Frankfurt – Germany Travel Guide, Tourism, Vacation

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Frankfurt – Germany Travel Guide
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Germany’s fifth largest city, Frankfurt am Main is the nation’s economic powerhouse, as well as being a highly regarded cultural centre.

Located in the middle of the highly productive Rhine-Main region, right at the centre of Europe, the city is the financial heart not only of Germany, but also of the European Union.

The modern skyscrapers of banks and big business in the central business district are potent symbols of Frankfurt’s economic strength and create a skyline that is more North American than European in aspect — indeed, the city is often dubbed ‘Mainhattan’.

Most of Frankfurt’s visitors come for one of the numerous trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses. But Frankfurt has another side. As the birthplace of Germany’s most revered writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), the city is at pains to impress with its cultural pedigree. Excellent museums, high-calibre performance groups and local festivals tempt too.

Frankfurt History

A settlement since at least 3000BC, and settled by the Romans, as the name of the Römer district implies, Frankfurt am Main, to give it its full name and differentiate it from Frankfurt and der Oder in the east of the country, has been Germany’s financial centre for centuries.

Frankfurt’s long history of commerce stems from its central geographical location on the Main River and the Frankfurt Messe (fair). The Messe has been going since the 12th century and the city received its official Imperial privilege to hold an annual trade fair 100 years later.

The Frankfurt Börse (stock exchange) began trading in the late 16th. If Frankfurt’s political aspirations were dashed by the choice of Bonn as capital of the Federal Republic in 1949, the city has directed its post-war energies all the more wholeheartedly into its uncontested financial role.

Frankfurt has been subject to the deprivations of war on numerous occasions, notably during the Napoleonic Wars, when it was seized and occupied by the French on several occasions. And it was severely bombed during WWII, action that resulted in the almost complete destruction of the city’s medieval centre — hence its present mainly modern architecture.

However, a number of old buildings in the Römerberg area were reconstructed in their original style, as was the cathedral.

In latter years, Frankfurt has become a remarkably cosmopolitan city — it’s estimated that people of 180 different nationalities live and work there. It has large Turkish, Korean and Sri Lankan communities among these.

Weather in Frankfurt

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Frankfurt’s climate is generally mild and well balanced with warm, occasionally wet days in summer, with temperatures sometimes reaching 30°C (90°F) and more, and chilly winter days, when temperatures range between -10°C (14°F) and 10°C (40°F).

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