Hessen. Discover a region of contrasts.
Welcome to Hessen! - Come on a tour of discovery.
Hessen Agentur is the service agency of the State of Hessen. We implement projects, campaigns and promotion activities and act as a consultancy and “Think Tank”. Our ambition is to support the State of Hessen as well as several other public institutions to meet the targets regarding the economic development promotion in Hessen at its best. HA Hessen Agentur GmbH's tourism and congress marketing is a competence centre for advertising and marketing Hessian regions and towns domestically and abroad.
Set in the centre of Germany, the Hessian regions and cities offer attractive holiday and leisure opportunities for hikers, cyclists, culture and nature lovers, anyone wishing to relax and families. Idyllic half timbered towns and big city flair, over 3,300 kilometres of Hessian long distance cycle paths, countless cultural events, 30 spas and therapeutic baths, over 2,100 kilometres of quality-tested hiking paths, twelve UNESCO World Heritage sites, castles and museums in abundance - Hesse is a state of contrasts.
With 230,000 indirect and direct jobs, around 13.7 billion euros of gross sales from overnight stay and day trip tourism and a share of around 3.7 per cent of the state's income, tourism is as much an important economic and image factor as it is a sector of the future in Hesse. In comparison with other German federal states Hesse is currently in 5th place nationally with 34.1 million overnight stays.
Hesse is a region to fall in love with. Visitors who take the time to discover the hidden pearls of the region are surprised at the variety of attractions there are within short distances. Going on an individual trip to Hesse offers the opportunity of going on an exciting adventure and discovering German traditions at their source. The ability to rent a car, go biking or hiking or move around on public transport provides many opportunities for guests.
There are plenty of accommodation offers in Hesse, ranging from hotels, guesthouses, farms and campsites, to hostels of all categories. The right accommodation for individual tastes and budgets can be found in any city or area of the region.
Many cities in Hesse offer amenities for activities within a certain city or area.
A few examples are:
- Frankfurt Card: valid for certain public transportation, museums, zoo, sightseeing tours, Rhine- and Mosel mini-cruises, restaurants and bars.
- KASSELCard: discount for 31 cultural and other facilities in the Kassel area.
- Wiesbaden Tourist Card: discount for public transportation in Wiesbaden and Mainz for individual travellers and groups.
- In Northern Hessen - the Home of Brothers Grimm: The Card includes free admission to guests at numerous leisure attractions and free use of local buses and trains.
Health and Fitness Holidays
The Hesse region offers a wide variety of spa resorts and spa traditions that were brought to Hesse by the Romans. Cities like Wiesbaden, Bad Homburg, Bad Wildungen, Bad Orb and Kassel are famous worldwide for their spas, and, with their beautiful surroundings are perfect places to recharge the batteries. In Hesse body and soul are in tune. The spa visit in Hesse is accompanied by modern, high quality hotels offering the perfect combination of traditional spa and modern way of life. Information about the 30 hessian spas: Hessischer Heilbäderverband e. V.
Active Lifestyle and Nature
Be it a professional sport of the highest calibre or recreational activities, the Hesse region has something to offer every sports and nature enthusiast. Play a relaxing round of golf at one of the region’s many picturesque golf courses, go on a hiking tour through the very serene Hochtaunus Park or the scenic Rheingau, discover the stalagmite caves in Steinau or take part in a canoe tour, sailing regatta or cruise on rivers like the Nidda, Lahn, Fulda, Weser, Main or Rhine. Vast gardens, beautiful parks, historical spa facilities, botanical collections and herb gardens, idyllic valleys, rolling hills and an extensive regional park represent the relatively unknown and unexpected side of Hesse. Become acquainted with the region’s stunning natural beauty through a cycling tour along the beautiful river banks or a hiking tour through the vineyards that offer trails for all levels of expertise.
Different parts of Hesse offer a great variety of hiking routes. Many of them, like the “Rheinsteig”, the “Nibelungensteig” or the “Rothaarsteig”, are honoured with the quality seal of the German Hiking Association, which makes it a reliable choice for a hiking-vacation. A total of 2,100 kilometres of quality-tested hiking paths await enthusiasts in Hesse. Various brochures and detailed maps give the guests the reassurance of not getting lost, but there is also opportunities to hike with a guided tour. Since 2014 the free app "Wandertouren-App-Hessen" offers more service for the ramblers. This App provides useful information on hiker-friendly host, routes and much more. In Hesse there are many theme-trails to follow.
Hesse has a network of over 3,300 kilometres of long distance cycle paths suitable for all abilities and ages. The cycle route planner in the internet makes it possible to find a route optimally taking cyclist friendly "Bed & Bike" accommodation into account. A range of cycle paths along former railway routes offers cycling enjoyment without extreme climbs. In this manner the 245 kilometre long Hessian Railway Cycle Path connects the Volcano Cycle Path in the Vogelsberg with the Milseburg Cycle Path in the Rhön.
Touring on the water
The rivers in the Hesse region offer many water-based activities like canoeing or river cruises, which can take place the whole year around. The months between April and October are particularly ideal for these activities because of the mild summer climate. There are both campsites and a range of hotels available along the hiking rivers. The best known river for canoe tours is the Lahn, which flows through important historic towns such as Marburg, 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.
An accommodation list can be found at the following links:
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):
Keltenwelt am Glauberg
Weser-Therme Bad Karlshafen
Museum Schloss Wilhelmshöhe
wortreich Bad Hersfeld
For further information please visit: www.hessen-tourismus.de/en