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Basic information

  • Area: 248.31 km² (95.87 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +49
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 651,899
  • Official language: German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Frankfurt – Overview

Frankfurt am Main, is the dynamic and international financial and trade fair city with the most imposing skyline in Germany. This is the image that many visitors associate with the Main metropolis. But the city in the heart of Germany and Europe can offer many other facets and contrasting variety.

Near to the skyscrapers you can find cosy Ebbelwei pubs and at the heart of the bustling city centre you can find historical sights again and again. Frankfurt is not just proud of its most famous son, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Kaiserdom (Cathedral) and the Paulskirche, the cradle of German democracy, are also to be found here. Interesting destinations for excursions in and around Frankfurt turn your stay into a great experience and you will love to come back.

When you think of the city on the Main, you think of the airport, the Paulskirche and Goethe, the Stock Exchange, the Book Fair and the skyline. No doubt about it: Frankfurt brings opposites together in the most fruitful way and in a most enjoyable manner; the advantages of a global city with tranquillity.

Part of the unmistakable style of the city on the river are the renowned museums on the Main banks, the bold high-rise architecture, the thinkers of the Frankfurt School as well as the Grüne Soße, Ebbelwei and Frankfurter sausages. And last but not least, and indeed difficult to believe, the financial metropolis is not a stone juggernaut, but rather a very green city!

Those who set out on a discovery tour of Frankfurt can easily reach many of the sites on foot or by bus and train. Many attractions are not very far from one another in the city centre, as our virtual city tour shows. With public transport, you can quickly reach further sights such as the Palm Garden and the Zoo. A city tour with the nostalgic tram, the 'Ebbelwei Express' is particularly popular and culture lovers will find an impressive selection of renowned museums on both banks of the Main.

The Main metropolis was first mentioned on 22 February 794 in a document of Charlemagne for the Regensburg monastery, St. Emmeram. However, there is proof that the cathedral hill has been under continuous settlement since as early as 3000 BC. At the same place, a Roman military camp was established around 83 AD and in the Merovingian era, the court of a Franconian king.

Frankfurt's restaurants have a lot more to offer than just the Frankfurt 'national' meals of 'Handkäs' with music' and 'Grüne Soße'. For the restaurant scene is just as lively and multicultural as the town itself. Visitors can try culinary specialities from many countries. There is sufficient choice for night owls too: there are restaurants, bars, clubs and discotheques in all parts of the city.

For shoppers, Frankfurt is a real 'el dorado' with its many shopping streets and centres. In addition to the famous shopping mile, 'Zeil', in the city centre, cosy or even exclusive shopping districts invite you to shop.