Take Me To:
Frankfurt, Germany

Skyscrapers are probably not the main reasons one travels to Europe for. Most cities in Europe are protected by law to “protect” the historic cores and culture, which also explains why most downtown city centers of European cities are usually really classic and traditional looking, with very little skyscrapers as skyscrapers are typically banned/forbidden within the city center in an effort to preserve the historical buildings and to make sure that modern skyscrapers will not overshadow them.

However, if you notice carefully, you’ll see that a lot of European cities tend to gradually become more progressive with a ton of skyscrapers and modern buildings as you move further out of the city center. That’s not the case for Frankfurt, which is also one of the reasons why Frankfurt is quite a special city.

Europe has a really old history. This retainment in historical culture and architectural design is basically why Europe is so charming for everyone since a lot of countries don’t exactly have or are losing this “old-world charm” that’s still prevalent in many parts of Europe.

If you move around Europe long enough, you’ll come to see that the cities with the most modern skyscrapers closest to the city centers are typically the cities which were really badly bombed and destroyed during the World War II. Some examples include Warsaw, Rotterdam and of course, Frankfurt.

Of course, the war was not a good thing, but we can’t change history, so I’ll try to focus on the good things instead. It is because of how history was written, Frankfurt has the chance to stand out as a global city with top-tier financial and educational hubs. Also, due to its strategic central location within Germany and even the whole of Europe, it remains an important aviation hub for Europe (and Lufthansa). It is because of how history was written, Frankfurt has the chance to become one of the cities to shine and be uniquely different from many other European cities, starting with its myriad of modern skyscrapers at its very core.

Therefore, when you get a chance to visit Frankfurt, try not to just look at it as a skyscraper city that’s “no different from Singapore or Hong Kong”. It is not. It is a fresh side of Europe. It is where we get to witness that progressive attitude of forward-thinking European culture and their vision in a modern society.