With a population of 193,000 and the venue of the “documenta” arts exhibition, Kassel is Hessen’s third-largest city and the main commercial, cultural and social centre of the Northern Hessen region. The excellent range of cultural and leisure activities and the high quality of life delights locals and guests alike. The city is like an attractive landscape with many parks and green areas, and Europe’s largest hill park with Wilhelmshöhe Castle, the Löwenburg and the Herkules, soon to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, enjoys worldwide renown.
Frankfurt is Germany's most cosmopolitan city, with foreigners making up more than one-quarter of the population. It is an international city where newcomers settle down quickly and feel at home: It is considered to be multicultural because it is home to people from around 180 different nationalities. It's also Germany's number one city for international professionals – with around 170 foreign banks, 3000 foreign companies and 92 foreign consulates. As headquarters of the European Central Bank and the home of the German Stock Exchange, Frankfurt is a leading centre of finance and commerce in Europe and in the world.
When you think of Europe’s emerging markets the natural reaction is to look east. However, one of the continent’s cities best placed to capitalise on new successes is actually North; way north.
Located in the heart of South-East Finland, Lappeenranta is half way between the Finnish capital Helsinki and Russia’s St Petersburg. The train journey is roughly two hours from Lappeenranta west to Helsinki and the same or less east to St Petersburg.
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