For more than six decades the Bad Hersfeld Festival has been producing one breathtaking theatrical spectacle after another. Every year between mid-June and early August, world-famous musicals and plays are performed on a 1,400m² open-air stage set amid Europe's biggest Romanesque church ruins. This year's programme, running from 15 June to 11 August, features plays such as Nathan the Wise and The Three Musketeers.
Besides being home to this theatre festival, the eastern region of Hessen also boasts excellent opportunities for hiking and cycling. For example, there's the Fulda Cycle Route stretching northwards to Kassel and southwards to the baroque town of Fulda.