Frankfurt Travel Guide
The Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Due to its 43 meter high dome, the building
constructed between 1874 and 1879, which since that time has
housed the city's stock market transactions, is also referred
to as the 'Kapitalistendom', capitalists' cathedral. In front
of the building are two statutes that symbolize the speculators:
a bull (for the rising market) and a bear (for the declining
Stock Exchange's origins date back to the 9th Century, when
the privilege of holding an autumn fair in the city, granted
by Emperor Luis the Germanic, allowed the city to gradually
increase its wealth, until in the 16th Century, Frankfurt
was a central point for wholesale trading and banking transactions.
In 1585 the market's merchants and traders got together and
established a monetary exchange unit in order to face the
pitiful state the German currency was in; extremely inefficient
due to the many principalities, dukedoms and kingdoms. And
so the Frankfurt Stock Exchange came into being.
and World War II the Frankfurt Stock Exchange consolidated
its position more and more until the time when Berlin was
divided by occupying forces. This prompted national and international
investors to move permanently to the Main , making Frankfurt
the most important stock market in Germany today.
The visitor's gallery at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is open
from Mondays through to Fridays. Tours begin with an audiovisual
display explaining how the Stock Exchange works, followed
by a walk through the spectator's gallery, from which you
will get a glimpse of the daily activities going on at this
Language Course in Frankfurt will give you the chance
to experience the city's fascinating and bustling stock exchange.
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