Hesse prides itself to be an international and open-minded state that is also deeply rooted in its heritage and history. From Kassel to Darmstadt and from Fulda to the state capital of Wiesbaden, the cities of Hesse are unique in their cultural offerings and architecture. And the metropolis of Frankfurt-am-Main is the fast-developing European financial centre and hosts Germany’s most important international airport.
Nestled between the major cities lie towns and villages with picturesque half-timbered buildings and unique architectural monuments and proud of their local history. Every major city – but also many smaller towns – have their own theaters, orchestras, dance companies and night clubs. Over the centuries, what has emerged is not a homogenous conurbation of communities, but rather a colorful mosaic that gives Hesse its vibrance.
Just one hour away from the cities you will find untouched wilderness, in the Odenwald, the Westerwald, the Taunus or the Vogelsberg. Hesse is Germany’s richest forest state with 41% woodland. Natural scenery from heather to moor landscapes, attractive lakes, the Rhine and the Lahn rivers, make Hesse a holiday destination with hundreds of kilometres of beautiful hiking trails, long-distance cycling routes and countless other leisure activities. Several famous holiday routes lead right through Hesse, such as the German Medieval Route, the German Avenue Route, The German Limes Route and the Fairytale Route.
Frankfurt is one of Germany’s major commercial centres. It hosts some important trade fairs. The annual “Frankfurter Buchmesse” is the world’s largest book fair. Frankfurt has a great history as a free city and setting for the coronation of kings and emperors. The first National Parliament convened in the Paulskirche in 1848. The city’s most famous son: Johann Wolfgang van Goethe. Read more on theFrankfurt page.
The capital city of Hesse, historically famous as a spa town and today an outstanding convention and culture centre. The baroque-styled Wiesbaden Kurhaus, landmark of the elegant city, is surrounded by splendid historical buildings. It hosts several restaurants, the Casino and the State Theater of Hesse. The Colonnades opposite – running over 129 m – are the longest columned hall in Europe. Facing the Kurhaus: Kaiser-Friedrich-Platz (Emperor Frederick’s Square) right in front of the noble Hotel Nassauer Hof at Wiesbaden’s distinguished boulevard Wilhelmstrasse, with its stylish boutiques, pleasant cafés and superb antique stores.