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Most people take their first steps on Frankfurt soil at the terminal and discover the vastness of the city immediately due to its big airport, it's Germany’s biggest in fact, not only in size, but also in travellers and cargo.

This is not very surprising as Frankfurt is located in the heart of Germany and therefore acts as a hub in almost every direction. You’ll notice that on your short ride over the Autobahn to the city centre, where you pass Germany's busiest interchange right next to the airport fence: the Frankfurter Kreuz which connects the A3 from west to east and the A5 from north to south.

 

Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport in Germany and fourth busiest in Europe.

Frankfurt airport has more than 460,000 aircraft departures and arrivals each year.

The first highlight appears even before you arrive in the city: the skyline. Frankfurt impresses with its huge amount of stunning skyscrapers, every single one with an extraordinary and outstanding lightning concept. In fact, Frankfurt is the only city in Germany with a major skyline – within Europe only London and Paris can keep up with it.

The reason for this architectural uniqueness can be found in the years after the Second World War. Not much of the once largest connected old town of Frankfurt is left. Even the now very popular and crowded picturesque Römerberg with its framed, half-timbered houses and the town hall had to be reconstructed completely. It was back then when Frankfurt decided to shape up for the future and to become a city, open – and attractive - to the world.

Frankfurt is also home to some of the world’s leading trade fairs and exhibitions. The gate to Frankfurt Messe stands right next to one of the most iconic of buildings: the Messeturm. The 256 m pencil-looking tower opened in 1991. For seven years, it was the tallest skyscraper in Europe.

Today Frankfurt is the home of some of the world’s leading fairs and exhibitions: The “Internationale Automobil Ausstellung” in the first place closely followed by the “Musikmesse” and the “Buchmesse” as the leaders in the music and book sector. The gate to Frankfurt Messe lies right next to one of the most iconic buildings: the Messeturm. With its pencil-like look the 1991 opened and 256 m tall building claimed the title for the highest skyscraper in Europe for seven years. Only to be redeemed by the Commerzbank Tower, which held the title with its 300 m until 2012.

But those new record holders are not the only impressive sights within the skyline. Like the whole culture of Frankfurt, it’s always the mixture, that amazes the most. You have those wonderful old ones, made of shiny steel and bronzed glass from the 70s like the Silberturm, the clean and techy ones from the 80s like Soll and Haben, which stand right next to classic-looking, yet very modern stone-build ones like the Japan Center or the Opernturm.

The European Central Bank opened its spectacular headquarters in 2014, bolstering Frankfurt’s status as the financial capital of the continent.

Just look around you and you will find many interesting and new perspectives in Frankfurt. You might, for example, admire the city from one of the many bridges over the river Main.

In total Frankfurt hosts 14 of 15 skyscrapers in Germany, more than 15 others are under construction or planned and the number of buildings exceeding 100 m is well over 30.

Maybe the biggest contrast of Frankfurt is the discrepancy between scale and population. While the skyline delivers the feeling of being in a big city like New York or Hongkong, the Hessian heart is fairly small. Only 730,000 live in Frankfurt, which leads it in only the fifth place of the biggest German cities. Good news is that Frankfurt people just don’t care: They love the romantic village-like character of the hometown on the weekends and then again being able to bathe in the megacity atmosphere during the week. A fact which can be explained if you look at the number of commuters. Frankfurt is expected to nearly double the number of inhabitants during (work) days. So not only Frankfurter love their city, but people from all over the world. Just 2014 the new European Central Bank opened its spectacular headquarter, strengthening the status of Frankfurt as the financial capital of the continent.

Frankfurt’s skyline as viewed from the Cathedral tower.

But it’s not only size, scale and numbers that impress in Frankfurt. Take a look around and you’ll find lots of interesting and new perspectives. Admire the city from one of the many bridges, discover lovely churches, profound historic buildings like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s birthplace or just those traditional bars where they serve the classic Frankfurt dish: Grie Soß and Ebbelwoi – which roughly translates in a herbal sauce with boiled eggs and potatoes and a special brew of apple cider. As an alternative just stroll along shopping on the Zeil, Rossmarkt and Goethestraße.

The Frankfurt Cathedral is 95 m high and offers an amazing view of the skyline from its panoramic platform 66 m above ground.

Frankfurt is a city with many faces
be one of it during your next visit!