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FRANKFURT, officially FRANKFURT AM MAIN (German: ( listen ); lit. ' Frankfurt
Frankfurt
on the Main '), is a metropolis and the largest city in the German state of Hesse
Hesse
and the fifth-largest city in Germany. Frankfurt was a city state , the Free City of Frankfurt
Free City of Frankfurt
, for nearly five centuries, and was one of the most important cities of the Holy Roman Empire ; it lost its sovereignty in 1866.

In 2015, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
has a population of 732,688 within its administrative boundaries, and 2.3 million in its urban area . The city is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region , which has a population of 5.5 million and is Germany\'s second-largest metropolitan region after Rhine-Ruhr . Since the enlargement of the European Union
European Union
in 2013 , the geographic centre of the EU is about 40 km (25 mi)( to the east of Frankfurt's central business district , the Bankenviertel . Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is culturally and ethnically diverse, with around half of the population, and a majority of young people, having a migration background . A quarter of the population are foreign nationals, including many expatriates .

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is an alpha world city and a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation. It is the site of many global and European corporate headquarters. Frankfurt Airport is among the world's busiest. Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is the major financial centre of the European continent, with the HQs of the European Central Bank
European Central Bank
, German Federal Bank , Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Frankfurt Stock Exchange
, Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank
, Commerzbank , DZ Bank , KfW , several cloud and fintech startups and other institutes. Automotive, technology and research, services, consulting, media and creative industries complement the economic base. Frankfurt's DE-CIX is the world's largest internet exchange point . Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's largest trade fairs . Major fairs include the Frankfurt Motor Show , the world's largest motor show, the Music Fair , and the Frankfurt Book Fair , the world's largest book fair.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is home to influential educational institutions, including the Goethe University , the UAS , the FUMPA , and graduate schools like the Frankfurt School of Finance "> Often narrowly stereotyped as a financial city, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is multifaceted, including the entertainment district at Bahnhofsviertel .

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is the largest financial centre in continental Europe . It is home to the European Central Bank
European Central Bank
, Deutsche Bundesbank
Deutsche Bundesbank
, Frankfurt Stock Exchange and several large commercial banks.

The Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Frankfurt Stock Exchange
is one of the world's largest stock exchanges by market capitalization 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
, Commerzbank
Commerzbank
, DZ Bank and KfW , as well as 41 representative offices of international banks.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is considered a global city (alpha world city) as listed by the GaWC group's 2012 inventory. Among global cities it was ranked 10th by the Global Power City Index 2011 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 by the Global Financial Centres Index 2013 .

Its central location within Germany
Germany
and Europe makes Frankfurt
Frankfurt
a major air, rail and road transport hub . Frankfurt Airport is one of the world\'s busiest international airports by passenger traffic and the main hub for Germany's flag carrier Lufthansa
Lufthansa
. Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Central Station is one of the largest rail stations in Europe and the busiest junction operated by Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn
, the German national railway company, with 342 trains a day to domestic and European destinations. Frankfurter Kreuz
Frankfurter Kreuz
, the Autobahn
Autobahn
interchange close to the airport, is the most heavily used interchange in the EU, used by 320,000 cars daily. In 2011 human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Frankfurt as seventh in its annual 'Quality of Living' survey of cities around the world. According to The Economist
The Economist
cost-of-living survey, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is Germany's most expensive city and the world's 10th most expensive.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
has many high-rise buildings in the city centre, forming the Frankfurt
Frankfurt
skyline . It is one of the few cities in the European Union to have such a skyline and because of it Germans sometimes refer to Frankfurt
Frankfurt
as Mainhattan , a portmanteau of the local Main River and Manhattan
Manhattan
. The other well known and obvious nickname is Bankfurt . Before World War II
World War II
the city was globally noted for its unique old town with timber-framed buildings, 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 are to be reconstructed as part of the Dom- Römer Project by 2016.

ETYMOLOGY

The legend of the Frankenfurt (ford of the Franks)

Frankonovurd (in Old High German
Old High German
) or Vadum Francorum (in Latin
Latin
) were the first names mentioned in written records from 794. It transformed to Frankenfort during the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
and then to Franckfort and Franckfurth in the modern era . According to historian David Gans , the city was named c. 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. The name is derived from the Franconofurd of the Germanic tribe of the Franks
Franks
; Furt (cf. English 'ford ) where the river was shallow enough to be crossed on foot.

By the 19th century, the name Frankfurt
Frankfurt
had been established as the official spelling. The older English spelling of Frankfort is now rarely seen in reference to Frankfurt
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, 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
Frankfurt
am Main means 'Frankfurt on the Main' (pronounced like English 'mine' or German mein). Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is located on an ancient ford (German: Furt) on the Main River . As a part of early Franconia
Franconia
, the inhabitants were the early Franks
Franks
, thus the city's name reveals its legacy as "the ford of the Franks
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
Frankfurt
an der Oder in the federated state of Brandenburg
Brandenburg
on the Polish border.

The city district Bonames has a name probably dating back to Roman times, thought to be derived from bona me(n)sa (good table).

The common abbreviations for the city, primarily used in railway services and on road signs, are Frankfurt
Frankfurt
(Main), Frankfurt
Frankfurt
(M), Frankfurt
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 IATA code for Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Airport.

HISTORY

Main articles: History of Frankfurt am Main and Timeline of Frankfurt

EARLY HISTORY AND HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE

Roman settlements were established in the area of the Römer, probably in the first century. Nida ( Heddernheim ) was also a Roman civitas capital.

Alemanni
Alemanni
and Franks
Franks
lived there , and by 794, Charlemagne
Charlemagne
presided over an imperial assembly and church synod, at which Franconofurd (alternative spellings end with -furt and -vurd) was first mentioned.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire . From 855, the German kings and emperors were elected and crowned in Aachen
Aachen
. From 1562, the kings and emperors were crowned in Frankfurt, initiated for Maximilian II . This tradition ended in 1792, when 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 St. Bartholomäus Cathedral , known as the Kaiserdom (Emperor's Cathedral), or its predecessors.

The Frankfurter Messe ( Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Trade Fair) was first mentioned in 1150. In 1240, 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
Frankfurt
became a Reichsstadt ( Imperial Free City ), i.e., directly subordinate to the Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
and not to a regional ruler or a local nobleman.

In 1585, Frankfurt
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
Frankfurt
Stock Exchange.

Frankfurt
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
Frankfurt
regained its wealth. Frankfurt
Frankfurt
in 1612 Frankfurt
Frankfurt
in 1872 Kaiserplatz, circa 1880

NAPOLEONIC WARS

In the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic Wars
, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was occupied or bombarded several times by French troops. It remained a free city until the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
in 1805/6. In 1806, it became part of the principality of Aschaffenburg under the Fürstprimas (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 Duke of Frankfurt
Frankfurt
. Napoleon intended to make his adopted son Eugène de Beauharnais , already Prince de Venise ("prince of Venice ", a newly established primogeniture in Italy), Grand Duke of Frankfurt
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 lead 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
Frankfurt
became a fully sovereign city state with a republican form of government. Frankfurt entered the newly founded German Confederation
German Confederation
(till 1866) as a free city, becoming the seat of its Bundestag, the confederal parliament where the nominally presiding Habsburg Emperor of Austria
Austria
was represented by an Austrian "presidential envoy".

After the ill-fated revolution of 1848 , Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was the seat of the first democratically elected German parliament, the Frankfurt Parliament , which met in the Frankfurter Paulskirche
Frankfurter Paulskirche
(St. Paul's Church) and was opened on 18 May 1848. The institution failed in 1849 when the Prussian king 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. View of Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main, including the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge), by Gustave Courbet
Gustave Courbet
(1858)

FRANKFURT AFTER THE LOSS OF SOVEREIGNTY

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
lost its independence after the Austro-Prussian War
Austro-Prussian War
in 1866 when Prussia
Prussia
annexed several smaller states, among them the Free City of Frankfurt
Frankfurt
. Frankfurt
Frankfurt
had stayed neutral in the war, but its free press bothered the Prussians and they used the opportunity to occupy the city by force: Bismarck had been an ambassador to the German Confederation there and constantly quarrelled with the local press. The Prussian administration incorporated Frankfurt
Frankfurt
into its province of Hesse-Nassau . The Prussian occupation and annexation was perceived as a great injustice in Frankfurt, which retained its distinct western European, urban and cosmopolitan character. The formerly independent towns of Bornheim and 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 , Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was occupied by French troops . The French claimed that Articles 42 to 44 of the peace treaty of Versailles concerning the demilitarisation of the Rhineland had been broken. In 1924, Ludwig Landmann became the first Jewish
Jewish
mayor of the city, and led a significant expansion during the following years. During the Nazi era , the synagogues of the city were destroyed.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was severely bombed in World War II
World War II
(1939–1945). About 5,500 residents were killed during the raids, and the once-famous medieval city centre , by that time the largest in Germany, was almost completely destroyed. It became a ground battlefield on 26 March 1945, when the Allied advance into Germany
Germany
was forced to take the city in contested urban combat that included a river assault. The 5th Infantry Division and the 6th Armored Division of the United States
United States
Army captured Frankfurt
Frankfurt
after several days of intense fighting, and it was declared largely secure on 29 March 1945.

After the end of the war, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
became a part of the newly founded state of Hesse, consisting of the old Hesse-(Darmstadt) and the Prussian Hesse
Hesse
provinces. The city was part of the American Zone of Occupation of Germany. The Military Governor for the United States Zone (1945–1949) and the United States
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
Frankfurt
was the original choice for the provisional capital city of the newly founded state of West Germany
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 , preferred the town of Bonn
Bonn
, for the most part because it was close to his hometown, but also because many other prominent politicians opposed the choice of Frankfurt
Frankfurt
out of concern that Frankfurt
Frankfurt
would be accepted as the permanent capital, thereby weakening the West German population's support for a reunification with East Germany
Germany
and the eventual return of the capital to Berlin
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 , 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 Frankfurt Parliament at St. Paul's Church in 1848 Aerial view of the cathedral in May 1945 Reconstruction (1981–1984) of six houses at the east side of the Römerberg which were destroyed in World War II
World War II

The end of the war marked Frankfurt's comeback as Germany's leading financial centre, mainly because Berlin, now a city divided into four sectors , could no longer rival it. In 1948, the allies founded the Bank deutscher Länder , the forerunner of Deutsche Bundesbank
Deutsche Bundesbank
. Following this decision, more financial institutions were re-established, e.g. Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank
and Dresdner Bank . In the 1950s, Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Frankfurt Stock Exchange
regained its position as the country's leading stock exchange.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
also re-emerged as Germany's transportation centre and Frankfurt Airport 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 ( S-Bahn ) linking outlying communities with the city centre, and a deep underground light rail system with smaller coaches ( U-Bahn ) also capable of travelling above ground on rails.

In 1998, the European Central Bank
European Central Bank
was founded in Frankfurt, followed by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority
European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority
and European Systemic Risk Board in 2011.

GEOGRAPHY

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

SITE

Frankfurt's skyline from across the Main, showing construction cranes

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is located on both sides of the Main River , 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 248.31 km2 (95.87 sq mi) and extends over 23.4 km (14.54 mi) east to west and 23.3 km (14.48 mi) north to south. The city centre is north of the River Main in Altstadt district (the historical centre) and the surrounding Innenstadt district. The geographical centre is in Bockenheim district near Frankfurt West station .

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is the centre of the densely populated Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region with a population of 5.5 million. Other important cities in the region are Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden
(capital of Hessen
Hessen
), Mainz (capital of Rhineland-Palatinate ), Darmstadt
Darmstadt
, Offenbach am Main , Hanau
Hanau
, Aschaffenburg , Bad Homburg vor der Höhe , Rüsselsheim , Wetzlar and Marburg
Marburg
.

DISTRICTS

The 46 Stadtteile (city districts) of central Frankfurt
Frankfurt

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 (Ortsbezirke ), which each have a district committee and chairperson.

The largest city district by population and area is Sachsenhausen , while the smallest is Altstadt , Frankfurt's historical center. Three larger city districts (Sachsenhausen, Westend and 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 , Heddernheim and Praunheim ), Goldstein (part of Schwanheim ), Riedberg (part of Kalbach-Riedberg ) and Europaviertel (part of Gallus ). The Bankenviertel (banking district), Frankfurt's financial district, is also not an administrative city district (it covers parts of the western Innenstadt district, the southern Westend district and the eastern Bahnhofsviertel district).

Many city districts are incorporated suburbs ( Vororte ), or were previously independent cities, such as Höchst . Some like Nordend and Westend arose during the rapid growth of the city in the Gründerzeit following the Unification of Germany
Germany
, while others were formed from territory which previously belonged to other city district(s), such as Dornbusch and Riederwald .

HISTORY OF INCORPORATIONS

Until the year 1877 the city's territory consisted of the present-day inner-city districts of Altstadt , Innenstadt , Bahnhofsviertel , Gutleutviertel , Gallus , Westend , Nordend , Ostend and Sachsenhausen .

Bornheim was part of an administrative district called Landkreis Frankfurt, before becoming part of the city on 1 January 1877, followed by Bockenheim on 1 April 1895. Seckbach , Niederrad and Oberrad followed on 1 July 1900. The Landkreis Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was finally dispersed on 1 April 1910, and therefore Berkersheim , Bonames , Eckenheim , Eschersheim , Ginnheim , Hausen , Heddernheim , Niederursel , Praunheim , Preungesheim and Rödelheim joined the City. In the same year a new city district, Riederwald , was created on territory that had formerly belonged to Seckbach and Ostend.

On 1 April 1928 the City of Höchst became part of Frankfurt, as well as its city districts Sindlingen , Unterliederbach and Zeilsheim . Simultaneously the Landkreis Höchst was dispersed with its member cities either joining Frankfurt
Frankfurt
(Fechenheim , Griesheim , Nied , Schwanheim , Sossenheim ) or joining the newly established Landkreis of Main-Taunus-Kreis .

Dornbusch became a city district in 1946. It was created on territory that had formerly belonged to Eckenheim and Ginnheim. Enkheimer Ried

On 1 August 1972 Hesse's smaller suburbs of Harheim , Kalbach , Nieder-Erlenbach , and 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 was the last suburb to become part of Frankfurt
Frankfurt
on 1 January 1977.

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

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
urban area within Hesse
Hesse

To the west Frankfurt
Frankfurt
borders the administrative district (Landkreis ) of Main-Taunus-Kreis with towns such as Hattersheim am Main , Kriftel , Hofheim am Taunus , Kelkheim , Liederbach am Taunus , Sulzbach , Schwalbach am Taunus and Eschborn ; to the northwest the Hochtaunuskreis with 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 Offenbach am Main ; to the south the Kreis Offenbach with Neu-Isenburg and to the southwest the Kreis Groß-Gerau with Mörfelden-Walldorf , Rüsselsheim and Kelsterbach .

Together with these towns (and some larger nearby towns, e.g., Hanau , Rodgau , Dreieich , Langen ) Frankfurt
Frankfurt
forms a contiguous built-up urban area called Stadtregion Frankfurt
Frankfurt
which is not an official administrative district. The urban area had an estimated population of 2.3 million in 2010 and is therefore the 13th largest urban area in the European Union
European Union
.

CLIMATE

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
has a temperate -oceanic climate (Köppen : Cfb). Its average annual temperature is 10.6 °C (51.1 °F), with monthly mean temperatures ranging from 1.6 °C (34.9 °F) in January to 20.0 °C (68.0 °F) in July.

CLIMATE DATA FOR FRANKFURT AIRPORT 1981–2010, EXTREMES 1949–PRESENT

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 15.9 (60.6) 17.8 (64) 24.7 (76.5) 30.3 (86.5) 33.2 (91.8) 37.5 (99.5) 38.8 (101.8) 38.7 (101.7) 32.8 (91) 28.0 (82.4) 19.1 (66.4) 16.3 (61.3) 38.8 (101.8)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 4.2 (39.6) 5.9 (42.6) 10.7 (51.3) 15.4 (59.7) 20.0 (68) 23.1 (73.6) 25.5 (77.9) 25.1 (77.2) 20.3 (68.5) 14.6 (58.3) 8.4 (47.1) 4.9 (40.8) 14.8 (58.6)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 1.6 (34.9) 2.4 (36.3) 6.4 (43.5) 10.3 (50.5) 14.7 (58.5) 17.8 (64) 20.0 (68) 19.5 (67.1) 15.2 (59.4) 10.4 (50.7) 5.6 (42.1) 2.5 (36.5) 10.6 (51.1)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) −1.1 (30) −1.1 (30) 2.1 (35.8) 4.9 (40.8) 9.1 (48.4) 12.3 (54.1) 14.4 (57.9) 14.0 (57.2) 10.5 (50.9) 6.6 (43.9) 2.8 (37) −0.1 (31.8) 6.2 (43.2)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) −21.6 (−6.9) −19.6 (−3.3) −13.0 (8.6) −7.1 (19.2) −2.8 (27) 0.1 (32.2) 2.8 (37) 2.5 (36.5) −0.3 (31.5) −6.3 (20.7) −11.5 (11.3) −17.0 (1.4) −21.6 (−6.9)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 44.5 (1.752) 40.9 (1.61) 48.4 (1.906) 42.1 (1.657) 63.4 (2.496) 58.1 (2.287) 64.7 (2.547) 56.5 (2.224) 53.0 (2.087) 54.7 (2.154) 49.1 (1.933) 53.9 (2.122) 629.18 (24.7709)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS 16.0 13.0 14.0 14.0 15.0 15.0 14.0 14.0 12.0 12.0 14.0 16.0 169

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 50 80 121 178 211 219 233 219 156 103 51 41 1,662

PERCENT POSSIBLE SUNSHINE 18 29 33 42 45 46 47 51 40 30 19 16 34.7

Source #1: Data derived from Deutscher Wetterdienst
Deutscher Wetterdienst

Source #2: Weather Atlas (sunshine data)

CLIMATE DATA FOR FRANKFURT

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

MEAN DAILY DAYLIGHT HOURS 9.0 10.0 12.0 14.0 15.0 16.0 16.0 14.0 13.0 11.0 9.0 8.0 12.3

AVERAGE ULTRAVIOLET INDEX 1 1 3 4 6 7 6 6 4 2 1 1 3.5

SOURCE: WEATHER ATLAS

DEMOGRAPHICS

POPULATION

LARGEST GROUPS OF FOREIGN RESIDENTS

NATIONALITY POPULATION (2017)

Turkey
Turkey
44,845

Croatia
Croatia
21,115

Italy
Italy
19,286

Poland
Poland
17,040

Syria
Syria
14,227

Romania
Romania
12,210

Bulgaria
Bulgaria
10,014

Serbia
Serbia
8,023

Spain
Spain
7,349

Greece
Greece
6,985

Morocco
Morocco
5,112

Portugal
Portugal
5,086

USA 4,720

Afghanistan
Afghanistan
4,446

UK 3,993

Bosnia 3,178

Russia
Russia
3,154

France
France
2,997

Macedonia 2,116

Iraq
Iraq
2,099

Kosovo
Kosovo
1,875

Japan
Japan
1,720

India
India
1,715

China
China
1,693

Pakistan
Pakistan
1,584

Lebanon
Lebanon
1,423

Austria
Austria
1,417

Switzerland
Switzerland
1,336

With a population of 732,688 (2015) within its administrative boundaries and of 2,300,000 in the actual urban area , Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is the fifth largest city in Germany
Germany
after Berlin
Berlin
, Hamburg, Munich
Munich
and Cologne
Cologne
. Central Frankfurt
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
Germany
and the number of inhabitants grew to 553,464 before World War II
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 825,000 within its administrative boundaries in 2020 and more than 2.5 million inhabitants in its urban area.

During the 1970s the state government of Hesse
Hesse
wanted to include the entire urban area into its administrative boundaries. This would have made Frankfurt
Frankfurt
officially the second largest city in Germany
Germany
after Berlin
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.

Population of the 46 city districts on 31 December 2009 No City district (Stadtteil) Area in km² Population Foreign nationals Foreign nationals in % AREA DISTRICT (ORTSBEZIRK)

01 Altstadt 00051 !0.51 km² 3.475 1.122 323 !32.3% 01 – Innenstadt I

02 Innenstadt 00152 !1.52 km² 6.577 2.529 385 !38.5% 01 – Innenstadt I

03 Bahnhofsviertel 00053 !0.53 km² 2.125 810 381 !38.1% 01 – Innenstadt I

04 Westend-Süd 00247 !2.47 km² 17.288 3.445 199 !19.9% 02 – Innenstadt II

05 Westend-Nord 00167 !1.67 km² 8.854 2.184 247 !24.7% 02 – Innenstadt II

06 Nordend-West 00307 !3.07 km² 28.808 5.162 179 !17.9% 03 – Innenstadt III

07 Nordend-Ost 00169 !1.69 km² 26.619 5.580 210 !21.0% 03 – Innenstadt III

08 Ostend 00540 !5.40 km² 26.955 7.213 268 !26.8% 04 – Bornheim/Ostend

09 Bornheim 00266 !2.66 km² 27.184 6.240 230 !23.0% 04 – Bornheim/Ostend

10 Gutleutviertel 00220 !2.20 km² 5.843 1.953 334 !33.4% 01 – Innenstadt I

11 Gallus 00422 !4.22 km² 26.716 11.012 412 !41.2% 01 – Innenstadt I

12 Bockenheim 00804 !8.04 km² 34.740 9.034 260 !26.0% 02 – Innenstadt II

13 Sachsenhausen-Nord 00424 !4.24 km² 30.374 6.507 214 !21.4% 05 – Süd

14 Sachsenhausen-Süd 03491 !34.91 km² 26.114 4.847 186 !18.6% 05 – Süd

15 Flughafen 02000 !20.00 km² 211 14 066 !6.6% 05 – Süd

16 Oberrad 00274 !2.74 km² 12.828 3.113 243 !24.3% 05 – Süd

17 Niederrad 00293 !2.93 km² 22.954 6.569 286 !28.6% 05 – Süd

18 Schwanheim 01773 !17.73 km² 20.162 3.532 175 !17.5% 06 – West

19 Griesheim 00490 !4.90 km² 22.648 8.029 355 !35.5% 06 – West

20 Rödelheim 00515 !5.15 km² 17.841 4.863 273 !27.3% 07 – Mitte-West

21 Hausen 00126 !1.26 km² 7.178 2.135 297 !29.7% 07 – Mitte-West

22/23 Praunheim 00455 !4.55 km² 15.761 3.197 203 !20.3% 07 – Mitte-West

24 Heddernheim 00249 !2.49 km² 16.443 3.194 194 !19.4% 08 – Nord-West

25 Niederursel 00722 !7.22 km² 16.394 3.671 224 !22.4% 08 – Nord-West

26 Ginnheim 00273 !2.73 km² 16.444 4.024 245 !24.5% 09 – Mitte-Nord

27 Dornbusch 00238 !2.38 km² 18.511 3.482 188 !18.8% 09 – Mitte-Nord

28 Eschersheim 00334 !3.34 km² 14.808 2.657 179 !17.9% 09 – Mitte-Nord

29 Eckenheim 00223 !2.23 km² 14.277 3.674 257 !25.7% 10 – Nord-Ost

30 Preungesheim 00374 !3.74 km² 13.568 3.442 254 !25.4% 10 – Nord-Ost

31 Bonames 00124 !1.24 km² 6.362 1.288 202 !20.2% 10 – Nord-Ost

32 Berkersheim 00318 !3.18 km² 3.400 592 174 !17.4% 10 – Nord-Ost

33 Riederwald 00104 !1.04 km² 4.911 1.142 233 !23.3% 11 – Ost

34 Seckbach 00804 !8.04 km² 10.194 1.969 193 !19.3% 11 – Ost

35 Fechenheim 00718 !7.18 km² 16.061 5.635 351 !35.1% 11 – Ost

36 Höchst 00473 !4.73 km² 13.888 5.279 380 !38.0% 06 – West

37 Nied 00382 !3.82 km² 17.829 5.224 293 !29.3% 06 – West

38 Sindlingen 00398 !3.98 km² 9.032 2.076 230 !23.0% 06 – West

39 Zeilsheim 00547 !5.47 km² 11.984 2.555 213 !21.3% 06 – West

40 Unterliederbach 00585 !5.85 km² 14.350 3.511 245 !24.5% 06 – West

41 Sossenheim 00597 !5.97 km² 15.853 4.235 267 !26.7% 06 – West

42 Nieder-Erlenbach 00834 !8.34 km² 4.629 496 107 !10.7% 13 – Nieder-Erlenbach

43 Kalbach-Riedberg 00690 !6.90 km² 8.482 1.279 151 !15.1% 12 – Kalbach-Riedberg

44 Harheim 00502 !5.02 km² 4.294 446 104 !10.4% 14 – Harheim

45 Nieder-Eschbach 00635 !6.35 km² 11.499 1.978 172 !17.2% 15 – Nieder-Eschbach

46 Bergen-Enkheim 01254 !12.54 km² 17.954 2.764 154 !15.4% 16 – Bergen-Enkheim

47 Frankfurter Berg 00216 !2.16 km² 7.149 1.715 240 !24.0% 10 – Nord-Ost

FRANKFURT AM MAIN 24833 !248.33 KM² 679.571 165.418 243 !24.3%

IMMIGRATION

According to data from the city register of residents , 51.2% of the population had an immigrant background as of 2015. For the first time a majority of the city residents had a non-German background. Moreover, three of four children in the city under the age of six had immigrant backgrounds. Moreover, about 27.7% of residents had a foreign citizenship.

The city is considered a multicultural city because it is home to people of 180 nationalities. The city contains sizable immigrant populations from Turkey
Turkey
, Croatia
Croatia
, Italy
Italy
, Poland
Poland
, Romania, Serbia
Serbia
, Bulgaria
Bulgaria
, Greece
Greece
, Macedonia , Russia
Russia
, Lebanon
Lebanon
, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain
Spain
, Portugal, France, China
China
, Japan, the United States, Austria, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Morocco
Morocco
and India. The Frankfurt
Frankfurt
urban area is also home to the second-largest Korean community in Europe, and to Germany's largest Sri Lankan Tamil community.

RELIGION

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was historically a Protestant
Protestant
-dominated city. However, during the 19th century an increasing number of Catholics moved there. The Jewish
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
Frankfurt
has a large Muslim community. The Ahmadiyya
Ahmadiyya
Noor Mosque , constructed in 1959, is the city's largest mosque and the third largest in Germany.

As of 2013 the largest Christian denominations were Roman Catholicism (22.7% of the population) and Protestantism (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
Turkey
and Morocco. Over 7,000 inhabitants were affiliated with the Jewish
Jewish
community, amounting to approximately 1% of the population.

POLITICS

Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
Peter Feldmann (SPD)

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Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is one of five independent district-free cities (kreisfreie Städte ) in Hesse
Hesse
, which means that it does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity, in this case it is not part of a Landkreis . The other four cities are the second to fifth largest cities in Hesse: Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden
, Kassel
Kassel
, Darmstadt
Darmstadt
and Offenbach am Main . A kreisfreie Stadt has territorial sovereignty within its defined city limits.

In 1995 Petra Roth of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) became Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
(Oberbürgermeisterin), Frankfurt's municipal leader. In 2012, Peter Feldmann (SPD) succeeded Roth as Lord Mayor. The CDU and the Alliance \'90/The Greens (Bündnis '90/Die Grünen) formed the government.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany
Germany

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is twinned with:

Lyon
Lyon
, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes , France
France
(since 1960) Birmingham , West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(1966) Milan
Milan
, Lombardy, Italy
Italy
(1970) Guangzhou
Guangzhou
, China
China
(1988) Prague
Prague
, Czech Republic (1990) Budapest
Budapest
, Hungary
Hungary
(1990) Granada , Nicaragua
Nicaragua
(1991) Yokohama
Yokohama
, Japan
Japan
(2011) Eskişehir , Turkey
Turkey
(2012) Philadelphia
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania, United States
United States
(2015)

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
twin towns as of 2005

Partnerships

Partnerships and city friendships are a weaker form of cooperation than the sister city relationship, acting more like a fixed-term cooperation or limited to certain projects. Frankfurt
Frankfurt
has partnerships with the following cities:

* Cairo
Cairo
, Egypt
Egypt
(1979) * Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
, Israel
Israel
(1980) * Toronto
Toronto
, Ontario, Canada, (1989) * Deuil-la-Barre , Val-d'Oise, Île-de- France
France
, France, partnered with Nieder-Eschbach , (1967; incorporated into Frankfurt
Frankfurt
in 1972) * Kraków
Kraków
, Poland, (1991) * Leipzig
Leipzig
, Saxony, Germany
Germany
(1990) * Dubai
Dubai
, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
(2005)

CITYSCAPE

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LANDMARKS

Römer , the city hall

RöMER

Römer , the German word for Roman , is a complex of nine houses that form the Frankfurt
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
World War II
and later rebuilt. The surrounding square, the Römerberg, is named after the city hall.

The former Altstadt (old town) quarter between the Römer and the Frankfurt Cathedral was to be redeveloped as the Dom- Römer Quarter through 2016, including 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 St. Bartholomew . The Gothic building was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries on the foundation of an earlier church from the Merovingian
Merovingian
time. From 1356 onwards, kings of the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
were elected in this church, and from 1562 to 1792, 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
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. Frankfurt Cathedral Römerberg St. Paul\'s Church

ST. PAUL\'S CHURCH

St. Paul\'s Church (Paulskirche) is a national historic monument in Germany
Germany
because it was the seat of the first democratically elected parliament in 1848. It was established in 1789 as a Protestant
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
Prussia
and Austria
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. The view towards downtown Frankfurt
Frankfurt
from Zeil shopping street

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
World War II
when the area was heavily bombed and later partly rebuilt. The remains were preserved and are now open to the public. There are plans underway to construct a building on top of the garden but anyhow it is decided that the garden will stay open to the public.

HAUS WERTHEIM

Wertheim House is the only timbered house in the Altstadt district that survived the heavy bombings of World War II
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 district and dates to the 12th century. It was used as an exhibition hall by Dutch clothiers when trade fairs were held during the 14th and 15th century. The Saalhof was partly destroyed in World War II
World War II
and later rebuilt. Today it serves as a part of the 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
Wehrmacht
, it was quickly rebuilt in 1946. Today some 10,000 people cross the bridge on a daily basis. Alte Oper , now a concert hall, at Opernplatz

ALTE OPER

The Alte Oper 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
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
Frankfurt
Lord Mayor
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
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 district.

ST. CATHERINE\\'S CHURCH

St. Catherine's Church (Katharinenkirche) is the largest Protestant church, dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria
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 is mostly associated with the inner-city underground train station of the same name , the name originates from a 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. Hauptwache and St. Catherine\'s Church Eschenheimer Turm Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Central Station

CENTRAL STATION

Frankfurt Central Station ( Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Hauptbahnhof), which opened in 1888, was built as the central train station for Frankfurt
Frankfurt
to replace three smaller train stations in the city centre and to boost the needed capacity for travellers. It was constructed as a terminus station and was the largest train station in Europe by floor area until 1915 when Leipzig
Leipzig
Central Station was opened. Its three main halls were constructed in a neorenaissance -style, while the later enlargement with two outer halls in 1924 was constructed in 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 , on the Main close to the bridge Eiserner Steg, is a Catholic late Gothic hall church , derived from a Romanesque style basilica beginning in 1425. It is the only one of nine churches in the Old Town that survived World War II
World War II
almost undamaged. The parish serves the English-speaking community. The church has been under restoration since 2011.

20TH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE

* FRAUENFRIEDENSKIRCHE and HOLY CROSS CHURCH (with the Centre for Christian Meditation and Spirituality of the 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 (following reconstruction) to become part of the future seat of the European Central Bank . * GOETHE HOUSE , rebuilt 1947. The birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from 1749 was destroyed in World War II
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 , 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 I.G. Farbenindustrie AG . It is located in the Westend district and borders Grüneburgpark in the west. Upon its completion, the complex was the 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 rubber and the manufacturing of magnesium , lubricating oil, explosives, methanol , and Zyklon B , the lethal gas used in concentration camps . After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Supreme Allied Command and from 1949 to 1952 the High Commissioner for Germany
Germany
(HICOG). It became the principal location for implementing the Marshall Plan
Marshall Plan
, which largely financed the post-war reconstruction of Europe. The state apparatus of the Federal German Government was devised there. It served as the headquarters for the 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 Hesse
Hesse
. In October 2001 it became part of the Westend Campus of Goethe University.

IG Farben Building , now the central lecture building of the Westend Campus of the Goethe University

21ST-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE

The Squaire in 2017

* 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 660 m (2,165.35 ft) long and 45 m (147.64 ft) tall office building located at Frankfurt Airport . It was built from 2006 to 2011 on top of an existing railway station ( Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Airport long distance Station ) and has a connecting bridge to Terminal 1 for pedestrians. Its total of 140,000 m2 (1,506,947 sq ft) rentable floor space makes it Germany's largest office building.

SKYSCRAPERS

See also: List of tallest buildings in Frankfurt Upper section of the Main Tower with a public observation deck at 200 metres

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is one of the few European cities with a significant number of skyscrapers, (buildings at least 150 m (492.13 ft) tall). It hosts 14 out of Germany's 15 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 ) and at Mainzer Landstraße between Opernplatz and Platz der Republik, which connects the two areas.

The 14 skyscrapers are:

* COMMERZBANK TOWER , 259.0 m (849.74 ft) – The European Union's second tallest building, Headquarters of Commerzbank
Commerzbank
. * MESSETURM , 256.5 m (841.54 ft) – The European Union's tallest building (1990–1997), Main tenant is Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs
(Germany). * WESTEND TOWER , 208.0 m (682.41 ft) – DZ Bank headquarters * MAIN TOWER , 200.0 m (656.17 ft) – Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen and Standard "> Frankfurt
Frankfurt
skyline in June 2013, view from south-west

HISTORY OF HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS

Main article: List of tallest buildings in Frankfurt Skyline at dusk, seen from Deutschherrnbrücke (2014)

For centuries, 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 120-metre high Henninger Turm
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
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 (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
Deutsche Bank
Twin Towers at Taunusanlage, both 155.0 metres tall.

The 1990s featured a second wave. Messeturm
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 259-metre high Commerzbank Tower in 1997. Other tall buildings from this decade are Westendstrasse 1 (208.0 metres), Main Tower (200.0 metres) and Trianon (186.0 metres).

In 21st-century Frankfurt, more high-rise buildings and skyscrapers (e.g., Skyper
Skyper
, Opernturm , Tower 185
Tower 185
, Seat of the European Central Bank , Taunusturm ) emerged, but none have surpassed Commerzbank Tower.

OTHER TALL STRUCTURES

Top of the Europaturm , a 337 m communications tower

* EUROPATURM — The Europe Tower is a telecommunications tower , also known as the Frankfurt
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
Germany
after the Fernsehturm Berlin
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 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, and will contain 130 luxury apartments. The cornerstone for this project was laid in June 2014 and was expected to be completed sometime in 2016. From 1962 to 2008 a famous yearly 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. * GOETHETURM — The Goethe Tower was a 43-metre high tower on the northern edge of the Frankfurt City Forest in 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 replacement is due to be built in 2019.

SHOPPING STREETS

Zeil , Frankfurt's central shopping street.

* ZEIL – Frankfurt's central shopping street. It is a pedestrian-only area and is bordered by two large public squares, Hauptwache in the west and Konstablerwache in the east. It is the second most expensive street for shops to rent in Germany
Germany
after the Kaufingerstraße in Munich
Munich
. 85 percent of the shops are retail chains such as H&M
H&M
, Saturn , Esprit , Zara or NewYorker . In 2009 a new shopping mall named My Zeil opened there with nearly 100 stores and chains like Hollister . Three more shopping malls occupy the Zeil: Zeilgalerie , Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt , as well as large fashion retail clothing stores from Peek & Cloppenburg
Peek & Cloppenburg
and Cmax-width:1026px"> Sidewalk cafés at Fressgass Shopping mall My Zeil Luxury shopping at Goethestraße

GREEN CITY

Frankfurt City Forest seen from Goethe Tower , Frankfurt\'s skyline in the background (2007) Wallanlagen with Deutsche Bank Twin Towers

With a large forest, many parks, the Main riverbanks and the two botanical gardens, Frankfurt
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 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 Dune
Dune
), the Niddatal (Nidda Valley
Valley
), the Niddapark, the Lohrberg (Lohr Mountain, Frankfurt's only vineyard ), the Huthpark, the Enkheimer Ried (Enkheim Marsh
Marsh
), the Seckbacher Ried (Seckbach Marsh
Marsh
) and the Fechenheimer Mainbogen (a S-shaped part of the Main river in 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 Offenbach am Main and Hanau
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 future Seat of the European Central Bank and the Osthafen (East Harbour) was to become a park named Hafenpark (Harbour Park). * WALLANLAGEN – The Wallanlagen (former ramparts ) relate to the former ring-shaped city wall fortifications around the Altstadt and the Innenstadt district (abolished 1804–1812), now a series of parks. Building is not allowed, with a few exceptions, the most famous being the Alte Oper (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 famous park in Manhattan
Manhattan
), 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
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 Gate in Beijing, is a Chinese-styled park in the Nordend district and part of the larger Bethmannpark. It contains Chinese buildings, with building materials imported from China
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

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MUSEUMS

The Städel Schirn Art Gallery from above Senckenberg Natural History Museum

With more than 30 museums, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
has one of the largest variety of museums in Europe. 20 museums are part of the Museumsufer (Museums Riverbank), located on the front row of both sides of the Main riverbank or nearby.

Ten museums are located on the southern riverbank in 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 .

* DEUTSCHES ARCHITEKTURMUSEUM (German Architecture Museum) * DEUTSCHES FILMMUSEUM (German Film Museum) * FRANKFURTER IKONENMUSEUM (Icon Museum Frankfurt) * Liebieghaus (Museum of Municipal Sculptures) * MUSEUM FüR ANGEWANDTE KUNST (Museum of Applied Arts) * MUSEUM GIERSCH (Museum for Regional Art) * 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:

* JüDISCHES MUSEUM FRANKFURT ( Jewish
Jewish
Museum Frankfurt) * HISTORISCHES MUSEUM FRANKFURT (Historical Museum Frankfurt)

Not directly located on the northern riverbank in the Altstadt district are:

* MUSEUM FüR MODERNE KUNST (Museum of Modern Art) * SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT (Schirn Art Gallery Frankfurt) * FRANKFURTER KUNSTVEREIN (Art Association Frankfurt) * MUSEUM JUDENGASSE (Jews' Alley Museum) * GOETHE-HAUS (Goethe House) * ARCHäOLOGISCHES MUSEUM FRANKFURT (Archaeological Museum Frankfurt) * CARICATURA MUSEUM FüR KOMISCHE KUNST (Caricatura Museum of Comical Art) * DOMMUSEUM FRANKFURT ( Frankfurt Cathedral Museum)

Another important museum is located in the 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 district, EINTRACHT FRANKFURT MUSEUM at Commerzbank-Arena , EXPLORA MUSEUM+WISSENSCHAFT+TECHNIK (Explora Museum of Science and Engineering) in the Nordend district, the FRANKFURTER FELDBAHNMUSEUM E.V. (Light Railway Museum Frankfurt) in the Gallus district, the VERKEHRSMUSEUM FRANKFURT (Transport Museum Frankfurt) in the Schwanheim district, the HAMMER MUSEUM in the Bahnhofsviertel district and the GELDMUSEUM DER DEUTSCHEN BUNDESBANK (Money Museum of the German Federal Bank) in the Ginnheim district.

PERFORMING ARTS

Festhalle Frankfurt The English Theatre

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 Rap and 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 acts, e.g., La Bouche , Jam and Spoon , Magic Affair , Culture Beat , Snap! , Dance 2 Trance , Oliver Lieb
Oliver Lieb
and Hardfloor , and record labels such as Harthouse and Eye Q , were based in the city in the early 1990s.

Venues

* OPER FRANKFURT – A leading Germany
Germany
opera company and one of Europe's most important. It was elected Opera house of the year (of Germany, Austria
Austria
and German-speaking Switzerland) by German magazine Opernwelt in 1995, 1996 and 2003. It was also elected Best opera house in Germany
Germany
in 2010 and 2011. Its orchestra was voted Orchestra of the year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. * SCHAUSPIEL FRANKFURT – Theatre at Willy-Brandt-Platz in the financial district, next to the Frankfurt
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. * COMMERZBANK-ARENA – Frankfurt's largest sports stadium and one of Germany's ten largest. It is located in the Frankfurt
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). * ALTE OPER – A major concert hall. * JAHRHUNDERTHALLE – Century Hall is a large concert and exhibition hall in 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 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 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 district. * DIE SCHMIERE – The Grease is a cabaret and Frankfurt's oldest privately owned theatre. It is located in the Karmeliterkloster in the Altstadt district. According to its own advertising it is the worst theatre in the world. * DIE KOMöDIE – The Comedy is a boulevard theatre in the city centre near Willy-Brandt-Platz.

BOTANICAL GARDENS

Palmengarten
Palmengarten

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is home to two major botanical gardens.

* Palmengarten
Palmengarten
– Located in the Westend district, it is Hesse's largest botanical garden covering 22 ha . 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 "Palm Garden". * 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 geobotanical area contains an alpine garden , arboretum , meadows , steppes , marsh , and a pond, as well as collections of plants from the Canary Islands
Canary Islands
, Caucasus
Caucasus
, East Asia, Mediterranean
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, 1200 m²). The Botanical Garden, the neighbouring Palmengarten
Palmengarten
and the neighbouring Grüneburgpark form the largest inner-city green area.

FOREIGN CULTURE

Amerika-Haus Frankfurt
Frankfurt

* 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
Frankfurt
branch was officially opened in September 2008 by Felipe, Prince of Asturias and his wife 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 1000 branches of the Alliance française
Alliance française
around the world. * 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 world. * 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 worldwide. * CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN ONLINE LIBRARY – CEEOL is an online archive providing access to full text articles from humanities and social science scholarly journals on Central, Eastern and South Eastern European topics. Subject areas include anthropology, culture and society, economy, gender studies, history, Judaic studies, fine arts, literature, linguistics, political sciences and social sciences, philosophy and religion. CEEOL is operated by Questa.Soft GmbH.

FESTIVALS

The Museumsuferfest in 2005 Wäldchestag in 2002 "OVO" at Luminale 2012

* 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 Main 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 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. * 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
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
Frankfurt
and in the neighbouring city of Offenbach am Main 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 CL UBS
UBS
– 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. * LUMINALE — The "festival of light" takes 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 and attracted 100,000 visitors. The last Luminale was held in April 2012. * 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

Cocoon Club Frankfurt
Frankfurt
at Night

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
offers a variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs. Clubs concentrate in and around the city centre and in the Ostend district, mainly close to Hanauer Landstraße. Restaurants, bars and pubs concentrate in Sachsenhausen , Nordend , Bornheim and Bockenheim .

One of the main venues of the early Trance music sound was the Omen nightclub (closed 1998). Another popular disco club of the 1980-1990s and a hotspot for Techno/ Trance music was the Dorian Gray , located within Terminal 1 at Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Airport. Because of the location at the airport the club had no restrictions regarding opening hours. The club had to close at the end of 2000 because of stricter fire safety regulations. Also notable for its extraordinary design was Coocoon Club in Fechenheim which opened in 2004 was and voted best techno club of the year by music magazines "Groove" and "Raveline" in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. It closed in 2012.

* KING KAMEHAMEHA CLUB – named after the first king of Hawaii and a fictional Club in Magnum, P.I. , was a disco club at Hanauer Landstraße, known for live music. It opened in 1999 and expanded with a beach club in Offenbach am Main and a restaurant (King Kamehameha Suite) in the financial district. The club closed in 2013, although the King Kamehameha Suite is still open. * U60311 – Techno club in the city centre. "60311" is the postal code of the area. It was voted best club of the year by music magazines "Groove" and "Raveline" multiple times. Its location was an underground former pedestrian underpass. It closed in 2012. * LIVING XXL – Club/restaurant in the financial district, it was located on the ground floor of the Eurotower and closed in 2013. * CLUB 101 — Located on the 24th floor of the Japan
Japan
Center . It closed at the end of 2016.

Batschkapp, 2014

* BATSCHKAPP – Alternative rock club, located in Frankfurt-Seckbach. It opened in 1976 and attracts mostly people with a left-wing political attitude. Joschka Fischer
Joschka Fischer
, Germany's former Foreign Minister, was a regular guest in the 1980s. * VELVET CLUB (Innenstadt ) * COOKY\'S (Innenstadt) * NACHTLEBEN (Innenstadt) * SILBERGOLD (Innenstadt) * SINKKASTEN ARTS CLUB (Innenstadt) – Closed in 2012, replaced by Zoom club. * TANZHAUS WEST ( Gutleutviertel ) * DORA BRILLANT (Gutleutviertel) * ODEON (Nordend ) * MONZA (Innenstadt) – Closed in 2013. * TRAVOLTA (Innenstadt)

DOMESTIC CULTURE

A " Frankfurt
Frankfurt
kitchen" in the version of 1926 in an Austrian museum

* Frankfurt kitchen – Designed originally in 1926 for the New Frankfurt
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
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 luxurius versions have wave-shaped parts, some are made of solid cherry wood inlaid with plumwood.

CULINARY SPECIALTIES

See also: Hessian cuisine "Bembel" and "Geripptes" Frankfurter Rippchen

* 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 , which is therefore known as "Ebbelwoi district". Due to its national drink Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is sometimes called "Big Ebbel" (pronunciation with hessian dialect ), an homage to Big Apple , the famous nickname of New York City. * GRüNE SOßE – Green sauce is a sauce made with hard-boiled eggs, oil, vinegar, salt and 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
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. * HANDKäS MIT MUSIK – German regional sour milk cheese (similar to Harzer ) and a culinary specialty in the Rhine Main Region . The traditional way 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.

TRANSPORT

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AIRPORTS

Frankfurt Airport (with the fourth runway under construction in 2010) and the Frankfurter Kreuz
Frankfurter Kreuz
(lower right corner)

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Airport

The city can be accessed from around the world via Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main) located 12 km (7 mi) 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 busiest airport by cargo traffic in Europe. The airport also serves as a hub for Condor and as the main hub for German flag carrier Lufthansa
Lufthansa
. Depending upon whether total passengers or flights are used for calculations, it ranks third or second busiest in Europe alongside London Heathrow Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport . Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport in 2012 was 57.5 million. There are plans to expand the airport with a third passenger terminal to increase the capacity up to 88 million in 2020.

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
Hanau
Hbf) departing at the regional station take 10–15 minutes from the airport to Frankfurt Central Station and onwards to the city centre (Hauptwache station ), the IC and ICE trains departing at the long-distance station take 10 minutes to Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Central Station.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Hahn Airport

Despite the name, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Hahn Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn) is situated approximately 120 km (75 mi) from the city in Lautzenhausen ( Rhineland-Palatinate ). Hahn Airport is a major base for low-cost carrier Ryanair
Ryanair
. This airport can only be reached by car or bus. An hourly bus service runs from Frankfurt Central Station , taking about 1-hour and 45 minutes. Passenger traffic at Hahn Airport in 2010 was 3.5 million.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Egelsbach Airport

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

ROADS

The western approach on the A3 to the Frankfurter Kreuz
Frankfurter Kreuz

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is a traffic hub for the German motorway ( Autobahn
Autobahn
) system. The Frankfurter Kreuz
Frankfurter Kreuz
is an Autobahn
Autobahn
interchange close to the airport, where the Bundesautobahn 3
Bundesautobahn 3
(A3), Cologne
Cologne
to Würzburg , and the Bundesautobahn 5
Bundesautobahn 5
(A5), Basel
Basel
to Hannover
Hannover
, 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
Frankfurt
with Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden
in the west and Fulda
Fulda
in the east. The Bundesautobahn 661 (A661) is mainly a commuter motorway which starts in the south (Egelsbach), runs through the eastern part and ends in the north ( Oberursel
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
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 ICE3 at Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Central Station Tram at Frankfurt South station S-Bahn at Central station (underground)

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Central Station

Frankfurt Central Station ( Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Hauptbahnhof, often abbreviated as Frankfurt
Frankfurt
(Main) Hbf or F-Hbf) is the largest railway station in Germany
Germany
by railway traffic. By daily passenger volume, it ranks second together with Munich
Munich
Central Station (350,000 each) after Hamburg Central Station (450,000). It is located between the Gallus , the Gutleutviertel and the Bahnhofsviertel district, not far away from the trade fair and the financial district. It serves as a major hub for long-distance trains ( InterCity
InterCity
, 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
Channel Tunnel
were planned for 2013. All Rhine-Main S-Bahn lines, two 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
Brandenburg
.

Frankfurt Airport Stations

Frankfurt Airport can be accessed by two railway stations: Frankfurt Airport long-distance station ( Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Flughafen Fernbahnhof) is only for long-distance traffic and connects the airport to the main rail network, with most of the 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
Frankfurt
Flughafen Regionalbahnhof) is for local S-Bahn trains (lines S8, S9) and regional trains. The regional station is located within Terminal 1, concourse B.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
South Station

Frankfurt's third long-distance station is Frankfurt
Frankfurt
South station ( Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Südbahnhof, often abbreviated as Frankfurt
Frankfurt
(Main) Süd or F-Süd), located in Sachsenhausen . It is an important destination for local trains and trams (lines 14 to 16, 19) and the terminal stop for four U-Bahn lines (U1, U2, U3, U8) and four S-Bahn lines (S3, S4, S5, S6).

Messe Stations

The Frankfurt Trade Fair offers two railway stations: Messe station is for local 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).

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

U-Bahn train at Hauptwache Public transport network Public transport map (2011) Main article: Public transport in Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main

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 RMV .

S-Bahn

Nine S-Bahn lines (S1 to S9) connect Frankfurt
Frankfurt
with the densely populated 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
Frankfurt
city tunnel and serve the stations Ostendstraße , Konstablerwache , Hauptwache , 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
Wiesbaden
, Mainz
Mainz
, Darmstadt
Darmstadt
, Rüsselsheim , Hanau
Hanau
, Offenbach am Main , Oberursel
Oberursel
, Bad Homburg
Bad Homburg
, Kronberg , 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
Frankfurt
and the larger suburbs of Bad Homburg
Bad Homburg
and Oberursel
Oberursel
in the north. The trains that run on the line are in fact light rail 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
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. The tram runs only above ground and serve more stops than the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn.

Bus

A number of bus lines complete the Frankfurt
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
Uber
ceased operations in Frankfurt
Frankfurt
on 9 November 2015 after operating in the city for 18 months.

BICYCLES

Velotaxi at the Zeil

Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn
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
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. As of 2015 , 15 percent of citizens used bicycles.

ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

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Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is one of the world's most important financial centres and Germany's financial capital, followed by Munich
Munich
. Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was ranked 8th at the International Financial Centers Development Index (2013), 8th at the Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index (2008), 9th at the Global Financial Centres Index (September 2013), 10th at the Global Power City Index (2011), 11th at the Global City Competitiveness Index (2012), 12th at the Innovation Cities Index (2011), 14th at the World City Survey (2011) and 23rd at the 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
European Central Bank
was to assume responsibility for specific supervisory tasks related to the financial stability of the biggest and most important Eurozone
Eurozone
banks.

According to an annual study by Cushman "> The new headquarters of the European Central Bank
European Central Bank
in the Ostend district

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

European Central Bank

The European Central Bank
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 European Union
European Union
member states that have adopted the Euro
Euro
(€) as their common currency. From 1998 the ECB Headquarters have been located in Frankfurt, first in the Eurotower at Willy-Brandt-Platz and in two other nearby high-rises. The new Seat of the European Central Bank
European Central Bank
in the 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.

German Federal Bank

The German Federal Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank), located in 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
Germany
and for the German currency, the Deutsche Mark
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 European Union
European Union
member states.

COMMERCIAL BANKS

Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank
Twin Towers in the financial district Westend Tower , also known as Westendstraße 1 or Crown Tower, Headquarters of DZ Bank Opernturm , Headquarters of UBS Germany, at the Opernplatz

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
Frankfurt
is therefore known as Bankenstadt ("City of the banks") and nicknamed "Mainhattan" (a portmanteau of the local Main river and Manhattan
Manhattan
in New York City) or "Bankfurt". 73,200 people were employed at banks in 2010.

* DEUTSCHE BANK — Germany's largest commercial bank . It had 15% share of private customers and total assets of €1,900 billion in 2010. Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank
ranks among the 30 largest banks in the world and the ten largest banks in Europe. Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank
is listed on the DAX , the stock market index of the 30 largest German business companies at the Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Stock Exchange. In November 2010 Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank
bought the majority of shares of competitor Postbank . Its headquarters are located at Taunusanlage in the financial district. * COMMERZBANK — Germany's second-largest commercial, bank with total assets of €754 billion (2010). In 2009, Commerzbank
Commerzbank
merged with competitor Dresdner Bank , then the third-largest German bank. Due to the merger and the higher credit risks, Commerzbank
Commerzbank
was partially nationalized (25 percent) during the financial crisis in 2009 . It is listed in the DAX. Its headquarters are at Commerzbank Tower (259 metres), the 2nd tallest building in the European Union
European Union
, at Kaiserplatz. * KFW BANKENGRUPPE —Government-owned development bank formed in 1948 as part of the Marshall Plan
Marshall Plan
. KfW provides loans for approved purposes at lower rates than commercial banks, especially to medium-sized businesses. With total assets of €442 billion (2010), it is Germany's third-largest bank. The KfW Headquarters are located in the Westend district at Bockenheimer Landstraße and Senckenberganlage. * DZ BANK — Central institution for more than 900 co-operative banks (Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken ) and their 12,000 branch offices in Germany
Germany
and is a corporate and investment bank. It is Germany's fourth-largest bank (total assets: €383 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. * LANDESBANK HESSEN-THüRINGEN – Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, or short HELABA, is the central federal bank ( Landesbank ) for the federal states of Hesse
Hesse
and Thuringia
Thuringia
. As such, it is state-owned and defined as a service provider for the local German public banks (Sparkassen). Helaba
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 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 skyscraper at Mainzer Landstraße. * ING DIBA GERMANY – Germany's largest direct bank , headquartered in Bockenheim .

Other major German banks include Frankfurter Volksbank, the second-largest Volksbank in Germany, Frankfurter Sparkasse and old-established private banks such as Bankhaus Metzler , Hauck & Aufhäuser and Delbrück Bethmann Maffei .

Many international banks have a registered or a representative office, e.g., Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse
, UBS
UBS
, Bank of America
Bank of America
, Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley
, Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs
, Merrill Lynch
Merrill Lynch
, JPMorgan Chase "> Bull and bear in front of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Main article: Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Stock Exchange

The Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Frankfurt Stock Exchange
(Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse) began in the 9th century. By the 16th century Frankfurt
Frankfurt
had developed into an important European hub for trade fairs and financial services. Today the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
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
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 , 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 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
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

Messeturm
Messeturm
seen from the trade fair premises Main article: 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 , the Westend and the 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
Frankfurt
are the Frankfurt Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung – IAA), the world's largest auto show , the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse), the world's largest book fair, the Ambiente Frankfurt, the world's largest 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.

Messeturm

A landmark building of the trade fair (and of the whole city) is the Messeturm
Messeturm
(the name translates as Fair Trade Tower), which was the tallest building in Europe from 1991 to 1997. It is located on the north-east corner of the trade fair premises at the so-called city entrance. Despite the name it is not used for exhibition but serves as an office tower.

AVIATION

Two Lufthansa
Lufthansa
Airbus A380s at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and is also the single largest place of work in Germany
Germany
with over 500 companies which employ 71,500 people (2010).

Lufthansa

The largest employer at Frankfurt Airport is Lufthansa, Germany's flag carrier and Europe's largest airline. Lufthansa
Lufthansa
employs 35,000 people in Frankfurt. The Lufthansa
Lufthansa
Aviation Center (LAC) is the main operation base of Lufthansa
Lufthansa
at Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Airport. The airport serves as Lufthansa's primary hub with 157 worldwide destinations (compared to 110 destinations at Munich
Munich
Airport , Lufthansa's second-largest hub). LUFTHANSA CARGO is based in Frankfurt
Frankfurt
and operates its largest cargo center (LCC) at Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Airport. LUFTHANSA FLIGHT TRAINING is also based here.

Fraport

Fraport is the owner and operator of Frankfurt
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
Jeddah
, Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima and Antalya Airport
Antalya Airport
.

Condor

Condor is a German airline and part of Thomas Cook Group , based at Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Airport.

OTHER INDUSTRIES

Accountancy And Professional Services

Three of the four largest international accountancy and professional services firms (Big Four ) are present.

PricewaterhouseCoopers
PricewaterhouseCoopers
(PwC) German headquarters are located at Tower 185 . KPMG moved its European Headquarters ( KPMG Europe LLP ) to The Squaire . Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
are present, while Ernst & Young is located in Eschborn .

Credit Rating Agencies

The three major international credit rating agencies – Standard & Poor\'s , Moody\'s and 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 consultancies are represented, including Arthur D. Little , McKinsey & Company , Boston Consulting Group , Booz & Company , Oliver Wyman , Bearing Point , Capgemini
Capgemini
, Bain & Company and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants .

Real Estate Services Companies

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

Law Firms

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
has the highest concentration of lawyers in Germany, with one lawyer per 97 inhabitants (followed by Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf
with a ratio of 1/117 and Munich
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
Rose
, Shearman & Sterling , Sidley Austin , SJ Berwin , Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom , Sullivan & Cromwell
Sullivan & Cromwell
, K&L Gates , Taylor Wessing and White & Case .

Advertising Agencies

Although it is best known for its banks and financial institutions, Frankfurt
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 magazine (November 2007) seven of the 48 largest advertising agencies in Germany
Germany
are based in Frankfurt, including McCann-Erickson , Saatchi & Saatchi , JWT , and Publicis .

Food

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is home to the German headquarters of Nestlé , the world's largest food company , located in 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 automobile manufacturer Kia Motors
Kia Motors
moved its European headquarters to Frankfurt
Frankfurt
in 2007. In the same year Italian manufacturer Fiat
Fiat
opened its new German headquarters. The automotive supplier Continental AG has the headquarters and a major manufacturing plant of its Chassis "> Industriepark Höchst Frankfurt Central Station , operated by Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn
Mainova
Mainova
heating plant

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is home to companies from the chemical, the transportation, the telecommunication and the energy industry. Some of the larger companies are:

* INDUSTRIEPARK HöCHST — An industrial park in Höchst . It is one of Germany's largest with over 90 companies from the pharmaceutical , the chemical and the biotechnology industry, including Celanese , Clariant , BASF
BASF
, Merck KGaA and Siemens
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
Deutsche Bahn
subsidiaries DB Fernverkehr , DB Regio , DB Stadtverkehr
DB Stadtverkehr
, DB Netz , DB Schenker and the corporate development department of Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn
are Frankfurt-based. * DEUTSCHE TELEKOM – Deutsche Telekom's subsidiary T-Systems is Frankfurt-based. * COLT – Telecommunications company with Frankfurt-based German headquarters. * LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS — internet service provider with German headquarters in Frankfurt. * DE-CIX Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is an important location for electronic communication , especially the Internet. It is home to DE-CIX , the world's largest internet exchange point , and also the place where domain names are registered for top-level-domain " .de ". * MAINOVA – The largest regional energy supplier in Germany
Germany
with about one million customers in Hesse
Hesse
. 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
Germany
, Randstad Holding and VR Leasing. Deutsche Börse moved most of its employees to Eschborn in 2010.

Rüsselsheim is internationally known for its automobile manufacturer Opel
Opel
, one of the biggest automobile manufacturers in Germany. With 20,000 employees in 2003, Opel
Opel
was one of the five largest employers in Hesse
Hesse
.

Offenbach am Main is home to the European headquarters of automobile manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company
Hyundai Motor Company
, to the German headquarters of automobile manufacturer Honda
Honda
, to Honeywell
Honeywell
Germany
Germany
and to Deutscher Wetterdienst , the central scientific agency that monitors weather and meteorological conditions over Germany.

Two DAX companies are located in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe , Fresenius SE "> Rush hour on Autobahn
Autobahn
5

According to a ranking list (2001) produced by the University of Liverpool , Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is the richest city in Europe by GDP per capita , followed by Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe
, Paris and Munich
Munich
.

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
was voted the 7th in the 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\'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
Frankfurt
consistently has the highest levels of crime per 100,000 inhabitants in Germany
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
Frankfurt
twelfth in the ranking (related to the official 680,000-inhabitant figure) or number 21 (related to the one-million-figure).

GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS

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Westhafen Tower , home to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)

EUROPEAN INSURANCE AND OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONS AUTHORITY

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

FEDERAL FINANCIAL SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY

Frankfurt
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 regulatory authority.

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION

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

GERMAN NATIONAL LIBRARY

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is one of two sites of the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek), the other being Leipzig
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.

TRADE UNIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS

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Main Forum, home to IG Metall

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is home to multiple trade unions and associations, including:

* IG Metall , Germany's largest metalworkers trade union, based at the Main Forum high-rise building in the Gutleutviertel district * IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt , a union for construction and engineering workers, * Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft , a union for teachers * Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivführer , a union for train drivers

trade associations include:

* Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik (Electrotechnical, Electronic and Information Technology Association) * DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie (Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology
Biotechnology
Association) * Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Booksellers Association), which organises the Frankfurt Book Fair * 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)

TOURISM

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SIGHTS

Old Opera House in Central Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden
Kurhaus with the Casino
Casino
Roman Empire
Roman Empire
Army Camp Saalburg
Saalburg

Frankfurt
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.

SIGHTS IN THE FRANKFURT RHEIN-MAIN-AREA

The real Frankenstein Castle Waldspirale Darmstadt
Darmstadt
Mathildenhoehe and Russian Tsar's chapel

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

North

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

West

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

East

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

South

* Darmstadt
Darmstadt
with the Art Nouveau Mathildenhoehe * Waldspirale * The former private chapel of the last Tsar of Russia
Russia
* Vortex Garden * Odenwald
Odenwald
* Bergstrasse * Vineyards
Vineyards
at Heppenheim * Frankenstein Castle * Heidelberg
Heidelberg

CONSULATES

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Greek consulate

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

MEDIA

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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
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
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 is a well-known and often criticized 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 "Funkhaus am Dornbusch" in the Dornbusch district and is one of the most important radio and television broadcasters in Hesse, with additional studios in Kassel
Kassel
, Darmstadt
Darmstadt
and Fulda
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
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
Mannheim
.

NEWS AGENCY

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is home to the German office of Reuters
Reuters
, the global news agency .

EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
hosts two universities and several specialist schools. The two business schools are Goethe University Frankfurt 's Goethe Business School and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management .

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

Alongside the university is the banking academy Frankfurt School of Finance Eintracht Frankfurt are one-time German champions, four-times winners of the DFB-Pokal , and winners of the UEFA Cup in 1980. Frankfurt
Frankfurt
hosts the following sports teams or clubs:

* 1. FFC Frankfurt , Football (women) * Eintracht Frankfurt , Football (men) * FSV Frankfurt , Football (men) * Rot-Weiss Frankfurt , Football * Frankfurter FC Germania
Germania
1894 , Football * Skyliners Frankfurt , Basketball
Basketball
* Frankfurt Galaxy
Frankfurt Galaxy
(1991–2007), American football * Frankfurt Universe , American football * Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Pirates, American football * Frankfurt Sarsfields GAA , Gaelic football
Gaelic football
* Frankfurt Lions (until 2010), Ice hockey
Ice hockey
* Löwen Frankfurt (since 2010), Ice hockey
Ice hockey
* SC 1880 Frankfurt , Rugby union

Frankfurt
Frankfurt
is host to the classic cycle race Eschborn- Frankfurt
Frankfurt
City Loop (known as Rund um den Henninger-Turm from 1961 to 2008). The city hosts also the annual Frankfurt Marathon and the Ironman Germany
Germany
. In addition to the former, it is one of 13 global host locations to the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge , Germany's biggest corporate sports event. Rhein-Main Eissport Club forms the base of the German bandy community.

FURTHER READING

HISTORY

* Kramer, Waldemar (Hrsg.): Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Chronik. Verlag Waldemar Kramer, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main 1987 (3. Auflage), ISBN 3-7829-0321-8 . * Lothar Gall (Hrsg.): FFM 1200. Traditionen und Perspektiven einer Stadt. Jan Thorbecke Verlag, Sigmaringen 1994, ISBN 3-7995-1203-9 (Katalog zur 1200-Jahrfeier 1994 mit wiss. Aufsätzen). * Mack, Ernst: Von der Steinzeit zur Stauferstadt. Die frühe Geschichte von Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main. Verlag Josef Knecht, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main 1994, ISBN 3-7820-0685-2 .

ARCHITECTURE

* Schohmann, Heinz: Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main und Umgebung. Von der Pfalzsiedlung zum Bankenzentrum. Dumont Kunstreiseführer. Dumont, Köln 2003, ISBN 3-7701-6305-2 . (mit Schwerpunkt Architektur). * Bodenbach, Christoph (Hrsg.): Neue Architektur in Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main. Junius Verlag, Hamburg
Hamburg
2008, ISBN 978-3-88506-583-8 . * Sturm, Philipp, Schmal, Peter Cachola: Hochhausstadt Frankfurt. Bauten und Visionen seit 1945, Prestel, München 2014, ISBN 978-3-7913-5363-0 .

OTHERS

* Setzepfandt, Christian: Geheimnisvolles Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main. Wartberg, Gudensberg-Gleichen 2003, ISBN 3-8313-1347-4 . * Mosebach, Martin: Mein Frankfurt. Mit Photographien von Barbara Klemm. Insel, Frankfurt
Frankfurt
am Main 2002, ISBN 3-458-34571-X . (Insel-Taschenbuch. Bd 2871)

SEE ALSO

* Germany
Germany
portal

* Frankfurt School * List of mayors of Frankfurt * List of people from Frankfurt

REFERENCES

NOTES

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