Frankfurt is a metropolis and the largest city in the German state of Hesse. Frankfurt is the largest city in the Rhine Franconian dialect area. Frankfurt is culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse, with half of its population, and a majority of its young people, having a migrant background. Frankfurt is a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation, and rated as an "alpha world city" according to GaWC. It is the site of many global and European corporate headquarters. Frankfurt Airport is Germany's busiest. Automotive, technology and research, services, consulting, media and creative industries complement the economic base. Frankfurt's DE-CIX is the world's largest internet exchange point. Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's largest trade fairs.
Frankfurt has a temperate-oceanic climate. The climate is slightly continental, with cold (but not freezing) winters and pleasantly warm summers. In the warmest period of the year (May to September), Frankfurt is the warmest large city in Germany. Precipitation is not abundant but it is quite common and well distributed throughout the year. However, the rainiest season is summer, and the least rainy is winter. Winter, from December to February, is cold but during daytime temperatures are on average a few degrees above freezing (0 °C or 32 °F), while at night, they are around freezing.
Frankfurt is home to influential educational institutions, including the Goethe University, the UAS, the FUMPA and graduate schools like the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Apfelwein, Grüne Soße, Frankfurter Würstchen, Frankfurter Rindswurst, Frankfurter Rippchen, Handkäs mit Musik are some of the main cuisines of Franfurt. Desserts such as Frankfurter Kranz, Bethmännchen are the specialties of Frankfurt.
Museums Riverbank Festival is one of Germany's biggest cultural festivals. Frankfurt's oldest folk festival is the Festival of Stoneware, which takes place semi-annually around Easter and the end of September in the eastern area. Night of the museums takes place every year in April or May. 50 museums in Frankfurt and in the neighboring city of Offenbach am Main are open until 2:00 am surrounded by special music events, dance performances, readings and guided tours. The "festival of light" takes place biannually many buildings are specially lit for the event. The Skyscraper Festival is unique in Germany, for two days most skyscrapers are open to the public. Sky-divers, base jumpers, fireworks and laser shows are some of the extra attractions.