The land of Hansel and Gretel

Hesse is the perfect place to recharge your batteries: the green lung of Germany for 41 per cent of forests in the numerous spas with hot springs you will come completely to rest, and the graceful magnificence of the medieval architecture makes you dream away the day.

Wilhelmshöher Park © Getty Images

Where you can still walk for hours or cycling without a man to come? Where do you see green rolling hills as far as the eye can see? Hessen is the green lung of Germany: the central region has seven vast hiking areas, good for at least 3000 kilometres of natural beauty. Ideal to get lost, you might think, but thanks to the German Gründlichtkeit you will find anywhere, marked hiking trails, and you leave anyway, with a highly detailed map under the arm, or let you lead by the excellent Walking tours app Hesse.

Nature elevated to art

Hessen has its fairy-tale nickname, Buchonia, the land of the beech trees, not stolen. The National Park Kellerwald-Eldersee houses one of the largest natural forests with red beech in Europe. The nature is carefully protected and will continue to be so, since the park is included in the list of Unesco world heritage site. The Wilhelmshöher Park in Kassel is one of the largest bergparken in the world. Here is nature elevated to art, as witnessed by the spectacular waterfalls and fountains of the hand of the Italian master builder Giovanni Guerniero. Also the castles Wilhelmshöhe and Löwenburg contribute to the grandeur of the National Park. But nowhere come nature and art are so beautiful together as in the open-air museum Hessenpark in Neu-Anspach, where you can get an idea of the history of Hesse the past 400 years.


Where ended up you in a cosy medieval villages, surrounded by nature? It is no coincidence that the brothers Grimm 200 years ago, in Hessen drawn inspiration for their famous fairy tales. Though they have that fairy tales were not invented, but this aside. In the area around Kassel and you’re in the land of Hansel and Gretel, only without the peperkoekenhuisje of the evil witch. In the Grimmwelt-museum in Kassel, the fairy tales of the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm to life and also their social and political influence explained.


In Frankfurt, the largest city of Hessen, Hans, and We have to look far. The skyline of the financial center of Germany is determined by the skyscrapers and the 257-metre-high office building Messeturm. Fortunately, Mainhattan, the New York of Germany, has more to offer. In the center of the city, you’re easily a half-day shopping, the rest of your time you can spend in the fifteen museums that are part of the Museumsufer. And word the you still just too busy: just a few minutes drive from the Frankfurt city if you are in full green.

Nice of the North

City trippers countries in Frankfurt, but should be sure also to Wiesbaden. The capital of Hessen is known as the Nice of the North, with majestic buildings, broad tree-lined avenues, chic boutiques and an air of class and prestige. Wiesbaden is also the kuurhoofdstad of Germany: the Romans have less than 26 hot springs are found, which is about the same amount of spas with thermal baths built. The absolute winner is the Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme spa, an oasis of peace and enjoyment on the site of an ancient Roman steam room. The Kurhaus in Wiesbaden is a tourist attraction. But elsewhere in Hesse state wellness center: health in the air, health in the water.

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