LOCATION & SURROUNDINGS
THE NEW HEART OF THE CITY
No other German metropolis strives so high. Frankfurt's skyline lies in the center of what's happening in the world. This German metropolis offers a home to many languages and cultures while, at the same time, preserves the rich heritage of more than a thousand years of history.
Frankfurt is an expansive city, yet remains within walking distance – a home for traditionalists and utopians. Here, something new is continuously being added to the already well-known. Here, opposites combine as one.
THE CITY OF CONTRASTS
Old masters or street festival – the enviable artistic diversity of the city is unmatched.
A theater curtain rises more than 100 times a week in the city. Such theaters as the Schauspiel and the Alte Oper rank among the most important stages in the country. The density of cultural institutions in Frankfurt is at the highest international level – this also includes more than 60 museums. Countless are the many places and colorful festivals of the very lively free art scene.
Experience business up close – Frankfurt is the city of decision makers.
Almost 200 banks have their headquarters here, five DAX-listed companies are located in and around Frankfurt, as well as the European Central Bank. Almost 75,000 people work in the financial sector, more than the city of Lüneburg boasts inhabitants. Economic activity in the world is concentrated and shaped in Frankfurt. Day after day.
Arrive and set off – Frankfurt is the gateway to the world.
Frankfurt is the traffic–geographical center in Germany and Europe. Afar is here little, much but close by. A trip by train to Paris takes no more time than a trip to Hamburg or Berlin. The airport directly at the gates of the city effortlessly connects it to the world. More than 100 international airlines head to this important hub in Europe.
In Frankfurt, all destinations are right on your doorstep – including the great outdoors.
Rising nearly 900 meters, the Große Feldberg is the highest elevation in the Taunus. The popular excursion destination is quickly reached from the city center. But you can also escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolis without leaving it: there are 50 parks within the city; for example, the Mainufer and the Bockenheimer Anlage. As you perch on the shore of a pond, before you the glorious skyline is visible above the treetops.
Change is a constant in this city.
Not only does its skyline make Frankfurt the most forward-looking city in Germany. Buildings such as the ECB's high-rise in the up and coming Ostend are milestones in visionary architecture. Frankfurt Airport is considered the most modern hub in Europe. In numerous scientific and cultural institutions, thousands of people from a wide variety of cultures are making tomorrow their theme, day after day – even the recently lavishly renovated Old Town is a sign of the latest architecture.
The cultural heritage of the city is rich – the inhabitants preserve it light-heartedly.
In the oldest Ebbelwoi pubs of the city, the traditional apple wine has been served for several centuries. To this day, Frankfurters continue to enjoy such local specialties as green sauce or hand cheese. And, just like 100 years ago, they still celebrate the "Wäldchestag" at Whitsun: Then, the inhabitants flock to the city forest to celebrate together.
“In skyscrapers, we often pay far too much attention to the facades, but too little to how they interact with the neighborhood and what they give back to the surroundings. A successful skyscraper should behave like a good citizen in the best sense of the word. It’s not just a question of building a facade upward – these are houses that do nothing. As genius as they may be, they have no use.
FOUR will fit very well into the skyline, but will also assume responsibility in the neighborhood. Hybrid use will enliven an entire quarter – I think the towers will be good citizens of Frankfurt. As a Frankfurt citizen, I now also feel like one. I was born in Upper Bavaria, lived as a child in Pakistan and Indonesia, and today I am at home here on the Main. I enjoy crossing the Main bridges several times a day on my way through the city. A river in the city is always something special. The architectural variety is also unique: When we lead visitors through the city, we start with the historic old town; a few minutes later, we stand in front of the modern skyscrapers of the skyline. The Europaviertel sets new accents again. Further stops are the Rebstock area, the wonderful Campus Westend – and absolutely fantastic is, of course, the building of the European Central Bank, together with the elegant Osthafen Bridge.
Our guests often tell us that they experience Frankfurt as a very open place. There are no impenetrable walls of tradition here. I think everyone can find happiness here.”
“I think everyone can find happiness here.”
A CITY IN NUMBERS
A metropolis of short distances
Frankfurt is a hidden champion. The inhabitants call it the smallest big city in the world, where they celebrate its small community feel yet enjoy all the exciting facets of an international metropolis. There has always been a shortage of space here. Due to the natural boundaries of the green belt, the city grows above all, upward. That has advantages: Almost all destinations can be easily reached on foot. If you look beyond the city's borders, Frankfurt is the center of the Rhine-Main metropolitan region with more than 5.7 million inhabitants.
more people will live in Frankfurt by 2027.
Small town VS. Metropolitan area
Frankfurt is a small metropolis that is closely linked to the region. Taken together, this makes for a prospering metropolitan region.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Frankfurt is regularly highly ranked in international rankings. This high quality of life is derived, for example, from attractive housing, a wide range of leisure activities and first-class shopping facilities.
are based in Frankfurt. There are also 17 hospitals and 174 pharmacies. A total of more than 14,000 people are employed in the city’s clinics.
take place annually at Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds.
is seen by the city’s tourism sector in the 2007 to 2017 period.
drive every morning to Frankfurt to work.
take buses and trains run by Frankfurt’s RMV public transportation system every day.
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK
are employed by the European Central Bank (ECB). Far less than the 10,000 employees who work for Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, which also has its headquarters in Frankfurt.
in Frankfurt were awarded one or more of the coveted Michelin stars in 2018.
APPLE CIDER PUBS
are members of the association of cider producers. They offer traditional Frankfurt cuisine and its customary apple cider "Eppelwoi". Some of them have existed for several centuries.
More than 40,000 children are cared for in day-care every day. More than 1,000 childminders work in Frankfurt.
to get from the center of the city to the woodsy Taunus region.
LAKES FOR SWIMMING
within 30 km of Frankfurt.
in 97 countries can be reached from Frankfurt Airport.
take-offs and landings per day.
* measured by freight volume.
are located in the Rhine-Main region (Fresenius, FMC, Merck, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Börse).
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
is earned in the city, ranking it fourth among German cities. Measured in terms of the 98,500 EUR GDP earned per employee, the city ranks second nationwide.
In the 2017/2018 season, 49,100 Frankfurter Eintracht fans visited their team’s home games of on average.
THE GATE INTO THE CITY
Goetheplatz is a popular starting point for a stroll in the city center.
In summer, restaurant and cafés tables line the Opernplatz.
STROLL AND ENJOY
The exquisite is often found, especially in the city center.
INDIVIDUAL AND EXCLUSIVE
The owner-managed boutique Hayashi on the Stock Exchange is known for its mixture of different styles.
CENTRAL PARK FEELING IN MAINHATTAN
The Taunusanlage at the foot of the skyline is just a few minutes' walk from Opernplatz.
THE LITTLE PLEASURES
The city's numerous cafés and brasseries offer opportunities for a short break.
Once the weather permits, the sidewalks are lined with tables outside every restaurant.
A SUNNY AFTERNOON
Under the parasols of the cafés on Opernplatz, you can comfortably watch the hustle and bustle of the big city.
OLD AND NEW
Buildings dating from different centuries are all in the immediate vicinity – the contrast created by the mix of stone and glass facades makes the city's architecture exciting.
Goethestraße is home to international luxury brands and long-established retailers.
LISTED ROUND BUILDING
The Repeat flagship store in Grosse Bockenheimer Straße is located in a lavishly renovated 1950s building.
UNIQUE AND HIGH QUALITY
The Australian cosmetics brand Aesop, on Kaiserplatz.
continues to shape the cultural life of the city and the region after more than 70 years.
Creativity and finesse characterize the nightlife of the city, on the stages as well as on the tables.
LIGHTS OF THE CITY
The skyline sparkles and glitters – every night it makes its big appearance.
PLACE TO GO
Moriki combines Japanese cuisine with an urban ambience. In 2014 it was named among the ultimate "52 Places to Go" by The New York Times.
“Gastronomy and travel are my passions. I observe the market in various international metropolises. If I like something, I think about whether it could also suit Frankfurt.
As a passionate Frankfurt native, I love the local apple wine taverns, especially Kanonesteppel. I have just opened the “Franziska” upstairs in the Henninger Tower, a modern interpretation of the traditional Frankfurt cuisine as my great-aunt cooked it. The classic hand cheese is then added to our ravioli.
The biggest compliment for me is when a guest says that our restaurant would also be successful in London or Dubai. That’s our claim. Frankfurt offers the best conditions for this: The city is international, but also has tradition, lives from a strong influx, is nevertheless manageable and radiates a certain coziness. All my restaurants are within a one-kilometer radius of each other – I walk that in the evening.
I think gastronomy is very important in a city. A lot has happened in Frankfurt, especially in fine dining. Young gastronomes always surprise with great concepts – and where there are good restaurants, there is always life!”
“Where there are good restaurants, there’s always life!”
IN THE HEART OF
are located in Frankfurt. They are visited by more than 2 million people every year.
per hour on the Zeil.
Night owls can alight in 600 bars in Frankfurt.
Its numerous stage productions make the Museum Embankment Festival to one of the biggest arts festivals in Europe.
were booked in 2017 by 5,600,000 visitors to Frankfurt – the eighth overnight stay record in a row.
The 62 kilometer long cycle path leads through the green countryside around the center of Frankfurt.