The fifth-largest city in Germany, Frankfurt is located on the Main River and is considered the country's financial and transportation centre.

Due to its advantageous locale, Frankfurt was one of Europe's most important trade centres during the Middle Ages. The city became the seat of German kings for several centuries before it became the capital of the German Confederation in 1816.

Frankfurt suffered major damaged during the World War Two, but the city was rebuilt over the ensuing decades, and its current skyline is dotted with several towering skyscrapers.

Population: 662,000

Sightseeing: Frankfurt is home to some outstanding architectural works, including Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral, Saint Paul's Church and the Old Opera House. The city is also known for its cultural festivals: Museumsuferfest (Museums Riverbank Festival), Dippemess (Festival of Stoneware) and Sound of Frankfurt (music festival held in the city centre).

World Cup stadium: Commerzbank-Arena, more commonly known as Waldstadion, originally opened in 1925. With a seating capacity of 48,837, the stadium is the home of German Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt, and hosted matches at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Five matches of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and two games from EURO '88 also took place at the venue.   

2011 World Cup matches: Germany vs. Nigeria on June 30, Brazil vs. Equatorial Guinea on July 6, a semifinal match-up on July 13, tournament final on July 17