Frankfurt & Surrounding Area

Frankfurt was first mentioned in writing in the eighth century. Since the Middle Ages, the metropolis around the Main River was one of Germany’s major urban centers. Frankfurt was the seat of the German federal government from 1816 until 1866 and of the first freely elected German parliament in 1848/49.

Today, Frankfurt is a major center of European finance, trade, and services. It is the only German city listed among the "Alpha World Cities”—a ranking of the world's most important metropolises. The city is home to the European Central Bank, the German Central Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and the Frankfurt Exhibition Center.  The Frankfurt airport, main railway station, and the Frankfurter Kreuz all are located within this central location which encompasses the densest network of motorways and major transportation hubs in Europe. A special feature of Frankfurt is its skyline where Europe’s tallest buildings are found. For reasons, Frankfurt has been dubbed "Mainhattan".

Frankfurt and its surrounding area, the Rhine-Main region, are not only home to many companies and major cities such as Mainz, Wiesbaden, Hanau, and Darmstadt; but also ...

There are many interesting tourist attractions in Frankfurt and the immediate area: the Taunus Mountains, the Main Riverbank, the old town of Frankfurt (where, among other attractions, the famous Roman ruins are located), the Zeil (one of the best known and busiest shopping streets in Germany), the "Ebbelwoi” quarter in the district of Sachsenhausen—with its myriad of traditional applewine pubs, city parks, the Palmengarten (a botanical garden which Frankfurters affectionately consider as "their" own garden), the opera house, etc…

Last but not least, Frankfurt is the birthplace of the most famous German poet who is also the namesake of our university: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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