Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main is a major European metropolis recognized as one of the most open-minded and diverse cities in Germany. The city is situated along the Main River in the German state of Hesse. It a melting pot of cultures, consisting of 180 different nationalities. A majority of its immigrants are from Turkey, the former Yugoslavia and Italy. The city has a population that is 45% Protestant, 37 % Catholic, and the remaining 18% are either Muslim or Jewish. In addition, Frankfurt has the second largest Jewish community in Germany, behind Berlin.
It is considered the financial capital of Europe, home to the European Central Bank and headquarters to many large companies. Frankfurt is nicknamed “Bankfurt” or “Mainhattan” by its locals due to its numerous high-rise buildings. The city has nine skyscrapers taller than 150 meters, ranking second behind Paris. It is home to a number of major commercial banks, such as the Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank, and Commerzbank. Frankfurt's financial industry gives it the highest GDP per capita of major cities in Europe and makes it fifteenth in total GDP production as a city.
With 36 museums, innumerable galleries, theatres and nightclubs, Frankfurt stands tall on the German cultural skyline. From comprehensive art collections to special interest exhibitions on the popular Museum Embankment - the artistic institutions of the city have something to offer for everyone. The best known museums are das Städelsche Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, called Staedel, and the Senckenberg Natural History Museum. Other museums include the Museum for Modern Art and the Schirn Art Gallery. Additional slights include Saint Bartholomeu’s Cathedral, Saint Paul’s Church, the Palmengarten and Alte Oper, Frankfurt’s famous Opera house.
If you thought that all there was in Frankfurt was frankfurters with sauerkraut and beer, guess again. Frankfurt is home to over 3,000 restaurants. Chefs from more than 70 different countries offer a variety of culinary delights from their home countries. But, for those who would like to experience typical Frankfurt style, I would suggest Sachsenhausen’s renowned apple wine district. Frankfurt is home to Apfelwein, the German version of cider with an alcohol content of 5.5-7%. The beverage of choice for most locals, tastes best when accompanied by a traditional Frankfurt dish, such as frankfurters and mustard, pork ribs and sauerkraut, or just a plain pretzel.
Lesson in German:
der Stadt- the city
besuchen- to visit
der Urlaub- vacation


Blogger Kristin said...

Since I am planning to visit Germany it is exciting to learn all of this information about the different cities. Frankfurt caught my eye because when I visit Germany I will be flying into the airport in that city. My friends who live there tell me that many people tend to speak badly of Frankfurt, but since they come from America they think that Frankfurt is awesome. They say city of Frankfurt, Germany has something to offer everyone. A business traveler would be widely interested in the financial buildings, students, historians, and tourists would all love the stores, and museums.

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