Visit Hessen and its Tourist Regions
Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Rhinegau & more
Nestled between the major cities are hundreds of municipalities — each of which is extremely proud of their local history. Every major city, but also many smaller towns — have their own theaters, orchestras, dance companies and night clubs. Over the centuries, what has emerged is not a homogenous conurbation of communities, but rather a colorful mosaic that gives Hessen its vibrance. Find out more about the travel destinations in Hessen.
Note by the Executive Editor
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is 90 km away from Wiesbaden, the capital city of Hessen (approximately 1 hour driving time by car). Buses run from the airport to the region's towns of Frankfurt am Main and Darmstadt.
Wiesbaden, the capital city of Hessen, is located approximately 90 km to the east of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
Wonderful holidays right in the heart of Germany. We invite you to take a closer look at Hessen, which is international and open-minded but also deeply rooted in its heritage and history. Frankfurt is a fast-developing European metropolis, but just one hour away lies untouched wilderness for example in the Odenwald, Taunus or Vogelsberg. From Kassel to Darmstadt and from Fulda to Wiesbaden, the cities of Hessen are unique in their cultural offerings and architecture. Spend some time on a vacation or a weekend excursion — and you'll quickly come to appreciate the diversity of Hessen.
... the river Rhine, is situated where that very river reaches a width of almost one kilometre. For over a thousand years this has been a place where nobility and clergy have settled and created one of the most significant line-ups of historic monuments in Germany, including the world famous former Cistercian Abbey at Eberbach monastery, Eibingen monastery as well as the castles in Johannisberg and Vollrads.
The sun-blessed wine producing area is home to the famous Rhinegau Riesling wines. Almost 80 % of the 3,100 hectares of vineyard sites are used to cultivate the “king of the vine”, the Riesling grape. This fine variety has led this cultivation area to become synonymous with top German wines but excellent Spätburgunder grapes also ripen well in the sunlight reflected from the Rhine. Since 2002, the wine growing area including the Rhine towns of Rüdesheim and Lorch has formed the gateway to the UNESCO world heritage middle Rhine valley — starting out point for the “Rhine Romanticism” and a place that has long been popular with poets and thinkers.
The unique nature experience offered by the Rhinegau region provides opportunities for hiking, walking and strolling, cycling or savouring the delights in one of the numerous wine taverns, eateries or restaurants. With cultural and culinary events such as the Rhinegau music festival, the Rhinegau “week of feasting”, the Rhinegau Gourmet & Wine festival or the Glorious Rhinegau Days, there is something to suit all tastes throughout the year.
... by the people who live here. The land of hills, castles and bathing establishments stands for tradition and modernity, idyllic villages settings and big city flair, openness and preservation of customs. Sunny slopes, deeply incised valleys or tranquil open hillsides: walking enthusiasts and nature lovers treasure the Taunus. Dense and lightwoods interspersed with meadows fields and pastures form an inviting landscape for short — or longer — walks.
Salvete amici montium taunensium… greetings, friends of the Taunus! The area in front of the gates of the town of Homburg v. d. Höhe was once bustling with Roman cohorts. The Saalburg — the only restored Roman fort in the world and the Limes UNESCO-world culture heritage — provide a vivid illustration of how the soldiers of that period lived. However, long before the Romans came, the Taunus was populated by the Celts. And they too left their mark … on the Altkönig mountain, in Oberursel and in Bad Nauheim.
Palaces and castles where knights, princes and lords once resided, now provide magnificent settings for theatre thunder and pure culture. The houses of the peasants and the simple craftsmen were not quite so protective. Many, many years later, the Hessenpark open-air museum near Neu-Anspach now shows how the people of that period lived. The Romans, knights, emperors and kings all appreciated the Taunus “fountain of health”. Healing water bubbles from springs, in fountains and baths and makes the Taunus bathing establishments exceptional oases of health and wellness. In the new Heilklima-Park Hochtaunus the act of breathing becomes medicinal. From the Große Feldberg mountain to Königstein and from the Hohemark in Oberursel (Taunus) to the Schmitten-Oberreifenberg a fresh wind blows over more than 30 physiologically rated paths.
... magnet in the Rhine Main region. Geographically almost the centre of Europe, Wiesbaden has developed from its former status of city of world culture to become a modern conference city. The transport infrastructure is hard to beat with eight motorways crossing here, a superb rail network and Rhine Main Airport close by.
Nothing is far away in this city and, with its impressive buildings, spacious parks, exquisite villas, 26 thermal spas and a mild climate, it is frequently chosen to welcome representatives of politics, trade and business. The Kurhaus has been lovingly restored and, in conjunction with the spacious, modern Rhine Main halls, offers the perfect setting for any conference, trade fair or exhibition. Wiesbaden is a colourful city full of cultural diversity, with the Kurhaus and the State Theatre of Hesse at the centre of social events. The Rheingau Music Festival, the International May Theatre Festival and the regular open-air events around the Kurhaus draw cultural devotees to the ‘Nice of the North’, a description often found in travel guides.
The city is animated by colourful street and wine festivals, and the Rheingau nearby contributes to the Mediterranean flair of this city and region on the Rhine.
… the dynamic and international financial and trade fair city with the most imposing skyline in Germany. This is the image that many visitors associate with the Main metropolis. But the city in the heart of Germany and Europe can offer many other facets and contrasting variety. Near to the skyscrapers you can find cosy Ebbelwei pubs and at the heart of the bustling city centre you can find historical sights again and again. Frankfurt is not just proud of its most famous son, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Kaiserdom (Cathedral) and the Paulskirche, the cradle of German democracy, are also to be found here. Interesting destinations for excursions in and around Frankfurt turn your stay into a great experience and you will love to come back.
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway connection. However, the buses from the airport will take you to railway stations where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.
Buses run from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Darmstadt, Frankfurt Main Airport and Frankfurt Main City.
Bus routes and timetables:
- Darmstadt - Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (Bus Route Timetable)
- Frankfurt Main Airport - Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (Bus Route Timetable)
- Frankfurt am Main - Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (Bus Route Timetable)