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Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main, commonly known simply as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2008 population of 670,000. The city is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt/Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region which has a population of 5.3 million and is Germany's second largest metropolitan area.

Ford of the Franks

The city is located on an ancient ford on the river Main, the German word for which is "Furt". The Franks or Frankish people were a West Germanic tribal confederation first attested in the 3rd century. Thus the city's name receives its legacy as being the "ford of the Franks".

Centre of Germany

Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe. It is seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair, as well as several large commercial banks. Frankfurt Airport is one of the world's busiest international airports, Frankfurt Central Station is one of the largest terminal stations in Europe, and the Frankfurter Kreuz (Autobahn interchange) is the most heavily used interchange in continental Europe.

In Frankfurt am Main, there are two universities. The oldest and most well-known university in the city is the Goethe University. The second was founded in 1971, named the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. The city is also home of three Max Planck Society institutes: the Max Planck Institute for European History of Law, Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research.


There are lots of points of interest. You can join several festivals like the Museumsuferfest (Museums Riverbank Festival), the Wolkenkratzer Festival (Skyscraper Festival) or the Dippemess (Festival of Stoneware) or visit one of the 13 museums – for example the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, the largest natural history museum in Germany. Furthermore you can explore botanical gardens, the Palmengarten or the Botanischer Garten der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (botanical garden of the university).

The historical center of Frankfurt is the Altstadt or old city. The Altstadt contains many of Frankfurt's most important sights, including the Römerberg plaza with the famed Römer (Romans) city hall and many other middle-age style buildings which are mostly actually reconstructions. Nearby is the Frankfurter Dom of St. Bartholomäus and the Paulskirche, the short-lived seat of the German National Assembly in 1848-49. In the course of history it becomes a very long list of well-known people born, living or acting in Frankfurt.

You will find almost all kinds of bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and so on. Frankfurt has an excellent transportation infrastructure. You can reach Frankfurt from Bad Nauheim or Giessen by train. So – what you’re waiting for.


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