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Bankenviertel (banking district) is the name of the central business district in Frankfurt, Germany. It designates an area in the city centre, where many banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions are located. It is the most important financial centre in Germany and one of the largest in Europe along with La Défense in the Paris aire urbaine and London's City and Canary Wharf.

Having no official or strict borders, it is commonly defined as the western part of the Innenstadt, the southern part of the Westend and the eastern part of the Bahnhofsviertel.

Panorama view seen from the Main Tower observation deck: Innenstadt (left), Bahnhofsviertel (middle) and Westend (right)


Skyline at night
View over Zeil
Eurotower of the ECB
View from the Goethe Tower in the south

The Bankenviertel is not an official city district and has therefore no defined borders. It stretches across three city districts: the western part of the Innenstadt, the southern part of the Westend and the eastern part of the Bahnhofsviertel. Many of the largest banks in Germany, e.g. Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, DZ Bank and Helaba, have their corporate headquarters here, as well as many representation offices of foreign banks. It is also the place where most of Frankfurts high-rises and skyscrapers are located.

The heart of the Bankenviertel is located on both sides of the Taunus- and Gallusanlage, an inner-city parkway, and the surrounding streets (Neue Mainzer Straße, Junghofstraße, Kaiserstraße). Furthermore, the area on both sides of the Mainzer Landstraße from Taunusanlage to Platz der Republik and the Bockenheimer Landstraße, beginning at the Opernplatz, are part of the area. Also the Frankfurt Stock Exchange a few hundred meters east of Opernplatz can be regarded as part of Frankfurt's central business district, albeit geographically in the periphery of the Bankenviertel (but closer to the city centre proper).

Financial institutions[edit]

Financial Institution Building Street City district
Bank of America Main Tower Neue Mainzer Straße 52–58 Innenstadt
Bank of China Westend Duo Bockenheimer Landstraße 24 Westend-Süd
Bank of Communications Bürohaus an der Alten Oper Neue Mainzer Straße 69–75 Innenstadt
Bank of Scotland Japan Center Taunustor 2 Innenstadt
Berenberg Bank BoLa 25 Bockenheimer Landstraße 25 Westend-Süd
BHF Bank BHF-Bank-Hochhaus Bockenheimer Landstraße 10 Westend-Süd
Commerzbank Commerzbank Tower
Große Gallusstraße 17–19
Gallusanlage 7
Crédit Agricole Main Building Taunusanlage 14–19 Westend-Süd
Credit Suisse Junghof Plaza Junghofstraße 16 Innenstadt
DekaBank Trianon
Mainzer Landstraße 16–24
Taunusanlage 1
Deutsche Bank Deutsche Bank Twin Towers
Deutsche Bank IBCF
Taunusanlage 12
Große Gallusstraße 10–14
DZ Bank Westend Tower
Westendstraße 1
Platz der Republik 6
European Central Bank Eurotower
Bürohaus Neue Mainzer Straße 32–36
Willy-Brandt-Platz 2
Neue Mainzer Straße 66–68
Neue Mainzer Straße 32–36
Helaba Main Tower Neue Mainzer Straße 52–58 Innenstadt
HSBC Trinkaus Skyper Taunusanlage 1 Bahnhofsviertel
Houlihan Lokey Skyper Taunusanlage 1 Bahnhofsviertel
ICICI Bank Mainzer Landstraße 69 Bahnhofsviertel
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Junghof Plaza Junghofstraße 14 Innenstadt
Merrill Lynch Main Tower Neue Mainzer Straße 52–58 Innenstadt
Metzler Bank Metzler-Haus Große Gallusstraße 18 Innenstadt
Mizuho Financial Group Japan Center Taunustor 2 Innenstadt
Morgan Stanley Junghofstraße 13–15 Innenstadt
Nordea Westend Windows Bockenheimer Landstraße 33–35 Westend-Süd
Royal Bank of Scotland Junghofstraße 22 Innenstadt
SEB Ulmenstraße 30 Westend-Süd
Société Générale Garden Tower Neue Mainzer Straße 46–50 Innenstadt
Standard & Poor's Main Tower Neue Mainzer Straße 52–58 Innenstadt
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Junghofstraße 24 Innenstadt
UBS Opernturm Bockenheimer Landstraße 2–4 Westend-Süd
UniCredit Mainzer Landstraße 23 Bahnhofsviertel

Public transport[edit]

The Bankenviertel is very well accessible with the public transport system. Eight of nine suburban S-Bahn lines (S1-S6, S8, S9) serve the stations Hauptwache, Taunusanlage and Frankfurt Central Station. All inner-city U-Bahn lines have stops within the area: U1-U3 at Willy-Brandt-Platz and Hauptwache, U4 and U5 at Willy-Brandt-Platz and Frankfurt Central Station, U6 and U7 at Hauptwache and Alte Oper. The tram line 12 stops at Frankfurt Central Station and Willy-Brandt-Platz, the lines 11, 16, 17 and 21 also serve the central station and Platz der Republik.