Frankfurt: Alpha world city

Frankfurt: Alpha world city

Frankfurt: Alpha world city
Rosmit Gyawali

Frankfurt is a metropolis and the largest city in the German state of Hesse. It is the largest city in the Rhine Franconian dialect area. Frankfurt is culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse, with half its population and most of its young people having a migrant background. 

Frankfurt is a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation and is rated as an "alpha world city" according to GaWC. It is the site of many global and European corporate headquarters. 

Frankfurt Airport is Germany's busiest. Automotive, technology and research, services, consulting, media and creative industries complement the economic base. Frankfurt's DE-CIX is the world's most significant internet exchange point. Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's largest trade fairs.

Weather and climatic conditions in Frankfurt

Frankfurt has a temperate oceanic climate. The climate is slightly continental, with cold (but not freezing) winters and pleasantly warm summers. 

In the warmest period of the year (May to September), Frankfurt is the warmest large city in Germany. Precipitation is not abundant but is common and well-distributed throughout the year. However, the rainiest season is summer, and the least rainy is winter. 

Winter, from December to February, is cold, but during the daytime, temperatures are, on average, a few degrees above freezing (0 °C or 32 °F), while at night, they are around freezing.

Major attractions of Frankfurt

Frankfurt is home to influential educational institutions, including the Goethe University, the UAS, the FUMPA and graduate schools like the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Museums Riverbank Festival is one of Germany's most significant cultural festivals. Frankfurt's oldest folk festival is the Festival of Stoneware, which takes place semi-annually around Easter and the end of September in the eastern area. Night of the Museums takes place every year in April or May. 

50 museums in Frankfurt and the neighbouring city of Offenbach am Main are open until 2:00 am surrounded by special music events, dance performances, readings and guided tours. 

Apfelwein, Grüne Soße, Frankfurter Würstchen, Frankfurter Rindswurst, Frankfurter Rippchen, Handkäs mit Musik are some main cuisines of Franfurt. Desserts such as Frankfurter Kranz, Bethmännchen are the specialties of Frankfurt.

The "festival of light" takes place biannually many buildings are specially lit for the event. The Skyscraper Festival is unique in Germany; for two days, most skyscrapers are open to the public. Some extra attractions include skydivers, base jumpers, fireworks, and laser shows.

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