Frankfurt

Located in the south-western part of Germany,on the river Main,in the German state of Hesse, Frankfurt (officially Frankfurt am Main) is the fifth-largest city of the country and the financial and transportation centre of Germany. Frankfurt Airport is one of the largest international airports in the world, Frankfurt Central Railway Station is one of the largest stations in Europe. Frankfurt is seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank and the German Stock Exchange and home of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair, as well as several large commercial banks. Beside the modern part of the city, Frankfurt has a nice downtown area with old buildings, while its museum district at the River Main, draw many tourists every year.

Frankfurt Old town, Römer square

Frankfurt Old town, Römer square

Frankfurt is one of only four cities in Europe that have a significant number of high rise skyscrapers. The many skyscrapers help, but they do not solely create a modern look and feel to the city. Frankfurt was severely bombed in World War II, with around 5,500 residents killed. Post-war reconstruction took place in a modern, simplified style. A few landmark buildings were recreated historically; however, these were still simplified compared to the originals. Despite the modern look to Frankfurt, a number of touristic sights are scattered throughout, including the medieval city, which is the largest in Germany. Much like the rest of the country, this area has been reconstructed but still provides a picturesque setting.

The River Main runs through the city and a walk along its bank provides a pleasant route.  Slightly away from this, the Roemer can be found. This is the city hall, located on the Römerberg. Made up of nine houses, acquired by the council from a wealthy merchant in 1405, and partially destroyed in World War II, this provides one of the most historical looking settings in Frankfurt. A short walk from this leads to St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, which was originally constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Historical buildings are not as prominent in Frankfurt as the modern skyscrapers. The tallest of these is the 259 meter high Commerzbank Tower, which is formerly Europe’s tallest building. Behind this in height is the Messeturm, which stands at 257 meters. However, neither of these towers is open to the public. The Maintower, which is 200 meters tall, has an observation deck at the top for the public.

Frankfurt, central business district

Frankfurt, central business district

If you are looking for a historical city with old buildings, Frankfurt may not be the best choice for a touristic visit. However, this multicultural, modern place does have a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing. Europe doesn’t offer many opportunities to see so many skyscrapers in such a small space. Frankfurt presents the chance to see a business city, which attracts immigrants from all over the world, providing culture, style, and impressively tall buildings.

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