From volcanic hills to romantic vineyards, nature parks, dense forests and even UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites, Hesse’s natural landscapes are incredibly diverse and cover over a third of the state. Visitors can explore the region thanks to its many hiking trails, cycling routes or even canoe-friendly waters.
Hesse’s capital city is Wiesbaden, one of the oldest spa towns in Europe. However, the most populated and well-known city in Hesse is Frankfurt am Main – also known as “Mainhattan” because of its skyscrapers. The city has a large banking district and is also home to the European Central Bank and Germany’s main stock exchange. It has developed into an international metropolis with a diverse cultural and gastronomic scene.
Visitors should also check out Kassel, where the famous storytelling Grimm Brothers lived for over three decades. Kassel is located along the German fairy tale road, a 600km road that runs from Hanau (near Frankfurt) to Bremen (in the northern part of the country) and connects several towns and cities where the Grimm Brothers lived and worked.