Area: 21,114 km2
Population: 6.0 million
A journey through Hesse is like time travel through the architecture of
the ages, from medieval castles to post-modern industrial design, each
with monuments of global significance. Many of Hesse's medieval towns
and villages charm the visitor with an air of idyllic romance. The key
religious centres, such as Fulda and Limburg, are adorned with
impressive churches and cathedrals. You can enjoy a meal at many of the
monasteries, where you will see evidence of their historically powerful
influence on the political, cultural and social development of the
regions in Hesse. Numerous castles unveil the fascinating world and
lifestyle of royalty and nobility. Lovers of contemporary design will be
equally rewarded in Hesse, with buildings - not only in the City of
Frankfurt - that will find their place in architectural history.
Shopping galleries, museums and factories are challenges that have been
mastered by internationally renowned architects.
Important chapters of valuable history of the European Continent were
written in this
State. Nobility built castles along the rivers and people lived behind
ramparts and walls of medieval cities. The Church owned influential
abbeys. This area promises charming towns with timber-framed buildings,
Germany's highest fortified tower and the wilderness area of the Orke
Valley south of Lake Edersee. Hesse is the state in which the fabled
forests of the Grimm brothers' fairy tales exist. Between Hanau and
Sababurg Castle is 185 mile trail through Rheinhardswald Forest where
Sleeping Beauty, according to legend awaited the prince to wake her from
slumber. Along a 31 mile stretch, more than twenty castles and
residences of local aristocracy can be seen as one winds through
vineyards and across ridges with fantastic views. Situated in the heart
of Germany, here one finds apple wine,
active vacations and opportunity to experience nature in a land of fairy
Fairytale Route starts at the birthplace of the Grimm brothers
(collectors of fairytales, founders of German linguistics study). Also a
gold making centre.
The Cathedral is one of the most outstanding Baroque buildings in
Fulda. The architect Johann Dientzenhofer built the cathedral in the new
Baroque manner (1704-1712) re-using the architectural core of the
ancient Abbot Ratgar's Basilica (9th century). In its architectural
design the cathedral is inspired by the Roman Baroque style. After the
completion of an extensive restoration the building, inside and outside,
has returned to its original splendour. It owes its religious
significance to the tomb of St. Boniface, still the goal of pilgrimages.
Limburg an der Lahn lies in the fertile valley Limburg basin between the
hills of the Taunus and the Wesrterwald. It is a town of picturesque
half-timbered houses dominated by the Cathedral with its seven towers,
one of the finest creations of early German Gothic. Limburg grow up
around its church and its castle, and its first recorded as a town in
The old half-timbered town centre and the cathedral high above the Lahn
give this city its flair.
Erbach i. O. is resplendent as the historic seat of the Counts of
Erbach-Erbach and is world-renowned as a centre of ivory carving. The
half-timbered town hall in Michelstadt is over 500 years old and one of
the most photographed buildings in Hesse.
Wine region on the Rhine. Wine and high spirits - especially in the
narrow winding Drosselgasse.
Frankfurt a. Main
A commercial metropolis (banks, trade fair centre, famous skyline) with
a great history as a free city and setting for the coronation of kings
and emperors. Today the Rhein-Main Airport is a gateway to the world.
The city's most famous son: Johann Wolfgang van Goethe. The first
National Parliament convened in the Paulskirche in 1848.
Highlights:Historic Römer town halI / Kaiserdom / Goethehaus /
Palmengarten / zoo / Alte Oper / museums (including the Städel'sche Art
Institute, Museum for Modern Art and the Senckenberg Natural History
Museum) / the traditional "Ebbelwoi" cider pubs in Alt-Sachsenhausen.
The Wiesbaden Kurhaus, landmark of an elegant city, is surrounded by a
lot of green, and splendid historical buildings. 12 rooms and parlors of
varying size and style, several restaurants and the Casino are all
assembled under one roof, adjacent to the theater colonnades with the
State Theater of Hesse built in the baroque style. The Colonnades
opposite running over 129 m, are the longest columned hall in Europe
providing additional space for further events, special fairs, and
exhibitions. Besides, it’s there, where you find the so-called “Petty
Gamble” of the Casino.
The “Bowling Green” with it’s two three-bowled cascade fountains is
situated between Kurhaus and colonnades, bordered by 160 year-old plane
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 around the corner in
Taunusstrasse. Nearly all of the top hotels are in the immediate
The Rhein-Main-Halls, also part of the center of the city, provide a
supplemental option for fair and convention activities, thus ideally
completing the offer.
To sum it up: The Wiesbaden Kurhaus, a site of marvellous historical
architecture combined with up-to-date conveniences is an experience by
itself, a successful synthesis, a harmonious blend of beauty,
functionalism, and recreation facilities.