Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany and one of the most densely populated of its cities. Often dubbed ‘The Gateway to Europe” because of its central location, it is a major stop off point for travelers with onward destinations. In recent years it has acquired the nickname, “Mainhattan” because of its imposing skyline of skyscrapers and its location on the banks of the River Main. It is a thriving cosmopolitan city rich in German history with a booming food, music and art scene. The famous German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born here and it was the site of coronations of Kings and Roman emperors. Much of the city was bombed in World War II and has been rebuilt. Today Frankfurt is the home of the European Central Bank and other important financial institutions and hosts some of the most important trade shows in the world.