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8 facts you probably didn’t know about Frankfurt
Frankfurt is the commercial capital of Germany. It might not be the first city you think of for a visit because it is mainly known as a business city. But it’s definitely worth of visiting, though, here are the 8 Fun Facts Frankfurt!
1. Frankfurt means ford of the Franks
Frankfurt was given the name by Charlemagne, the King of the Franks, who ruled over parts of modern France and Germany in the Middle Ages. After winning a battle against the Saxons, he decided to commemorate his victory and named the place as the ‘Ford of the Franks’ or Frankfurt.
2. It is the home of the Frankfurter (Hot Dog)
Interestingly,’Hot Dogs’ are also known as ‘Frankfurters’ and the dish derives its name from the city itself.’ Frankfurter Würstchen were supposedly distributed to people during special events like imperial coronations.
3. 14 out of the 15 tallest skyscrapers in Germany stand in Frankfurt
Frankfurt is the fifth largest city of Germany and is also known as ‘Mainhattan’ , since it is located along the river Maine and has some striking skyscrapers. For a good view over the city, you can go up on the 55th floor of the MAIN Tower, which is said to be ‘Frankfurt’s highest vantage point.’
4. Impressive Central Station
If you are ever at Frankfurt HauptBahnhof (Central Railway station), come out of the building and look closely at the main entrance. You will notice the statue of Atlas carrying the Earth on his shoulders!
5. Home of Johannes Gutenberg
Frankfurt was home to the inventor of the printing press, Johannes Gutenberg. You can spot a memorial dedicated to him and the early funders of the printing press in the city centre on the Rossmarkt square.
6. Goethe was born and raised in Frankfurt
Ever heard of Goethe Institute for German or language classes? Goethe was a prolific writer and statesman in Germany and lived with his family in Frankfurt too. You can visit the Goethe Haus whenever you are in the city and dive into history while walking through the house and reading about him.
7. Grimm Brothers are from the small city near Frankfurt
This one’s for all you story lovers. Flashback to childhood! Remember reading or listening to the likes of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and more? Well, the creators of all these stories- the Grimm Brothers lived in Hanau, which is merely 25 kms away from Frankfurt! They later moved on to study at University of Marburg, which is about 100 km away.
8. Frankfurt Airport is huge
At some point, you might have had a flight connection via Frankfurt, or perhaps you might have come across such an option while making travel plans. Well, Frankfurt is indeed a major international airport, spread over 2000 hectares of land, and is said to be the 4th busiest one in Europe. It is also the main hub for Lufthansa Airlines and the southern side of it was an airbase for the United States until 2005.
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