Frankfurt is the undisputed leader in Germany's financial services sector – and one of the world's most important financial centres. But the metropolis on the River Main also has an extremely strong transport + logistics sector with railway and motorway networks linking with one of Europe's largest airports to offer outstanding connections around the world.
Frankfurt am Main: a synonym for financial services. As well as hundreds of credit institutes, it is also home to internationally important institutions such as the German Stock Exchange, European Central Bank and EIOPA. In addition, there are countless international corporate law firms, sector associations and auditing companies. Frankfurt is also a national leader in financially related research, education and training. Two universities, the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University and University of Applied Sciences, as well as more recently established institutions such as the House of Finance, European Business School and E-Finance-Lab offer a wide range of degree courses and great scope for scientific study. Frankfurt also provides the venue for major sector meetings such as Euro Finance Week or World of Trading.
Its location at the heart of Germany meant that Frankfurt was always destined to take a leading role in the area of transport + logistics with a focus on logistics and mobility. The construction of Frankfurt's main railway station began as early as 1888 and is described by Deutsche Bahn (Germany's national rail company) as the most important transportation hub in Germany. In 1926, HaFraBa, Germany's first major motorway project (Hamburg – Frankfurt – Basel) was founded in Frankfurt. According to the ESPON survey of the EU, Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region are now the most easily reached location in Europe and consequently all the leading international and domestic logistics providers are represented in the region. Frankfurt is also blazing a new trail in mobility. The state of Hesse aims to create a showcase for electromobility with the Mobility Region Frankfurt Rhine-Main. The project "Model Region for Electromobility RhineMain" run by the Hessian and federal ministries of transport focuses on promoting hybrid and electric vehicles. A wide range of research activities and educational programmes centred on the House of Logistics & Mobility (HOLM) founded in 2010, perfectly round off the area of logistics expertise in and around Frankfurt.