No other cities in Germany look more like an international metropolis than Frankfurt, despite its modest size. This is due to all the city’s skyscrapers, which are home to hundreds of financial corporations, banks and multinational companies, and make Frankfurt look more like Chicago than Munich.
As a modern metropolis, Frankfurt has plenty to offer its visitors, not least through an active cultural life. Between all the office buildings and the tall steel and glass facades of Frankfurt is a charming old town with medieval houses and an active cultural life.
Have you ever flown with Lufthansa, chances are you have been to Frankfurt. Spend a few days in Frankfurt if you have the opportunity, most visitors are pleasantly surprised.
Get to know Frankfurt
Frankfurt’s history dates back 2,000 years. The city was an important city during the Roman Empire, and German kings and emperors have been crowned in Frankfurt’s St Bartholomeus Cathedral.
Frankfurt is not a particularly large city, with its 660,000 inhabitants. But it is home to so many large companies and corporations that just as many commute to Frankfurt daily.
Frankfurt has one of Europe’s largest and busiest airports and is also reportedly Germany’s largest workplace. In Frankfurt you will find everything from the country’s stock exchange and the German Football Federation, Fiat’s headquarters in Germany, the German National Library, the European Central Bank and the three largest German banks Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and Dresdner Bank.
Frankfurt is, as you understand, one of the richest cities in Europe and has very low unemployment compared to some other cities in Germany.
- Abbreviation: F
- Country: Germany
River Main, forests and skyscrapers in Frankfurt
Like so many other cities, Frankfurt is located on a river. This is called Main and Frankfurt’s settlement is on both sides of the river. The southern parts of the city are largely forest, while the downtown districts are located north of the river.
Two of Frankfurt’s most striking buildings represent the city’s two extremes. St.Bartholomäus Church, also called Frankfurt Cathedral despite never being a bishop’s seat, is a Gothic building from the 1300s where emperors and kings have been crowned. From the tower you have a nice view of Frankfurt’s skyline. And on the other side you have the city’s tallest building, the Commerzbank Tower at 259 meters, which was Europe’s tallest skyscraper when it was completed in 1959.
Frankfurt has a rather complicated division of districts, suburbs and smaller districts. For tourists, the following areas are usually of most interest:
The center of Frankfurt is often called by Frankfurt’s inhabitants for Innenstadt or Hauptwache, the latter because of the city’s large square. This is where Innerstadt Frankfurt’s skyscrapers are located, and of course the stock exchange. Frankfurt, by the way, houses the central bank for the entire EU. Innenstadt is not only visited because of its skyscrapers and other powerful buildings. You will also find sights such as the Opera House and the Goethe House.
In the area around Innenstadt and Alstadt you will find Frankfurt’s superb shopping street Zeil, which is also the city’s main street.
It is not traditional medieval houses that you think of when Frankfurt is mentioned, but the district of Alstadt or Römerberg has refurbished old houses, and also rebuilt newer houses in old style, all to recreate the charming architecture of the old days. The area is definitely worth visiting. Alstadt is, as you understand, Frankfurt’s Old Town and is visited both for its beautiful houses, and the main square Römerberg and its many museums and churches. And that’s where Charlemagne had his fortress during the Middle Ages.
The former working class area of Bockenheim is today the most populous area in Frankfurt. This includes a large proportion of the city’s students, which gives the area access to affordable eateries and many bars. Bockenheim is located northwest of Innenstadt.
As in most major German cities, Frankfurt has also throughout its history had its red district, the so-called red light district. In the late 1800s, Bornheim was home to this. Today, the Bornheim area is primarily the place with restaurants and bars. For first-time visitors we can only welcome Bergerstrasse. You will find Bornheim northeast of Frankfurt.
Sachsenhausen performed surprisingly well against the British bombing during World War II and therefore still has parts of its old settlement intact. Sachsenhausen is centrally located in Frankfurt, on the south side of the Main River, directly opposite the Old Town of Alstadt / Römerberg.
Here are many eateries and not least a large and well-known flea market as well as many of the city’s best museums. The area’s main street is called Schweizer Straße and here you will find Frankfurt’s many famous Cider houses, try Zum gemalten Haus and Wagner.
In the middle of the city is also the Palmengarten, a green and pleasant park well used by the inhabitants. Here you can relax on lakes and feed ducks and swans, visit the rose gardens, and a small train for the kids running around. Also, take with you some of Frankfurt’s museums, such as the Historical Museum, the Städelsche Kunstinstitut, the Schirn Kunsthalle and the Jewish Museum.
Frankfurt and trade fairs
Frankfurt may well be Europe’s trade fair capital and many may get their first visit to the city as a result of a trade fair visit. Forget everything you know about trade shows from Norway. The largest trade fair area, Messe Frankfurt, is located on the north side of the river, and west of Innerstadt. Closest streets are Strasse der Nationen (street in the west) and Brüsseler Strasse as east street.
Facts about Frankfurt
Frankfurt is Germany’s fifth largest city in terms of population and has positioned itself as the country’s financial capital. Besides, no other cities in Germany can offer skyscrapers such as Frankfurt !
|Religion||Roman Catholic (34%), Protestant (34%)|
|Currency||Euro. Most credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners, AmEx) are accepted in most major locations, but some stores only accept German bank cards. ATMs are available almost everywhere.|
|Tips on restaurants||Around 10% is common if you are satisfied with the service.|
|Embassy||The Norwegian embassy in Germany is located in the capital Berlin. The address is Rauchstrasse 1. Tel: +49 (0) 30505050. There is a consulate in Frankfurt, more specifically at Bethmannstrasse 56, right by Willy-Brandt-Platz.|
|Tourist||At the Hauptbahnhof (railway station) and Röhmerberg 27.|
|Telephone||+49 (to Germany )|
|Emergency||Police 110. Fire / Ambulance / Accidents 112|
|Electricity||220/230 volts, the same two-pin contact system as in Norway.|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 1st, Good Friday, 2nd Easter Day, May 1st, Ascension Day, 2nd Pentecost, October 3rd (National Day), 1st and 2nd Christmas Day.|
|Visa||Not required for Norwegians.|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required.|
|Water||Can be drunk from the tap, but bottled water is recommended|
|Nearest major cities||Wiesbaden, Mannheim, Bonn, Cologne.|
|Safety||Slightly violent crime, but be aware of pickpockets in crowds.|
List of Frankfurt Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Frankfurt is F which stands for Frankfurt. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Frankfurt, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.