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Frankfurt is an alpha world city and a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation.
By the 19th century, the name Frankfurt had been established as the official spelling.Frankfurt has a 2015 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 CBD, the Bankenviertel.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.The Römer area was later rebuilt and is popular with visitors and for events such as Christmas markets.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.
Other parts of the old town are to be reconstructed as part of the Dom-Römer Project by 2016.
Frankonovurd (in Old High German) or Vadum Francorum (in Latin) were the first names mentioned in written records from 794.
Automotive, technology and research, services, consulting, media and creative industries complement the economic base.
Frankfurt's DE-CIX is the world's largest internet exchange point.
Frankfurt Central Station is one of the largest rail stations in Europe and the busiest junction operated by Deutsche Bahn, the German national railway company, with 342 trains a day to domestic and European destinations.