Frankfurt am Main, commonly known as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany. Frankfurt is Germany’s oldest trade fair town. It is known for banks and skyscrapers, often called “Bankfurt" or “Mainhattan" (derived from the local Main River). With the seat of the European Central Bank and some of the world’s largest corporate banks, Frankfurt am Main has become one of the two largest financial centres in continental Europe (the other one being Paris), and its pivotal location (situated on the Main River) has made it the continent’s one of the largest air and rail hub.
p.s. 法蘭克福，正式全名為美因河畔法蘭克福(Frankfurt am Main)—以便與位於德國東部的奧得河畔法蘭克福(Frankfurt an der Oder)區別。
Frankfurt is unique for its skyscrapers (the only European city to allow skyscrapers within the old central part of town), and it is one of only three European cities that have a significant number of high-rise skyscrapers (The others being Paris and London. The others being Paris and London).
p.s. In Germany, only Frankfurt and Düsseldorf have high-rise skyscrapers.
雖然其他城市也有河流經過，但没有一個城市像法蘭克福這樣，由河流來主導城市景觀。横跨美因河的橋樑本身就是景點，每座橋的建築結構和特點各不相同。選擇哪座步行橋横穿美因河，是道凸顯個性的選擇題：比較傳統、安静又循規蹈矩的人喜歡建於1869年的新哥德式愛塞爾納鐵橋(the neo-Gothic Eiserner Steg)；而愛玩鬧、叛逆又不受約束的人更青睞1990年建造的鋼結構荷爾拜因人行橋(the steel Holbeinsteg)。兩座橋都是這座城市獨一無二的風景線。
p.s. The Main is a river in Germany, with a length of 527 km the most significant right tributary of the Rhine.
Eiserner Steg This famous iron and concrete pedestrian bridge connects the city centre and Römerberg with Sachsenhausen on the southern banks of the Main River. The neo-Gothic-style bridge was built in 1868-1869 according to the plans of Peter Schmick, going through several changes and modifications since then, the last of which took place in 1993.
Holbeinsteg The Holbeinsteg footbridge is like the Eiserne Steg reserved solely for pedestrians and cyclists. This makes it possible for non-motorists to take in the scenes on the southern museum embankment as well as the magnificent skyline situated on the northern side of the river.