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High-rise buildings

More than any other city in Germany the Frankfurt’s panorama is defined by its famous high-rise skyline. As the Main metropolis is one of the leading financial centres in Europe, many banks have built some extraordinary skyscrapers in the city centre. This is also where the highest office building on the continent, the almost 260 m high Commerzbank Tower, stands.

But do you know the names of the individual skyscrapers? In our round-up you will learn essential information about selected buildings, and also about their distinctive features.

Hochhaus: Commerzbank Tower © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Commerzbank Tower

The Commerzbank Tower is the tallest office building in Europe. Integrated tower gardens are the building’s “green lungs”.

Hochhaus: Deutsche Bank © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Deutsche Bank

The reflecting glass façades of Deutsche Bank’s twin towers make them stand out prominently in Frankfurt’s skyline.

Hochhaus: Eurotower, EZB - Europäische Zentralbank © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Eurotower (European Central Bank)

The Eurotower has been the headquarters of the European Central Bank since 1998. However, the high-rise building had already been given this name earlier.

Hochhaus: Torhaus (Messehaus 9) © Messe Frankfurt

Exhibition Hall 9 “Gatehouse”

Two interlocking structures create the impression of a gate. In this way, the Gatehouse is supposed to represent the trade fair’s openness to the world.

Hochhaus: Gallileo, Dresdner Bank © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Gallileo (Dresdner Bank)

The name of the building is a combination of the name of the Italian mathematician Galileo Galilei and the Gallusanlage location with its double “l”.

Hochhaus: Gardentower © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Garden Towers

The Garden Towers building, better known as the former building of the Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, was one of the first high-rises in the banking quarter.

JAPAN CENTER © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

JAPAN CENTER

Even from a distance the East Asian influence is clear. The roof and façade of the JAPAN CENTER awaken associations with the style of early Japanese architecture.

Hochhaus: Castor © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Kastor

Together with its twin tower Pollux, the Kastor building makes up the “Forum” high-rise structure. Both are named after sons of Zeus and Leda.

Hochhaus: Main Plaza © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Main Plaza

The typical New York high-rise building style of the 1920s was the godfather of the Main Plaza. Its model is the famous American Radiator Building.

MAIn TOWER Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

MAIN TOWER (Hesse-Thuringia State Bank)

The MAIN TOWER is an attraction for Frankfurt residents and their guests: it is the only high-rise with a viewing platform that is open to the public.

Hochhaus: Pollux © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Pollux

The high-rise building Pollux is larger than its twin Castor. Both towers are among the most modern office complexes in the Rhine-Main region.

Hochhaus: Silver Tower © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Silver Tower (Dresdner Bank)

This high-rise with a silver aluminium façade was the highest building in Germany until 1991.

Hochhaus Skyper mit einer Höhe von 153,8 m © Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Stadtplanungsamt

Skyper

The Skyper high-rise is located in the middle of a unique group of buildings. A glass-covered connecting hall provides access to a historically representative building.

Hochhaus: MesseTurm © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Trade Fair Tower

The Trade Fair Tower was the highest office building in Europe until the completion of the Commerzbank Tower.

Hochhaus: Trianon © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Trianon

The floor plan of the Trianon is a sophisticated joining of various large triangular surfaces.

Hochhaus: Westendstraße 1 (Kronenhochhaus) © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Westend Tower (DZ BANK)

On its roof, the high-rise building has a projecting termination that looks like a crown and is even heated in the winter.

Hochhaus: Westhafen Tower © Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Westhafen Tower

The high-rise building on the former Westhafen resembles a giant glass for apple wine. Its façade consists of 3,500 glass triangles.