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It is one of the few cities in the European Union to have such a skyline and because of it Germans sometimes refer to Frankfurt as Mainhattan, a portmanteau of the local Main River and Manhattan.The other well known and obvious nickname is Bankfurt.Before World War II the city was globally noted for its unique old town with timber-framed buildings, the largest timber-framed old town in Europe.The Römer area was later rebuilt and is popular with visitors and for events such as Christmas markets.English 'ford) where the river was shallow enough to be crossed on foot.By the 19th century, the name Frankfurt had been established as the official spelling.
A quarter of the population are foreign nationals, including many expatriates.
Frankfurt has a 2015 population of 732,688 within its administrative boundaries, and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after Rhine-Ruhr.
Since the enlargement of the European Union in 2013, the geographic centre of the EU is about 40 km (25 mi) to the east of Frankfurt's CBD, the Bankenviertel.
In sports, the city is known as the home of the top tier football club Eintracht Frankfurt, the basketball club Frankfurt Skyliners, the Frankfurt Marathon and the venue of Ironman Germany.
It is the seat of German sport unions for Olympics, football and motor sports.Its central location within Germany and Europe makes Frankfurt a major air, rail and road transport hub.