IntroductionFrankfurt lies in central Germany in the state of Hessen. Its official name ‘Frankfurt am Main’ refers to the fact that the Main River runs through the city. The city is Germany’s financial and commercial capital and has enormous economic power not just within Germany but also within Europe. Some of Europe’s highest skyscrapers are to be found here, with many government organizations, the publishing industry and bank headquarters choosing Frankfurt as their home. Trade has made the city very cosmopolitan and multi cultural, with non-Germans making up over twenty-five percent of Frankfurt’s population.
Frankfurt is a vital air, road and rail network juncture due to its central position within Europe. The city attracts approximately twelve million visitors per year with many of these being drawn by the numerous exhibitions, trade fairs and congresses. For some excellent shopping opportunities in go to Zeil, Frankfurt’s ritzy pedestrian thoroughfare and Germany’s busiest shopping district.
However, its not all business, there are some excellent museums, galleries and the opera, moreover you are only a short journey from the beautiful countryside all around you. Take time out to go to one of the famous taverns and sample the traditional Apfelwein (applewine/cider). For something a bit different take the multi-colored ‘Ebbelwei-Express’, the tram that takes you through Frankfurt’s Old Town and Sachsenhaus district whilst you enjoy a bottle of Apfelwein and a bag of pretzels - an unforgettable experience!