Hessen

Germany
Frankfurt showing a river or creek, a city and night scenes
Travel through this varied state to visit medieval towns, relax in thermal spas, sample renowned wines and photograph undulating hills covered with vineyards.

Hessen is a German state with historic towns, cultured cities and a varied topography. Vineyards and mountains decorate the countryside, while quaint alleys, wineries and architectural gems compose the cityscapes. See a great range of intriguing landmarks, from extinct volcanoes to dramatic monuments.

Glimpse local culture at the state’s largest and best-known city, Frankfurt. Gaze up at the glimmering skyline of this financial hub, which features the modern, glassy surfaces of the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers and the European Central Bank.

Contrast these contemporary behemoths with the city’s historic treasures, including the Eschenheimer Tower that served as a medieval gate. See the Frankfurt Cathedral, the Alte Oper (Old Opera House) and the tall yellow Goethe House. Among the impressive centers of information are the Jewish Museum, the Deutsches Filmmuseum and the German Architecture Museum.

The state capital, Wiesbaden, is a historic city known for its thermal spa waters. Admire the Wiesbaden Town Hall and the Kurhaus, which lies in the vast Kurpark or Spa Gardens Wiesbaden. Get pampered at one of the thermal spas here.

For a change of scenery, visit quaint villages dotted around the state. Travel north to Herbstein for more spas and an ancient volcanic range. Ruedesheim am Rhein has a range of wineries and historic buildings. Ride the Rüdesheim Cable Car over the picturesque valley for a view of the Rhine River and the mountains. Reach the majestic Niederwald Monument and consider its unifying symbolism.

Journey to surrounding vineyards and try local grape varieties and blends of apple ciders produced here. Popular dishes include the Handkäse mit Musik cheese and raw onions, while Frankfurt has its own pastries and sauces.

The federal state is a little west of central Germany, bordering Lower Saxony, Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate and other states. Fly to Frankfurt Airport and travel around the state and the country via Intercity (IC) trains.

With historic villages, vineyards and city traditions, Hessen is a hub of sophistication and charm.

Popular cities in Hessen

Frankfurt featuring a city, a river or creek and night scenes
Frankfurt
Known for Business, Sports and Museums
This European economic capital on the Main River features world-class museums, sweet apple wine and Germany’s only skyscrapers.

Reasons to visit

  • Deutsche Bank Park
  • Römer
  • Zeil Shopping District
Ruedesheim am Rhein
Ruedesheim am Rhein
Known for Historical, Wineries and Castle
Find out about the region’s variety of wine grapes, stroll along cobbled lanes in the Old Town and ride a gondola over the stunning terrain.

Reasons to visit

  • Drosselgasse
  • Niederwald Monument
Marburg featuring religious elements and interior views
Marburg
Known for Historical, Universities and Churches
Be awed by the enchanting skyline of this immaculately preserved medieval city, famed for its 16th-century university and labyrinth of historic cobblestone streets.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Town
Bad Homburg v.d. Hoehe
Bad Homburg v.d. Hoehe
Known for Spas, Casinos and Monuments
Come to romantic Bad Homburg v.d. Hoehe and enjoy its monuments, history, and UNESCO site.

Reasons to visit

  • Church of the Redeemer
Wetzlar
Wetzlar
Known for Business, Canoeing and Forests
Come to Wetzlar and enjoy its canoeing, forests, and theater.
Fulda showing a square or plaza, heritage architecture and a city
Fulda
Known for Gardens, Business and Historical
A modest, laidback city just an hour from Frankfurt, Fulda has a welcoming small town feel that contrasts with the bustling metropolis nearby.