Frankfurt's Districts

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Frankfurt is perhaps the most international city in Germany. Despite its small size in comparison with the more popular cities of Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, Frankfurters speak more English and do more international business. One can perceive the dynamic energy just by viewing the skyline, an impressive array of modern towers and business institutions. Do not be fooled, however, by its stereotype of being just another globalised financial centre. Frankfurt offers much more culture and class than meets the eye. The city's modern skyline is intermingled with much classical architecture, filled with numerous museums and art galleries which run along the Main River. Perhaps much of the fresh and dynamic energy in the city comes out of the bustling economy and those motivated here to make their mark of success in the city. All this energy packed into a mid-sized city creates quite an electric feeling.


The backbone of Frankfurt, the Römer square in the Altstadt (Old City), dates back hundreds of years. The well-kept appearance of Römer with the Rathaus (Town Hall) is impressive. However, do not be deceived, most of these old buildings were virtually destroyed after World War II and were only recently rebuilt as replicas of the previous structures. Here also lies the birthplace of the German constitution, founded in 1848 at the Paulskirche (Paul's Church), which were both destroyed less than one year later by the riots arising from the French Revolution. Today the church stands more as a symbol for German freedom and democracy than for Christianity, and is frequently used for art exhibitions and special gatherings.


The inner city covers the area from Konstablerwache all the way up to Alte Oper. It is home to the Zeil, Germany's longest Fussgängerzone (pedestrian shopping street) with its array of shops. There is also the Freßgass (a concentration of restaurants) and Goethestrasse, holding the smaller, more refined shops and cafés, and the Friedberger Tor, one of Frankfurt's two medieval watchtowers.


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