Ei Gude! Welcome to Hessen! We would like to invite our guests to discover the most beautiful sides of Hessen: be it the cities, where the world sometimes beats a beat faster, or the romantic countryside, which invites you to recharge your batteries and holds hidden treasures in store. Whether city or countryside, half-timbered houses or skyline: Warm hospitality awaits you everywhere in Hessen.

Hessen provides a direct introduction to an eventful stay in Germany. The travel destination consists of ten regions that surprise with their fascinating contrasts and offer cultural richness and tradition. Nature and city are so close together that the city experience can easily be combined with being out and about in the woods. Hesse offers numerous favorite places: picturesque lakes and fairytale forests invite guests to take a deep breath in the natural landscapes.

Enchanted alleyways with medieval half-timbered houses, historic world heritage sites, castles and palaces allow visitors to immerse themselves in the typical Hessian way of life. Hesse's regions also offer culinary delights that are not only famous in the state.

Hessen also gains its identity through its people, who give the state diversity and cultural richness through their traditional hospitality and warmth. Modern architecture, historic city centers and influential personalities are waiting to be discovered in Hessen's vibrant cities. Further information on Hessen as a travel destination can be found here

On behalf of the Hessian state government, the Hessen Tourism Department of the Hessen Agentur, as the state tourism organization (LTO), assumes a steering, coordinating and stimulating role for the tourism industry in Hessen.

Hessen Tourism is:

  • Competence center, think tank and enabler of the tourism industry
  • Interface between tourism policy and the tourism industry
  • A driving force for marketing in Hessen
  • Mediator of specialist knowledge for the industry
  • Organizer of state-wide activities together with the tourism industry, municipal organizations and other partners
  • Networker of the Hessian tourism stakeholders

From Frankfurt's world-famous skyline to its magnificent castles and museums - Hessen's towns and citiesoffer a successful mix of historical sights, green parks and a lively scene.


Quaint half-timbered houses, enchanted alleyways: Hessen has plenty of little treasures to offer. The small town favorites are picturesquely beautiful and often enchant with their living history. Nestled in Hessen's most beautiful regions, they are definitely worth a visit.


UNESCO World Heritage Sites : World Heritage Sites are testimonies to the earliest history of mankind and artistic modernity, stone evidence of cultural epochs, cultural landscapes that have evolved over centuries and unspoiled nature that fascinate today's visitors. Hesse is home to a number of them.

Castles and monasteries: The many old castles and monasteries bear witness to Hessen's eventful history. There are more than 350 castles and palaces in total. Hesse also has several famous monasteries.

Brothers Grimm: Hesse's world-famous fairy tale collectors were born in Hanau, grew up in Steinau and worked in Kassel and Marburg, among other places.


From Ahle Worscht and Rhön sheep to asparagus and green sauce: the people of Hessen know how to enjoy themselves and love to share their joie de vivre with their guests. In the big cities you will find every conceivable international cuisine, but if you explore the Hessian regions, you will experience authenticity and sustainable enjoyment. Traditional dishes made from seasonal regional products - typically Hessian. Äppelwoi and Riesling and plenty of healing water: eating and drinking keeps body and soul together.


With Hessen MICE Net, we are creating a central point of contact and trend platform for the conference and event industry in Hessen. We advise and realize with the highest quality. Hessen offers an extremely wide variety of conference options. An excellent infrastructure links the cities of Hessen with each other and with the world. Hardly any other region in Germany offers shorter distances and faster connections.

In the most densely wooded of all the federal states, the Hessian regions offer sports fans and nature lovers a wide range of options for the perfect nature experience. Guests can discover the joys of nature on hiking tours in the Rhön, the Taunus or the Rheingau. Or go on a voyage of discovery in the stalactite cave in Steinau. A canoe tour on the Nidda, Lahn, Fulda, Weser, Main or Rhine invites visitors to experience Hessen from a new perspective. On the highest mountain in Hessen, the Wasserkuppe, adventurous hearts beat faster with a trial lesson in gliding. Stunning gardens, beautiful parks, botanical collections and plant gardens, idyllic valleys, gently rolling hills, the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park and the Rhön Biosphere Reserve reveal unknown and unexpected sides of Hesse.


Hessen offers a large number of spa and wellness hotels and a long spa and bathing tradition, which the Romans brought to Hessen. Cities such as Wiesbaden, Bad Homburg, Bad Wildungen, Bad Orb and Kassel are famous worldwide for their spa and wellness offersand with their wonderful surroundings they are perfect for recharging your batteries. Information about the 30 Hessian spas and health resorts can be found on the website of the Hessian Spas Association.


Every region in Hesse has a wide variety of attractive hiking opportunities. Some have been awarded the quality seal of the German Hiking Association. These include the "Rheinsteig", the "Rothaarsteig" and the "Nibelungensteig". A total of 3,000 kilometers of quality-certified hiking trails are waiting to be discovered in Hesse.


Hesse has a 3,300-kilometer network of long-distance cycle paths that are suitable for all abilities and ages. Hesse's high-quality cycle path network offers routes through idyllic river valleys, routes for connoisseurs as well as challenging tours across the Hessian low mountain ranges. What they all have in common is the great scenic, cultural and culinary variety. A series of cycle paths along former railroad lines offer cycling enjoyment without extreme gradients. The Hessian Railway Cycle Route, for example, links the Volcano Cycle Route in the Vogelsberg with the Milseburg Cycle Route in the Rhön over a distance of 245 kilometers.


The Hessian rivers offer both sporty canoe tours and leisurely trips on one of the many excursion boats. The months between April and October are ideal for a canoe tour. Both campsites and a number of hotels are available along the waterways. The best-known river for canoe tours is the Lahn, which flows through such historically significant towns as Marburg, Giessen, Wetzlar, Weilburg and Limburg.

Since 2015 Hessen intensively pursued the introduction of quality standards for accessible travel deals, so that travellers can relax without restrictions on their Hessen-vacation. In order to achieve this goal there are various towns and cities that have offers that will make your stay as pleasant as possible. An increasing amount of tourism businesses and suppliers in Hessen participate in a nationwide program "Tourism for All", which provides travellers with comprehensive, audited and accurate information to plan a trip. Information can be obtained directly from each individual region.

Since September 2020, Frankfurt am Main has been the fifth city in Germany and the first city in Hesse to be a barrier-free tourist destination. Frankfurt am Main is an attractive destination for people with disabilities! Information for an obstacle-free stay in Frankfurt, please visit Frankfurt.barrier-free.

Cities with barrier-free guides (a selection):

Accessible Attractions (a selection):
Nationalpark Kellerwald
Naturpark Habichtswald
Keltenwelt am Glauberg
Arobella Freizeitbad
Weser-Therme Bad Karlshafen
DialogMuseum Frankfurt
Ettelsberg Seilbahn
Museum Schloss Wilhelmshöhe
Wortreich Bad Hersfeld

For further information please visit:Hessen accessible to all

"We cannot change the wind, but we can change the sails." (Aristotle) - Hesse has set out to become a sustainable destination. The sustainable orientation of tourism is increasingly becoming the focus of our day-to-day work. We are pursuing the goal of making Hesse the first federal state to be certified as a "sustainable travel destination". The Hessian regions have therefore committed themselves to the TourCert certification process and are working intensively on its implementation. However, certification is not the end, but the beginning of ongoing work and a commitment to a sustainable future for tourism in Hesse.

Further information on the topic of tourism sustainability in Hesse can be found here.

Kontakt & Ansprechpartner


HA Hessen Agentur GmbH
Tourismus- und Kongressmarketing

Mainzer Straße 118
65189 Wiesbaden

phone: +49 (0) 611 95017 8191
fax: +49 (0) 611 95017 8140


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