Leben in FrankfurtIyna Bort Caruso
In Frankfurt, a growing city of 700,000, traditional beer gardens and apple wine bars abut upscale restaurants, and heritage homes stand alongside imposing skyscrapers. As the financial capital of Germany and the largest financial center in Europe, national and international banking towers account for its high rise skyline. While it’s been called Europe’s smallest metropolis, Frankfurt is a city with economic might.
The Mercer 2015 Quality of Life survey ranks Frankfurt 7th out of 440 cities based on economic, environmental and social factors. Its central location, both within Germany and in the heart of Europe, has made it a major transit hub.
This city on the Main River is home to some 180 nationalities, and a substantial percentage of residents carry a foreign passport. Frankfurt has a big-time cultural scene. Its historical core was partially destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in the years since. The main city hall, the Römer, has served for more than 600 years and is one of the city’s most important landmarks. Its gothic step gables are a symbol of the city. Museums and monuments are spread throughout the region but the largest collection is Museumsufer, or museum embankment, where more than a dozen museums housed in restored 19th century villas, line both sides of the river.
Frankfurt has the highest concentration of homeownership in the country. Affluent residents are drawn to high end condominiums, maisonettes, townhouses and urban villas. In some of the tonier neighborhoods like sought-after Westend, restored Wilheminan-style residences date back to the late 1800s. The architecture is marked by its handcrafted details and stately facades. In addition to its historic architecture, Westend is a centrally located neighborhood of pretty parks and tree-lined streets. Sachsenhausen, on the south bank of the Main River, is another high income area of beautiful older homes and high profile conversions of commercial buildings into luxury condominiums.