Since we hold the election to the European Parliament today in Germany, I have a small contribution. I know that many have negative thoughts about the European Union or especially about the Euro. But still, can you believe how glad I am to be able to travel the way I can today? Without waiting time at the border and without having to apply for a visa months before the trip. An Erasmus stay in Prague made me a European citizen. Daria could move from Poland to Berlin and start working here – without obtaining any permits, just like that.
And when I suddenly unexpectedly and unplanned stood in front of the big Euro sign at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, I had a bit of goosebump. Since I studied economics, I know that you can complain much about the common currency, but I don’t want to discuss this here. Instead, I’m just happy to be able to vote today.
The European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt is one of the most significant institutions of the European Union. Its main purpose is to maintain price stability in the euro area and to safeguard the financial stability of the eurozone. It is responsible for issuing the euro currency and managing the monetary policy of the Eurozone.
The ECB headquarters are located in Frankfurt’s Ostend district, a short distance from the city centre. The building itself is a modern and impressive structure with a glass facade that reflects the surrounding skyline.
For those interested in economics or finance, a visit to the ECB can be a fascinating experience. Visitors can take a guided tour of the building, which includes a visit to the ECB’s press conference room and the Eurotower, a 40-story skyscraper that is also part of the ECB complex.
Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 12mm
Exposures: 9 in steps of 1 EV
Exposure time (middle): 1/180s
Date: Taken in February 2014
Location: At the European Central Bank in Frankfurt (Main)
Software: Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro, NIK Define 2, NIK Color Efex Pro 4, NIK Sharpener Pro 3
Interesting links regarding the Euro and Frankfurt
» European Central Bank: Homepage
» Official information: Frankfurt.de