Making the Most of Your Time in Frankfurt

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Frankfurt am Main's Romberg Square

Delegates attending the 68th CFA Institute Annual Conference should make the most of their time visiting the vibrant city of Frankfurt, the host city for this year’s event. Before and after conference sessions — where top economists, legendary investors, and governmental and regulatory leaders discuss the most important issues facing investment professionals in today’s markets — take some time to experience the history, beauty, and flavor of Frankfurt. To assist you in planning your stay, CFA Society Germany has provided a list of some of the city’s unique and wonderful sights:

  • Get a breathtaking view of the city of Frankfurt and beyond from the Main Tower, the city’s highest skyscraper, located in the middle of the city where the banking quarter meets the city center.
  • Tour the Goethe House, the birthplace of German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
  • “Apfelwein” or “Ebbelwoi,” is a light alcoholic apple cider produced in the regions around Frankfurt. You can enjoy some of the best and oldest apple cider taverns in the cobblestone streets of Frankfurt’s “Sachsenhausen” district, south of the Old Town.
  • Stroll the Römerberg, the historical site of Frankfurt markets and fairs, tournaments, festivals, and coronations, and one of the most beautiful squares in Frankfurt’s Altstadt (Old Town).
  • Visit the Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church), built between 1789 and 1833, at the center of Frankfurt’s Old Town. The church was the seat of the first freely elected German parliament, which gathered in the building’s circular hall.
  • The Frankfurt museum embankment (Museumsufer) is one of the most important locations for museums in Germany. Along both sides of the Main, you will find the Städel Museum, the German Architecture Museum (Deutsches Architekturmuseum), the German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum), and the Icons Museum, among many others.
  • Experience shopping at The Zeil, Frankfurt’s premier pedestrian promenade.
  • Breathe deeply in the Palmengarten, one of two botanical gardens located in Frankfurt, and the largest garden of its kind in Germany.
  • Attend a concert at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt’s Old Opera House. Heavily damaged during WWII, the building was reconstructed with donations from the citizens of Frankfurt and opened as a concert hall in 1981.

At select times during the conference, tourism representatives will be available to recommend additional places of interest and help you discover Frankfurt’s finest restaurants and attractions. For more details about the 68th CFA Institute Annual Conference, you can review the agenda and full list of speakers. Online registration for the event is closed, but you can follow social media highlights from the event and watch select conference presentations online.

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