Frankfurt is one of the most important locations in the world of European Finance, owing the the headquarters of the European Central Bank being located here. While the cityscape is populated with loads of modern buildings and urban skyscrapers owing to its significance in the global village, it is Frankfurt's rich history that draws in tourists, exhibiting classic half-timbered structures of Medieval Germany, as well as being the hometown of the iconic writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
Being the fifth largest city in Germany and global destination, Frankfurt is home to many trades and fairs. The Frankfurt Motor Show and the Frankfurt Book Show are the biggest of their kind in the world. It is no secret that Frankfurt is a cultural wonderland, owing to being the city of origin of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, a prolific writer of the 18th century and a major player in shaping parts of modern Germany. His former home now serves as the Goethe House Museum, a documentation of the life of the writer. The city is home to over 30 museums, devoted to various aspects of Frankfurtian, German and World culture such as natural history, architecture, film, art, and archaeology, while also showcasing the Jewish culture that existed in the region before and after the Second World War. For a much larger taste of classic German culture, the restored Altstadt or Old Town is the site of classic Medieval German architecture, consisting of the timbered manors and structures of Old Germany, with special importance given to the Romerberg plaza, the historic town square which still hosts one of the country's best annual Christmas markets.
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