About the book
Approach Frankfurt by car or by train and, still miles away, the skyline will greet you, small and toy-like, a movie-set painted on the horizon. In the moment that I see it, I feel something that I have never felt for another city, and the sight of the skyline is a welcome home.
Host to one of the world’s grand book fairs since 1370, Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in nearby Mainz helped catapult Frankfurt to the peak of the European book trade for the next four centuries before being eclipsed by Leipzig as Germany’s bookish capital. Like the buildings that housed it, World War II erased the buchmesse until 1949, when several Frankfurt booksellers revived the tradition in St. Paul’s Church. Today, it is the largest event of its kind in the world and attracts over 300,000 visitors from more than 100 countries. If you happen to be one of them, willkommen!
Frankfurt has seen the coronation of emperors, the horrors of war and the promise of peacetime. Yet for all her former grandeur and rich history, today she is regarded by many as the most modern city in Germany, thanks mainly to the towering, gleaming skyscrapers that pepper her skyline.
She is a city that does not reveal herself quickly, so when you finally manage to uncover a treasure or two – a favorite bar or restaurant, a quiet park corner – it’s special. You discovered it. Consider this guide then as a few whispered secrets from someone who has been on the hunt here for years and who in the chase, fell in love with this enigmatic city and found herself, finally, home.
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