Located along the rivers Rhine and Main in Central Germany Frankfurt (German: Frankfurt am Main) is a city full of contrasts, a fascinating blend of a pulsating metropolis and tranquil village. Among English speakers, the city is commonly known simply as “Frankfurt”, though Germans sometimes call it by its full name to distinguish it from the other Frankfurt in the German state of Brandenburg, known as Frankfurt a der Oder.
Well off Frankfurt with its rich 1,200-year history has much to offer to its visitors. The city skyline, the modern landmark of this business and finance metropolis, stands by to welcome guests from afar. The tower blocks have gained Frankfurt the epithet Mainhattan. Luckily most of its obvious attractions are located around the city center where you find the historical town hall “Römer”, Frankfurt Cathedral, St. Paul’s Church and Goethe House within very close proximity to each other. The city is often seen only as a transit hub or a business center, but it is so much more. It boasts Germany’s most spectacular skyline, mirrored in the Main River, and Europe’s tallest office building. It is also the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Frankfurt throws more money at the arts than any other European city and represents a dynamic cultural center with many fine galleries, theatres, and museums (located at the riverfront called “Museumsufer”).