Falling into Frankfurt…
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be learning a little bit more about Frankfurt and what its culture is like. Today, I’m going to share some of the history, highlights of Frankfurt, and why it is a well-known city in Germany, Europe, and the world.
Population: 695,634 (5th largest city in Germany!)
Metropolitan Population: 5,600,000 (2nd largest metropolitan population in Germany!)
Location: State of Hesse
Diversity: Over 180 immigrant nationalities in Frankfurt, such as Turkey, Italy, Columbia, Serbia, Poland, Morocco, and yes, the United States :)
A Glimpse of Frankfurt’s Past and Present
Frankfurt has a rich history that dates back to the 1st century when it was part of the Roman Empire. Back then Frankfurt was known as “Bonames,” however, after the Roman Empire fell, “Frankfurt am Main” became the new name and one of the most important cities in Europe. Throughout the years Frankfurt has been a place for coronations, wars, neutrality, and political angst. Yet, Frankfurt’s resilience after World War II brought the city to the forefront once again in the financial and public transportation arena.
Today Frankfurt is considered the largest transportation center and financial center in continental Europe. The financial district includes the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and the Frankfurt Trade Fair, among others. This financial influence can be seen by the towering skyscrapers that line the city’s horizon and intertwines the old city with the new. It illustrates the strength that resides within the city’s age and foreshadows the the social innovation that will proudly bring Frankfurt further into the globalized world.
Enjoy a short slideshow of Frankfurt’s transformation (Years 1512 – 2011)!