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Frankfurt Skyline (fʁaŋkfʊɐt) – Europe’s Best Skyline

Posted by Jae on January 20, 2009

Frankfurt Skyline

Frankfurt Skyline

Frankfurt, home to almost 5.5 million in its metro area, is Germany’s 2nd most populous metropolitan area.  The three pillars of Frankfurt’s economy are finance, transport, and trade fairs. Frankfurt has been Germany’s financial centre for centuries (3rd greatest in Europe behind London and Paris), and it is the home of a number of major banks and brokerages. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is by far Germany’s largest, and is one of the world’s most important. Frankfurt is also the seat of the European Central Bank which sets monetary policy for the Eurozone economy, and of the German Federal Bank. Over 300 national and international banks are represented including the headquarters of the major German banks.  Overall, Frankfurt was ranked as the 21st greatest city in the world!

Frankfurt has Europe‘s greatest skyline. Frankfurt is home to five structures that are over 200 m tall. These modern skyscrapers are marvels compared to those other, mostly non-existent ones scattered across other European cities. The tallest structure in Frankfurt is the Europaturm, which rises 331 m. (However, the observation tower is not generally considered a high-rise building as it does not have successive floors that can be occupied.) Therefore the tallest building in Frankfurt is the Commerzbank Tower, which rises 259 m; the tallest building in the European Union. (Nine of the ten tallest buildings in Germany are located in Frankfurt.) Frankfurt is one of the few European cities with a large cluster of high rise building in its downtown area; in many other European cities, skyscraper construction has not been well received in the past due to the historical value of existing buildings. For this reason, Frankfurt is sometimes referred to as “Mainhattan” (a portmanteau of the river Main and Manhattan), and Chicago am Main. As of June 2008, there are 276 completed high-rises in the city. Frankfurt has three major proposals to build large skyscrapers within the next five years. The tallest of these proposals is Millennium Tower, which, if constructed, would become the new tallest building in the city, country, and in Europe outside of Moscow at 369 m. As of July 2008, there are 85 high-rise buildings under construction, approved for construction and proposed for construction in Frankfurt.

Night View

Night View

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