Frankfurt am Main is the largest city in the German state of Hessen and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a population of 701,350 within its administrative boundaries.
Frankfurt is one of Germany's leading tourist destinations. Wealthy bankers, creative folks, businessmen, scientists, students and granola drop-outs coexist in this city that has some of the highest skyscrapers of Europe making Frankfurt the only German city with a typical American-like silhouette.
Frankfurt is Germany's business capital and home of the European Central Bank. It is also the place where Germany's major autobahns, railways, air traffic routes and other important infrastructure intersect. About 1 million people commute to central Frankfurt each day, not counting the 700.000 people who actually live there. With one of the world's most busy airports Frankfurt is the gateway to Germany and for many people also the first point of arrival in Europe. Frankfurt is also the most diverse city in Germany with more than 50% of the population not being ethnic Germans. Furthermore, Frankfurt is home to a vibrant cultural scene, to many galleries, clubs, theatres and a world-class opera.
Frankfurt's various parks, its diversified architecture, its historical sites and its unrivalled museum scene are unique in Germany. The museum embankment south of river Main is a cultural wonder to behold, in particular the Städel Institute of Art with the Municipal Gallery. It is of one Germany's preeminent art galleries and features masterpieces spanning nine centuries. Nearby the Museum of Applied Art offers thousand years of arts and crafts in a striking building designed by American architect Richard Meier. The Schirn Kunsthalle gallery made a name for itself as a leading exhibition house in Germany and Europe.
This blend of attractions made 4.3 million tourists (2012) spend their holidays in Frankfurt. The Hotels in central Frankfurt offer 34,000 beds in 228 hotels, of which 13 are luxury hotels and 46 first-class hotels.