The Frankfurt Stock Exchange, known in Germany as the ‘Deutsche Börse’, is the world’s 10th largest by market capitalization, accounts for over 90% of the German trading market, and trades companies from over 80 countries.
Visitors must book in advance to take a free tour. You can watch exchange trading from the visitors' gallery or take part in a guided tour.
The stock exchange is not the only one in German, however due to the importance of Frankfurt for its range of financial services and banking, the exchange in Frankfurt is most often looked upon as a barometer of how well the German economy is going, measured by the all important DAX.
The Börse was built in 1879 and has a grand stately appearance. It’s history stretches back over a thousand years to the 9th century when the reigning Emperor granted the right to hold free trade fairs. In 1585 currency exchanges began. As Germany and Europe grew, so did the exchanges: Frankfurt, London and Paris. Read more about the history of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Outside the exchange are the bronze bull and bear (a prized place for photographs), much reminiscent of what you find in Wall Street, and there are also cafes and restaurants.
If visiting the Frankfurt stock exchange, call at least one day before to arrange a tour and bring you passport.