Frankfurt – Fact Check

Number one at being number one

The MyZeil shopping mall is spread over six floors, connected by the longest escalator in Europe, and has some 15 million visitors a year. Its design emphasises the past and present of the city, with a mix of fluid modern and formal historic facades.

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Frankfurt – Fact Check

Number one at being number one

With Berlin isolated in the Soviet Bloc after World War II, the split in Germany made Frankfurt the new center of the country.

Kieran Meeke
Kieran Meeke Travel Writer

While missing out to Bonn on the vote for the new capital, a decision designed to leave the way clear for Berlin’s future role, Frankfurt boomed as both a financial and a transport hub. The Allied powers, who divided Berlin into four sectors, founded what was to become the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt in 1948. Its stock exchange enjoyed a similar revival, helping to lay the foundation for its position as the largest of Germany’s seven exchanges. The city’s urban area now has the most millionaires per capita in the world after Monaco, Zurich, Geneva and New York.

The Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof is the second busiest railway station in Germany and one of the ten busiest outside Japan (which holds 45 of the top 50 spots). The world’s first airline, using airships, was founded in Frankfurt in 1909, so it is perhaps fitting that its airport is now Europe’s biggest. As the home base of Lufthansa, Europe’s largest airline, it also holds the record for most international destinations served. Frankfurt has another communications record as the world’s busiest internet hub, transferring 2.5 Terabits per second.

The skyline of Frankfurt am Main's Financial District reflects its status as the headquarters of...

The skyline of Frankfurt am Main's Financial District reflects its status as the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB). The city's urban area now has the most millionaires per capita in the world after Monaco, Zurich, Geneva and New York. Photo by Sean Pavone / Alamy

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The skyline of Frankfurt am Main's Financial District reflects its status as the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB). The city's urban area now has the most millionaires per capita in the world after Monaco, Zurich, Geneva and New York.