Introduction to Frankfurt

Germany’s fifth-largest city Frankfurt am Main, or just Frankfurt, may not be the most popular German city on the tourist trail, but it sure does have a lot to offer. The city is well known as the true capital of German business; dubbed ‘Mainhattan’, it’s home to one of the largest stock exchanges in the world and the European Central Bank, but it’s famous for much more too.

For starters there’s Goethe, the world’s largest book event - Frankfurt Book Fair, and sausages. Imagine a world without little frankfurts. It also has a remarkable reputation for being a city of big ideas. Publishing houses Campus Verlag and Insel partially define the city’s intellectual profile as do the thinkers of the Frankfurt School. Financiers and philosophers!

Built around the city hall on the Römerberg with restored timber-framed buildings and a real doll house, Frankfurt sometimes calls itself the smallest metropolis in the world. Home to a tiny population of 680,000 people (with a greater urban population of 5 million), Frankfurt keeps its locals busy in its many museums, parks and neighbourhood apple-wine taverns. Leisure central here seems to be by the Main River. On a sunny day, the riverside is swarming with locals and tourists. People walk, skate and cycle along the riverfront that winds through the city. On Saturdays, you’ll also find market stalls and most nights of the week there are garden restaurants and cocktail bars buzzing with activity.

While the population is small, it sure is diverse. In less than one square kilometre you’ll find many different nationalities living side by side in grand Wilheminian homes. And the result of this cultural melting pot? There’s Turkish, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Pakistani food on every corner. Delish! On sunny days, people dine on the street. Frankfurt is a place where people love to eat well and live well. Won’t you come join them?

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