City of Contrasts
A city of contrasts, Frankfurt boasts a rich historic heritage, but it is also the epicentre of the mighty German economy, housing not only the German Stock Exchange, but the European Central Bank, the engine room of the entire European Economic Community.
Frankfurt's modern skyline frames the buildings and churches from the 14th and 15th Century that inhabit the downtown area, Romer Square. The Romer (Frankfurt's old town hall), takes its name from the remains of a Roman settlement, which can be seen in the nearby Archaologische Garden.
Economic prosperity has created a varied and cosmopolitan cityscape, and it is not uncommon to see students walking shoulder to shoulder with wealthy business types. The city boasts a wide variety of theatres and an opera, and so many museums along the banks of the river, Frankfurt has its own museum district, Museumsufer.
Centrally located all of Germany's major autobahns and railways intersect in Frankfurt, and as the home to one of the busiest airports in Europe, is often the first port of call for visitors to both Germany itself, and indeed much of Europe.
- Markets and Museums: Museumsufer, the museum district, has a weekend flea market every Saturday.
- A Walk in the Woods: Frankfurt's Stadtwald (city forest) is a verdant oasis in the south of the city.
- Frankfurt's Favourite Tipple: Apfelwein is a favourite drink of the city and it is well worth trying in a traditional hall.
- Up in the Air: for spectacular views head to Main tower, Frankfurt's highest vantage point.