City Profile: Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt's Römer with Lady Justice Statue

Frankfurt am Main

Set on banks of the river Main in the heart of Germany, banking city Frankfurt is one of Germany's most dynamic and international cities. Known as the “Main Metropolis” due to its impressive modern architecture and high number of banks, the city also boasts a rich cultural history, impressive green spaces and thirteen international schools in the surrounding areas.

Frankfurt combines traditional and modern architecture in boroughs such as Bornheim, Westend and Ostend. It is the birthplace of world-renowned poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, author of German classics such as "Faust" and "The Sorrows of Young Werther".


Frankfurt's quarter Alt-Sachsenhausen Enlarge image Frankfurt's quarter Alt-Sachsenhausen (© Picture Alliance) If you prefer authentic regional food to literature, try one of the rustic restaurants in Frankfurt Alt-Sachsenhausen, were you can sample specialties such as Frankfurter sausages, Schnitzel with "Grüne Soße" (a green sauce made from seven different herbs) and Frankfurter Kranz cake. Located south of the river Main, which also distinguishes Frankfurt from the eponymous East German city on the Oder river, historical Alt-Sachsenhausen is a quaint setting with small alleys, little squares and cobblestone pavements. Guests often share long wooden tables and benches with strangers, socialising over a glass of Äppelwoi cider.

Römer and Römerberg

The Römer decorated for the Royal State visit Enlarge image The Römer decorated for the Royal State visit (© picture alliance / empics) Frankfurt's town hall, the Römer, is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Germany. As the seat of German emperors for more than 600 years, it was the site of negotiations before elections of German kings were held. Today, both national football teams present their trophies to the public from the Römer’s balcony, due to Frankfurt being the seat of the German Football Association. The town hall is named after its setting on the Römerberg, a picturesque hill home to historical timber-framed buildings.

Only a stone's throw away, the Kleinmarkthalle is the ideal place for a quick lunch or snack. It offers a nearly overwhelming array of fresh regional and international produce as well as baked goods and sweets on weekdays. With its helpful merchants, this market hall conveys a sense of the old Frankfurt.

St Paul’s Church

Paulskirche in Frankfurt am Main Enlarge image Paulskirche in Frankfurt am Main (© picture alliance / Jan Haas) The setting of the first parliament of a united Germany in 1848, St Paul’s Church epitomises German democracy. Totally destroyed in 1944, the church was rebuilt in the post-war era. Today, a permanent exhibition traces the development of German democracy - with an obvious focus on the the Paulskirche national assembly, which established the first democratic constitution of the country.


Korean garden in Frankfurt's Gruneburgpark Enlarge image Korean garden in Frankfurt's Gruneburgpark (© picture alliance / J.W. Alker) With its spacious meadows and exotic trees, Grüneburgpark in the Westend offers the ideal getaway from the banking city's bustle. Together with the adjacent botanical gardens, the Palmengarten (palm garden) and the Goethe University campus, Grüneburgpark is a green retreat called "Grüngürtel", where Frankfurters love to picnic or watch open air theater in the summer.


Summer panorama of the financial district in Frankfurt Enlarge image Summer panorama of the financial district in Frankfurt (© Colourbox) Unusual among German cities, Frankfurt's skyscraper skyline fetched it the nickname "Mainhattan" in reference to the Big Apple. Especially at night the illuminated high rises make for a beautiful scenery, which is best photographed from the Deutschherrnbrücke, a railway bridge that was built over the river Main.

Cultural Events

Nacht der Museen in Frankfurt Enlarge image Nacht der Museen in Frankfurt (© picture-alliance/ dpa) Frankfurt offers a wealth of public festivals throughout the year, from traditional and modern street fairs to well established cultural highlights which draw both young and old. Among them are the "Night of the Museums", when for one night only, museums and cultural institutions in Frankfurt and nearby Offenbach open their doors to the public, creating a unique atmosphere for culture lovers and the Apfelwein Festival in celebration of the region’s most popular drink. Click here for an in-depth look at some of the best events taking place in 2017.

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British-German Town Twinnings

British-German Town Twinning

Town twinnings between British and German cities play an important role in promoting cultural exchange. Frankfurt has been twinned with Birmingham in the West Midlands since 1966.

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