Nicknamed Mainhattan, Frankfurt's horizon is dotted with an ever-growing number of skyscrapers. Each of its ten tallest are accessible from the Radisson Blu hotel in Frankfurt, and have their own unusual characteristics, from avant-garde artwork to innovative eco-friendly features.
1. Commerzbank Tower
At 259 metres high, Commerzbank Tower was the tallest building in Europe until 2003, when it was usurped by Moscow’s Triumph Palace. It still leads the rankings in Germany though and is known for its winter gardens, from which Mediterranean, Asian and North American plants wind their way up the centre of the building.
Frankfurt’s second-tallest tower rises 257 metres into the sky. It's the work of acclaimed architect Helmut Jahn, who designed MesseTurm in the American Art Deco style. Everything about the building is super-sized, from its lofty 18-metre-high lobby to its vast, modern office spaces.
3. Westendstraße 1
The 208-metres-tall headquarters of DZ Bank is topped with a protruding steel crown, which weighs a staggering 95 tonnes. An impressive conceptual sculpture entitled Inverted Collar and Tie stands in front of the building, referencing the clothing of those who work inside it.
4. Main Tower
This is the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with a public viewing platform, and is named after the Main river. The 200 metre-high building has incomparable views over the city, as well its own contemporary art collection, which is open to visitors. A particular highlight is Bill Viola's entrancing video installation, The World of Appearances.
5. Tower 185
This high-rise ties with Main Tower as Frankfurt's fourth-tallest, and is 30 minutes’ walk from the Radisson Blu Frankfurt. It's named after the height it was originally meant to be, despite architect Prof. Christoph Mäckler Architekten later adding five extra floors. The eco-friendly skyscraper collects rainfall to use in the building's water system, and is constructed solely from sustainable materials.
The 186-metre-high skyscraper is instantly recognisable by the tetrahedron that's suspended at the top of the building from its three corners. The tetrahedron was first lit up as part of Frankfurt’s Luminale light festival, and now shines across the night sky every evening.
7. European Central Bank Headquarters
This building has been in the works since 1999, and is set to become a striking addition to Frankfurt’s horizon once completed later this year. Peaking at 185 metres, the ambitious tower is in fact two polygonal-shaped skyscrapers connected via a central atrium.
Another creation of Prof. Christoph Mäckler Architekten, the 170-metre-high OpernTurm houses high-end shops and restaurants as well as offices. Like Main Tower, it’s renowned for its modern art, including a huge abstract Julian Schnabel painting that dominates the lobby.
This building stands level with OpernTurm but is set apart by its environmental credentials, and is expected to receive an LEED Platinum certification in recognition of them. The architecture balances an ecological outlook with forward-thinking design; windows stretching across multiple floors are set in a natural stone facade, allowing viewers to see straight through the skyscraper.
One of Frankfurt’s most recognisable skyscrapers, the 166-metre-high Silberturm, or Silver Tower, has been part of the city’s skyline since 1978. It was Germany’s tallest building until 1990, and has a slightly more retro aesthetic than the others due to its metallic exterior and rounded corners.