Travel through this varied state to visit medieval towns, relax in thermal spas, sample renowned wines and photograph undulating hills covered with vineyards.

Hessen is a German state with historic towns, cultured cities and a varied topography. Vineyards and mountains decorate the countryside, while quaint alleys, wineries and architectural gems compose the cityscapes. See a great range of intriguing landmarks, from extinct volcanoes to dramatic monuments.

Glimpse local culture at the state’s largest and best-known city, Frankfurt. Gaze up at the glimmering skyline of this financial hub, which features the modern, glassy surfaces of the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers and the European Central Bank.

Contrast these contemporary behemoths with the city’s historic treasures, including the Eschenheimer Tower that served as a medieval gate. See the Frankfurt Cathedral, the Alte Oper (Old Opera House) and the tall yellow Goethe House. Among the impressive centers of information are the Jewish Museum, the Deutsches Filmmuseum and the German Architecture Museum.

The state capital, Wiesbaden, is a historic city known for its thermal spa waters. Admire the Wiesbaden Town Hall and the Kurhaus, which lies in the vast Kurpark or Spa Gardens Wiesbaden. Get pampered at one of the thermal spas here.

For a change of scenery, visit quaint villages dotted around the state. Travel north to Herbstein for more spas and an ancient volcanic range. Ruedesheim am Rhein has a range of wineries and historic buildings. Ride the Rüdesheim Cable Car over the picturesque valley for a view of the Rhine River and the mountains. Reach the majestic Niederwald Monument and consider its unifying symbolism.

Journey to surrounding vineyards and try local grape varieties and blends of apple ciders produced here. Popular dishes include the Handkäse mit Musik cheese and raw onions, while Frankfurt has its own pastries and sauces.

The federal state is a little west of central Germany, bordering Lower Saxony, Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate and other states. Fly to Frankfurt Airport and travel around the state and the country via Intercity (IC) trains.

With historic villages, vineyards and city traditions, Hessen is a hub of sophistication and charm.

Popular cities in Hessen

Known for Business, Sports and Museums
Germany’s only skyscrapers can be found in the economic capital of Europe, which is also a city known for its sweet apple wine and some of the best museums in the country.

Reasons to visit

  • Deutsche Bank Park
  • Frankfurt Christmas Market
  • Zeil Shopping District
Marktbrunnen showing heritage architecture, a church or cathedral and heritage elements
Known for Shopping, Historical and Cafes
This “spa town” is known for its hot springs, but there are also museums, parks, architecture and shops to explore.

Reasons to visit

  • Kurhaus
  • Neroberg
  • Biebrich Palace
Known for Historical, Museums and Castle
Go hiking, attend a hockey game and immerse yourself in art, all in one day.

Reasons to visit

  • Wilhelmshoehe Park
  • Loewenburg Castle
  • Bergpark
Ruedesheim am Rhein
Ruedesheim am Rhein
Known for Historical, Wineries and Castle
Find out about the region’s variety of wine grapes, stroll along cobbled lanes in the Old Town and ride a gondola over the stunning terrain.

Reasons to visit

  • Drosselgasse
  • Niederwald Monument
Marburg which includes interior views and religious aspects
Known for Historical, Universities and Churches
Be awed by the enchanting skyline of this immaculately preserved medieval city, famed for its 16th-century university and labyrinth of historic cobblestone streets.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Town
Bad Homburg v.d. Hoehe
Bad Homburg v.d. Hoehe
Known for Spas, Casinos and Monuments
Come to romantic Bad Homburg v.d. Hoehe and enjoy its monuments, history and temples.