Frankfurt: Home to Finance, Logistics, Trade Shows and Greenery
It is very international, with its residents representing 180 countries. It is also an established trading city, with a centuries-old tradition of trade shows that continues today with the likes of the Book Fair and IMEX Frankfurt. It is a very modern city, the “Mainhattan” of Germany, with high-rise office buildings that comprise the only real skyline within the country, which is balanced by charming neighborhoods with turn of the century houses and people out for strolls.
A lesser known but no less interesting and beautiful side of Frankfurt is its greenery, with beautiful parks and habitats in and around the city, augmented by private and public research facilities and experts that make learning about nature a more personal and fascinating experience. Increasingly, meeting planners and business travelers access Frankfurt’s plentiful natural resources to make meetings and events a more enriching experience.
Featuring everything from lush parklands, dense forests, green meadows and mixed fruit orchards to rivers, streams, lakes and ponds, Frankfurt’s natural landscapes are beautifully diverse. More than 52 percent of the city are open space and expanses of water. This, coupled with a 70 km natural green belt that surrounds the city, makes studying and discovering nature an easy and rewarding experience for locals, visitors and meeting attendees alike.
Frankfurt’s 40 parks range from the traditional, such as Volkspark Niddatal, to the exotic, such as the Chinese Garden. The popular Palmengarten houses a vast botanical indoor and outdoor collection of lush tropical plants – more than 13,000 in total – that make it the most popular botanical garden in all of Europe. Located near and utilized by Goethe University, the Palmengarten supports learning and research in the field of life sciences. It is open the whole year round and offers guided tours and lectures as well as special events, open houses, plant markets and more. Special collections are many, including ones exclusive to berries, endangered species and medical plants.
Linked to the Palmengarten is the Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten, a magnificent 19th-century society house, with ample space for events of up to 2,000 people. Dating back to 1870, the main ballroom, the Festsaal, is built in stunningly beautiful Neo-Renaissance style with a modern technical and multimedia stage for meetings and events. From the Festsaal’s adjacent gallery, meeting guests can enjoy lush green views that make them feel like they are far from the city, rather than in the heart of it.
Another “must-see” is Frankfurt’s municipal forest, the largest urban wood in all of Germany. No other German city can boast such a vast forest so close to the heart of the city. The forest’s 450-kilometer-long network of paths provides walkers, hikers, cyclists and horseback-riders with plenty of space for all of their activities. The forest also features many historical features: dry riverbeds dating back to the Ice Age, remnants of settlements from the Bronze Age and Roman times, medieval wood pastures, and more.
Frankfurt’s loftiest location is the Lohrberg, home to one of the city’s last remaining urban vineyards. The short walk to the top is well worth the effort; the high-point offers magnificent panoramic views of Frankfurt’s skyline, the Main plain, the Spessart low wooded mountain range and the ridges of the Odenwald. The Main-Äppel-Haus, a combination of farm shop and snack bar scenically set on the Lohrberg, offers visitors a great selection of natural foods. There is also a small but highly interesting learning center focusing on horticulture and organic fruit orchards.
Last but certainly not least are the banks of the Main River. Home to the city’s many cultural and historic museums as well as an impressive number of restaurants, shops, residences and other historic attractions, the tree-lined banks of the river play host to a wide variety of festivals, fairs, races and events throughout the year. A short walk from the Main River is like taking a step back in time – to the Roemer and the Roemerplatz – the City Hall since 1405 and the old town square, home each year to Frankfurt’s famous Christmas Market.
Visitors with more of a preference for the Mediterranean should check out the north bank of the Main, an area called Nizza, one of the largest publicly accessible gardens of southern European plants north of the Alps. Here lemon trees, fig trees and more flourish in a Mediterranean microclimate – year-round!
The Frankfurt Convention Bureau is at the ready to help meeting planners maximize “Green Frankfurt” through visits, guided tours, guest speakers, group activities, etc. that leverage the cosmopolitan flair of the city and the refreshing charm of its urban oases.
For more information, visit: http://www.frankfurt-convention-bureau.com
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