Frankfurt am Main, commonly known as Frankfurt, is the fifth-largest city in Germany. Situated on the Main River, Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe.
Frankfurt has been Germany’s financial centre for centuries, and it is the home of a number of major banks and brokerages. The three pillars of Frankfurt’s economy are finance, transport and trade fairs. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is by far Germany’s largest, and is one of the world’s most important.
It is also seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Trade Fair and the earlier mentioned Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Frankfurt Airport is one of the world’s busiest international airports and Frankfurt Central Station is one of the largest terminal stations in Europe.
Frankfurt lies in the former American Occupation Zone of Germany, and it was formerly the headquarter city of the U.S. Army in Germany.