Frankfurt Financial District
Frankfurt is not only home to the Deutsche Bundesbank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, but also to the European Central Bank and - status 2010 - 63 national and 152 international banks, and ranks among the world's leading financial centres.
The Frankfurt skyline of steel and glass skyscrapers, unique to Germany where traditionally one didn't build higher than the cathedral, is evidence of local bank power, the quest for upward mobility and the importance of the city in the banking world.
The financial district proper is the area between the central station and the Alte Oper, the Westend and Hauptwache.
Many splendid buildings characterise it, the "debit an credit" towers of the Deutsche Bank or the the Norman Foster brilliant construction for the Commerzbank. Neither the Bundesbank nor the ECB are located in the financial district.
Things to do
- Walk down "Neue Mainzer" and Mainzer Landstraße
- Look down from the MAINTOWER platform
- Take a guided tour through Deutsche Bank's renovated headquarters
- Visit the new Frankfurt Museum at Modern Art annex at the latest addition to Frankfurt's skyline: the TaunusTurm