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Welcome to FRANKFURT
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Information about FRANKFURT Frankfurt is a industrial metropolis, and Germany's fifth-largest city. Frankfurt, city of intellect, is home to apple wine, small-town friendliness, green spaces and 180 nationalities. Frankfurt is a city of contrasts and variety, with a mix of the modern and traditional, the urban and the rustic: Frankfurt's high-rise buildings soar up to the sky from the city centre. Having been controversial for a long time, today this skyline is regarded as symbolic of the city's dynamism, Frankfurt is also the headquarters of the European Central Bank and the home of the Bundesbank, Germany's central bank. Frankfurt is also the country's financial centre. It's been a major banking city ever since the Rothschilds opened their first bank here in 1798. Frankfurt also has a leading stock exchange.The most important events are international trade fairs in spring and autumn which bring some 1.5 million visitors to the city and its Messe Frankfurt (fairgrounds). Fairs include the Motor Show, the Textile Fair, the Chemical Industries Fair, and the Cookery Fair. But the best known is the International Book Fair, which draws some 5,500 publishers from nearly 100 countries, and is the most important meeting place in the world for the acquisition and sale of book rights and translations. Frankfurt’s most famous son is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.Although Frankfurt doesn't have the monuments or museums to equal Munich or Berlin, its museums and exhibition halls still lure some 2 million visitors annually. Many of the grandest museums lie along the Main on the south bank. Frankfurt has a lot of parks. A botanic city ring has replaced the enclosing city walls of old Frankfurt. Along the Main is a park landscape where you'll see bankers taking their lunch break beneath statues of heroes from the past. Some of the most popular parks are: the Palmengarten; the Tropicarium which is a complex for tropical vegetation; and the Bethmann Park, with its Chinese gardens.Frankfurt has a huge international airport and a massive 19th Century railway station, which is the busiest in Europe. Frankfurt is also a heavily industrial city, with more than 2,450 factories operating around the ford (Furt) on the Main River.


A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900/1800 3G 2100

GPS: 52 31 N, 13 24 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Generally Mon-Fri: 06.00-20.00 and Sat: 06.00-16.00. Shops can regulate their own opening hours. Smaller towns may close their shops from 13.00-15.00 for lunch. Shops are closed on Sunday.

General Information
Capital: Berlin
Area: 357,050 km2
Population: 82.6 million
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.
IDD: +49
Emergency number: 07
Timezone: GMT +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language: German (official). Some English and French. Native minority languages: Danish, Sorbian, Romany & Frisian

Government: Federal Republic

Religion: 34% Roman Catholic, 34% Protestant, 4% Muslim

Health: Tetanus, Diphtheria

Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 EUR CHF = 66.1543 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 08.00-16.00

Alcohol Limit
Alcohol Limit: 0,8 ‰

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside Cities: 100 km/h, Dual carriageways and motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory in front and back seats.

Driving License
Driving License: Insurance is mandatory. Members of the EU, the USA and Australia do not need an international driving licence to drive in Germany

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany (Baden-Wuerttenberg and Bavaria), Good Friday (variable), Easter Monday (variable), May 1 Labor Day, Ascension Day (variable), Whit Monday (variable), Corpus Christi (variable), Jun 7 Catholic Communities Day (Sajonia and Turingia), Aug 15 Ascension of the Virgin (Bavaria and Saarland), Oct 3 Day of the German Unity, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 25/26 Christmas Day/St. Stephen"s Day

Climate: Temperate; cool, cloudy, wet winters and summers; occasional warm foehn wind


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