#5346 Postcard DE-7580283 received from Germany
This postcard (DE-7580283) I received from Germany (Mainhattan - Frankfurt am Main) and was send by Manuela.
Postcard details: Frankfurt am Main (Michel & Co), travelled about 374 km (232 mi) in 4 days
Frankfurt, officially Frankfurt am Main, is a metropolis and the largest city of the German federal state of Hesse, and its 736.414 (2016) inhabitants make it the fifth-largest city of Germany after Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Cologne. On the River Main (a tributary of the Rhine), it forms a continuous conurbation with the neighbouring city of Offenbach am Main, and its urban area has a population of 2.3 million. Frankfurt is the largest city in the Rhine Franconian dialect area. Like France and the region of Franconia, the city is named after the Franks. Frankfurt was a city state, the Free City of Frankfurt, for nearly five centuries, and was one of the most important cities of the Holy Roman Empire; it lost its sovereignty in 1866. The city is culturally and ethnically diverse, with around half of the population, and a majority of young people, having a migration background.
A quarter of the population are foreign nationals, including many expatriates.
Mainhattan is the central business district of Frankfurt in Germany. The word is a portmanteau of Main, the river on which Frankfurt lies, and Manhattan, a reference to the inner city area's visually impressive high rises and skyscrapers. All but one of Germany's 15 skyscrapers are found in Frankfurt. The 56-story Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt's center is Europe's second tallest building, and the tallest in Germany. Since 1945, the city has become such a major financial, insurance, and transportation center for Germany, that people gave it yet another label: "die heimliche Hauptstadt" ('the secret capital city' of Germany). Frankfurt is also home to the European Central Bank (ECB, which controls the euro currency),
the Deutsche Bundesbank, and the headquarters of most of Germany's major commercial banks. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Deutsche Börse AG) is Germany's largest. Only the London and New York stock exchanges are larger.