86 | Frankfurt » Frankfurt NEMAČKA U FOKUSU / GERMANY IN FOCUS of money, knowledge and effort into taking care of the environment and sustainable green construction, which has led to it being declared one of the world’s most beautiful cities to live in, according to all international surveys! They call it the green city because 52 per cent of the city’s total area consists of open spaces andwaterways.There are palm trees along the Main, dunes in the GreenBelt, a wilderness at the former airfield and vast expanses of woodland. There are more than 40 parks in the city. Some of them, like the Volkspark Niddatal, are fairly untamed, while others, like the Chinese Garden, have a more meditative aura. There are over 50 lakes and ponds, some 100 hectares of well-maintained green spaces along the rivers Main and Nidda and, of course, the Palmengarten Botanical Gardens, which has a reputation that extends far beyond the city’s boundaries. The Frankfurt ‘green belt’ – with meadows, woods, hills and water-meadows – surrounds the city. Part of this green area that embraces Frankfurt includes the city woods, with their tall beeches, centuries-old oaks and pine trees. In the springtime they are full of blossom, representing a pure forest idyll. In the north-eastern part of Frankfurt the Nidda flows gently, lined by poplar and willow trees, withwide expansesofmeadows and agricultural land, despite being at the heart of the city. This banking metropolis with a cool skyline is not a stony city, but rather an urban oasis. There are many things to discover here… A L L SHADES OF GR E EN The great lungs of Germany There are more than 40 parks in the city. Some of them are fairly untamed in character, while others have a more meditative aura Germany’sfinancial and fashion centre stands out – despite all of its benefits and advantages – according to a criterion that is neither financial nor cultural, nor even political in nature. Specifically, Frankfurt has spent years investinghuge amounts