This town is an industrial centre boasting museums, shopping malls, panoramic views and not to mention magnificent historical architecture.
Frankfurt is a powerhouse of a city. Germany
’s fifth largest, it is a centre for commerce and finance, being home to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the German and European Central Banks, and numerous large commercial banks. It’s also an extremely busy transport hub, with numerous air and rail links.
But notwithstanding the skyscrapers, high-powered executives, and BMWs zooming along the Autobahn, Frankfurt is widely regarded as one of the world’s top cities to live in.
Its magnificent old architecture creates a fairy-tale setting, and coffee shops filled with people-watching punters take you miles away from the high pressures of Frankfurt’s more ambitious side.
The city also has huge swathes of protected green areas, offering residents and visitors the chance to relax and unwind.
Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral
is an easily spotted landmark on Frankfurt’s skyline. The Gothic cathedral dates back to the 14th century and is now Frankfurt’s main church. Apart from admiring the history and sheer beauty of this structure, visitors can climb up to the viewing platform providing them a panoramic vista over the city.
is a picturesque square featuring the City Hall, actually a complex of nine houses, dating back over 600 years. Although reconstruction has been recently carried out, the complex still features fascinating elements of architecture, including old coats of arms, vaulted ceilings, and the Kaisersaal
, or Emperor Hall, where newly crowned Emperors organised lavish banquets.
For those in need of retail therapy, Frankfurt delivers. The area known as Zeil features a huge, pedestrian-only shopping district with hundreds of branded department stores and shopping malls. In the run up to the holiday season, the Zeil also features a traditional Christmas Market, with nativity scenes, malls, and lots of mulled wine. Of course, if department stores aren’t exclusive enough for you, there’s always the Goethestraße, Frankfurt’s own high-fashion, exclusive shopping district.
Frankfurt’s cultural credentials are exceedingly high as well. The city boasts over 30 museums, the majority along a stretch called Museumsufer
(Museums Riverbank). Frankfurt also offers opera, theatre, and a jam-packed cultural calendar that includes some of the largest cultural festivals in Germany.