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Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Frankfurt’s full name is Frankfurt am Main, or Frankfurt on the Main River, distinguishing it from the town of Frankfurt (Oder) on the German-Polish border.

Frankfurt is the intersection for Germany’s major railways and autobahns. Each day, the city’s population doubles as some 650,000 people commute into the city.

Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany and the economic centre of the Eurozone thanks to its legacy as a historic trade hub.
The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the most important exchanges in the world, representing 35% of the world’s investment capital.

Frankfurt’s prominent skyscrapers have earned the city the nicknames of “Bankfurt” and “Mainhattan”, a portmanteau of Manhattan and Main.

Some 80 percent of Frankfurt’s buildings were destroyed during the air raid bombings of World War II. The rubble was used to rebuild the city.
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