Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's largest trade fairs.
Major fairs include the Frankfurt Motor Show, the world's largest motor show, the Music Fair, and the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest book fair.
The city is also characterised by various green areas and parks, including the central Wallanlagen, the City Forest and two major botanical gardens, the Palmengarten and the University's Botanical Garden.
In electronic music, Frankfurt has been a pioneering city since the 1980s, with renowned DJs including Sven Väth, Marc Trauner, Scot Project, Kai Tracid, and the clubs Dorian Gray, U60311, Omen and Cocoon.
Frankfurt is home to influential educational institutions, including the Goethe University, the UAS, the FUMPA, and graduate schools like the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Its renowned cultural venues include the concert hall Alte Oper, Europe's largest English Theatre and many museums (e.g.
Before World War II the city was globally noted for its unique old town with timber-framed buildings, the largest timber-framed old town in Europe.
In 2010, 63 national and 152 international banks had their registered offices in Frankfurt, including Germany's major banks, notably Deutsche Bank, DZ Bank, Kf W and Commerzbank, as well as 41 representative offices of international banks.
Its central location within Germany and Europe makes Frankfurt a major air, rail and road transport hub.
Frankfurt Airport is one of the world's busiest international airports by passenger traffic and the main hub for Germany's flag carrier Lufthansa.
In 2015, Frankfurt has a population of 732,688 within its administrative boundaries, and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after Rhine-Ruhr.
Since the enlargement of the European Union in 2013, the geographic centre of the EU is about 40 km (25 mi) to the east of Frankfurt's central business district, the Bankenviertel.