This is not a name from geographical books and maps, but the way the locals refer to their home– Frankfurt. Frankfurters are proud of their city being the financial capital of Continental Europe with German Central Bank, European Central Bank and more than 300 credit institutions, including the headquarters of five of Germany's largest banks all scattered throughout the city.
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The first stock exchange of Frankfurt, today one of the most important in the world, was established 1585, while thanks to efforts of the Rothschild family the first bank appeared there in 1798. Since then a large number of immigrants have boosted the city’s population and culture after relocating for business.
Thus, it's this commercialism this has made Frankfurt a city with the highest percentage of immigrants in Germany – about 35 percent
including Turks, Italians, and Eastern Europeans. All these inhabitants make up the 160,000-strong population of Frankfurt with about 25 percent of residents that have no German passport and another 10 percent are naturalized German citizens.
This commercialism means Frankfurt is not only extremely multicultural, but has the downside of giving it a reputation as a cold financial center. But it is much warmer than you may expect. It is home to world-class opera, ballet and the first-class "English Theatre". Other attractions include;
- Römerberg, an old place that features various buildings and a church from the 14th and 15th century
- Saint Bartholomeus' Cathedral, built in Gothic style in the 14th century
- Alte Oper - Old Opera – is a Renaissance Opera Building
- Paulskirche - St. Paul's Church – is a former seat of the first parliament in Germany in 1848
These attractions best reflect the other Frankfurt face that gets lost behing the steel and galss facades of its financial institutions.
Frankfurt is a liberal-minded city but tough. It was a city determined to forge ahead after the ravages of World War II, and while half of Europe concentrated forces to renovate and rebuild what they had before the war, Frankfurt threw away the old plans and decided to change the skyline totally. Thus today it is closer to resembling a Chicago-like high-rise cityscape, than being traditionally German in essence. It changed so rapidly that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the most famous German writer, would hardly recognize the city if he could see it for a while today.
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