Frankfurt am Main
Where Skyscrapers meet Timber Frames
Frankfurt is an urban powerhouse full of contradictions:
It is continental Europe’s major financial hub with gleaming skyscrapers, yet also full of traditions and cosy corners. Event planners can rely on hyper modern facilities without having to sacrifice on character and individual touches.
Frankfurt is the Eurozone’s financial leader, home to some of Europe’s largest commercial banks and the headquarters of two of the world’s biggest central banks, European Central Bank and Germany’s Bundesbank. At the same time, it is also described by its 700,000 inhabitants as a ‘20-minute-city’ because of the ease of getting from one end to the other. Frankfurt’s compact size coupled with its cosmopolitan flair and international outlook also make it ideal for conferences and events.
Did you know?
Because of the cluster of skyscrapers in Frankfurt’s centre that is unique in Germany, the city is also called ‘Mainhattan’.
Transport & Location
Transport & Location
Frankfurt enjoys a top central location in Germany, making it ideal for European as well as overseas guests. As one of Europe’s major transport hubs, its airport is the eight largest in the world and the city’s transport infrastructure is first class. A network of motorways, railways and local public transport make it easy to reach as well as to navigate when there.
The choice of conference and event facilities on offer in Frankfurt is as diverse as the city itself with conventional meeting rooms, historical buildings and contemporary event locations alike. The most famous of the city’s venues is Frankfurt Messe exhibition centre as one of the largest exhibition sites in the world. It also includes the Congress Center, Congress Forum and Festhalle. Altogether, there are 15 congress centres, 43 special event locations and 126 hotels in the business and superior category.
For futuristic surroundings, try HOLM – House of Logistics and Mobility which opened in summer 2014 as a platform promoting innovation in logistics and mobility. Its cutting-edge architecture and high-tech fittings provide an impressive framework for events,
The Klassikstadt is all about classic cars and the beautiful listed brick stone surroundings of an old factory house automobile, sports and racing car companies and garages. Event planners can integrate their offerings into their programmes. The Aircraft at Burghof is another themed location, combining aeronautical interior design with state-of-the-art technology.
Not surprisingly, the finance sector is at number one when it comes to choosing Frankfurt as a conference and congress venue but the city is also strong in the transport, logistics as well as the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors with numerous companies operating here. MICE planners also appreciate the city’s commitment to sustainability and green meetings with Kap Europe, adjacent to FrankfurtMesse exhibition grounds, being the world’s first congress centre to be awarded a Gold certificate by the German Sustainable Building Council.
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
With its river location on the Main and abundance of green spaces, Frankfurt is a liveable metropolis with plenty of culture and unique traditions to enjoy. Visitor highlights are the centrally located Römer square featuring a stunning ensemble of timber-framed houses including the Town Hall. There’s also the Goethe Museum and House, dedicated to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, arguably Germany’ greatest writer and the city’s most famous son. Frankfurt also has its very own Museum Embankment with world-class venues including the wonderful Städel Museum.
For a real Frankfurt moment, nip over the river to Sachsenhausen with its quaint taverns serving local specialities Ebbelwoi (apple wine) and Grüne Soße (a sauce made of different herbs served with boiled potatoes and eggs). One of Germany’s major wine-growing regions, the Rheingau, is also just outside town, providing numerous options for wine tastings in historic vineyards.
Frankfurt – The multifaceted metropolis on the River Main
Boasting a superb infrastructure and quick and easy access to the global traffic and transport network, Frankfurt has become the home of countless corporations, associations and scientific institutions.
At the same time, its international orientation has helped to make the knowledge centre of Frankfurt Rhine-Main one of Germany’s most popular event locations.