Where the euro was born

The Eurotower is Europe’s most recognisable financial building and has played a crucial role in maintaining Frankfurt’s centuries old reputations as being a major financial centre.

Just before midnight on January 1, 1999, revellers outside the Eurotower in Frankfurt, Germany, held their breath. The moment not only represented the birth of a new year, but also the birth of the euro – the new ‘single currency’ of Europe. Outside the tower, the seat of the European Central Bank, a ‘euro clock’ counted down the seconds. When the count hit zero, fireworks and parties all across the European Union celebrated the occasion.

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