Frankfurt: Introduction

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Frankfurt am Main is a unique and vibrant city renowned for its reputation as a leading European financial centre (finance, transport & trade fairs) and its love of the arts. Frankfurt boasts the picturesque Main River which flows through the city, with skyscrapers dominating the skyline – look for the Commerzbank Tower and Messseturm on one hand and Old Town's traditional German timber-framed buildings of Romerberg on the other. Visitors to Frankfurt can expect world-class museums along the Museum Embankment, a myriad of markets, local pubs, endless shopping, seasonal festivals and trade fairs all within the setting of celebratory city.

Pay a visit to Frankfurt's Romerberg for wonderful views of the Rathaus Romer, Frankfurt's city hall since 1405, and the site of the world-renowned Christmas markets. The Cathedral of St Bartholomew is a particular highlight – once Frankfurt's tallest building, German emperors were crowned here between the 16th and 18th century; the tower offers unbeatable views of the city.

As much of Frankfurt was reconstructed after WWII, this modern city is now considered by many as the centre of Europe; Frankfurt is easily accessed by air, rail and road. Visitors in both Frankfurt's urban and green spaces will find countless activities, such as taking a stroll through the Palmengarten, the Frankfurt Zoo, or cycling and hiking in the nearby Taunus Mountains. Frankfurt is undeniably a city that balances tradition with its modern lifestyle and few cities can boast the galleries and museums, historic sites, nightlife, fantastic eateries, staggering towers, and enough fairs and festivals to fill up an entire calendar year as can Frankfurt. In short, Frankfurt is an exciting city for all visitors.