Frankfurt, Germany: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Frankfurt is situated on both sides of the River Main. The city’s full name is Frankfurt am Main meaning Frankfurt on the Main. Being on the south-east of the Taunus mountain range, the climate here has cold winters but warm summers.

Frankfurt has always been the largest financial center in continental Europe. The Trade fair was first mentioned in 1150. Book trade fairs began here in 1478. In 1585 traders established the early Stock Exchange. Many large banks and the Deutsche Bundesbank are based here. It is the Seat of the European Central Bank. It also homes the Frankfurt Motor Show.

This smallest metropolis of the world was first settled by Romans in 1st century followed by Germanic tribes in 5th century. Frankfurt became the center of the Holy Roman Empire by the 8th century. It was a tradition that German rulers were elected and crowned here till 18th century at the Imperial Cathedral. City council bought a three-storey patrician building from the Römer family in 1405, transformed it into a 3-gabled façade and used the complex as the city hall for 600 years. Römerberg is the very medieval center and heart of the city. Cobble-stoned lanes with timber-framed buildings of the city contradict the avant-garde skylines. No wonder it attracts millions of tourists every year.

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Goethe was from here. The city has a nice forest, two botanical gardens and many museums, concerts, operas, theatres and festivals. Goethe University Frankfurt has developed the Frankfurt School of social theory and philosophy as an alternative path to social development apart from capitalist, fascist or communist systems.

Like a true metropolis Frankfurt is open, liberal and multicultural because it is home to people of many nationality and religion. It was earlier dominated by Protestants but then increasing number of Catholics moved in. Home to a Jewish community dating back to medieval times, now it also has a large Ahmadiyya and Muslim community.

Frankfurt is a good transport hub with Autobahn, Frankfurt airport and Frankfurt Central Station. For going around the city and the suburbs, the city has cheap underground transportation systems and trams.