Characteristics of Frankfurt am Main are captivating contrasts, like traditional and modern, commerce and culture, bustle and quiet.
Its reputation as an international city has been created by international trade fairs, financial business and cultural life, together with its central position.
It boasts a famous skyline with more skyscrapers than any other city in Germany, primarily buildings housing the many German and foreign banks which, with the Stock Exchange, German Bundesbank and European Central Bank, have made the city the leading financial venue in Germany.
Frankfurt is a city with a trade fair tradition going back 750 years. Today’s trade fair centre is located in the west of the city, offering some 475,000 square metres of exhibition space in 10 large halls for Frankfurt’s national and international fairs. The best-known and most popular are the Frankfurt Book Fair and the International Automobile Show (IAA).