Top 3 reasons to study in Germany
City of the month
Frankfurt am Main | October-November 2019
Frankfurt am Main: Dynamic, global, and traditional
Home to Germany’s biggest and busiest airport, the European Central Bank, and the Commerzbank Arena, the stadium of the football club Eintracht Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main is located along the Main river in the federal state of Hesse. With more than 750,000 inhabitants (as of June 2019), it is Germany’s fifth-largest city and has a history that dates back to former Celtic and Germanic settlements around the 1st century BC. If you are looking for job opportunities after graduation, you are in the right city. Although Frankfurt is known as Germany’s banking and finance hub, it also offers numerous other industries, such as aviation, chemical manufacturing, consultancy, construction, law, hospitality, real estate, tax, tourism, and many more.
Frankfurt am Main is home to over 65,000 students (as of the 2017/18 fall term) and hosts numerous higher education institutions, both public and private, including Goethe University Frankfurt (Goethe Universität Frankfurt), with its Goethe Business School; Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences; Frankfurt School of Finance & Management; Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts; and the Academy of Fine Arts (Städelschule). Frankfurt is a lively city where students can discover many wonderful spots in addition to the main tourist areas. Located by the Main river, the city has a lot to offer, from historic places, to international restaurants, to trendy cafés and bars, to traditional apple wine taverns, to many famous museums. The traditional local drink is apple wine (cider, called Ebbelwei), which is celebrated during a dedicated cider festival where you can taste different kinds of apple wine.
In addition to its economic importance, Frankfurt am Main boasts many historic and cultural places that you shouldn’t miss during your time in Germany. These include its famous city hall, which was built in a traditional architectural style (Römer); the old town, which was recently reconstructed; the Main Tower, with its high observation deck; the Botanical Garden (Palmengarten); the Frankfurt Zoo; the Museum District, with its various renowned museums, including the Goethe-Museum and the Goethe-House; and the symbol of German democracy: St. Paul’s Church (Paulskirche), which served as the seat for the first German National Assembly in 1848. A favorite place for visitors and locals alike is the indoor market hall (Kleinmarkthalle), a real culinary heaven that features an extensive selection of fruits, vegetables, wines, special dishes, and exotic products. In your free time after your studies, we strongly recommend you to come here with your friends and buy some fresh ingredients for a nice evening spent cooking at home.
In addition to the City of Frankfurt itself, the surrounding region offers various sightseeing opportunities for both day and weekend trips. The famous Rhine River Valley is just at the city’s doorstep, as is Heidelberg with its famous castle, and Wiesbaden, the capital city of the federal state of Hesse. There are also many other sightseeing spots, such as castles, wineries, and even remains from the Roman period. If you wish to explore the Rhine River Valley even further, you could also go for a river cruise to Mainz and even up to Cologne by starting on the Main River in Frankfurt and then connecting to the Rhine River. The rest of Germany and Europe can also easily be reached from Frankfurt, either through the high-speed train network with its direct connections to all major cities, including Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Vienna, and Zurich, or by air from Frankfurt International Airport.
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