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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.

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).

Tallest buildings 100m+[edit]

Name Image Height (m)
Height (ft)
Floors Location Year built Notes
Commerzbank Tower Frankfurt Am Main-Commerzbank Tower vom Rathenauplatz-20100808.jpg 259.0 849.7 56 Große Gallusstraße 17–19, Innenstadt 1997 Tallest building in Europe from 1997 to 2003. Tallest building in the European Union from 1997 to 2011. Tallest building in Germany since 1997. Tallest building completed in the 1990s.[1][2] Height including the antenna is 300 metres. Headquarters of Commerzbank.
Westendstraße 1 Frankfurt Westend Tower.Süd.20130616.jpg 208.0 682.4 53 Westendstraße 1, Westend-Süd 1993 Headquarters of DZ Bank.[3][4]
Main Tower Maintower Frankfurt.jpg 200.0 656.2 55 Neue Mainzer Straße 52–58, Innenstadt 1999 Height including the antenna is 240 metres. Main tenants are Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen and Standard & Poor's.[5][6]
Trianon Frankfurt Am Main-Trianon-Ansicht vom Messeturm-20130525.jpg 186.0 610.2 45 Mainzer Landstraße 16–24, Westend-Süd 1993 Main tenant is DekaBank.[7][8]
Opernturm Frankfurter-Opernturm-2012-Ffm-916.jpg 170.0 557.7 42 Bockenheimer Landstraße 2–4, Westend-Süd 2009 Main tenant is UBS.
Silberturm Silver Tower.jpg 166.3 545.6 32 Jürgen-Ponto-Platz 1, Bahnhofsviertel 1978 Tallest building in Germany from 1978 to 1991.[9][10] Former headquarters of Dresdner Bank which merged with Commerzbank in 2009. Main tenant is now Deutsche Bahn.
Deutsche Bank Twin Towers Deutsche-bank-ffm001.jpg 155.0 508.5 40 Taunusanlage 12, Westend-Süd 1984 Tallest twin towers in Frankfurt, also tallest building completed in the 1980s.[11][12] Headquarters of Deutsche Bank. Their nicknames are Soll und Haben (Asset and Liability).
Skyper Frankfurt Skyper.Süden.20130603.jpg 153.8 504.6 38 Taunusanlage 1, Bahnhofsviertel 2004 Main tenant is DekaBank.[13][14]
Eurotower Frankfurt Eurotower.20130603.jpg 148.0 485.6 39 Willy-Brandt-Platz 2, Innenstadt 1977 Headquarters of the European Central Bank. The ECB is currently building new and larger headquarters (European Central Bank Headquarters).[15][16]
Frankfurter Büro Center Frankfurt FBC.20121012.jpg 142.4 467.2 40 Mainzer Landstraße 46, Westend-Süd 1980 Main tenant is Clifford Chance.[17][18]
City-Haus City-Haus-2008.jpg 142.1 466.2 42 Platz der Republik 6, Westend-Süd 1974 Main tenant is DZ Bank.[19][20]
Gallileo Gallileo-2012-Ffm-517-9.jpg 136.0 446.2 38 Gallusanlage 7, Bahnhofsviertel 2003 Main tenant is Commerzbank.[21][22]
Garden Tower Frankfurt Am Main-Garden Towers von Sueden-20120312.jpg 127.0 416.7 25 Neue Mainzer Straße 46-50, Innenstadt 1976 [23][24]
Japan Center Japan-Center Ffm.jpg 115.0 377.3 27 Taunustor 2, Innenstadt 1996 [25][26]

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.


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