If you travel through Germany, you can not miss Hessen. The path leads from the north, from the fairytale landscapes of the Brothers Grimm, south to Frankfurt, to the banking metropolis on the Main.
Truss of the finest quality
There are still around 400,000 half-timbered houses in Hesse. Much is being done to preserve them. The facades testify to the art of medieval craftsmen to build sustainably and stably with wood and clay. In some half-timbered houses, such as the Gildehaus on the market square of Fritzlar, holiday guests can spend the night in an idyllic setting.
Famous Hessians are Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Her collection of 86 children’s and house fairy tales such as “Rotkäppchen” or “Sleeping Beauty” went around the world. Born in Hanau, they later became enthusiastic as students in Marburg for language research and for the revolution of 1848. In Kassel they devoted themselves in their standard works of German grammar and the German dictionary.
Art for everyone
The world’s most important contemporary art exhibition Documenta takes place every five years in Kassel. Each time, the city on the Fulda acquires some of the artworks, such as this bronze sculpture with a granite figurehead. The artificial tree of Guiseppe Penone stands on the edge of the Karlsaue, one of the most beautiful inner-city park landscapes in Germany.
Baroque water features
In 2013, the Bergpark Kassel Wilhelmshöhe was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Driven only by the natural gradient, up to 350,000 liters of water flow through elegant cascades. And visitors can join. The garden artwork with water features, castle and Hercules statue was created at the beginning of the 18th century.
Landscapes to enjoy
In the countryside it is never far in Hesse. Even primeval forests may grow again as in the northern Hessian nature park Kellerwald-Edersee. One century ago, with a length of 27 kilometers, one of the largest reservoirs in Germany was built here. In the south of the state the Odenwald, in the west the Taunus and in the east the Rhön with Hessen’s highest mountain, the Wasserkuppe with 950 meters lures.
Clear the stage!
The abbey ruins of Bad Hersfeld is one of the largest Romanesque church ruins in the world. Every summer it becomes a festival stage. The architect Frei Otto – famous for his roof construction in the Olympic Stadium Munich – missed the ruined church a mobile roof. It can be extended within a few minutes so that the 1600 spectators are completely protected from rain and storm.
Weddings in Art Nouveau
At the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt the wedding tower shows like a hand in the sky. Around 1900, a colony of artists was created here, which made the Art Nouveau in Germany known. Her patron, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse, is dedicated to today’s Darmstadt landmark. Every year there are 500 wedding ceremonies.
Wellness in style
The state capital Wiesbaden has been a renowned health resort since the 19th century, thanks to numerous thermal and mineral springs. Especially the Russian nobility used to appreciate strolling through the spa building with the longest columned colonnade in Europe. From this time also testifies a Russian church on the Neroberg, the local mountain of Wiesbaden.
Skyline on the Main
In Frankfurt, the largest city in Hessen, more than 500 buildings are more than sixty meters high. Away from the center, the 185-meter-high skyscraper of the ECB stands out in the east of the city. The seat of the European Central Bank is a lonely monolith for critics, for others a delightful enrichment of the Frankfurt skyline.
Goethe in the original
The Städel Museum in Frankfurt, a classic art institution, celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2015 and is inspiring the digital age. The famous Tischbein painting by Goethe in the Roman Campagna not only hangs on the wall, but is also online like many other Städel’s masterpieces.