About Frankfurt

The city actively encourages new students to come to this lively, cosmopolitan city, even welcoming them with €100 Begrüßungsgeld (welcome money; information only in German). While Frankfurt is one of Europe’s transportation hubs and economic centers, with just under 700,000 inhabitants, mayor Petra Roth calls it “the smallest metropolis in the world”.

Although it offers many of the benefits of larger urban centers, getting around Frankfurt is quick and easy by bike or public transportation. The Goethe Card that all students receive offers free local transportation on trains, buses, and trams through much of the southern part of the state of Hessen. Yet without even leaving the city, Frankfurt’s broad array of museums—many of which line the banks of the Main River—and cultural institutions offer students the opportunity to dive into theater or art with steep student discounts.

Located close to Germany’s most picturesque wine-growing region, Frankfurt is a green city with over 120 parks. Nature-lovers can explore the hills and valleys of the nearby Taunus area—or take a boat trip or train ride up the Rhine River. And sports fans will be able to join one of over 450 sports clubs in the city (in addition to those offered at the university), as well take advantage of public pools, golf courses, and boat houses.

Plenty of outdoor markets, cafes, restaurants, and beer gardens are also found among the tree-lined streets in Frankfurt. The local specialties such as Apfelwein (apple cider) and Grüne Soße (a fresh, green herb sauce most often served with eggs and potatoes) are often served in rustic, corner restaurants, some of which have been around for centuries. And with the highest percentage of international residents in Germany, you can easily visit restaurants and buy ingredients from nearly every world cuisine.

Book lovers will also enjoy the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade book fair which draws close to 300,000 visitors each October.

And for international visitors who are eager to explore the rest of Europe, Frankfurt is an ideal location. With one of the busiest airports in continental Europe and serving as a major train hub, it’s easy to take weekend trips to Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, the Swiss Alps, Vienna, and many, many other destinations.

Willkommen in Frankfurt!


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