( CNN) Frankfurt looks and feels more like a modern American city than any other German metropolis. The towering steel-and-glass skyline spawned the nickname “Mainhattan, ” while its more than 300 banks — and the German stock exchange — prompt others to call it “Bankfurt.”
Almost completely destroyed during World War II, Frankfurt’s Altstadt( Old Town) is a model of architectural resurrection and adaptive reuse, a labyrinth of cobblestone streets and squares flanked by medieval churches, palaces and townhouses.
Across the river is leafy Sachsenhausen with its apple wine taverns and museum row. On either side of Goethe University, Westend and Bockenheim offer bohemian alternatives to the glitz of nearby downtown.