Frankfurt is often seen only as a transit hub or a business
centre, but it's so much more. It boasts Germany's most spectacular
skyline, mirrored in the Main River, and Europe's tallest office
building. It's also the country's most international town; more than
a quarter of its citizens are foreign.
Frankfurt throws more money at the arts than any other European
city so you'll most likely catch a ground-breaking exhibition at one
of its museums. And if you do happen to get stuck at the
mega-airport there's a nightclub, art gallery and X-rated cinema to
help wile away those in-transit hours.
The city epitomises modern Germany. It's home to Germany's stock
exchange and 400 banking institutions. The modern architecture and
financial clout give the city a decidedly American tone - though the
nickname 'Mainhattan' is perhaps overdoing it.
Area: 249 sq km
Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 1 (Central Europe Time)
Telephone Area Code: 069