The huge metropolis of Frankfurt, sprawled out across the River
Main, boasts a long history and an energetic city centre, full of
vibrant, modern culture and a true international flavour.
Nicknamed 'Bankfurt', the city is home to most of the country's
financial institutions including the stock exchange, reflecting its
futuristic look with its many towering skyscrapers. This look was
not entirely by choice; in the immediate aftermath of the Second
World War, the heavily bomb-damaged city cemented its historic role
as an economic powerhouse, rising from the ashes with its new
skyscrapers to play a major role in Germany's recovery.
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Historically, Frankfurt has always held much political and
financial clout, and its central location in Germany (and even
Europe) suggests that it ought to have been the country's capital
at some point in its history. In fact, in the 14th century it was
established as the place where the Holy Roman Emperor was selected,
giving it importance and influence outside of Germany.
Yet even without being a capital, its continued position of
wealth and power has ensured that it is a fantastic destination to
visit today. Along with its lively centre, fantastic museums, and
fantastic shopping options, the city also retains some of its
pre-war centre. Römerberg is the classic area that escaped most of
the bombing, giving a wonderful 'other face' to this unique