Frankfurt am Main City Travel Guide

Frankfurt skyline, Mainhattan -  Foto: Tourismus + Congress GmbH, Jochen Keute

Most people visit Frankfurt out of necessity rather than out of choice. Even many inhabitants concede that taking a closer look might well be a condition for falling in love with the city.

But it has its vistas: Almost 100 high-rise buildings, mainly banks or office blocks, project up into the sky epitomizing the city's thriving economy. The modern architecture and financial clout that characterise the city give it a decidedly American feel, hence nicknames like 'Bankfurt' or 'Mainhattan'.

Frankfurt's economy is based on two pillars: banking and international fairs. Among many others Germany's national bank has its base here. Frankfurt's character has always been strongly secular, as befitting a cosmopolitan trading centre, accordingly the city was among the first to embrace Luther's controversial ideas.

Frankfurt is a big player in the global trade fair business. Annually an average of 80 fairs and exhibitions attract a large numbers of visitors from all over the world. One of the highlights is Frankfurt's book fair. The biggest book fair worldwide dates origintaes in the 15th century. Its popularity has increased ever since.

Frankfurt can also boast various cultural highlights: Goethe's birthplace and the Museumsufer, an embankment crowded with museums, are just two of the many that come to mind.

And if all the sightseeing and cultural activities become too much hassle, it is always fun to experience Frankfurt's own speciality called applewine in a cosy tavern.

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