With a third of the population originating from abroad, the multicultural city of Frankfurt is a haven for expats. Two British film makers have recently visited the city to take part in a fascinating project. The Frankfurt Job uncovers the soul of the city. In a fun twist, the film makers are competing to be viewers’ favourite.
Frankfurt as a city is often misunderstood. With only 750,000 inhabitants, it is relatively small. However, this doesn’t take into consideration the 5.5 million people living in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. All of whom reside within a 30 minute commute of the city centre. Its 30 international schools and 500,000 square metres of premium office space combine to present an attractive destination for businesses.
As Germany’s financial hub, Frankfurt continues to attract expats looking to work in that sector. With global businesses like Goldman Sachs setting up a whole new team in the region, relocating to the area is a shrewd move for anybody working in finance. The city is already home to the German Federal Bank, European Central Bank and Asian Development bank.
Concerns about the language barrier are often misplaced. Frankfurt is one of the most international, English speaking places in Germany. With residents from over 180 nationalities, the city is truly multicultural. An excellent public transport network renders driving in the city largely unnecessary. A friendly welcome with a glass of traditional apple wine will have you settling into your new home before you know it.
Frankfurt is often affectionately referred to as Mainhattan. This title combines its location on the banks of the River Main with its distinctive skyline. Reminiscent of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, Frankfurt has more tall buildings than any other German city.
Head up to one of the Main Tower viewing platforms for a spectacular aerial view of the area. Culture lovers will delight in the abundance of museums and art galleries. Reconstructed traditional timber buildings surround Römerberg town square. An iron footbridge over the River Main is adorned with hundreds of love locks and Frankfurt’s gothic cathedral is an architectural masterpiece.
As highlighted by film maker Alhan in episode three of the Frankfurt Job, luxurious spa days are a popular way to relax. Friendly locals and expats will show you around Frankfurt’s lively nightlife. There’s even a dedicated English theatre with British actors and staff.
Exploring the Main Rhine region outside of the city
When browsing The Frankfurt Job website, I was struck by the range of rural activities on offer. This bustling, thriving city is located within touching distance of stunning countryside. Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted by the opportunities for rock climbing, downhill cycling and wildlife watching. As an open water swimmer, I was excited to see a bathing lake where families can swim, play and camp nearby.
If you’d prefer something a little more conventional, adventure golf and karting are both available. A regular open air museum and farmers market is a great place to absorb the region’s atmosphere whilst stocking up on groceries. Enjoy a family day out at the zoo or try your skills at football golf. If a more traditional sport appeals, check out the an annual rugby festival for all ages.
The soul of the city
If you’re considering a move to Frankfurt or being relocated there for work, do check out The Frankfurt Job website. There are numerous videos about various aspects of life in and around the city. For a little taster, check out episode 2 of the film makers’ journey to get to know the city. The episode highlights family life in Frankfurt. Beautiful parks and outdoor havens keep little ones entertained, along with swimming pools, museums and indoor activities for rainy days. They visit the Frankfurt International school, where they’re stunned by the facilities available, such as 3D printers in DT classrooms. You can even take a look around an apartment in a prime location in the ‘New Old Town’ that was rebuilt after the war.