Glinting with glass, steel and concrete skyscrapers, Frankfurt-on-the-Main (pronounced ‘mine’) is unlike any other German City. It is home to the European Central Bank and has made itself a high-powered finance and business hub with one of the world’s largest stock exchanges. However, despite being an economic powerhouse of Germany and Europe, Frankfurt is still often referred to as “the world’s smallest metropolis” due to its cosy small-town feel.
Frankfurt is a multicultural cosmopolitan area providing expatriates of all ages and background with many opportunities and experiences.
Travelling in Frankfurt is very easy due to the city’s excellent rail network, river transport and the Autobahn road system. The International airport is also a 20-minute journey from the city centre, making business trips and weekends away very simple and easy – the airport handles over 57 million passengers each year!
Did you know that Frankfurt is the birthplace of famed writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe? His former is now the Goethe House Museum, which is one of 50 Museums in Frankfurt. Also on offer in the 2,000-year-old city is a famous opera house (Alte Opera House pictured), a thriving theatre district, a zoo, pedestrian shopping streets and scores of cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. For expatriates with older children then the nightlife and entertainment scene in Frankfurt is bolstered by a spirited student population.
The River Main flows through the heart of Frankfurt which adds to the City, especially on sunny days. There are many paths and tracks which can be explored on foot, via bike or using skateboards and roller skates – depending on your age and ability of course! Frankfurt is also the only German city to have a towering skyscraper skyline and this combined with the river has meant that Frankfurt is often referred to as “Mainhattan”.
Expats will often talk about how very easy it is to get over the feeling of being “new” or an “outsider” due to the almost 200 nationalities that make up Frankfurt’s diverse and varied culture. With so many cultures, Frankfurt offers a huge variety of cuisines which can be found throughout the city and there are also some very useful ethnic grocery stores near Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof (the main train station).
Living in Frankfurt can be anywhere from the city centre to the many town and suburbs that make up the wider area of Frankfurt. Towns in the Taunus area (45-minute drive) which are north of Frankfurt and Wiesbaden and Mainz (35-minute drive) to the west, are particularly popular among expats with families. All three areas offer several international and bi-lingual schools to choose from and there are many expat clubs focused on children and adults alike.
Closer to the city, suburbs like Nordend-Ost and Kornberg are family-friendly areas that have a lot of open space and parks. Inside the city, Niederrad and Westend are the two most popular expatriate locations for working professional couples.
The Westend is also home to some of the top legal and financial firms in Frankfurt. Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof (central station) is easily accessible from both suburbs with many bars and restaurants that line the streets.
For expats moving to Frankfurt with children then there are many public, private and International schooling options available which all offer an excellent standard of teaching. To find out more, please read our guide to schooling options for expats in Frankfurt.
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