Situated in the Hesse state, Frankfurt-sur-Main - not to be confused with Frankfurt (Oder) - is Germany's economic capital. The headquarters of the ECB (European Central Bank) are located here, along with the German Federal Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Frankfurt is a major player in the world of transport, and its airport and train station are among the busiest in Europe. The Frankfurt Exhibition Centre hosts some 50 trade fairs a year, including some of the world's most important industry fairs, such as the Frankfurt International Book Fair and the Frankfurt International Music Fair.
Despite the bustling commercial nature of the city, it has preserved pieces of its ancient history, and is also one of the greenest cities in Europe.
The Römerberg is one of the city's most picturesque squares, and it is here you will find the Weishaupt Art Gallery, one of the most renowned galleries in Europe. The traditional half-timbered houses are pretty as a picture, while the City Hall, the Römer, is made up of three pink, gabled, Gothic houses. From there make your way to the Museum and House of Goethe, who was a native Frankfurter. Here you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 18th German bourgeoisie and discover this famous writer's private realm. After you've drooled over the desk at which he wrote Faust, Prometheus and The Sorrows of Young Werther, check out the paintings of his contemporaries in the museum.
Frankfurt's magnificent skyline will no doubt have you mesmerised. The Commerzbank Tower built by Norman Foster is the tallest skyscraper in Europe, and if you have a head for heights you can admire the view from the 56th floor - especially breathtaking as the sun sets over the river Main.
If you fancy a spot of shopping, the busy Zeig street and the Hauptwache central square should be top of your list. For a calmer wander amongst boutiques, the Bornheim, Bockenheim and Sachsenhausen districts are ideal.
Frankfurt by night gaurantees an electric atmosphere. Choose from the many great bars and clubs in Frankfurt, such as the Batschkapp, a temple of rock.
The Frankfurt Zoological Gardens will ensure hours of fun for the children, while for a picnic, find a spot in the Von Bethmann Park, where you can just lie on the grass and enjoy a moment of tranquility.
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