The region of Hessen in the heart of Germany offers a whole host of holiday options. There is something for everyone – from culture, walking, cycling and wellness to family holidays, city breaks and outdoor adventures. Hessen is also quick and easy to get to. Your holiday in the region can commence straightaway if you arrive at Frankfurt Airport.
Hessen's main holiday destinations are characterised by variety, with the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region the leading choice for international visitors. Cultural attractions and nightlife are part of its broad appeal, but nature and the countryside are never too far away. The Odenwald forest and the hills of the Taunus, Vogelsberg and Spessart are a short drive from the centre of Frankfurt. Top Taunus attractions include the huge Hessenpark open-air museum and the world's only reconstructed Roman fort at Saalburg near the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Limes. The Vogelsberg uplands extend far into the Frankfurt hinterland and the region is home to delightful little spa resorts such as Bad Salzhausen, Bad Salzschlirf and Herbstein, as well as two of Hessen's flagship cycle routes – the Vulkanradweg and BahnRadweg Hessen. The Vogelsberg and Spessart hills meet in the Kinzigtal valley, whose landmarks include Emperor Barbarossa's imperial palace in Gelnhausen and Hanau, the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm.The area to the west of Frankfurt merges into the Rheingau, which forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley – one of the prettiest wine regions in Germany. Also part of the Rheingau is the Hessian capital Wiesbaden with its notable historical architecture. In the south of Hessen we find the myth-enshrouded Odenwald forest, the Hessische Bergstrasse vineyards around Heppenheim and Bensheim, and Darmstadt, one of Germany's art nouveau centres.
Northern Hessen with its largely unspoilt natural scenery is the homeland of the Brothers Grimm. A major attraction here is the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, whose forested hills sweep down to the shores of Lake Edersee, one of Germany's largest reservoirs and a water sports paradise. Mount Hohe Meissner – the home of Mother Hulda from the Grimm Brothers fairytale – and the Sababurg primeval woods in the Reinhardswald forest offer excellent walking. The capital of northern Hessen and venue of the documenta festival Kassel has made a name for itself among art lovers.
Further south-west comes the romantic Lahntal valley. Historical towns such as Marburg, Wetzlar, Weilburg and Limburg an der Lahn are popular destinations for days out in this region, a favourite among canoeists and cyclists .
The Rhön hills that rise up in the far east of Hessen include the region's highest peak, Mount Wasserkuppe (950m). Gazing into the distance from the virtually treeless plateaus reveals a landscape of hilltops and valleys.
Discover a region of contrasts.
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