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Frankfurt or Frankfurt am Main (Frankfurt on Main) is the fifth biggest city of Germany, located in the middle of the bustling Rhine-Main region. It has been an important commercial and financial center since the Middle Ages. Today, it has become the financial core of Germany as well as the European Union (EU).
There have been settlements at the place where the Main River could be easily crossed or forded. The name Frankfurt, or ford of the Franks, dates back to the time when the Franks occupied the river crossing. The settlement was soon expanded from an island in the river to the north bank. It eventually developed into an important trade center, attracting merchants from different parts of Europe.
It became a free imperial city in 1372. It was frequently overrun by foreign invaders but was able to regain its status as a free city. Frankfurt was also the place of coronation of the elected German kings and Holy Roman Emperors from 1562 until 1792. The city was the unofficial capital of the loosely organized Confederation of German states between 1815 and 1866. The choice of Bonn, however, as the capital of the Federal Republic in 1949, did not hinder in any way its efforts to maintain its undisputed financial role.
Some locals have come to refer to the city as “Mainhattan” because of its high-rise buildings which reminds one of Manhattan. The modern buildings of banks and corporations in the principal business district are strong signs of Frankfurt’s economic influence and strength.
Getting There & Around
The Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) comes second to Heathrow in terms of air traffic in Europe. It is quite modern and organized and brings together the train and bus terminals. Travelers can also fly via Frankfurt-Hahn Airport which is 110 km. west of the city.
International buses can be taken as they stop directly outside the main railway station. For those who are more daring, driving to Frankfurt is an option but not a highly recommended one due to the city’s intricate network of one-way streets, five-lane roads, and no-entry signs.
The public transport system, in keeping with the traditional German efficiency, runs smoothly and on time. The Frankfurt public transportation system is run by the Rhein Main Verkehrsuerbund of RMV. It includes the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Bus and Tram Lines. There is a choice between regional trains (RB) and the regional express trains (RE).
The U-Bahn (Metro) has seven links serving the center of Frankfurt. The stations are clean and well-lit and destinations are easily seen. The S-Bahn complements the U-Bahn to extend to the outer parts of the city. Night buses are available after 1:30, departing every half-hour from Konstablerwache.
Taxis are well maintained and more frequently used by people with transactions in the banking districts. They are also found at U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations and are available 24 hours.
There is nothing more you can want in Frankfurt. It has something to offer for everyone of varied interests and preferences, some of which are the following:
Frankfurt Main Tower
The Frankfurt Main Tower is fourth tallest building in Frankfurt standing at 200 meters and is the first local skyscraper to open to the public.
The Historical Museum shows Frankfurt’s history from the Roman period up to the present.
Goethe’s House was once the home of Frankfurt’s most famous poet and writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Kaiserdom is a cathedral where the Holy Roman Emperors were crowned.
The Romerberg was the center of city government. It was reconstructed after being destroyed during WWII.
The Paulskirche is an 18th century church which briefly served as the seat of German Parliament.
The Westend Synagogue is the only synagogue in Frankfurt that survived WWII.
January 1 – New Year’s Concert
February 6 – Frankfurt Carnival
March 18 – April 9 – Spring Dippe Fair
April 23 – Frankfurt Museums Nights
May 14 – June 17 – Frankfurt Forest Folk Festival
August 5 – 8 – River Main Festival
August 26 – 28 – Museum Quay Festival; Rainbow Quai
September 9 – 19 – Autumn Dippe Fair
October 30 – Euro Marathon Frankfurt
November 23 – December 22 – Frankfurt Christmas Fair
December 31 – New Year – Noche de Salsa; New Year’s Eve at the Mousonturm
Important Visitor Information
Climate – Frankfurt’s climate is temperate. The winters are relatively mild and the summers are warm but not hot.
Time – GMT + 1 hour
Currency – Euro
Electricity – 220 volts
Language – The National Language is German but locals also speak a dialect called Frankfurterisch.
Country Dialing Code – +49
Beverage of Choice – Frankfurt apple wine
Health – There are no particular vaccinations needed for entry.
– Any domestic animals must be inoculated against rabies at least 30 days to 1 year maximum before entry.
Visa and Document Matters – A passport must be valid for at least another four months from the time of entry.
– Foreigners need a valid passport but a valid ID card is sufficient for members of most western European Countries.
– If one is to enter a non-EU country from an EU country, regulations of the country being entered shall prevail.
– Citizens of the EU are afforded the same rights as Germans and can visit, live and work in Germany without restrictions.
Useful Links & Resources
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