngest city district is Frankfurter Berg. It was part of Bonames until 1996. Kalbach was officially renamed Kalbach-Riedberg in 2006 because of the large residential housing development in the area known as Riedberg.


Neighbouring districts and cities

To the west Frankfurt borders the Districts of Germany, administrative district (''List of rural districts of Germany, Landkreis'') of Main-Taunus-Kreis with towns such as Hattersheim am Main, Kriftel, Hofheim am Taunus, Kelkheim (Taunus), Kelkheim, Liederbach am Taunus, Sulzbach (Taunus), Sulzbach, Schwalbach am Taunus and Eschborn; to the northwest the Hochtaunuskreis with Steinbach (Taunus), Steinbach, Oberursel (Taunus) and Bad Homburg vor der Höhe; to the north the Wetteraukreis with Karben and Bad Vilbel; to the northeast the Main-Kinzig-Kreis with Niederdorfelden and Maintal; to the southeast the city of
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; to the south the Offenbach (district), Kreis Offenbach with Neu-Isenburg and to the southwest the Groß-Gerau (district), Kreis Groß-Gerau with Mörfelden-Walldorf, Rüsselsheim and Kelsterbach. Together with these towns (and some larger nearby towns, e.g., Hanau, Rodgau, Dreieich, Langen, Hesse, Langen) Frankfurt forms a contiguous built-up urban area called ''Stadtregion Frankfurt'' which is not an official administrative district. The urban area had an estimated population of 2.3 million in 2010, and is the Largest urban areas in the European Union, 13th-largest urban area in the EU.


Climate

Frankfurt has a Temperateness, temperate-oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification, Köppen: ''Cfb''). Its average annual temperature is , with monthly mean temperatures ranging from in January to in July (Data from between 1981 and 2010) Due to its location at the northern tip of the Upper Rhine Valley in the Southwest of
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, Frankfurt is one of the warmest and driest bigger German cities together with cities like Darmstadt, Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Freiburg im Breisgau. Summers in Frankfurt can get very warm, when compared to the rest of the country. Between the years 1981 and 2010 there have been 52 days in Frankfurt with a maximum temperature over 25 °C and 13 days with a maximum over 30 °C on average per year. Climate change elevates the number of hot days. In the year of 2018, there have been recorded 108 days with a maximum of over 25 °C and 43 days with a maximum of over 30 °C (compared to 52 and 13 days on average per year between 1981 and 2010). The overall tendency for higher temperatures can be seen when comparing the climate data from 1981 to 2010 with the data from 2010 to 2020. It is getting sunnier, drier and warmer. Being an urban heat island, Frankfurt is sometimes affected by tropical nights, where the temperature does not drop under 20 °C between May and September. This occurs because the density of the city causes it to store all the heat. The growing season is longer when compared to the rest of Germany, thus resulting in an early arrival of springtime in the region. Winters in Frankfurt are generally mild or at least not freezing with a small possibility of snow, especially in January and February but dark and often overcast. Frankfurt is, on average, covered with snow only for around 10 to 20 days per year. The temperatures fell at about 70 days under 0 °C and daily maximum has stayed under 0 °C for about 13 days on average per year between 1981 and 2010. Some days with lows under -10 °C can occur more often here than at the coasts of Northern Germany, but not that frequently like in Bavaria or the eastern parts of Germany. Because of the mild climate in the region, there are some well-known wine regions not far away such as Rhenish Hesse, Rheingau, Franconia (wine region) and Bergstraße (route). There is also a microclimate on the northern bank of the river
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which is responsible for Palm tree, palms, fig trees, lemon trees and southern European plants growing in that area. The area is called the "Nizza" (the German word for the southern French town Nice) and is one of the biggest parks with a Mediterranean vegetation north of the Alps.


Demographics


Population

With a population of 763,380 (2019) within its administrative boundaries and of 2,300,000 in the actual Largest urban areas of the European Union, urban area, Frankfurt is List of cities in Germany by population, the fifth-largest city in Germany, after Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne. Central Frankfurt has been a ''Großstadt'' (a city with at least 100,000 residents by definition) since 1875. With 414,576 residents in 1910, it was the ninth largest city in Germany and the number of inhabitants grew to 553,464 before World War II. After the war, at the end of the year 1945, the number had dropped to 358,000. In the following years, the population grew again and reached an all-time-high of 691,257 in 1963. It dropped again to 592,411 in 1986 but has increased since then. According to the demographic forecasts for central Frankfurt, the city will have a population up to 813,000 within its administrative boundaries in 2035 and more than 2.5 million inhabitants in its urban area. During the 1970s, the state government of
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wanted to expand the city's administrative boundaries to include the entire urban area. This would have made Frankfurt officially the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin with up to 3 million inhabitants. However, because local authorities did not agree, the administrative territory is still much smaller than its actual urban area.


Immigration/Foreign Nationals

According to data from the city Resident registration#Germany, register of residents, 51.2% of the population had a ''migration background'' as of 2015, which means that a person or at least one or both of their parents was born with foreign citizenship. For the first time, a majority of the city residents had an at least part non-German background. Moreover, three of four children in the city under the age of six had immigrant backgrounds. and 27.7% of residents had a foreign citizenship. According to statistics, 46.7% of immigrants in Frankfurt come from other countries in the EU; 24.5% come from European countries that are not part of the EU; 15.7% come from Asia (including Western Asia and South Asia); 7.3% come from Africa; 3.4% come from North America (including the Caribbean and Central America); 0.2% come from Australia (continent), Australia and Zealandia; 2.3% come from South America; and 1.1% come from Oceania, Pacific island nations. Because of this the city is often considered to be a multicultural city, and has been compared to New York City, London and Toronto.


Religion

Frankfurt was historically a Protestant-dominated city. However, during the 19th century, an increasing number of Roman Catholicism in Germany, Catholics moved there. The Jewish community has a history dating back to medieval times and has always ranked among the largest in Germany. Two synagogues operate there. Due to the growing immigration of people from Muslim countries beginning in the 1960s, Frankfurt has a large Muslim community. The Ahmadiyya Noor Mosque, constructed in 1959, is the city's largest mosque and the third-largest in Germany. , the largest Christian denominations were Catholicism (22.7% of the population) and Protestantism, especially Lutheranism (19.4%). Estimations put the share of Muslim inhabitants at approximately 12% (2006). According to calculations based on census data for 21 countries of origin, the number of Muslim migrants in Frankfurt amounted to about 84,000 in 2011, making up 12.6 percent of the population. A large part of them was from Turkey and Morocco. Over 7,000 inhabitants were affiliated with the Jewish community, amounting to approximately 1% of the population.


Politics


Mayor

The current Mayor is Peter Feldmann of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Social Democratic Party (SPD). He was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2018. The most recent mayoral election was held on 25 February 2018, with a runoff held on 11 March, and the results were as follows: ! rowspan=2 colspan=2, Candidate ! rowspan=2, Party ! colspan=2, First round ! colspan=2, Second round , - ! Votes ! % ! Votes ! % , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Peter Feldmann , align=left, Social Democratic Party of Germany, Social Democratic Party , 86,823 , 46.0 , 106,699 , 70.8 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Bernadette Weyland , align=left, Christian Democratic Union of Germany, Christian Democratic Union , 48,032 , 25.4 , 44,080 , 29.2 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg , align=left, Alliance 90/The Greens , 17,648 , 9.3 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Janine Wissler , align=left, The Left (Germany), The Left , 16,669 , 8.8 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Volker Stein , align=left, Independent politician, Independent , 11,218 , 5.9 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Michael Weingärtner , align=left, Free Voters , 2,832 , 1.5 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Nico Wehnemann , align=left, Die PARTEI , 2,097 , 1.1 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Karsten Schloberg , align=left, Independent politician, Independent , 1,585 , 0.8 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Ming Yang , align=left, Independent politician, Independent , 938 , 0.5 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Juli Wünsch , align=left, Independent politician, Independent , 409 , 0.2 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Felicia Herrschaft , align=left, Independent politician, Independent , 340 , 0.2 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Hein Fischer , align=left, Independent politician, Independent , 169 , 0.1 , - ! colspan=3, Valid votes ! 188,760 ! 99.4 ! 150,779 ! 98.7 , - ! colspan=3, Invalid votes ! 1,156 ! 0.6 ! 2,025 ! 1.3 , - ! colspan=3, Total ! 189,916 ! 100.0 ! 152,804 ! 100.0 , - ! colspan=3, Electorate/voter turnout ! 505,275 ! 37.6 ! 505,268 ! 30.2 , - , colspan=7, Source
City of Frankfurt am Main


City council

The Frankfurt am Main city council (''Stadtverordnetenversammlung'') governs the city alongside the mayor. It is located in the city's medieval town hall, Römer, which is also used for representative and official purposes. The most recent city council election was held on 14 March 2021, and the results were as follows: ! colspan=2, Party ! Lead candidate ! Votes ! % ! +/- ! Seats ! +/- , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne) , align=left, Martina Feldmayer , 4,894,339 , 24.6 , 9.3 , 23 , 9 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Christian Democratic Union of Germany, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) , align=left, Nils Kößler , 4,361,942 , 21.9 , 2.2 , 20 , 2 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Social Democratic Party of Germany, Social Democratic Party (SPD) , align=left, Mike Josef , 3,385,017 , 17.0 , 6.8 , 16 , 6 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, The Left (Germany), The Left (Die Linke) , align=left, Dominike Pauli , 1,572,333 , 7.9 , 0.1 , 7 , 1 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Free Democratic Party (Germany), Free Democratic Party (FDP) , align=left, Annette Rinn , 1,515,646 , 7.6 , 0.1 , 7 , ±0 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Alternative for Germany (AfD) , align=left, Patrick Schenk , 902,412 , 4.5 , 4.4 , 4 , 4 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Volt Europa#Germany, Volt Germany (Volt) , align=left, Eileen O'Sullivan , 745,418 , 3.7 , New , 4 , New , - , bgcolor=#FF8E57, , align=left, Citizens for Frankfurt (BFF) , align=left, Mathias Mund , 395,905 , 2.0 , 0.7 , 2 , 1 , - , bgcolor=#93A7BB, , align=left, Ecological Left – Anti-Racist List (ÖkoLinX-ARL) , align=left, Jutta Ditfurth , 359,304 , 1.8 , 0.3 , 2 , ±0 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Die PARTEI (PARTEI) , align=left, Nico Wehnemann , 361,932 , 1.8 , 0.4 , 2 , 1 , - , bgcolor=#484EAB, , align=left, Europe List for Frankfurt (ELF) , align=left, Luigi Brillante , 265,914 , 1.3 , 0.1 , 1 , ±0 , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Free Voters (FW) , align=left, Eric Pärisch , 162,122 , 0.8 , 0.2 , 1 , ±0 , - , bgcolor=#0000FC, , align=left, I am a Frankfurter (IBF) , align=left, Jumas Medoff , 166,573 , 0.8 , 0.4 , 1 , 1 , - , bgcolor=#87CEEB, , align=left, Alliance for Innovation and Justice (BIG) , align=left, Haluk Yıldız , 128,846 , 0.6 , New , 1 , New , - , , align=left, Garden Party Frankfurt am Main (Gartenpartei) , align=left, Tilo Schwichtenberg , 126,991 , 0.6 , New , 1 , New , - , bgcolor=, , align=left, Pirate Party Germany (Piraten) , align=left, Herbert Förster , 123,772 , 0.6 , 0.2 , 1 , ±0 , - , colspan=8 bgcolor=lightgrey, , - , , align=left, Polish Dialogue Initiative for Frankfurt , align=left, Barbara Lange , 88,771 , 0.4 , New , 0 , New , - , , align=left, The Frankfurters (dFfm) , align=left, Bernhard Ochs , 73,026 , 0.4 , 0.4 , 0 , 1 , - , , align=left, International Vote Frankfurt (ISF) , align=left, Kerry Reddington , 61,772 , 0.3 , New , 0 , New , - , , align=left, Climate List Frankfurt (Klimaliste) , align=left, Beate Balzert , 61,526 , 0.3 , New , 0 , New , - , , align=left, Free Party Frankfurt (FPF) , align=left, Benjamin Klinger , 40,621 , 0.2 , New , 0 , New , - , , align=left, United Democrats (VD) , align=left, André Leitzbach , 30,691 , 0.2 , New , 0 , New , - , , align=left, The Social Liberals (SL) , align=left, Christian Bethke , 18,563 , 0.1 , New , 0 , New , - , , align=left, Frankfurt Free Voter Group (FFWG) , align=left, Thomas Schmitt , 16,587 , 0.1 , New , 0 , New , - , , align=left, Romanians for Frankfurt (RF) , align=left, Ionut-Vlad Plenz , 15,884 , 0.1 , New , 0 , New , - , bgcolor=#110077, , align=left, Party of Humanists (Die Humanisten) , align=left, Rüdiger Gottschalk , 11,680 , 0.1 , New , 0 , New , - , , align=left, Bulgarian Association of Frankfurt (BGF) , align=left, Daniela Spasova-Mischke , 11,488 , 0.1 , New , 0 , New , - , , align=left, Sven Junghans, We Frankfurters (WF) , align=left, Sven Junghans , 9,627 , 0.0 , New , 0 , New , - ! colspan=3, Valid votes ! 221,487 ! 96.0 ! ! ! , - ! colspan=3, Invalid votes ! 9,196 ! 4.0 ! ! ! , - ! colspan=3, Total ! 230,683 ! 100.0 ! ! 93 ! ±0 , - ! colspan=3, Electorate/voter turnout ! 512,034 ! 45.1 ! 6.1 ! ! , - , colspan=8, Source
Statistics Hesse


Landtag election

For elections to the Landtag of Hesse, Hesse State Parliament, Frankfurt am Main is split up into six constituencies. In total 15 delegates represent the city in the Landtag in Wiesbaden. The last election took place in October 2018. Six members of parliament were directly elected in their respective constituencies: Uwe Serke (CDU, Frankfurt am Main I), Miriam Dahlke (Greens, Frankfurt am Main II), Ralf-Norbert Bartel (CDU, Frankfurt am Main III), Michael Boddenberg (CDU, Frankfurt am Main IV), Markus Bocklet (Greens, Frankfurt am Main V) and Boris Rhein (CDU, Frankfurt am Main VI). Delegates from Frankfurt often serve high-ranking positions in Hessian politics, e.g. Michael Boddenberg is Hessian Minister of Finance and Boris Rhein was elected President of the Landtag of Hesse in 2019.


German federal election

For federal elections which are held every four years, Frankfurt is split up into two constituencies. In the 2017 German federal election, German federal election 2017, Matthias Zimmer (CDU) and Bettina Wiesmann were elected to the Bundestag by directe mandate in Frankfurt am Main I (electoral district), Frankfurt am Main I and Frankfurt am Main II (electoral district), Frankfurt am Main II respectively. Nicola Beer (FDP), Achim Kessler (Linke), Ulli Nissen (SPD) and Omid Nouripour (Greens) were elected as well. Nicola Beer resigned as a member of parliament in 2019 following her 2019 European Parliament election, election to the European Parliament where she now serves as vice president.


International relations


Twin towns – sister cities

Frankfurt is Sister city, twinned with: * Birmingham, England, United Kingdom (1966) * Budapest, Hungary (1990) * Deuil-la-Barre, France (1967); ''formerly twinned with Nieder-Eschbach, incorporated into Frankfurt in 1972)'' * Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2005) * Eskişehir, Turkey (2013) * Granada, Nicaragua, Granada, Nicaragua (1991) * Guangzhou, China (1988) * Kraków, Poland (1991) * Leipzig, Germany (1990) * Lyon, France (1960) * Milan, Italy (1970) * Philadelphia, United States (2015) * Prague, Czech Republic (1990) * Tel Aviv, Israel (1980) * Toronto, Canada (1989)


Friendly cities

Frankfurt has friendly relations with: * Cairo, Egypt (1979) * Yokohama, Japan (2011)


Cityscape


Landmarks

Römer Römer, the German word for Rome, Roman, is a complex of nine houses that form the Frankfurt city hall (''Rathaus''). The houses were acquired by the city council in 1405 from a wealthy merchant family. The middle house became the city hall and was later connected with its neighbours. The ''Kaisersaal'' ("Emperor's Hall") is located on the upper floor and is where the newly crowned emperors held their banquets. The Römer was partially destroyed in World War II and later rebuilt. The surrounding square, the Römerberg, is named after the city hall. The former Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt (old town) quarter between the Römer and the Frankfurt Cathedral was redeveloped as the Dom-Römer Project, Dom-Römer Quarter from 2012 to 2018, including 15 Reconstruction (architecture), reconstructions of historical buildings that were destroyed during World War II. Frankfurt Cathedral Frankfurt Cathedral (Frankfurter Dom) is not a cathedral, but the main Catholic church, dedicated to Bartholomew the Apostle, St. Bartholomew. The Gothic architecture, Gothic building was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries on the foundation of an earlier church from the Merovingian time. From 1356 onwards, kings of the
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were elected in this church, and from 1562 to 1792, Holy Roman Empire, Roman-German emperors were crowned there. Since the 18th century, St. Bartholomew's has been called ''Dom'', although it was never a bishop's seat. In 1867 it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in its present style. It was again partially destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in the 1950s. Its height is 95 meters. The cathedral tower has a viewing platform open to the public at a height of 66 meters, accessed through a narrow spiral staircase with 386 steps. St. Paul's Church St. Paul's Church, Frankfurt, St. Paul's Church (''Paulskirche'') is a national historic monument in Germany because it was the seat of the first democratically elected parliament in 1848. It was established in 1789 as a Protestant church, but was not completed until 1833. Its importance has its roots in the Frankfurt Parliament, which met in the church during the revolutionary years of 1848/49 in order to write a constitution for a united Germany. The attempt failed because the monarchs of Prussia and Austria did not want to lose power. In 1849 Prussian troops ended the democratic experiment by force and the parliament dissolved. Afterwards, the building was used for church services again. St. Paul's was partially destroyed in World War II, particularly its interior, which now has a modern appearance. It was quickly and symbolically rebuilt after the war; today it is used mainly for exhibitions and events. Archäologischer Garten Frankfurt The Archaeological Garden contains small parts of the oldest recovered buildings: an ancient Roman settlement and the Frankfurt Royal Palace (''Kaiserpfalz Frankfurt'') from the 6th century. The garden is located between the Römerberg and the cathedral. It was discovered after World War II when the area was heavily bombed and later partly rebuilt. The remains were preserved and are now open to the public. From 2013 until 2015 an event building, the Stadthaus ("City house"), has been built on top of the garden, but it remains open to the public free of charge. Haus Wertheim Wertheim House is the only Timber framing, timbered house in the Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt district that survived the heavy bombings of World War II undamaged. It is located on the Römerberg next to the Historical Museum. Saalhof The Saalhof is the oldest conserved building in the Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt district and dates to the 12th century. It was used as an exhibition hall by Dutch cloth merchant, clothiers when trade fairs were held during the 14th and 15th centuries. The Saalhof was partly destroyed in World War II and later rebuilt. Today it serves as a part of the Historical museum, Frankfurt, Historical Museum. Eiserner Steg The Eiserner Steg (Iron Bridge) is a pedestrian-only bridge across the Main that connects Römerberg and Sachsenhausen. It was built in 1868 and was the second bridge to cross the river. After World War II, when it was blown up by the Wehrmacht, it was quickly rebuilt in 1946. Today some 10,000 people cross the bridge on a daily basis. Alte Oper The
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is a former opera house, hence the name "Old Opera". The opera house was built in 1880 by architect Richard Lucae. It was one of the major opera houses in Germany until it was heavily damaged in World War II. Until the late 1970s, it was a ruin, nicknamed "Germany's most beautiful ruin". Former Frankfurt Lord Mayor Rudi Arndt called for blowing it up in the 1960s, which earned him the nickname "Dynamite-Rudi". (Later on, Arndt said he never had meant his suggestion seriously.) Public pressure led to its refurbishment and reopening in 1981. Today, it functions as a famous concert hall, while operas are performed at the "new" Frankfurt Opera. The inscription on the frieze of the Alte Oper says: "''Dem Wahren, Schönen, Guten''" ("To the true, the beautiful, the good"). Eschenheimer Turm The Eschenheim Tower (''Eschenheimer Turm'') was erected at the beginning of the 15th century and served as a city gate as part of late-medieval fortifications. It is the oldest and most unaltered building in the Innenstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Innenstadt district. St. Catherine's Church, Frankfurt, St. Catherine's Church St. Catherine's Church (''Katharinenkirche'') is the largest Evangelical Church in Germany, Protestant church, dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, a martyred early Christian saint. It is located in the city centre at the entrance to the Zeil, the central pedestrian shopping street. Hauptwache Although today Hauptwache (Frankfurt am Main), Hauptwache is mostly associated with the inner-city underground train station Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station, of the same name, the name originates from a Baroque architecture, baroque building on the square above the station. The Hauptwache building was constructed in 1730 and was used as a prison, therefore the name that translates as "main guard-house". Today the square surrounding the building is also called "Hauptwache" (formal: ''An der Hauptwache''). It is situated in the city centre opposite to St. Catherine's Church and houses a famous café. Central Station Frankfurt Central Station (''Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof''), which opened in 1888, was built as the central train station for Frankfurt to replace three smaller train stations in the city centre and to boost the needed capacity for travellers. It was constructed as a Terminal station, terminus station and was the largest train station in Europe by floor area until 1915 when Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, Leipzig Central Station was opened. Its three main halls were constructed in a Renaissance Revival architecture, neorenaissance-style, while the later enlargement with two outer halls in 1924 was constructed in neoclassicism, neoclassic-style. Frankfurter Hof The Frankfurter Hof is a landmarked hotel in the city centre at Kaiserplatz, built from 1872 to 1876. It is part of Steigenberger Hotels group and is considered the city's most prestigious. St. Leonhard St. Leonhard, Frankfurt, St. Leonhard, on the Main close to the bridge Eiserner Steg, is a Catholic Gothic architecture, late Gothic hall church, derived from a Romanesque architecture, Romanesque style basilica beginning in 1425. It is the only one of nine churches in the Old Town that survived World War II almost undamaged. The parish serves the English-speaking community. The church has been under restoration from 2011 until 2019.


20th-century architecture

* Frauenfriedenskirche and Holy Cross Church, Frankfurt-Bornheim, Holy Cross Church (with the Holy Cross - Centre for Christian Meditation and Spirituality of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Limburg), both consecrated 1929, are examples of early modernist church buildings during the time of the New Frankfurt. * Großmarkthalle, built 1926–1928 as a part of the New Frankfurt-project, the former wholesale market hall was repaired after the second world war and integrated into the new seat of the European Central Bank between 2010 and 2014. * Goethe House, rebuilt 1947. The birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from 1749 was destroyed in World War II and then rebuilt true to the original. * Junior-Haus, built 1951, an example of early post-World War II architecture located at Kaiserplatz. * Bayer-Haus, built 1952, another example of early post-World War II architecture. * Museum für angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, Museum für angewandte Kunst, built 1985, designed by Richard Meier. * IG Farben Building – Also known as Poelzig Building (''Poelzig-Bau'') after its architect Hans Poelzig, it was built from 1928 to 1930 as the corporate headquarters of IG Farben, I.G. Farbenindustrie AG. It is located in the Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend district and borders Grüneburgpark in the west. Upon its completion, the complex was the List of largest buildings in the world, largest office building in Europe and remained so until the 1950s. The building served as headquarters for research projects relating to the development of synthetic oil and synthetic rubber, rubber and the manufacturing of magnesium, lubricating oil, explosives, methanol, and Zyklon B, the lethal gas used in Nazi concentration camps, concentration camps. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Supreme Allied Commander, Supreme Allied Command and from 1949 to 1952 the High Commissioner for Germany (HICOG). It became the principal location for implementing the Marshall Plan, which largely financed the post-war reconstruction of Europe. The state apparatus of the West Germany, Federal German Government was devised there. It served as the headquarters for the U.S. V Corps, US Army's V Corps and the Northern Area Command (NACOM) until 1995 when the US Army returned control of the IG Farben Building to the German government. It was purchased on behalf of the Goethe University Frankfurt by the state of
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. In October 2001 it became part of the Westend Campus of Goethe University.


21st-century architecture

* Die Welle (''The Wave''), built 1998–2003, a complex of three wavelike-formed office buildings next to the Opernplatz. * Alte Stadtbibliothek, rebuilt 2003–2005, reconstruction of the old public library house originally built 1820–1825. * Palais Thurn und Taxis, rebuilt 2004–2009, reconstruction of a palace originally built 1731–1739. * MyZeil, built 2004–2009, shopping mall at the Zeil with an imposing vaulted glass-structure. * The Squaire (portmanteau of ''square'' and ''air''), also known as Airrail Center Frankfurt, is a long and tall office building located at
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. It was built from 2006 to 2011 on top of an existing railway station (Frankfurt Airport long-distance station, Frankfurt Airport long distance Station) and has a connecting bridge to Terminal 1 for pedestrians. Its total of rentable floor space makes it Germany's largest office building.


Skyscrapers

Frankfurt is one of the few European cities with a significant number of skyscrapers, (buildings at least tall). It hosts 17 out of Germany's 18 List of tallest buildings in Germany, skyscrapers. Most skyscrapers and high-rise office buildings are located in the financial district (Bankenviertel) near the city centre, around the trade fair premises (Europaviertel (Frankfurt), Europaviertel) and at Mainzer Landstraße between Opernplatz and Platz der Republik, which connects the two areas. The 17 skyscrapers are: * Commerzbank Tower, – The EU's tallest building;
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headquarters. * Messeturm, – The EU's second-tallest building, the tallest building in Europe 1990–1997; main tenant is Goldman Sachs (Germany). * Westend Tower, –
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headquarters * Main Tower, – Helaba, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen and Standard & Poor's (Germany) headquarters * Tower 185, – PricewaterhouseCoopers (Germany) headquarters * Omniturm, * Trianon (Frankfurt am Main), Trianon, – DekaBank headquarters * Seat of the European Central Bank, –
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headquarters * Grand Tower (Frankfurt am Main), Grand Tower, – Residential tower * Opernturm, – UBS (Germany) headquarters * Taunusturm, * Silberturm, – Germany's tallest building 1978–1990, Main tenant is
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. * Westend Gate, – Germany's tallest building 1976–1978, Main tenant is Marriott International, Marriott Frankfurt Hotel. * Deutsche Bank Twin Towers, Deutsche Bank I, –
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headquarters * Deutsche Bank Twin Towers, Deutsche Bank II, * Marienturm, * Skyper, – Main tenant is DekaBank. Other high-rise buildings include: * Eurotower (Frankfurt), Eurotower, – European Central Bank, Former European Central Bank headquarters * Frankfurter Büro Center, – Main tenant is Clifford Chance (Germany). * City-Haus, – Main tenant is DZ Bank. * Gallileo (skyscraper), Gallileo, – Main tenant is Commerzbank.


History of high-rise buildings

For centuries, Frankfurt Cathedral, St. Bartholomeus's Cathedral was the tallest structure. The first building to exceed the 95-metre-high cathedral was not an office building but a grain silo, the Henninger Turm, built from 1959 to 1961. The first high-rise building boom came in the 1970s when Westend Gate (then called ''Plaza Büro Center'') and Silberturm were constructed and became the tallest buildings in Germany with a height of 159.3 metres and 166.3 metres, respectively. Around the same time, Frankfurter Büro Center and City-Haus (142.4 metres and 142.1 metres) were constructed at Mainzer Landstraße and Eurotower (Frankfurt), Eurotower (148.0 metres) and Garden Tower (127.0 metres; then called ''Helaba-Hochhaus'') were constructed in the financial district. None of the buildings constructed during the 1980s surpassed Silberturm. The most famous buildings from this decade are the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers at Taunusanlage, both 155.0 metres tall. The 1990s featured a second wave. Messeturm, built on the trade fair site, reached a height of 256.5 metres and became the tallest building in Europe by 1991. It was overtaken by the Commerzbank Tower in 1997. Other tall buildings from this decade are Westendstrasse 1 (208.0 metres), Main Tower (200.0 metres) and Trianon (Frankfurt am Main), Trianon (186.0 metres). In 21st-century Frankfurt, more high-rise buildings and skyscrapers (e.g., Skyper, Opernturm, Tower 185, Seat of the European Central Bank, Taunusturm) emerged, but none have surpassed Commerzbank Tower.


Other tall structures

* Europaturm — The Europe Tower is a Radio masts and towers, telecommunications tower, also known as the Frankfurt TV Tower, built from 1974 to 1979. With a height of 337.5 metres it is the tallest tower and the second tallest structure in Germany after the Fernsehturm Berlin. It was open to the public until 1999, with an entertainment establishment in the revolving top. It is normally referred to by locals as the "Ginnheimer Spargel" (''Ginnheim Asparagus''), but stands a few metres within Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bockenheim district. * Henninger Turm — The Henninger Tower was a 120-metre-high grain silo built from 1959 to 1961 and owned by Henninger Brewery. It was the highest structure until 1974. The Henninger Tower had two rotating restaurants at the height of 101 and 106 metres and an open-air observation deck at the height of 110 metres. The tower closed to the public in October 2002 and was demolished in 2013 to be replaced by a 140 m (459 ft) tall residential tower, which is externally inspired by the old Henninger Turm. The cornerstone for this project was laid in June 2014 and construction was completed in summer 2017. The new tower offers 207 luxury flats and houses the non-rotating restaurant „Franziska“. From 1962 to 2008 a famous yearly Road bicycle racing, cycling race was named after the tower, the "Radrennen Rund um den Henninger Turm" (''Cycling race around Henninger Tower''). The now-renamed race is still a yearly event. * Goethe Tower, Goetheturm — The Goethe Tower was a tower on the northern edge of the Frankfurt City Forest in Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main), Sachsenhausen. It was the fifth tallest wood construction structure in Germany. It was built in 1931 and was a popular place for day-trippers until it burned down in 2017. A faithful reconstruction has been opened to the public on 12 October 2020, exactly three years after the original's destruction.


Shopping streets

* Zeil – Frankfurt's central shopping street. It is a pedestrian-only area and is bordered by two large public squares, Hauptwache (Frankfurt am Main), Hauptwache in the west and Konstablerwache in the east. It is the second most expensive street for shops to rent in Germany after the Kaufingerstraße in Munich. 85 percent of the shops are retail chains such as H&M, Saturn (store), Saturn, Esprit Holdings, Esprit, Zara (retailer), Zara or NewYorker. In 2009 a new shopping mall named MyZeil opened there with nearly 100 stores and chains like Hollister Co., Hollister. Three more shopping malls occupy the Zeil: UpperZeil (replacing the Zeilgalerie, which was demolished in 2016), Metro AG, Galeria Kaufhof and Arcandor, Karstadt, as well as large fashion retail clothing stores from Peek & Cloppenburg and C&A. During the month before Christmas, the extended pedestrian-only zone is host to Frankfurt Christmas Market, one of the largest and oldest Christmas markets in Germany. * Goethestraße – Frankfurt's most expensive shopping street with prestigious shops like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Tiffany, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Cartier SA, Cartier, Burberry, Vertu and Bulgari. It is located between the financial district and the city centre and runs from Goetheplatz to Opernplatz. * Freßgass – (officially ''Kalbächer Gasse'' and ''Große Bockenheimer Straße'') is a pedestrian-only street section between Börsenstraße and Opernplatz in the city centre. The name translates as "feeding alley" because of its high concentration of gastronomy, but lately prestigious shops (e.g., Apple Store, Hugo Boss, Porsche Design Group, Porsche Design) have moved here due to the lack of space in the neighbouring Goethestraße, displacing old, established restaurants, butchers and delicatessens. * Berger Straße – Frankfurt's longest shopping street. It starts in the city center, runs through Nordend, Frankfurt, Nordend and Bornheim (Frankfurt), Bornheim and ends in Seckbach (Frankfurt am Main), Seckbach. The street is less crowded than the Zeil and offers a greater variety of smaller shops, restaurants and cafés. * Leipziger Straße – Central shopping street in the Bockenheim district starting at Bockenheimer Warte going towards West. High density of shops for daily needs. * Braubachstraße – In the Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt district, close to the historic sites of the city, offers a large variety of art galleries, second-hand bookshops and antique shops. * Münchener Straße – In the Bahnhofsviertel (Frankfurt am Main), Bahnhofsviertel district, located between the central station and Willy-Brandt-Platz, is the most multicultural shopping street with many shops selling imported products mainly from Turkey, the Middle East and Asia. * Kaiserstraße – One of the best-known streets and considered one of the most beautiful because of its amount of Gründerzeit-style buildings. It runs parallel to Münchener Straße from the central station to the financial district. Kaiserstraße is still a synonym for Frankfurt's Red-light district although Sex industry, sex-oriented businesses moved to neighbouring streets such as in the 1990s. Today Kaiserstraße houses many small shops, restaurants and cafés. * Kleinmarkthalle – (literally: ''Small Market Hall'') is a market hall in the city centre close to Konstablerwache offering fresh food and flowers. In addition to regional delicacies like green sauce imported goods are offered. The Kleinmarkthalle is the largest public marketplace in Frankfurt.


Green city

With a large forest, many parks, the Main riverbanks and the two botanical gardens, Frankfurt is considered a "green city": More than 50 percent of the area within the city limits are protected green areas. * Frankfurter Grüngürtel – The Green Belt is a ring-shaped public green space around the city. With 8,000 Hectare, ha it covers a third of the administrative area. It includes the Frankfurter Stadtwald (''Frankfurt City Forest'', Germany's largest forest within a city), the Schwanheimer Düne (''Schwanheim (Frankfurt am Main), Schwanheim Dune''), the Niddatal (''Nidda (river), Nidda Valley''), the Niddapark, the Lohrberg (''Lohr Mountain'', Frankfurt's only vineyard), the Huthpark, the Enkheimer Ried (''Frankfurt-Bergen-Enkheim, Enkheim Marsh''), the Seckbacher Ried (''Seckbach (Frankfurt am Main), Seckbach Marsh'') and the Fechenheimer Mainbogen (a S-shaped part of the
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river in Fechenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Fechenheim). The Green Belt is a protected area which means that housing is not allowed. The Green Belt was formally created in 1991 with its own constitution. * Mainuferpark – The Mainuferpark (''Main Riverbanks Park'') is the common term to describe the inner-city Main riverbanks. It is an auto-free zone with large green areas that is popular with strollers and tourists, especially in the summertime, when it can become crowded. The southern riverbank, which continues further to
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and Hanau, offers the best skyline views. The northern riverbank ends in the west at the former Westhafen (''West Harbour'', a residential housing area) and is growing to the east: A former industrial-used area between the new Seat of the European Central Bank and the Osthafen (''East Harbour'') has become a park named Hafenpark (''Harbour Park''), which offers outdoor courts for basketball, football and a skatepark. * Wallanlagen – The (former ''Defensive wall, ramparts'') relate to the former ring-shaped Defensive wall, city wall fortifications around the Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt and the Innenstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Innenstadt district (abolished 1804–1812), now a series of parks. Building is not allowed, with a few exceptions, the most famous being the
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(built 1880) at the Opernplatz. The part between the northern Main riverbank and the Opernplatz, referred to officially as Taunusanlage and Gallusanlage, is locally known as "Central Park" (a reference to the Central Park, famous park in
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), because of the skyscrapers which stand on both sides. * Nizza Park – At the juncture of the northern Main riverbank and the Wallanlagen is a famous small park called Nizza. The name of the park recalls Nice in southern France, because it is one of the warmest areas with a nearly mediterranean climate. Numerous Mediterranean flora grow there and can survive outside during the winter. * Garten des Himmlischen Friedens – ''Garden of Heavenly Peace'', named after the Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen Gate in Beijing, is a Chinese-styled park in the Nordend (Frankfurt am Main), Nordend district and part of the larger Bethmannpark. It contains Chinese buildings, with building materials imported from China and built by Chinese workers in the 1980s. Hosts traditional Chinese plants and herbs. * Other parks – The largest parks are the Niddapark (168 ha), the Ostpark (32 ha) and the Grüneburgpark (29 ha).


Culture


Museums

With more than 30 museums, Frankfurt has one of the largest variety of museums in Europe. Twenty museums are part of the
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, located on the front row of both sides of the
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riverbank or nearby, which was created on an initiative by cultural politician Hilmar Hoffmann. Ten museums are located on the southern riverbank in Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main), Sachsenhausen between the Eiserner Steg and the Friedensbrücke. The street itself, Schaumainkai, is partially closed to traffic on Saturdays for Frankfurt's largest flea market. * German Architecture Museum, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (German Architecture Museum) * Deutsches Filmmuseum (German Film Museum) * Frankfurter Ikonenmuseum (Icon Museum Frankfurt) *
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(Museum of sculptures) * Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts) * Museum Giersch (Museum for Regional Art) * Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt, Museum für Kommunikation (Museum of Communications) * Museum der Weltkulturen (Museum of World Cultures) * Städel, one of the most famous art museums in Germany * Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum (Bible House Experience Museum) Two museums are located on the northern riverbank: * Jewish Museum Frankfurt, Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt (Jewish Museum Frankfurt) * Historical museum, Frankfurt, Historisches Museum Frankfurt (Historical Museum Frankfurt) Not directly located on the northern riverbank in the Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt district are: * Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art) * Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (Schirn Art Gallery Frankfurt) * Frankfurter Kunstverein (Art Association Frankfurt) * Frankfurter Judengasse, Museum Judengasse (Jews' Alley Museum) * Goethe House, Goethe-Haus (Goethe House) * Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt (Archaeological Museum Frankfurt) * Caricatura Museum Frankfurt, Caricatura Museum für Komische Kunst (Caricatura Museum of Comic Art) * Dommuseum Frankfurt (Frankfurt Cathedral Museum) Another important museum is located in the Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend district: * Naturmuseum Senckenberg (Senckenberg Natural History Museum), the second-largest natural history museum in Germany Other museums are the Dialogmuseum (Dialogue Museum) in the Ostend (Frankfurt am Main), Ostend district,
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Museum at Waldstadion (Frankfurt), Deutsche Bank Park, the Frankfurter Feldbahnmuseum (Light Railway Museum Frankfurt) in the Gallus (Frankfurt am Main), Gallus district, the Verkehrsmuseum Frankfurt (Transport Museum Frankfurt) in the Schwanheim (Frankfurt am Main), Schwanheim district, the Hammer Museum in the Bahnhofsviertel (Frankfurt am Main), Bahnhofsviertel district and the Geldmuseum der Deutschen Bundesbank (Money Museum of the German Federal Bank) in the Ginnheim (Frankfurt am Main), Ginnheim district. The Explora Museum+Wissenschaft+Technik (Explora Museum of Science and Engineering) in the Nordend (Frankfurt am Main), Nordend district was closed in 2016.


Performing arts


Music

Eurodance and Trance music originated in Frankfurt. In 1989 German producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti (under the pseudonyms Benito Benites and John "Virgo" Garrett III) formed the Snap! project. Snap! songs combined Hip hop music, Rap and Soul music, Soul vocals adding rhythm by using computer technology and mixing electronic sounds, bass and drums. By doing so a new genre was born: Eurodance. In the early 1990s, DJs including Sven Väth and DJ DAG (of Dance 2 Trance) first played a harder, deeper style of acid house that became popular worldwide over the next decade as Trance music. Some of the early and most influential Eurodance, Trance and Techno music, Techno acts, e.g., La Bouche, Jam and Spoon, Magic Affair, Culture Beat, Snap!, Dance 2 Trance, Oliver Lieb and Hardfloor, and record labels such as Harthouse and Eye Q (record label), Eye Q, were based in the city in the early 1990s.


Venues

* Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, Oper Frankfurt – A leading Germany opera company and one of Europe's most important. It was elected ''Opera house of the year'' (of Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland) by German magazine Opernwelt in 1995, 1996 and 2003. It was also elected ''Best opera house in Germany'' in 2010 and 2011. Its orchestra was voted ''Orchestra of the year'' in 2009, 2010 and 2011. * Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, Schauspiel Frankfurt – Theatre at Willy-Brandt-Platz in the financial district, next to the Frankfurt Opera. * Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester in German) – one of the top symphony orchestras in the world * Festhalle Frankfurt – Multi-purpose hall next to the Messeturm at the grounds of the Frankfurt Trade Fair. It is mostly used for concerts, exhibitions or sport events and can accommodate up to 13,500. * Waldstadion (Frankfurt), Deutsche Bank Park – Frankfurt's largest sports stadium and one of Germany's ten largest. It is located in the Frankfurt City Forest near Niederrad. It is primarily used for soccer and concerts with a capacity up to 51,500. It opened in 1925 and underwent several major reconstructions. Locals still prefer to call the stadium by its traditional name, Waldstadion (''Forest Stadium''). *
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– A major concert hall. * Jahrhunderthalle – ''Century Hall'' is a large concert and exhibition hall in Unterliederbach (Frankfurt am Main), Unterliederbach district. Sometimes referred to as "Jahrhunderthalle Höchst", because it was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the chemical company Hoechst AG in 1963. * The English Theatre – Located on the ground floor of the Gallileo (skyscraper), Gallileo high-rise building, this is the largest anglophone theatre in continental Europe. It was established in 1979. * Tigerpalast – ''Tiger Palace'' is a varieté in the city centre near the Zeil. It was established in 1988 and houses the famous Tiger-Restaurant which was awarded a Michelin Guide, Michelin star. * Künstlerhaus Mousonturm – ''House of Artists Mouson Tower'' is a free theatre, which means that it has a smaller budget than traditional theatres and used more unconventional performing methods. It is located in an old factory in the Ostend (Frankfurt am Main), Ostend district. * Die Schmiere – ''The Grease'' is a cabaret and Frankfurt's oldest privately owned theatre. It is located in the Karmeliterkloster in the Altstadt (Frankfurt am Main), Altstadt district. According to its own advertising, it is ''the worst theatre in the world''. * Die Komödie – ''The Comedy'' is a boulevard theatre (aesthetic), boulevard theatre in the city centre near Willy-Brandt-Platz.


Botanical gardens

Frankfurt is home to two major botanical gardens: *
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– Located in the Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend district, it is Hesse's largest botanical garden, covering . It opened to the public in 1871. The botanical exhibits are organized according to their origin in free-air or in greenhouses that host tropical and subtropical plants, hence the name "Arecaceae, Palm Garden". * Botanischer Garten der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Botanischer Garten der Goethe-Universität – The university's botanical garden is also an arboretum. It contains about 5,000 species, with special collections of ''Rubus'' (45 species) and indigenous plants of central Europe. It is organized into two major areas: The geobotany, geobotanical area contains an alpine garden, arboretum, meadows, steppes, marsh, and a pond, as well as collections of plants from the Canary Islands, Caucasus, East Asia, Mediterranean, and North America and the systematic and ecological collection includes crop plants, endangered species, ornamental plants, roses, and the ''Neuer Senckenbergischer Arzneipflanzengarten'' (New Senckenberg Medicinal Plant Garden), which measures . The Botanical Garden, the neighbouring Palmengarten and the neighbouring Grüneburgpark form the largest inner-city green area.


Foreign culture

* Instituto Cervantes – Named after Miguel de Cervantes, one of the most important Spanish authors, this is the world's largest organization for promoting the study and teaching of Spanish language and culture. 54 such Centros Cervantes across the world offer Spanish language and history courses. The Frankfurt branch was officially opened in September 2008 by Felipe VI of Spain, Felipe, Prince of Asturias and his wife Letizia of Spain, Letizia, Princess of Asturias. It is located in the so-called ''Amerika-Haus'

* Institut Français – A French public industrial and commercial organization (EPIC), started in 1907 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promoting French, francophone as well as local cultures around the world. The French Institute works closely with the French cultural network abroad consisting of more than 150 branches and nearly 1,000 branches of the Alliance française around the worl

* Istituto Italiano di Cultura – A worldwide non-profit organization created by the Italian government. It promotes Italian culture and is involved in the teaching of the Italian language; there are 83 Italian Cultural Institutes throughout major cities around the worl

* Confucius Institute – A non-profit public educational organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, whose aim is to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges. There are over 480 Confucius Institutes worldwid

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Festivals

* Museumsuferfest – ''Museums Riverbank Festival'' is one of Germany's biggest cultural festivals, attracting more than 3 million visitors over three days at the end of August along the
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riverbank in the city centre. The 20 museums there open far into the night. It offers live music, dance shows, booths for crafts, jewellery, clothes and food stands from around the world. * Dippemess – Frankfurt's oldest folk festival is the ''Festival of Stoneware'', which takes place semi-annually around Easter and the end of September in the eastern area. "Dippe" is a regional Hessian dialects, Hessian dialect word meaning "pot" or "jar" which would not be understood in most other German regions. Mentioned for the first time in the 14th century as an annual marketplace it is now more of an amusement park. The name of the festival derives from its original purpose when it was a fair where traditionally crafted jars, pots and other stoneware were on offer. * Luminale — The "festival of light" has taken place biannually since 2000, parallel to the ''Light + building'' exhibition at the trade fair. Many buildings are specially lit for the event. In 2008, more than 220 light installations could be seen, attracting 100,000 visitors. * Wäldchestag – ''Day of the forest'' is known as a regional holiday because until the 1990s it was common that Frankfurt's shops were closed on this day. The festival takes place over four days after Pentecost with the formal Wäldchestag on Tuesday. Its unique location is in the Frankfurt City Forest, south-west of the city centre in Niederrad. "Wäldches" is a regional dialect of the German word "Wäldchen", meaning "small forest". * Nacht der Museen – ''Night of the museums'' takes place every year in April or May. 50 museums in Frankfurt and in the neighbouring city of
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are open until 2:00 am surrounded by special music events, dance performances, readings and guided tours. A free shuttle operates between the museums. In 2010, approximately 40,000 visitors attended. * Nacht der Clubs – ''Night of the clubs'' is an event similar to Nacht der Museen: On one night as many as 20 clubs can be visited with a single ticket for €12. Usually, club-door policies are loosened to attract new customers. A free shuttle runs between the clubs. 15,000 people participated in 2008. * Wolkenkratzer Festival — The ''Skyscraper Festival'' is unique in Germany. It takes place irregularly, lately in May 2013, and attracted around 1.2 million visitors. For two days most skyscrapers are open to the public. Sky-divers, base jumpers, fireworks and laser shows are extra attractions.


Nightlife

Frankfurt offers a variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs. Clubs concentrate in and around the city centre and in the Ostend (Frankfurt am Main), Ostend district, mainly close to Hanauer Landstraße. Restaurants, bars and pubs concentrate in Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main), Sachsenhausen, Nordend (Frankfurt am Main), Nordend, Bornheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bornheim and Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bockenheim. In electronic music, Frankfurt was a pioneering city in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with renowned DJs including Sven Väth, Marc Trauner, Scot Project and Kai Tracid. One of the main venues of the early Trance music sound was the :de:Omen (Frankfurt am Main), Omen nightclub from 1988 to 1998. Another popular disco club of the 1980s–1990s and a hotspot for Techno/Trance music was the Dorian Gray (club), Dorian Gray, which was located within Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport from 1978 to 2000. Further popular venues were the :de:U60311, U60311 (1998–2012) and the Cocoon (club), Coocoon Club in Fechenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Fechenheim (2004–2012). Notable live music venues of the past include the :de:Sinkkasten (Frankfurt am Main), Sinkkasten Arts Club (1971–2011) and the :de:King Kamehameha Club, King Kamehameha Club (1999–2013). Among the most popular active rock and pop concert venues is the Batschkapp in Seckbach (Frankfurt am Main), Seckbach, which opened in 1976 as a center for autonomous and left-wing counter-culture. Further popular active clubs and music venues include the Velvet Club, The Cave, Cooky's, Nachtleben, Silbergold, Zoom, Tanzhaus West and the Yachtclub.


Domestic culture

* Frankfurt kitchen – Designed originally in 1926 for the New Frankfurt-project and built in some 10,000 units, the kitchen became a milestone in domestic architecture, considered the forerunner of modern fitted kitchens. * Frankfurt cupboard – The Baroque Frankfurt-style cupboards were used to store the family linen, one of them by Goethe's father, who took one cupboard to Rome. The most luxurious versions have wave-shaped parts, some are made of solid cherry wood inlaid with plumwood.


Culinary specialties

* Apfelwein – ''Apple wine'' or ''hard cider'' is regionally known as "Ebbelwoi", "Äppler" or "Stöffsche". It has an alcohol content of 5.5%–7% and a tart, sour taste. It is traditionally served in a glass, typically decorated with lozenges, called "Geripptes", a full glass is then called "Schoppen". Apfelwein is also available in a stoneware jar locally known as "Bembel". A group normally orders a "Bembel" and shares the contents. Apfelwein can be ordered as "sauergespritzer", which is apfelwein blended with 30% mineral water or as "süssgespritzer", which is Apfelwein blended with lemon soda, orange soda or fresh-pressed apple juice (lemon soda being the most common). Most of the pubs which serve Apfelwein are located in Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main), Sachsenhausen, which is therefore known as "Ebbelwoi district". Due to its national drink Frankfurt is sometimes called "Big Ebbel" (pronunciation with Hessian dialects, hessian dialect), an homage to Big Apple, the famous nickname of New York City. * Green sauce#German Grüne Soße, Grüne Soße – ''Green sauce'' is a sauce made with hard-boiled eggs, oil, vinegar, salt and a generous amount of seven fresh herbs, namely borage, sorrel, garden cress, chervil, chives, parsley and salad burnet. Variants, often due to seasonal availability include dill, lovage, lemon balm and spinach. Original green sauce Frankfurt-style is made of herbs that were gathered only on fields within the city limits. * Frankfurter Würstchen – "short Frankfurter" is a small sausage made of smoked pork. They are similar to hot dogs. The name Frankfurter Würstchen has been trademarked since 1860. * Frankfurter Rindswurst – Sausage made of pure beef. * Frankfurter Rippchen – Also known as Rippchen mit Kraut, this is a traditional dish which consists of cured pork cutlets, slowly heated in sauerkraut or meat broth, and usually served with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and yellow mustard. * Handkäse, Handkäs mit Musik – German regional sour milk cheese (similar to Harzer) and a culinary specialty in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main, Rhine Main Region. The traditional way of producing it is by hand. When it is topped with chopped onions it becomes "Handkäs mit Musik" (with music) because the onions are supposed to stimulate flatulence. * Frankfurter Kranz – Cake speciality believed to originate from Frankfurt. * Bethmännchen – "A little Bethmann" is a pastry made from marzipan with almond, powdered sugar, rosewater, flour, and egg. It is usually baked for Christmas.


Quality of life

In a 2001 ranking by the University of Liverpool, Frankfurt was rated the richest city in Europe by GDP per capita, followed by Karlsruhe, Paris and Munich. Frankfurt was voted the 7th in the World's most livable cities, Mercer Quality of Living Survey by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey (2012), seventh in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey (2010) and 18th at the Economist Intelligence Unit, Economist's World's Most Liveable Cities Survey (2011). According to an annual citizen survey (2010), arranged by the city council, 66 percent inhabitants are satisfied or highly satisfied with the city, while only 6 percent said that they are dissatisfied. Compared to the 1993's survey the number of satisfied inhabitants has grown about 22 percent while the number of dissatisfied inhabitants was reduced by 8 percent. 84 percent of the inhabitants like to live in Frankfurt, 13 percent would rather choose to live somewhere else. 37 percent are satisfied with the public safety (1993: only 9 percent), 22 percent are dissatisfied (1993: 64 percent). Frankfurt consistently has the highest levels of crime per 100,000 inhabitants in Germany (15.976 crimes per annum in 2008) and is therefore dubbed the German "crime capital". However, this statistic is often criticized because it ignores major factors: It is calculated based on the administrative 680,000-inhabitant figure while the urban area has 2.5 M inhabitants and on weekdays adds another million people (not counting the 53 million passengers passing through the airport each year). The rate for personal safety-relevant crimes such as murder, manslaughter, rape or bodily harm, is 3.4 percent, placing Frankfurt twelfth in the ranking (related to the official 680,000-inhabitant figure) or number 21 (related to the one-million-figure). In 2018, the state of Hesse, where Frankfurt is located, was ranked the third-safest state in Germany.


Transport


Airports


Frankfurt Airport

The city can be accessed from around the world via
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(''Flughafen Frankfurt am Main'') located southwest of the city centre. The airport has four runways and serves 265 non-stop destinations. Run by transport company Fraport it ranks among the world's busiest airports by passenger traffic and is the world's busiest airports by cargo traffic, busiest airport by cargo traffic in Europe. The airport also serves as a hub for Condor Flugdienst, Condor and as the main hub for German
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. It is the busiest airport in Europe in terms of cargo traffic, and the fourth busiest in Europe in terms of passenger traffic behind London Heathrow Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport in 2018 was 69,510,269 passengers. A third terminal is being constructed (planned to open in 2023). The third terminal will increase the capacity of the airport to over 90 million passengers per year. The airport can be reached by car or bus and has two railway stations, one for regional and one for long-distance traffic. The S-Bahn lines S8 and S9 (direction ''Offenbach Ost'' or ''Hanau Hbf'') departing at the Frankfurt Airport regional station, regional station take 10–15 minutes from the airport to Frankfurt Central Station and onwards to the city centre (Frankfurt Hauptwache station, Hauptwache station), the InterCity, IC and Intercity-Express, ICE trains departing at the Frankfurt Airport long-distance station, long-distance station take 10 minutes to Frankfurt Central Station.


Frankfurt Hahn Airport

Despite the name, Frankfurt–Hahn Airport, Frankfurt Hahn Airport (''Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn'') is situated approximately from the city in Lautzenhausen (Rhineland-Palatinate). Hahn Airport is a major base for low-cost carrier Ryanair. This airport can only be reached by car or bus. An hourly bus service runs from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, Frankfurt Central Station, taking just over 2 hours. Passenger traffic at Hahn Airport in 2010 was 3.5 million.


Frankfurt Egelsbach Airport

Frankfurt Egelsbach Airport (''Flugplatz Frankfurt-Egelsbach'') is a busy general aviation airport located south-east of Frankfurt Airport, near Egelsbach.


Roads

Frankfurt is a traffic hub for the German motorway (''
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is an Autobahn interchange close to the airport, where the Bundesautobahn 3 (A3), Cologne to Würzburg, and the Bundesautobahn 5 (A5), Basel to Hanover, meet. With approximately 320,000 cars passing through it every day, it is Europe's most heavily used interchange. The Bundesautobahn 66 (A66) connects Frankfurt with Wiesbaden in the west and Fulda in the east. The Bundesautobahn 661 (A661) is mainly a commuter motorway that starts in the south (Egelsbach), runs through the eastern part and ends in the north (Oberursel). The Bundesautobahn 648 (A648) is a very short motorway in the western part which primarily serves as a fast connection between the A 66 and the Frankfurt Trade Fair. The A5 in the west, the A3 in the south and the A661 in the north-east form a ring road around the inner city districts and define a Low-emission zone (''Umweltzone''; established in 2008), meaning that vehicles have to meet certain emission criteria to enter the zone. The streets of central Frankfurt are usually congested with cars during rush hour. Some areas, especially around the shopping streets Zeil, Goethestraße and Freßgass, are pedestrian-only streets. Car parks are located throughout the city and especially in the city centre.


Railway stations


Frankfurt Central Station

(''Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof'', often abbreviated as ''Frankfurt (Main) Hbf'' or ''F-Hbf'') is the largest railway station in Germany by railway traffic. By daily passenger volume, it ranks second together with München Hauptbahnhof, Munich Central Station (350,000 each) after Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, Hamburg Central Station (450,000). It is located between the Gallus (Frankfurt am Main), Gallus, the Gutleutviertel and the Bahnhofsviertel (Frankfurt am Main), Bahnhofsviertel district, not far away from the trade fair and the financial district. It serves as a major hub for long-distance trains (InterCity, InterCityExpress, ICE) and regional trains as well as for Frankfurt's public transport system. It is a stop for most of ICE high-speed lines, making it Germany's most important ICE station. ICE Trains to London via the Channel Tunnel were planned for 2013. All Rhine-Main S-Bahn lines, two Frankfurt U-Bahn, U-Bahn lines (U4, U5), several tram and bus lines stop there. Regional and local trains are integrated in the Public transport system Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV), the second-largest integrated public transport systems in the world, after Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg.


Frankfurt Airport stations

Frankfurt Airport can be accessed by two railway stations: Frankfurt Airport long-distance station (''Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof'') is only for long-distance traffic and connects the airport to the main rail network, with most of the InterCityExpress, ICE services using the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line. The long-distance station is located outside the actual airport ground but has a connecting bridge for pedestrians to Terminal 1, concourse B. Frankfurt Airport regional station (''Frankfurt Flughafen Regionalbahnhof'') is for local Rhine-Main S-Bahn, S-Bahn trains (lines S8, S9) and regional trains. The regional station is located within Terminal 1, concourse B.


Frankfurt South station

Frankfurt's third long-distance station is Frankfurt South station (''Frankfurt Südbahnhof'', often abbreviated as ''Frankfurt (Main) Süd'' or ''F-Süd''), located in Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main), Sachsenhausen. It is an important destination for local trains and trams (lines 15, 16 and 18) and the terminal stop for four U-Bahn lines (U1, U2, U3, U8) as well as two S-Bahn lines (S5, S6). Two other S-Bahn lines (S3, S4) also serve the station.


Messe stations

The Frankfurt Trade Fair offers two railway stations: Frankfurt Messe station, Messe station is for local Rhine-Main S-Bahn, S-Bahn trains (lines S3-S6) and is located at the centre of the trade fair premises while Festhalle/Messe station is served by U-Bahn line U4 and is located at the north-east corner of the premises.


Konstablerwache station and Hauptwache station

Two other major railway stations in the city centre are Konstablerwache and Hauptwache, located on each end of the Zeil. They are the main stations to change from east-to-west-bound S-Bahn trains to north-to-south-bound U-Bahn trains. Konstablerwache station is the second-busiest railway station regarding daily passenger volume (191,000) after the central station. The third-busiest railway station is Hauptwache station (181,000).


Frankfurt West Station

This Station, located in Bockenheim, is served by north-heading Long-Distance ICE trains, multiple regional trains, and four commuter S-Bahn lines (S3, S4, S5, S6). Additionally, it is an important terminal stop for three "Metrobus" lines (M32, M36, M73).


Coach stations

There are three stations for intercity bus services in Frankfurt: one at the south side of the Central Station, one at the Terminal 2 of the airport and another one at Stephanstraße.


Public transport

The city has two rapid transit systems: the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn, as well as an above-ground tram system. Information about the U- and S-Bahn can be found on the website of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund, RMV.


S-Bahn

Nine S-Bahn lines (S1 to S9) connect Frankfurt with the densely populated Frankfurt Rhein-Main Region, Rhine Main Region. Most routes have at least 15-minute service during the day, either by one line running every 15 minutes, or by two lines servicing one route at a 30-minute interval. All lines, except line S7, run through the Frankfurt city tunnel and serve the stations Frankfurt Ostendstraße station, Ostendstraße, Frankfurt (Main) Konstablerwache station, Konstablerwache, Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station, Hauptwache, Taunusanlage station, Taunusanlage and Frankfurt Central Station. When leaving the city the S-Bahn travels above ground. It provides access to the trade fair (S3, S4, S5, S6), the airport (S8, S9), the stadium (S7, S8, S9) and nearby cities such as Wiesbaden, Mainz, Darmstadt, Rüsselsheim, Hanau,
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, Oberursel, Bad Homburg, Kronberg, Friedberg, Hesse, Friedberg and smaller towns that are on the way. The S8/S9 runs 24/7.


U-Bahn

The U-Bahn has nine lines (U1 to U9) serving Frankfurt and the larger suburbs of Bad Homburg and Oberursel in the north. The trains that run on the U-Bahn are in fact light rail (''Stadtbahn'') as many lines travel along a track in the middle of the street instead of underground further from the city centre. The minimum service interval is 2.5 minutes, although the usual pattern is that each line runs at 7.5- to 10-minute intervals, which produce between 3- and 5-minute intervals on city centre tracks shared by more than one line.


Tram

Frankfurt has ten tram lines (11, 12, 14 to 21), with trams arriving usually every 10 minutes. Many sections are served by two lines, combining to run at 5-minute intervals during rush-hour. Trams only run above ground and serve more stops than the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn.


Bus

A number of bus lines complete the Frankfurt public transport system. Night buses replace U-Bahn and tram services between 1:30 am and 3:30 am. The central junction for the night bus service is Konstablerwache in the city centre, where all night bus lines start and end.


Taxis

Taxicabs can usually be found outside the major S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations, at the central station, the south station, the airport, the trade fair and in the crowded inner-city shopping streets. The common way to obtain a taxi is to either call a taxi operator or to go to a taxi rank. However, although not the norm, one can hail a passing taxi on the street. Uber ceased operations in Frankfurt on 9 November 2015 after operating in the city for 18 months.


Bicycles

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makes bicycles available for hire through their Call a Bike service. The bicycles are stationed all over the city, including at selected railway stations. They can easily be spotted because of their eye-catching silver-red colour. To rent a specific bike, riders either call a service number to get an unlock code or reserve the bike via the smartphone application. To return the bike, the rider locks it within a designated return area (and calls the service number, if not booked via the app). Nextbike also makes bicycles available for hire in Frankfurt. They are stationed all over the city. These can be spotted with their blue color scheme. Cycle rickshaws (velotaxis), a type of tricycle designed to carry passengers in addition to the driver, are also available. These are allowed to operate in pedestrian-only areas and are therefore practical for sightseeing. Frankfurt has a network of cycle routes. Many long-distance bike routes into the city have cycle tracks that are separate from motor vehicle traffic. A number of roads in the city centre are "bicycle streets" where the cyclist has the right of way and where motorised vehicles are only allowed access if they do not disrupt the cycle users. In addition, cyclists are allowed to ride many cramped one-way streets in both directions. , 15 percent of citizens used bicycles.


Economy and business

Frankfurt is one of the world's most important
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s and Germany's financial capital, followed by Hamburg and Stuttgart. Frankfurt was ranked 8th at the Financial centre#International Financial Centers Development Index, International Financial Centers Development Index (2013), 8th at the Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index (2008), 9th at the
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(September 2013), 10th at the Global city#Global Power City Index, Global Power City Index (2011), 11th at the Global city#Global City Competitiveness Index, Global City Competitiveness Index (2012), 12th at the Innovation Cities Index (2011), 14th at the Global city#World City Survey, World City Survey (2011) and 23rd at the Global city#Global Cities Index, Global Cities Index (2012). The city's importance as a financial centre has risen since the eurozone crisis. Indications are the establishment of two institutions of the European System of Financial Supervisors (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and European Systemic Risk Board) in 2011 and the Single Supervisory Mechanism by which the European Central Bank was to assume responsibility for specific supervisory tasks related to the financial stability of the biggest and most important Eurozone banks. According to an annual study by Cushman & Wakefield, the European Cities Monitor (2010), Frankfurt has been one of the top three cities for international companies in Europe, after London and Paris, since the survey started in 1990. It is the only German city considered to be an Global city#GaWC study, alpha world city (category 3) as listed by the Loughborough University group's 2010 inventory, which was a promotion from the group's 2008 inventory when it was ranked as an alpha minus world city (category 4). With over 922 jobs per 1,000 inhabitants, Frankfurt has the highest concentration of jobs in Germany. On work days and Saturdays, one million people commute from all over the Rhein-Main Region, Rhein-Main-Area. The city is expected to benefit from international banks relocating jobs from London to Frankfurt as a result of Brexit to retain access to the EU market. Thus far, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup Inc., Standard Chartered Plc and Nomura Holdings Inc. announced they would move their EU headquarters to Frankfurt.


Central banks

Frankfurt is home to two important central banks: the German Bundesbank and the European Central Bank (ECB).


European Central Bank

The European Central Bank (''Europäische Zentralbank'') is one of the world's most important central banks. The ECB sets monetary policy for the Eurozone, consisting of 19 Member state of the European Union, EU member states that have adopted the Euro (€) as their common currency. From 1998 the ECB Headquarters have been located in Frankfurt, first in the Eurotower (Frankfurt), Eurotower at Willy-Brandt-Platz and in two other nearby high-rises. The new Seat of the European Central Bank in the Ostend (Frankfurt am Main), Ostend district, consisting of the former wholesale market hall (''Großmarkthalle'') and a newly built 185-metre skyscraper, was completed in late 2014. The new building complex was designed to accommodate up to 2,300 ECB personnel. The location is a few kilometres away from the city centre and borders an industrial area as well as the Osthafen (''East Harbour''), It was primarily chosen because of its large premises which allows the ECB to install security arrangements without high fences. The city honours the importance of the ECB by officially using the slogan "The City of the Euro" since 1998.


Deutsche Bundesbank

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(German Federal Bank), located in Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Ginnheim, was established in 1957 as the central bank for the Federal Republic of Germany. Until the euro (€) was introduced in 1999, the Deutsche Bundesbank was responsible for the monetary policy of Germany and for the German currency, the Deutsche Mark (DM). The Bundesbank was greatly respected for its control of inflation through the second half of the 20th century. Today the Bundesbank is an integral part of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) which is formed by all 27 EU member states.


Commercial banks

In 2010, 63 national and 152 international banks had a registered office, including the headquarters of the major German banks, as well as 41 offices of international banks. Frankfurt is therefore known as Bankenstadt ("City of the banks") and nicknamed "Mainhattan" (a portmanteau of the local
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in New York City) or "Bankfurt". 73,200 people were employed at banks in 2010. *
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— Germany's largest commercial bank. It had 15% share of private customers and total assets of €1,900 billion in 2010. Deutsche Bank ranks among the 30 largest banks in the world and the ten largest banks in Europe. Deutsche Bank is listed on the DAX, the stock market index of the 30 largest German business companies at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. In November 2010 Deutsche Bank bought the majority of shares of competitor Deutsche Postbank, Postbank. Its Deutsche Bank Twin Towers, headquarters are located at Taunusanlage in the financial district. *
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— Central institution for more than 900 Cooperative banking, co-operative banks (''Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken, Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken'') and their 12,000 branch offices in Germany and is a corporate and investment bank. It is Germany's second-largest bank (total assets: €509 billion). The DZ Bank Group defines itself primarily as a service provider for the local Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken and their 30 million clients. The DZ Bank headquarters are the Westend Tower and the City-Haus at Platz der Republik. The DZ Bank Group includes Union Investment, DVB Bank and Reisebank, which are also headquartered in Frankfurt. * KfW, KfW Bankengruppe — Government-owned development bank formed in 1948 as part of the Marshall Plan. KfW provides loans for approved purposes at lower rates than commercial banks, especially to medium-sized businesses. With total assets of €507 billion (2017), it is Germany's third-largest bank. The KfW headquarters are located in the Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend district at Bockenheimer Landstraße and Senckenberganlage. *
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— Germany's fourth-largest bank by total assets (2017). In 2009, Commerzbank merged with competitor Dresdner Bank, then the third-largest German bank. Due to the merger and the higher credit risks, Commerzbank was 25% Nationalization, nationalized during the Great Recession. It is listed in the DAX. Its headquarters are at Commerzbank Tower (259 metres), the List of tallest buildings in the European Union, second-tallest building in the EU, at Kaiserplatz. * Helaba, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen – Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, or short Helaba, is a commercial bank owned by the states of
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and Thuringia (''Landesbank''). As such, it is a service provider for the local German public banks (''Sparkassen''). Helaba is one of nine ''Landesbanken'' and is the fifth-largest in Germany. It is located in the 200-metre-tall Main Tower in the financial district, the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with an observation desk open to the public. * DekaBank – DekaBank is the central asset manager of the ''Sparkassen'' in Germany. The headquarters of DekaBank are located at the Trianon (Frankfurt am Main), Trianon skyscraper at Mainzer Landstraße. * ING Group, ING Diba Germany – Germany's largest direct bank, headquartered in Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bockenheim. Other major German banks include Frankfurter Volksbank, the second-largest ''Volksbank'' in Germany, Frankfurter Sparkasse and old-established private banks such as Metzler Bank, Bankhaus Metzler, Hauck & Aufhäuser and Bethmann bank, Delbrück Bethmann Maffei. Many international banks have a registered or a representative office, e.g., Credit Suisse, UBS, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of China, Banco do Brasil, Itaú Unibanco Société Générale, BNP Paribas, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, SEB, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays.


Frankfurt Stock Exchange

The Frankfurt Stock Exchange (''Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse'') began in the 9th century. By the 16th century Frankfurt had developed into an important European hub for trade fairs and financial services. Today the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is by far the largest in Germany, with a turnover of more than 90 percent of the German stock market and is the third-largest in Europe after the London Stock Exchange and the European branch of the NYSE Euronext. The most important stock market index is the DAX, the index of the 30 largest German business companies listed at the stock exchange. The stock exchange is owned and operated by Deutsche Börse, which is itself listed in the DAX. Deutsche Börse also owns the European futures exchange Eurex and clearing company Clearstream. Trading takes place exclusively via the Xetra (trading system), Xetra trading system, with redundant floor brokers taking on the role of market-makers on the new platform. On 1 February 2012 European Commission blocked the proposed merger of Deutsche Börse and New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext. "The merger between Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext would have led to a near-monopoly in European financial derivatives worldwide. These markets are at the heart of the financial system and it is crucial for the whole European economy that they remain competitive. We tried to find a solution, but the remedies offered fell far short of resolving the concerns." European competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia said. It is located in the city centre at the Börsenplatz. Deutsche Börse's headquarters are formally registered in Frankfurt, but it moved most of its employees to a high-rise called "The Cube" in Eschborn in 2010, primarily due to significantly lower local corporate taxes.


Frankfurt Trade Fair

Frankfurt Trade Fair (''Messe Frankfurt'') has the third-largest exhibition site in the world with a total of 578,000 square metres (6,221,540 square feet). The trade fair premises are located in the western part between Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Bockenheim, the Westend (Frankfurt am Main), Westend and the Gallus (Frankfurt am Main), Gallus district. It houses ten exhibition halls with a total of 321,754 square meters (3,463,331 square feet) of space and 96,078 square metres (1,034,175 square feet) of outdoor space. Hosted in Frankfurt are the Frankfurt Motor Show (''Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung – IAA''), the world's largest auto show, the
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(''Frankfurter Buchmesse''), the world's largest book fair, the Ambiente Frankfurt, the world's largest Final good, consumer goods fair, the Achema, the world's largest plant engineering fair, and many more like Paperworld, Christmasworld, Beautyworld, Tendence Lifestyle or Light+Building. Messe Frankfurt GmbH, the owner and operator company, organized 87 exhibitions in 2010, 51 thereof in foreign countries. It is one of the largest trade fair companies with commercial activities in over 150 countries.


Aviation

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is one of the busiest airports in the world and is also the single largest place of work in Germany with over 500 companies which employ 71,500 people (2010). Fraport is the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport. It is the airport's second-largest employer (19,800 workers in 2010). Fraport also operates other airports worldwide, e.g., King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima and Antalya Airport. The largest company at Frankfurt Airport is Lufthansa, Germany's
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and Europe's largest airline. Lufthansa employs 35,000 people in Frankfurt. The Lufthansa Aviation Center (LAC) is the main operation base of Lufthansa at Frankfurt Airport. The airport serves as Lufthansa's primary Airline hub, hub with 157 worldwide destinations (compared to 110 destinations at Munich Airport, Lufthansa's second-largest hub). Lufthansa Cargo is based in Frankfurt and operates its largest cargo center (LCC) at Frankfurt Airport. Lufthansa Flight Training is also based here. Condor Flugdienst, Condor is a German airline based at Frankfurt Airport.


Other industries


Accountancy and professional services

Three of the four largest international accountancy and professional services firms ''(Big Four (audit firms), Big Four)'' are present. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) German headquarters are located at Tower 185. KPMG moved its European Headquarters (KPMG#Recent history, KPMG Europe LLP) to The Squaire. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu are present, while Ernst & Young is located in Eschborn.


Credit rating agencies

The three major international credit rating agency, credit rating agencies – Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch Group, Fitch Ratings – have their German headquarters in Frankfurt.


Investment trust companies

DWS Investments is the largest investment trust company in Germany and manages €288 billion fund assets. It is one of the 10 largest investment trust companies in the world. Other large investment trust companies are Allianz Global Investors Europe (a division of Allianz SE, and a top-five global active investment manager with €1,933 billion assets under management globally), Union Investment and Deka Investmentfonds.


Management consultancies

Many of the largest international Management consulting, management consultancies are represented, including Arthur D. Little, McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Booz & Company, Oliver Wyman, Bearing Point, Capgemini, Bain & Company and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.


Real estate services companies

Located in Frankfurt are the German headquarters of Jones Lang LaSalle and BNP Paribas Real Estate.


Law firms

Frankfurt has the highest concentration of lawyers in Germany, with one lawyer per 97 inhabitants (followed by Düsseldorf with a ratio of 1/117 and Munich with 1/124) in 2005. Most of the large international law firms maintain offices, among them Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Bird & Bird, Clifford Chance, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Debevoise & Plimpton, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters, Mayer Brown, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Norton Rose, Shearman & Sterling, Sidley Austin, SJ Berwin, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Sullivan & Cromwell, K&L Gates, Taylor Wessing and White & Case.


Advertising agencies

Although it is best known for its banks and financial institutions, Frankfurt is also a centre for media companies. Around 570 companies of the advertising industry and 270 public relations companies are there. According to a ranking of German Focus (German magazine), FOCUS magazine (November 2007) seven of the 48 largest Advertising agency, advertising agencies in Germany are based in Frankfurt, including Havas, Dentsu Aegis Network, Dentsu, McCann-Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi, J. Walter Thompson, JWT, and Publicis.


Food

Frankfurt is home to the German headquarters of Nestlé, the world's largest food industry, food company, located in Niederrad (Frankfurt am Main), Niederrad. Other important food companies are Ferrero SpA (German headquarters) and Radeberger Gruppe KG, the largest private brewery group in Germany.


Automotive

The South-Korean Automotive industry, automobile manufacturer Kia Motors moved its European headquarters to Frankfurt in 2007. In the same year, Italian manufacturer Fiat opened its new German headquarters. The automotive supplier Continental AG has the headquarters and a major manufacturing plant of its Chassis & Safety division (formerly ITT Automotive) located in Frankfurt Rödelheim.


Construction

Some of the largest German construction companies have offices, e.g., Bilfinger Berger, Hochtief, Züblin and BAM Deutschland.


Property and real estate

Frankfurt has Germany's highest concentration of homeowners. This is partly attributed to the financial sector, but also to its cosmopolitan nature, with expatriates and immigrants representing one-fourth of its population. For this reason, Frankfurt's property market often operates differently than the rest of the country where the prices are generally flatter.


Tourism

Frankfurt is one of Germany's leading tourist destinations. In addition to its infrastructure and economy, its diversity supports a vibrant cultural scene. This blend of attractions led 4.3 million tourists (2012) to visit Frankfurt. The Hotels in central Frankfurt offer 34,000 beds in 228 hotels, of which 13 are luxury hotels and 46 are first-class hotels.


Other

Frankfurt is home to companies from the chemical, transportation, telecommunication and energy industries. Some of the larger companies are: * Industriepark Höchst — An industrial park in Höchst (Frankfurt am Main), Höchst. It is one of Germany's largest with over 90 companies from the Pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical, the Chemical industry, chemical and the biotechnology industry, including Celanese, Clariant, BASF, Merck KGaA and Siemens. It was founded by chemical company Hoechst AG in 1874. At the beginning of the 1980s Hoechst AG was the largest pharmaceutical corporation and Industriepark Höchst was known as "the pharmacy of the world". Hoechst AG merged with Rhône-Poulenc to become Aventis in 1999 and in 2004 Aventis merged with Sanofi-Synthélabo to become Sanofi-Aventis. In 2005, around 22,000 people worked at Industriepark Höchst. In 2011, Ticona now part of Celanese, an international manufacturer of engineering polymers, moved to Industriepark Höchst. * Deutsche Bahn – Deutsche Bahn subsidiaries DB Fernverkehr, DB Regio, DB Stadtverkehr, DB Netz, DB Schenker and the corporate development department of Deutsche Bahn are Frankfurt-based. * Deutsche Telekom – Deutsche Telekom's subsidiary T-Systems is Frankfurt-based. * COLT Group, COLT – Telecommunications company with Frankfurt-based German headquarters. * CenturyLink — internet service provider with German headquarters in Frankfurt. * DE-CIX – Frankfurt is an important location for electronic communication, especially the Internet. It is home to DE-CIX, the world's largest
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, and also the place where domain names are registered for top-level-domain ".de". * Mainova – The largest regional Energy supply, energy supplier in Germany with about one million customers in
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. It provides electricity, gas, heat and water. Its headquarters are Frankfurt-based.


Urban area (suburban) businesses

Within Frankfurt's urban area are several important companies. The business centre of Eschborn is located right at Frankfurt's city limits in the west and attracts businesses with significantly lower corporate taxes compared to Frankfurt. Major companies in Eschborn include Ernst & Young, Vodafone Germany, Randstad Holding and VR Leasing. Deutsche Börse moved most of its employees to Eschborn in 2010. Rüsselsheim is internationally known for its Automotive industry, automobile manufacturer Opel, one of the biggest automobile manufacturers in Germany. With 20,000 employees in 2003, Opel was one of the five largest employers in
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is home to the European headquarters of automobile manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company, to the German headquarters of automobile manufacturer Honda, to Honeywell, Honeywell Germany and to Deutscher Wetterdienst, the central scientific agency that monitors weather and meteorology, meteorological conditions over Germany. Two DAX companies are located in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Fresenius (company), Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA and Fresenius Medical Care. Other major companies are Hewlett-Packard, Bridgestone, Deutsche Leasing and Basler Versicherungen. Kronberg im Taunus is home of the German headquarters of automobile manufacturer Jaguar Cars as well as the German headquarters of Accenture. Lufthansa Systems, a subsidiary of
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, is located in Kelsterbach. LSG Sky Chefs, another subsidiary of
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, is located in Neu-Isenburg. The German headquarters of Thomas Cook Group are based in Oberursel (Taunus), Oberursel. Langen, Hesse, Langen is home to Deutsche Flugsicherung, the German air traffic control.


Public institutions


European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is an institution of the EU and part of the European System of Financial Supervisors that was created in response to the financial crisis of 2007–2008. It was established on 1 January 2011.


Federal Financial Supervisory Authority

Frankfurt is one of two locations of the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (''Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht'', short: ''BaFin''). The BaFin is an independent federal institution and acts as Germany's Financial regulation, financial regulatory authority.


International Finance Corporation

Frankfurt is home to the German office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is part of the World Bank Group. The IFC promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing country, developing countries.


German National Library

Frankfurt is one of two sites of the German National Library (''Deutsche Nationalbibliothek''), the other being Leipzig. The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek is the largest universal library in Germany. Its task, unique in Germany, is to collect, permanently archive, comprehensively document and record bibliographically all German and German-language publications from 1913 on, foreign publications about Germany, translations of German works and the works of German-speaking emigrants published abroad between 1933 and 1945, and to make them available to the public.


Consulates

As a profoundly international city, Frankfurt hosts 92 diplomatic missions (consulates and Consulate- general, consulates-general). Worldwide, only New York City and Hamburg are non-capital cities with more foreign representation. The Consulate General of the United States in Frankfurt, Consulate General of the United States in Eckenheim (Frankfurt am Main), Eckenheim is the largest American consulate in the world.


Courts

Several courts are located in Frankfurt, including: * Hessisches Landesarbeitsgericht (Hessian State Employment Court) * Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt (Higher Regional Court Frankfurt) * Landgericht Frankfurt (Regional Court Frankfurt) * Amtsgericht Frankfurt (Local Court Frankfurt) * Sozialgericht Frankfurt (Social Court Frankfurt) * Arbeitsgericht Frankfurt (Employment Court Frankfurt) * Verwaltungsgericht Frankfurt (Administration Court Frankfurt)


Education and research


Universities and schools

Frankfurt hosts two universities and several specialist schools. The two business schools are Goethe University Frankfurt's Goethe Business School and
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Johann Wolfgang Goethe University

The oldest and best-known university is the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, with locations in Bockenheim, Westend, and Riedberg, and the university hospital in Niederrad. Goethe Business School is part of the University's House of Finance at Campus Westend. The Business School's Full-Time MBA program has over 70% international students.


Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences was created out of several older organisations in 1971, and offers over 38 study areas, in the arts, sciences, engineering and law. Some of the most important research projects: Planet Earth Simulator, FraLine-IT-School-Service, quantitative analysis of methane in human corpses with the help of a mass spectrometer, software engineering (e.g., fraDesk), analysis of qualitative and quantitative gas in human lungs, long-term studies on photovoltaic modules (to name only a few).


Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

The city is also home to a business school,
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, formerly known as the ' (Institution of Higher Learning for Banking Economics), with its new campus near Deutsche Nationalbibliothek U-Bahn stop (recently moving from its previous location in the Ostend (Eastend) neighbourhood). In 2001, it became a specialist institution for Economics and Management, or FOM. Frankfurt School is consistently ranked among the best business schools in the world, attributed to its high research output and quality of undergraduate and graduate training.


Städelschule

Frankfurt has the State Institution of Higher Learning for Artistic Education known as the Städelschule, founded in 1817 by Johann Friedrich Städel. It was taken over by the city in 1942 and turned into a state art school.


Music schools and conservatory

Music institutions are the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, and the Hoch Conservatory (Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium) which was founded in 1878. The International Ensemble Modern Academy is a significant institution for the study of contemporary music.


Other notable schools

The Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology (German:''Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen''), a private institution with membership in the German Jesuit Association, has been located in Sachsenhausen (Frankfurt am Main), Sachsenhausen since 1950.


Education and media

Frankfurt schools rank among the best-equipped schools nationwide for the availability of PCs and other media facilities. In order to assure maintenance and support of the school PCs, the city in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Giessen-Friedberg, University of Applied Sciences launched the project Fraline – IT-Schul-Service, an initiative employing students to provide basic school IT-support.


Research institutes

The city is home to three Max Planck Society institutes: the Max Planck Institute for European History of Law (MPIeR), Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research. The Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, sponsored by several institutional and private sources, is involved in theoretical research in physics, chemistry, neuroscience, and computer science. Frankfurt is host to the ''Römisch-Germanische-Kommission'' (RGK), the German Archaeological Institute branch for prehistory, prehistoric archaeology in Germany and Europe. The RGK is involved in a variety of research projects. Its library, with over 130,000 volumes, is one of the largest specialised archaeological libraries in the world.


Trade unions and associations

Frankfurt is home to multiple trade unions and associations, including: * IG Metall, Germany's largest Metalworking, metalworkers trade union, based at the Main Forum high-rise building in the Gutleutviertel (Frankfurt am Main), Gutleutviertel district * IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt, a union for Construction worker, construction and engineering workers, * Education and Science Workers' Union (Germany), Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft, a union for teachers * Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivführer, a union for Railroad engineer, train drivers Trade associations include: * Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik (Electrotechnical, Electronic and Information Technology Association) * DECHEMA, DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie (Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology Association) * Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, which organises the
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* Bundesverband des Deutschen Versandhandels (German Catalogue Selling Association) * Verband der Chemischen Industrie (Chemical Industry Association) * Verband der Photoindustrie (Photography Industry Association) * Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (German Machine and Equipment Building Association) * Verband der Köche Deutschlands (German Cooks Association)


Media


Newspapers

Two important daily newspapers are published. The conservative ''Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung'', also known as ''FAZ'', was founded in 1949 and is the German newspaper with the widest circulation outside of Germany, with its editors claiming to deliver the newspaper to 148 countries every day. The FAZ has a circulation of over 380,000 copies daily. The other important newspaper, the ''Frankfurter Rundschau'', was first published in 1945 and has a daily circulation of over 181,000.


Magazines

Several magazines also originate from Frankfurt. The local ''Journal Frankfurt'' is the best-known magazine for events, parties, and "insider tips". ''Öko-Test'' is a consumer-oriented magazine that focuses on ecological topics. Titanic (magazine), ''Titanic'' is a well-known and often criticized satire, satirical magazine with a circulation of approximately 100,000.


Radio and TV

Frankfurt's first radio station was the Südwestdeutsche Rundfunkdienst AG (Southwest German Broadcast Service), founded in 1924. Its successor service is the public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk (Hessian Broadcast Service). It is located at the "Broadcasting House Dornbusch, Funkhaus am Dornbusch" in the Dornbusch (Frankfurt am Main), Dornbusch district and is one of the most important radio and television Broadcasting, broadcasters in Hesse, with additional studios in Kassel, Darmstadt and Fulda. Bloomberg TV and RTL Television have regional studios. Other radio broadcasters include Main FM and Radio X. From August 1945 to October 2004, the American Forces Network (AFN) had broadcast from Frankfurt. Due to troop reductions the AFN's location has been closed with AFN now broadcasting from Mannheim.


News agency

Frankfurt is home to the German office of Reuters, a global news agency. Associated Press and US-based international news agency Feature Story News have bureaux in Frankfurt.


Sports

Frankfurt is home to several professional sports teams. Some of them have won German Championships. E.g. the Skyliners Frankfurt won the German Basketball Championship in 2004 and the German Basketball Cup, German Cup in 2000. Women's side Eintracht Frankfurt (women), 1. FFC Frankfurt (merged with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2020) are Germany's record title-holders;
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are one-time German champions, five-times winners of the DFB-Pokal, and winners of the UEFA Cup in 1980. Frankfurt hosts the following sports teams or clubs: * Eintracht Frankfurt (women), Eintracht Frankfurt, Association football, Football (women) *
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, Association football, Football (men) * FSV Frankfurt, Association football, Football (men) * Rot-Weiss Frankfurt, Association football, Football * Frankfurter FC Germania 1894, Association football, Football * Skyliners Frankfurt, Basketball * Frankfurt Galaxy (ELF), Frankfurt Galaxy, NFL Europe, American football * Frankfurt Universe, German Football League, American football * Frankfurt Pirates, German Football League, American football * Frankfurt Sarsfields GAA, Gaelic football * Frankfurt Lions (until 2010), Ice hockey * Löwen Frankfurt (since 2010), Ice hockey * SC 1880 Frankfurt, Rugby union Frankfurt is host to the Classic cycle races, classic cycle race Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop (known as ''Rund um den Henninger-Turm'' from 1961 to 2008). The city hosts also the annual
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and the Ironman Germany. In addition to the former, it is one of 13 global host locations to the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challeng

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Sights in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main-Area

Besides the tourist attractions in central Frankfurt many internationally famous sites are within 80 km (50 mi) of the city, such as:


North

* Taunus, Taunus mountain range * Saalburg, Roman Empire Army Camp Saalburg * Limes (Roman Empire), Limes (former northern border of the Roman Empire) * Bad Homburg vor der Höhe with its famous casino * Bad Nauheim Elvis Presley memorial * Hessenpark


West

* Wiesbaden with its Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, Kurhaus, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, State Theater, Neroberg and Casino * Rüdesheim am Rhein, Rüdesheim * Rheingau * Eberbach Monastery (the original movie set of the film ''The Name of the Rose'') * Upper Rhine valley, Rhine Valley * River Rhine * Rheinhessen wine region


East

* Leather Museum Offenbach am Main, Offenbach * Hanau Grimm Brothers Summer Festival * German Fairy Tale Route * Spessart


South

* Darmstadt with the Art Nouveau Darmstadt Artists' Colony, Mathildenhöhe * Waldspirale * Russian Chapel in Darmstadt, The former private chapel of the last Tsar of Russia * Vortex Garten, Vortex Garden * Odenwald * Bergstraße Route, Bergstrasse * Vineyards at Heppenheim * Frankenstein Castle * Heidelberg


See also

* Frankfurt School * List of people from Frankfurt * Mayor of Frankfurt-am-Main *List of cities in Hesse by population *List of cities in Germany by population


Notes


References

; Citations


Further reading

; History * Kramer, Waldemar (Hrsg.): ''Frankfurt Chronik''. Verlag Waldemar Kramer, Frankfurt am Main 1987 (3. Auflage), . * Lothar Gall (Hrsg.): ''FFM 1200. Traditionen und Perspektiven einer Stadt''. Jan Thorbecke Verlag, Sigmaringen 1994, (Katalog zur 1200-Jahrfeier 1994 mit wiss. Aufsätzen). * Mack, Ernst: ''Von der Steinzeit zur Stauferstadt. Die frühe Geschichte von Frankfurt am Main''. Verlag Josef Knecht, Frankfurt am Main 1994, . ; Architecture * Schohmann, Heinz: ''Frankfurt am Main und Umgebung. Von der Pfalzsiedlung zum Bankenzentrum''. Dumont Kunstreiseführer. Dumont, Köln 2003, . (mit Schwerpunkt Architektur). * Bodenbach, Christoph (Hrsg.): ''Neue Architektur in Frankfurt am Main''. Junius Verlag, Hamburg 2008, . * Sturm, Philipp, Schmal, Peter Cachola: ''Hochhausstadt Frankfurt. Bauten und Visionen seit 1945''. Prestel, München 2014, . ; Others * Setzepfandt, Christian: ''Geheimnisvolles Frankfurt am Main''. Wartberg, Gudensberg-Gleichen 2003, . * Mosebach, Martin: ''Mein Frankfurt''. Mit Photographien von Barbara Klemm. Insel, Frankfurt am Main 2002, . (Insel-Taschenbuch. Bd 2871)


External links


Official website
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SKYLINE ATLAS – Information portal about the Frankfurt skyline having more than 500 pages

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Frankfurt before and after World War II
* Frankfurt Panoramas

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Geschichte der Juden in Frankfurt a. M. (1150–1824)
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