Welcome to Frankfurt-Rhein-Main!
So, you're here! Are you ready? Living abroad can be a tremendously exciting and enriching experience. Whatever the reason is that brings you to the Frankfurt-Rhein-Main area, living in a foreign country can sometimes also be a daunting experience. Even if you're now a "Lifer" and have been living in Germany for many years, there are still differences with your home country and many things you may still find hard to understand or to incorporate into your daily life.
We've put together the following pages to help our members gain an overview of how things work in Germany, what to expect, and how to make your experience as smooth and pleasant as possible.
The Frankfurt-Rhein-Main region is very international and open-minded, but also is still deeply linked to its history and heritage. Frankfurt am Main, commonly known as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the state of Hessen. With an estimated population in 2010 of over 2.2 million, Frankfurt is quite an urban metropolis, with a lot to offer in cultural, art, theater, wellness, sports, and many more activities. Just minutes away from the city, you will find the beautiful Taunus area, with lovely towns and untouched wilderness nearby.
Frankfurt is Germany's most cosmopolitan city, with foreigners comprising more than one-quarter of the population. The city is diverse, open-minded, and tolerant. It's also Germany's number one destination for international professionals, with 144 banks, 127 airline companies, 85 foreign consulates, and 59 foreign chambers of commerce. Frankfurt is the headquarters for the European Central Bank and also the seat to the German Stock Exchange, making the city a leading center for finance and commerce. Additionally, over 3,000 foreign companies are located in the Frankfurt-Rhein-Main area. (Data courtesy of Newcomer's Network)
Frankfurt's city districts are Altstadt, Innenstadt, Sachsenhausen, Bornheim, Nordend, Westend, and Bockenheim, each with its personal flavor and character.
The Taunus area, often called "Frankfurt's living room" because many people chose to live in the area, but work in Frankfurt, is made up of historical and charming towns and the Taunus Mountains. The major towns in the area are Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Königstein, Kronberg, Hofheim, Idstein, and Oberusel. Our AIWC office or Treffpunkt (meeting point) is located in the lovely town of Oberursel, just minutes away from the Frankfurt city center.
Other major cities in the Frankfurt-Rhein-Main region are Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Offenbach, Hanau, Heidelberg, and Mainz.
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