It was established around the 1st Century AD as a Roman settlement, and has been a major European city since the 9th Century.
Today, Frankfurt is known for being one of the major financial centers in the world, for having the largest stock exchange in the world, as a major hub of transportation, as the location of many prominent international conferences and events, for its high quality of living, for being Germany's "most expensive" city, its forest of skyscrapers atypical in most European cities, and for its education system, museums, and botanical gardens.
People Born in Frankfurt
Frankfurt in People's Lives
Mary Todd Lincoln: I traveled here with my son Tad in 1868, and we lived here for almost a year. We lived in the Hotel d'Angleterre in the town center and close to the Zeil shopping promenade. Tad attended school in the city, studying French, German, English, drawing, and dancing. My finances were running low, and so I moved from the expensive Hotel d'Angleterre to the more modest Hotel de Holland, where I cut back on my spending. We left this city in 1869 to tour Scotland.
Napoleon Bonaparte: I considered a peace treaty in this city in 1813, during the Frankfurt Proposals. The enemy offered to allow me to remain Emperor of France, and that I would still control much of the empire I had won, but that I would lose Spain, the Netherlands, and most of Italy and Germany. I was warned that with all further victories, the terms would become harsher, or perhaps the Allies would change their minds altogether. I seriously considered the offer, but expected to win the war, and waited too long. Within a month, the Allies withdrew their terms, while amassing a formidable army of nations united against me. Nervous, I attempted to now accept the treaty, but the Allies rejected this, saying that it had been closed. They offered up a new treaty with even more strict boundaries for my empire, meaning I would now lose Belgium as well. I refused, and my armies headed back to France.
Viktoria Tolstoy: I performed a concert here in 2009.
William Penn: I visited this city in 1678, with a group of Quaker friends. We stayed at the house of a woman named Johanna, who seemed as fascinated with my Quaker faith as she was with me. As I put it, her "heart yearned strongly" toward me.