1 Apfelwein

Frankfurt‘s cider is best enjoyed alfresco on summer nights outside one of old Sachsenhausen’s traditional wine taverns.

2 Mathildenhöhe

The spirit of Jugendstil – the German form of Art Nouveau – lingers on at Darmstadt‘s remarkable artists’ colony.

3 Hessisches Staatstheater

See grand opera at not-so-grand prices in the Viennese setting of Wiesbaden’s beautiful turn-of-the-century theatre.

4 Cycling the Lahn valley

Gentle inclines, cyclist-friendly hotels and beautiful towns and countryside make the Lahn valley a cyclist’s joy.

5 Rhön Biosphere Reserve

Hike, paraglide or simply enjoy the spectacular views in this pristine upland landscape.

6 Half-timbering

Hesse is the heartland of half-timbered architecture, from tiny half-timbered village churches to the ancient townhouses of Limburg, Wetzlar, Marburg and Fritzlar.

7 Wilhelmshöhe

Old masters and eighteenth-century water tricks in a remarkable garden landscape that’s a monument to the extravagance – and vanity – of the Hesse-Kassel dynasty.

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