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The top dates in the region!

Business, culture, street festivals: FrankfurtRhineMain has a lot to offer. We show you where you can best get to know the region and the special events it offers, and what you must most certainly not miss.

Rheingau Music Festival, 23 June – 1 Sept. 2018

Classical music in the vineyards: The Rheingau Music Festival with over 150 concerts is one of Europe’s largest music festivals. Castles, monasteries and keeps provide the stage for the international musicians who play Classical masterpieces, not to mention Jazz and World Music. This year the festival comes under the motto of “Friendship”.

Brothers Grimm Festival, Hanau, May 11 – July 29, 2018

Once upon a time: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in Hanau in 1785 and 1786 respectively. In honour of the famous storytellers the Brothers Grimm Festival is this year being held for the 34th time. Nestling between the River Main and the castle, the amphitheatre in Philippsruhe Park is the ideal location. “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Fisherman and his Wife”, “The Frog Prince”, “The Princess and the Pea”, “Kaspar Brandner and Eternal Life” and Goethe’s “The Sorrows of Young Werther” will all be performed, the first two as musicals.

Museumsuferfest Frankfurt, August 24, 2018 – August 26, 2018

Every year over the last weekend of August the City of Frankfurt celebrates the Museumsuferfest along the River Main. This fascinating event is a blend of life by the water and culture. The museums stay open until late at night, and along the banks of the river there is an extremely wide range of stage events, and the numerous food stands serve delicacies from all over the world. A huge fireworks display in front of the skyline traditionally brings the festival to a close.

Burgfestspiele Bad Vilbel, May 5, 2018 – Sep. 9, 2018

A historical setting: In the ruins of the medieval moated castle on the banks of the River Nidda culture vultures enjoy a broad spectrum of contemporary plays and musicals. This year’s program includes: the musical “La Cage aux Folles”, the musical comedy “Maria, ihm schmeckt‘s nicht”, and the comedies “Untouchables” and “Out of Control”. Over 100,000 spectators are expected to attend the performances on the open-air stage.

Photocredit: dpa

What impact will Brexit have on FRM?

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union forces financial institutes to move if they wish to continue conducting financial transactions in the EU. How do things currently stand?

To date, four of the five major American investment banks have decided to relocate business to Frankfurt. Four of the five large Japanese banks have likewise opted to move to Frankfurt. Then there are more than ten additional banks that are increasing existing capacity or re-establishing themselves in Frankfurt.

Here are some details that have already been published on the plans of the American and Japanese banks:

Citigroup (USA) The financial institution considers Frankfurt its first choice as headquarters for securities trading inside the European Union. Technical preparations are underway.

Goldman Sachs (USA) The investment bank has secured office space in the Marienturm high-rise in Frankfurt’s banking district to be ready to expands its operations in Germany.

JPMorgan (USA) The bank currently employs 450 staff members in Frankfurt. In anticipation of what is to come, it has rented an office story for a further 200 employees. In total, the bank may be relocating more than 4,000 jobs from Great Britain. Bank CEO Jamie Dimon stated at the World Economic Forum in Davos that this would be the case in the event of a hard Brexit.

Morgan Stanley (USA) The bank has rented additional office space in Frankfurt. It is expected to double its staff numbers in Frankfurt in the coming years from currently 250.

Daiwa Securities (Japan) The Japanese securities trader is currently busy setting up a subsidiary in Frankfurt.

Mizuho Financial Group (Japan) The subsidiary Mizuho Securities announced in late June 2017 that it is to relocate its European headquarters from London to Frankfurt.

Nomura Holdings (Japan) The investment bank has applied for a banking licence in Germany to be able to conduct its EU business from Frankfurt in future.

Sumitomo Misui (Japan) In July 2017 the institute announced its intention to set up subsidiaries in Frankfurt to handle its banking and securities operations.

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Award-winning cuisine and Riesling

The Rheingau region, 20 minutes away from Frankfurt Airport, is world renowned for its excellent Riesling wines. Burg Schwarzenstein in Geisenheim can now also boast the fitting culinary counterpart: Nils Henkel’s two-starred cuisine. A visit to the vineyards.

The route leads through the wide Rhein Valley up into the steep vineyards of the Rheingau. Burg Schwarzenstein lords it over the surroundings right at the top, a 19th-century castle ruin now converted into an extensive hotel and restaurant complex. The terrace affords a view of one of Germany’s most beautiful wine-growing regions. Although actually only a relatively small wine-growing area with a good 3,000 hectares of vineyards, the Rheingau has an excellent reputation. The Riesling produced here enjoys worldwide fame. And since 2017, Burg Schwarzenstein has been offering the perfect culinary counterpart to it. Head chef Nils Henkel has been awarded two stars by Guide Michelin and named “Chef of the Year” by the magazine “Feinschmecker”. “This is where he presents his ‘pure nature’ cuisine,” the jury noted, “which places him among the pioneers of new German cooking.”

The 48-year-old award-winning chef sets great store by vegetarian cooking, but does not take a dogmatic approach to it. His menu always consists of two set menu options, with guests being able to choose between eight and six courses; they are called “Flora” and “Fauna”. Here, non-vegetarians also take Henkel’s advice to find out for themselves just how aromatic meat-free cuisine can be. Regional produce and a great love of vegetables not to mention unusual or forgotten plants characterise his cooking, even if he can’t quite do without the odd exquisite flavour – to which end he has to extend his shopping radius to considerably more than 200 kilometres. Nonetheless, there are some classic luxury ingredients traditionally used by starred chefs that are occasionally missing from the menu. Turbot, for instance, only makes an appearance on his menu in the summer, after the fish’s spawning period, although officially there is no closed season.

“I try to always think sustainably,” is how Henkel explains his philosophy. In his kitchen, the French Bresse poularde for example, a classic of high-end cuisine, faces strong competition from a south-Hessen Ried-Gockel chicken of equal quality. The game he uses comes from forests in Hessen, the trout from the Wisper Valley in the Taunus hills. Henkel gathers wild garlic and woodruff for his dishes in the neighbouring forest. He picks forgotten wild herbs such as yarrow and ground ivy on the borders of the vineyards and in his own garden. He uses ground elder, a bothersome garden weed, to garnish colourful carrots with chive ricotta – a true delight.

What sounds so light and natural about his close-to-nature cooking is actually the result of absolute perfection in the kitchen. For instance, to improve the aroma of a lightly grilled sweet pointed pepper, he purees it, thickens the puree with agar-agar, scents it with charcoal dust, and rolls the whole thing into a roulade. “Otherwise it would just be a blackish pepper that doesn’t look good on the plate,” he says. This perfects the flavours of the vegetables. Some varieties are presented in as many as five completely different ways on the plate. “I always have an idea in my head first and then play around with the flavours for as long as it takes to create a truly original taste,” says Henkel. And the secret of the stars? “Once you have reached a certain level you don’t want to go back, which is why for a chef actually the only way is upwards,” he notes pragmatically.

Perhaps it is this sense of the practical and obvious that is behind Henkel’s success. “Actually I never wanted to be a chef, but a joiner and interior designer,” he says. It was an internship in a restaurant during which he got to plate up dishes that made him change his mind. “There’s more variety in the gastronomy sector.” Following stints at first-class restaurants in Eutin, Hamburg and Coesfeld, he cooked his way to the top over the course of 18 years at Restaurant Schloss Lerbach in Bergisch Gladbach near Cologne, ultimately taking over management of the restaurant from Dieter Müller before moving to the Rheingau in 2017.

He enjoys spending the little free time he has with his wife and two daughters, aged three and six. He also occasionally goes for a meal, for instance at his fellow chef Andreas Krolik’s restaurant “Lafleur” in Frankfurt, the second of the two two-starred chefs in the region. And his favourite dish? “Green Thai curry, nice and hot, with plenty of fresh vegetables – or beef brisket with horseradish sauce and beetroot.” His mother cooked the latter dish for him as a child. And still does so today, when he goes to visit her on the Baltic coast near Kiel, his native region.

Photocredit: Burg Schwarzenstein

Fourth industrial revolution on the banks of the River Lahn

Industry 4.0, meaning the networking of the Internet and industrial production processes, is the order of the day. In Limburg the vision is already a reality. Limtronik operates one of Germany’s most cutting-edge factories.

“Historical, vibrant, worth visiting.” This is how the Town of Limburg on the Lahn Tourist Information Office whets visitors’ appetite to explore. The first route leads through the maze of narrow alleyways in the Old Town with its medieval half-timbered houses. At Neumarkt regional products are on sale. And visitors can enjoy canoeing along the picturesque Lahn Valley, with the Westerwald and Taunus hills in the background. Above all of which towers the mighty cathedral with its seven spires. Life in the town of 35,000 northwest of the FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region is so leisurely one might be forgiven for thinking the ICE railway station is the only connection to the modern world.

You’d be very wrong. Indeed, you’ll find one of the most cutting-edge factories in Germany in the commercial park behind “Werkstadt”, a shopping mall ensconced in the old halls of a former railway engineering works. Here, Limtronik manufactures electronic components and customised systems for the auto industry, the medical and security technology segments, as well as industrial controls. All in line with “Industry 4.0”, meaning the fourth industrial revolution, where industrial production gets interfaced with modern ICT in order to optimise the value-added chain from the product idea through to the after-market phase. “Vertical and horizontal networking with clients and suppliers is a lived practice here. We are currently at Industry 3.8,” comments Limtronik MD Gerd Ohl with a smile, and takes us round the 10,000 square metres of the Smart Electronic Factory (SEF). “It’s now a tiny step for us to reach Industry 4.0.”

In the hall, almost devoid of humans, high-tech machines hum, all closely networked and at work almost independently. The omnipresent abbreviations at the workstations only reveal to insiders what actually goes on. “Circuit boards for surveillance cameras are just being assembled at the SMT line,” says Ohl. SMT stands for surface-mounted technology. To exclude errors, the boards then progress to other lines, such as the AOI (automatic optical inspection) system, before the laser labelling machine readies them for delivery to the customer. “This component will be used in smart homes,” comments Ohl, taking a small green box from a package. “It just caused a real stir at the Light+Building, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building technology in Frankfurt.” Other electronic components are integrated into cars, high-tech medical appliances, or become part of the supply chain, one client being a US manufacturer of electric vehicles.

The Smart Electronic Factory only produces under contract; consumers will never be able to discern that the groups of components then delivered to customers are Limtronik products. This does not mean that Limtronik is an unknown company. On the contrary, the SME has a superb international reputation. When Gerd Ohl presented the Smart Electronic Factory in a film in 2015 at the Hanover Fair, the world’s largest industrial trade fair, a crowd swiftly gathered round the screen and staff from the largest competitor worldwide filmed the entire presentation. The following year, a delegation from Japan visited Limburg. And in 2017 Samsung came knocking at the door. The Tourist Information Office could thus easily add another adjective to its list when fielding the corresponding enquiries: innovative!

Photocredit: Limtronik

FrankfurtRheinMain in the media

Newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and not least the Internet: The media shape public images. How the national and international media see current developments in the FrankfurtRheinMain region:

“Location marketing: FrankfurtRheinMain heading for the stars” 

“Wiesbadener Kurier” presents Karina Tjugen-Luper. A native of Norway, she has been representing FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH in London since January.

“Forever underestimated” 

“Welt am Sonntag” portrays Frankfurt/Main and cites ten good reasons for living there.

“John D. Gatto represents FrankfurtRheinMain and Hessen in the US” 

“Public Marketing” covers the opening of the USA representative office jointly run by FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH and the State of Hessen. It will be managed by lawyer John D. Gatto.

“World class. Where many feel at home” 

“Frankfurter Neue Presse” reports on the current Mercer study on quality of life – in which Frankfurt places no. 7 in the international league tables.

“For Bankers Transplanted by Brexit, a Guide to Living in Frankfurt” 

“Bloomberg” casts a glance behind the scenes in Frankfurt and provides many an inside tip.

“Frankfurt woos London bankers” 

“The Economist” reports on how Frankfurt is wooing London bankers and reveals some of the advantages of the metropolis on the Main.

“The Boomtown on the Main is resilient to all criticism” 

“Die Welt” describes how the “former battlefield of Modernism” morphed into a boomtown.

“Capital city of data” 

“Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” describes the world of computer centres that throng the world’s largest Internet hub: the DE-CIX in Frankfurt/Main.

International Baccalaureate Program

What is IB?

When talking about international schools a term appearing very often related to that is “IB” – what exactly this means and which schools in the FrankfurtRheinMain offer the IB program will be explained in the following:

The IB program

The International Baccalaureate or IB is a special educational program designed for students from age 3 to 19. The program was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 currently offered in three languages: English, French and Spanish. The IB curriculum is used in almost 5,000 schools globally every day, in over 150 countries around the world.

The objective of this program was to provide an internationally acceptable diploma for students with parents who are part of the world of diplomacy, international and multi-national organizations by offering standardized courses and assessments. Nowadays, everyone can join the program in one of the IB schools around the world there is no exclusion criterion.

In order to become part of the IB network a school needs to offer four different kinds of programs: a primary years program for kids aged 3-12, a middle years program for students from 11-16 and a diploma and career related program for students from 16 to 19 years.

The IB diploma’s goal is to provide an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is therefore recognized by many universities worldwide. To receive the diploma the students have to do exams in six subjects, one from each subject group, and three core requirements:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature      Group 4: Mathematics

Group 2: Language Acquisition                               Group 5: The Arts

Group 3: Individuals and Societies                         Group 6:  Sciences

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Extended Essay (EE)

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

All subjects (with the exception of CAS) are evaluated using both internal and external assessors and the exam usually takes place in May. Points are awarded from 1 to 7, with 7 being equal to A+, 6 equal to A and so on. The IB diploma is currently accepted in 75 countries worldwide and at more than 2,000 universities.

IB in FrankfurtRheinMain

The following ten schools in the FrankfurtRheinMain area are offering the IB diploma:

IB schools FrankfurtRheinMain

Name

Location

Metropolitan International School Viernheim
Accadis International School Bad Homburg
State International School Seeheim-Jugenheim
Strothoff International School Dreieich
Metropolitan School Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main
International School Frankfurt (ISF) Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt International School (FIS) Frankfurt am Main
Lycée Francais Victor Hugo Frankfurt am Main
Herderschule Gießen
Goethe Gymnasium Frankfurt am Main

Housing & Offices in FRM

Welcome to FrankfurtRheinMain! If you are looking for an accommodation or need information about the housing market – this section will give you the important answers.

What you need to know about the German housing market

Accommodation prices in Germany are determined by the size of a home and the number of rooms (kitchens, bathrooms & toilets are not included). Most of the houses or apartments are let unfurnished, if you are looking for a partly or furnished home you will always find some exceptions.

A helpful tool to compare current leases is a table called the Mietspiegel. It is published for each city or city district and shows the average of current rents. The Mietspiegel can be found online, e.g. https://www.immowelt.de/immobilienpreise/deutschland/mietspiegel.

 

The first steps in finding an accommodation

Sometimes it can be easier to find a place once you have arrived. Therefore, you might consider a temporary accommodation. Many hotels and bed-and-breakfasts establishments cater for long time guests and offer reduced weekly or monthly rates. Another option is to look online for temporary flats, e.g. http://www.tempoflat.com/welcome/.

Even if you are quite familiar with the German language, it might be difficult to understand the typical German rental expressions. Below you find a glossary with key words and abbreviations, which are commonly used on the German housing market, especially when you search online or through newspaper ads.

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As already mentioned, finding an apartment by yourself online or in a newspaper might be one possibility, another option is to get advice from a real estate agent (Makler/Immobilienmakler) which is much more timesaving, but also the most expensive way. Estate agents charge a commission (Makler-Courtage/Provision) determined by the purchase price or the rent. In terms of renting, the commission is about two months of base rent (Kaltmiete, excluding extra charges like for heating, electricity, gas, water, waste disposal) plus value added tax and will be charged if a leasing contract will be signed. Never pay a fee before the lease has been signed – not even a handling fee.

 

Finding an accommodation online:

http://www.immobilienscout24.de/

http://immobilien.faz.net/

http://www.wohnungsboerse.net/

http://www.kip-hessen.de/

 

Contract:

Once you found yourself a suitable home, a rent contract (Mietvertrag) will be signed. Whether you sign it in the presence of an estate agent or alone, make sure the document contains following details:

  • Length of the agreement
  • Rent amount
  • Amount of additional costs (heating, water, garbage disposal etc. – electricity comes separate)
  • An agreement on redecoration when you move in or move out
  • Conditions for rent increases
  • In case of furnished rooms, an inventory check of all items (check the presence of the landlord whether all the items are in good order. If damaged, have this documented in writing, so that you don’t have to pay for the damage when you move out)
  • The general house rules

 

 

Rent an Office in FRM

Should you be looking for a suitable location (office space, production site, warehouse etc.) for your business expansion within FrankfurtRheinMain region, please do not hesitate to contact us. Knowing your requirements, we can support you in your search and provide you with personalized real estate offers.