Located on the river Main, Frankfurt is the financial capital of Continental Europe and the transportation centre of Germany. Frankfurt is home of the European Central Bank and the German Stock Exchange. Furthermore, it hosts some of the world’s most important trade shows, such as the Frankfurt Auto Show and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Wealthy bankers, students and granola drop-outs coexist in a city that has some of the highest, most avant-garde skyscrapers of Europe next to well-maintained old buildings. The city centre, especially Romer square, the cultural landscape and the museums at the River Main, draw millions of tourists every year. On the other hand, many off the beaten track neighbourhoods with their intact beautiful 19th century streets and parks are often overlooked by visitors.
Frankfurt is the place where Germany’s major autobahns and railways intersect. About 350,000 people commute to the city each day, not counting the 750,000 people who really live here. With a huge airport — the third-largest in Europe — it is the gateway to Germany and for many people also the first point of arrival in Europe. Further, it is a prime hub for interconnections within Europe and for intercontinental flights.
Frankfurt is the most diverse city in Germany and has the highest percentage of foreigners in the country: about 30% of Frankfurt’s residents have no German passport and another 20% are naturalized German citizens.
10 reasons to relocate to Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- Efficiency: There is much to admire about the German economy. Germany is the largest national economy in Europe and the fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world. In 2017, the country accounted for 28% of the euro area economy. In 2016, Germany recorded the highest trade surplus in the world worth $310 billion, making it the biggest capital exporter globally. Germany is the third largest exporter in the world with 1.21 trillion euros in goods and services exported in 2016. Frankfurt is the business and financial centre of Germany with an unemployment rate of less than 5%. The city is known for its futuristic skyline and the busiest German airport
- The banks of the river Main are the best place to spend an evening: With plenty of space to spread out and a great view of the skyline, what else could you want?! Frankfurt’s river banks are the best place to go for a walk, have a picnic, or just chill out.
- Cherry blossoms in the city: Have you ever been to Frankfurt in the spring? If not, you probably should. The city centre is full of cherry blossoms, especially the area around the Opera Square. But Frankfurt’s downtown doesn’t just come to life in the spring; the parks in the green belt are never more than a few blocks away, making them the perfect place to spend your lunch break.
- The Old Town in the district of Höchst: The district of Höchst has its own Old Town full of half-timbered houses and even a castle. A walk through the Old Town in Höchst is perfect proof that Frankfurt is more than just skyscrapers and international financial institutions.
- Parties in the streets. Frankfurt has a thing for street festivals, and from May to October, there’s one practically every other week! But that’s not all – there are parties along the river and in the woods outside the centre, too. Frankfurt also offers a diverse club and bar scene. There are scores of bars and restaurants all over the city. From the “traditional” apple wine bars (typical German/Frankfurter), posh bars and restaurants to a more alternative bar scene, everyone can certainly find something for his/her personal taste. Unlike in England, there is no specific time when most bars close, many are open all night on weekends, but on a regular weekday a typical closing time will be 1.00 am – still, it is always possible to find a bar which will serve a beer until there is nobody left who wants one anymore. The club scene is diverse and Frankfurt is internationally renowned for its TechHouse scene with different DJs from all over the world. Good bars in the inner city can be found in unusual spaces. The most lasting impression you’ll get of Frankfurt might be the view you’ll get from the Long Island Summer Lounge (beach club) atop a parking garage. Frankfurt’s diversity in clubs, bars and concert venues is impressive. A jug of Liquid Gold goes perfectly with Bratwurst or Schnitzel. There’s nothing more refreshing than a jug full of apple wine. Apple wine has been Frankfurt’s most popular drink for over 250 years. One of the most fun ways to try it is to jump on board the ‘Ebbelwei Express’ – a multicoloured tram that takes you on a one hour tour of the city, accompanied by traditional music, pretzels and a glass or two of apple wine.
- A jug of Liquid Gold goes perfectly with Bratwurst or Schnitzel. There’s nothing more refreshing than a jug full of apple wine. Apple wine has been Frankfurt’s most popular drink for over 250 years. One of the most fun ways to try it is to jump on board the ‘Ebbelwei Express’ – a multicoloured tram that takes you on a one hour tour of the city, accompanied by traditional music, pretzels and a glass or two of apple wine.
- With sixty museums to choose from, you have no excuse to be bored on a rainy day. With museums ranging from the museum of modern Art to Goethe’s childhood home, there really is something for everyone. The house is as important to Frankfurt as Shakespeare’s home is to Stratford.
- Frankfurt’s Christmas Market is like something out of a fairytale. With over 200 stalls Frankfurt’s Christmas Market is pure magic. The great thing is that it’s spread out all over the city centre, however it’s the most romantic spot remains on the Romer Square surrounded by beautiful half-timbered houses, the gothic town hall and a giant Christmas tree.
- The Skyline. Frankfurt has some of the tallest buildings in Europe (the Commerzbank tower is the 2nd highest office building of Europe). Its skyline is unique for the country as the high-rises are concentrated in a relatively small city centre, giving Frankfurt the looks of a metropolis. The skyline is the reason why Frankfurt is sometimes called by the nickname Mainhattan.
- Explore Central Europe in only one weekend. Due to Frankfurt’s central location in the heart of Europe and its great connection to all major cities on the continent you can always jump on the next high speed train on a Friday after work (BJ office is only a 5 minutes’ walk from the main rain station). Within a three to four hours direct train journey you will be able to dine, shop and party in places such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Zurich and many other. Enjoy your after work drink and dinner in the on board bar or restaurant.
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