Frankfurt am Main is the fifth largest city in Germany. About 700,000 people live there. The city is located approximately in the middle of Germany and is so called because it is located on the river Main. There is another Frankfurt on the Oder.
Frankfurt am Main is now part of the state of Hesse. In the Middle Ages it was a “Free Imperial City” in which no sovereign had to be appointed, but only the citizens and the council elected by them. In addition, Frankfurt was for a long time something like the secret capital of Germany: until 1806, the electors met here to elect the German king and emperor. In 1848 and 1849, the National Assembly, the first parliament for the whole of Germany, met in the Paulskirche. After the Second World War, Frankfurt was to become the German capital, but lost to Bonn.
Today, Frankfurt is known primarily as a city of banks. The most important of these is the European Central Bank: it issues the euro banknotes and coins and makes sure that there is never too much or too little money in circulation and that prices do not rise too much. The banks and other companies have built many high-rise buildings in the city center. About 15 of them are at least 150 meters high and are called skyscrapers. There are also many important museums in Frankfurt, a zoo and the largest airport in Germany.
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