Travel to Frankfurt with TourGermany.com and see its many beautiful tourist attractions and historical sights. This huge metropolitan, known as "Frankfurt am Main" is the biggest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany. Located on the Main River, it is the home of the European Central Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is the major financial centre in continental Europe. Frankfurt is also the wealthiest city in the European Union.
Frankfurt's metropolitan area, the Frankfurt Rhine Main Area is Germany's second largest area with a population of 5 million inhabitants.
Amongst English speakers the city is known simply as "Frankfurt", although Germans every now and then refer to it by its full name to differentiate it from the other Frankfurt in the German state of Brandenburg, also known as Frankfurt (Oder).
Frankfurt am Main is a metropolis typified by great contrasts. The old and the new, businesslike and cultural, big-city hustle and serene sanctuaries all coexist merrily in here next to each other. Frankfurt is an international city, a significant financial centre and the venue for main international trade fairs including the International Motor Show (IAA) and the International Book Fair. Frankfurt has a lively cultural scene and benefits from first-rate transportation connections.
Despite its small size in comparison to more popular cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, Frankfurters speak more English and engage in much more international business.
However, Frankfurt is not just another global financial core. The city offers much more culture and class than meets the eye. Frankfurt's modern skyline is blend together with classical architecture, filled with many museums and art galleries which run along the Main River.
Frankfurt is a mix of tranquil villages and an energetic metropolis. Its cultural variety has a great deal to offer to its inhabitants as well as its guests.
Sites of Interest
Impressive banking district
The best view of Germany's chief financial centre and its distinctive skyline can be gained from the banks of the river Main. The viewing platform, 200 metros up the main tower, provides great views over the city and the river Main as far as the Taunus hills. There are also restaurants and bars at high spots.
Römerberg Square and "Römer" Town Hall
The old city center with its superb half-timbered buildings was rebuilt in 1986, based on historical plans. Frankfurt's first bank was established in the 17th century in a building on the corner of Römerberg square, known as the "Grosser Engel" (Great Angel). Three ex-patrician town houses dating back to the 14th century form the outstanding Gothic triple-gabled frontage of the Römer town hall - Frankfurt's famous milestone. The historical town hall is still Frankfurt's mayoral residence.
St. Paul's Church
St. Paul's Church was built between 1789 and 1833 and it is one of the first national symbols for freedom and democracy in Germany. In 1848 the church was the home of the first German national assembly, whose proposals shaped the foundation of Germany's present constitution, the Grundgesetz. Since its renovation after the Second World War, St. Paul's is no longer used as a church, but focuses on its position as the "cradle of German democracy". It hosts prize ceremonies and a variety of different political and cultural events.