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Frankfurt is sometimes jokingly called "Mainhattan", or "Chicago am Main", or "Bankfurt".  All of these names are explained by the city's importance as a financial and economic centre. Of course, the skyscrapers determine the city's horizon.

Frankfurt's  Rhein-Main airport is the second largest in Europe as far as the number of passengers is concerned (17 million). Frankfurt is not only the centre of European air traffic. Its central position in Europe makes it a crossroads of large and important traffic routes. Moreover, more than 300.000 passengers pass through the main train station of Frankfurt every day.

A lot of major banks have their headquarters here. Internationally famous is the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", one of Europe's leading and influential newspapers.

Moreover, Frankfurt has something with books. The annual International Book Fair is the largest event of its kind in the world. And lest we forget : Goethe was born in Frankfurt. His house can still be visited in the old part of the city.