Frankfurt

 
 

The city is located in the south-west Germany in the most important economic part of the country. With the population of 670,000, it is the fifth largest city in Germany. Frankfurt is the most important financial centre of Germany as well as a world renowned financial city as it is the seat of the European Central Bank.

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Three of the most important monuments are situated close to each other, in the centre of the city in the Altstadt urban area. They are Kaiserdom, Römerberg and Paulskirche. Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral with its remarkable late-Gothic west tower was the electing and crowning place of German emperors.

Since the 15th century, Frankfurt Book Fair has been regularly held in Frankfurt am Main. It is currently the biggest book fair on the world. The most famous buildings are located on Museumsufer (Museums Riverbank) on the southern bank of the Main. Museumsuferfest (Museums Riverbank Festival) is held annually on the riverbanks.

The main shopping street in the city is called Zeil. Popular shopping centres including the supermodern Zielgalerie are located along the street, as well as shops selling the typical local souvenir - Ebbelwei, a vine carafe, called Bembel.

The city is home of a number sports clubs such as Eintracht Frankfurt (men's football), FSV Frankfurt (men's and women's football), 1. FFC Frankfurt (women's football), Turngemeinde Bornheim (mass sport, the biggest sports club Hesenska).

The city is situated south-east of the Taunus Mountains, on both sides of the lower flow of the river Main. Approximately 1/3 of the urban area is demarcated as a protected landscape area, called Frankfurter Grüngürtel. This area also includes the urban forest park Frankfurter Stadtwald, one of the largest urban forest parks in Germany.

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