Hessen is a central region of Germany, with the main city in it being Frankfurt. You surely have heard or maybe even have been to Frankfurt, and thus you must know it is a most modern and beautiful city. Still, there is much more to a holiday in Hessen, nature, culture, history, outdoor activities, great food... and all this within easy reach.
The Frankfurt Rhine-Main region is actually the leading choice for tourists when it comes to a holiday in Hessen. You can start your vacation in this region in Frankfurt, as everything is pretty much within easy reach of this city. The Odenwald forest, as well as the hills of the Taunus, Vogelsberg and Spessart are actually not far from Frankfurt. Among the Taunus attractions we could mention the Hessenpark open-air museum. There is also the Roman fort at Saalburg near the Roman Limes, which are UNESCO Sites. In the Kinzigtal valley you will find from a holiday home in Hessen, the imperial palace of Emperor Barbarossa in Gelnhausen and also Hanau, where the Brothers Grimm were born. See the Benedictine Abbey and Altenmünster in Lorsch if you get the chance, the Messel Pit Fossil Site, and many other fabulous attractions, the ancient beech forests here and the stunning nature all around.
You can start your holiday in Hessen in the city of Frankfurt as we said, where you will find numerous and various attractions. The Staedel Museum is a great example, so are the Frankfurter Romer, the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, the Goethe house and so on. There are various events and shows, exhibits, art galleries and theaters where you can enjoy unique cultural events. In Kassel, every five years, there is the documenta, a world-wide art exhibition that is surely worth attending, now being due in 2017. There are extensive wine regions you can visit and try some wine tasting, such as in the south of the region at the Hessische Bergstrasse vineyards, or maybe the UNESCO Site of Upper Middle Rhine Valley wine area. Every day is a special day in Hessen.
The nature of this central region of Germany beautiful and impressive, it is one that offers you plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation. Thus from a holiday park in Hessen you may wish to venture out and explore the myth-immersed Odenwald forest in the south of the region, or the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park in the north of the region. Here is where you will also find the Lake Edersee, one of the largest reservoirs in the country. Mount Hohe Meissner and the Sababurg woods in the Reinhardswald forest are also a great natural feature of a holiday in Hessen, as is the Lahntal valley. In the Rhon hills is where you will find the highest peak of the region, the Mount Wasserkuppe. Overall, the landscape of Hessen is one that will leave its mark on your heart for a very long time.
Whether you are in Frankfurt or you decide to spend your holiday in Hessen more among nature, you will surely be enchanted to have some time for a complete relaxation in a local spa or wellness center. Thus, you should know that there are quite a number of such centers in Hessen, offering great facilities. Get a massage, a facial, relax in a sauna, take a dip into a pool or enjoy a Turkish bath... you can choose any of these or, why not... all of them. Spa resorts such as Bad Salzhausen, Bad Salzschlirf and Herbstein are very popular and not far from Frankfurt either, yet the options are numerous in this region.
As we mentioned, there are all sorts of activities and sports that can be enjoyed in this region, from outdoor activities to sightseeing and so on. The Vulkanradweg and BahnRadweg Hessen are two of the major cycling routes you can take from a holiday villa in Hessen, and walking among nature, hiking on Mount Hohe Meissner, said to be the home of Mother Hulda from the fairytale written by the Grimm Brothers, and in the Sababurg woods in the Reinhardswald forest are amazing experiences. At Lake Edersee you can practice water sports, and in the Lahntal Valley canoeing and cycling are most popular activities. Climb the highest peak of the region, Mount Wasserkuppe and enjoy endless views of valleys and hilltops. Your time for fun is in Hessen this year!
A fun family holiday in Hessen should maybe include the trying out of an escape room too, or some ice skating at the Frankfurt Eissporthalle, maybe some swimming at a lake or in an indoor pool. Hiking, cycling together as a family is a great experience and given that there are routes that are close to Frankfurt and take you off among a beautiful nature, it's not at all difficult to organize such things. Sightseeing in the beautiful cities here, or exploring the valleys of rivers such as the Main, Lahn and so on, checking out the local zoos will have you creating beautiful new memories with your loved ones.
The cuisine of Hessen will vary according to the region, thus you will find all sorts of dishes, all delicious though: the Frankfurter Würstchen, or the Frankfurt sausage, is a must try, as well as the beef Frankfurter Rindswurst; then you have also the fish or meat dishes with the Frankfurter or the Kassel Grüne Sauce made with various herbs. The Frankfurter Rippchen, marinated pork chops with potatoes and sauerkraut, great desserts such as the Bethmännchen (cookies with marzipan, almonds, rose water, sugar, etc.), the Frankfurter Kranz, complete your perfect vacation experience in Hessen.
Spending a holiday with a pet in Hessen is possible, fun, and totally conceivable. Rent a pet friendly holiday home in Hessen and enjoy the company of your entire family, take long walks among nature, climb the highest point of Hessen, go out for a picnic, go sailing on Lake Edersee. Sightseeing will not be an issue either, there are plenty of places that allow dogs and you can always enjoy a nice meal or a refreshing drink on a terrace in one of the smaller or bigger cities here.Points of interest, a “must see” list in Hessen
This central region of Germany is very popular, and also very entertaining. A holiday in Hessen is one of contrasts, whether you start it in Frankfurt and make your way to other attractions in the area, or you “land” in any other place in this region. Enjoy the ride, it will be worth it!
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