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In 1994, Frankfurt am Main celebrated its 1,200 anniversary by laying plans for continued growth in trade and traffic for the next millennium. In the heart of the European continent, it is often the gateway for most visitors to Germany. Its Main River put it at the crossroads of prehistoric trade routes linking the Mediterranean with Northern Europe. Frankfurt is, however, far more than an arrival terminus or a place to conduct business in its bustling commercial district. This imposing city of steel and glass is also filled with some of the greatest museums in Germany. Of course, there are banks, and Frankfurters often call their city ...

In 1994, Frankfurt am Main celebrated its 1,200 anniversary by laying plans for continued growth in trade and traffic for the next millennium. In the heart of the European continent, it is often the gateway for most visitors to Germany. Its Main River put it at the crossroads of prehistoric trade routes linking the Mediterranean with Northern Europe. Frankfurt is, however, far more than an arrival terminus or a place to conduct business in its bustling commercial district. This imposing city of steel and glass is also filled with some of the greatest museums in Germany. Of course, there are banks, and Frankfurters often call their city "Mainhattan," or Manhattan on the Main, but there is culture, plus riches, for the sightseer, at least enough to occupy two busy days.

From Goethe's House to the Römerberg, much of the old has been restored or rebuilt since Allied bombs in World War II destroyed much of the city. The reconstruction was done with sensitivity, allowing for "green hearts" such as parks, gardens, and a surrounding forest. Contemporary skyscrapers were broken up with well laid out pedestrian precincts for shopping and strolling — along with plenty of outdoor cafes.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Frankfurt is located on both sides of the Main river south-east of the Taunus mountain range. It is the financial and transportation center of Germany.
  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late spring, summer, early fall