Frankfurt am Main is the largest city in the German state of Hessen and the fifth-largest city in Germany after Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne. The city is at the center of the larger Frankfurt Rhine Main Area which is Germany's second largest metropolitan area.
Situated on the river Main, Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany. Frankfurt is the place of residence of the European Central Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and is one of the two largest financial centres in continental Europe (the other one being Paris). Frankfurt was named Europe's richest city in 2001 as measured by GDP per capita. It is also listed as one of nine Alpha world cities.
Most international flights land at Frankfurt's huge airport, and its massive 19th-century railway station is the busiest in Europe. Frankfurt is a heavily industrial city, with more than 2,450 factories operating around the ford (Furt) on the Main River, where the Frankish tribes once settled.
Airlines to fly into Frankfurt: Lufthansa, United Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Swiss International, US Airways, Iberia, Malev, Czech Airlines, LOT, Delta, Finnair.