20 attractions you should visit in Hessen - With photos & details

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Situated in west-central Germany, The state of Hesse is bordered by six German states. Most of the population of Hesse lives in the southern part, in the Rhine-Main Area. The countryside is hilly and has numerous mountain ranges. Hesse is the greenest state in Germany, as forest covers 42% of the state.

Alte OperOpernplatz 1, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Art Centres

Frankfurt's original opera house. It is now known as the Alte Oper (Old Opera). Alte Oper is a concert hall and former opera house in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It was inaugurated in 1880 and destroyed by bombs in 1944. It was rebuilt in the 1970s and opened again in 1981.

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe34131 Kassel, Germany
Mountain Peaks
Urban Walks

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a landscape park in Kassel city. The park area is 2.4 square kilometers, and it is the largest European hill slope park and second-largest worldwide. Construction of the park started in 1689 and took about 150 years. The park is open to the public and it stretches up to the Karlsberg mountain with the Hercules monument on the summit at 526.2 meters (1,726 ft).

Frankfurt CathedralDomplatz 1, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

This Roman Catholic Gothic church is placed in the center of Frankfurt. It is the largest religious building in the city and was a former collegiate church. Despite its common English name, it has never been a true cathedral, but is called the Kaiserdom (an "imperial great church" or imperial cathedral) due to its importance as former election and coronation church of the Holy Roman Empire.

Hessisches Landesmuseum DarmstadtFriedenspl. 1, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany

This huge multidisciplinary museum in Darmstadt was founded in 1820 from donations of the local princely state's ruling family. The museum is especially noted for its art collection, and features an important natural history collection.

HochheideturmAm Ettelsberg 3, 34508 Willingen (Upland), Germany
Viewing Decks

Hochheideturm is a 59-metre-high (194 ft) observation tower located in Ettelsberg. The northwest side of the building is the tallest artificial climbing wall of Europe with a height of 41 meters.

Kellerwald-Edersee National ParkLaustraße 8, 34537 Bad Wildungen, Germany
National Parks

This Park in the North Hessian with 57.38 km² area laying south of the Edersee lake in Hesse. Since June 25, 2011, the beech forest area here is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

KurparkParkstraße 7, 65189 Wiesbaden, Germany
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Boating Spots

This is a public park in Wiesbaden center, stretching from the Wilhelmstraße to the southern borders of Sonneberg district and lying directly behind the Kurhaus convention center. The Kurpark was created in 1852 as an English landscape park, and it includes a lake with rental boats and a 6-meter high fountain.

Landgrafen Palace35037 Marburg, Germany

The Marburger Schloss is a castle in Marburg, built as a fort in the 11th century, and became the Landgraviate of Hesse's first residence. The building is used as a museum since 1981, and as an event venue. It sits on top of a hill.

Main TowerNeue Mainzer Str. 52-58, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Viewing Decks

This 240 meters skyscraper in Frankfurt is named after the nearby Main river. The tower has five underground stories and two public observing points. It is the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with a public viewing observatory. The tower's design features what appears to be two connected towers. The smaller of the two is of a cuboid shape, a design common to 1970s architecture. The second and taller is a circular tower with an entire blue glass exterior which features the transmission tower on top.

Mathematikum Gießen e.V.Liebigstraße 8, 35390 Gießen, Germany

It is a science museum located in Gießen offering a wide variety of hands-on mathematical exhibits. Albrecht Beutelspacher, a German mathematician founded it. The museum opened its doors to visitors on Nov 19, 2002. The purpose of the Mathematikum is to let people of any age, gender, and any qualification learn mathematics by personal experience.

Mathildenhöhe (Darmstadt Artists' Colony)Mathildenhöhe, 64287 Darmstadt, Germany
Art Centres

The Darmstadt Artists’ Colony refers to both Jugendstil artists and the buildings in Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, where they lived and worked. The artists’ colony was established in 1899 by Ernest Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse. The artists were largely financed by patrons and worked together with other members of the group who had similar artistic tastes.

Messel Pit Fossil SiteRoßdörfer Str. 108, 64409 Messel, Germany
Rock Formations

The Messel Pit is a disused quarry near Messel's village about 35 km south-east of Frankfurt. Because of its abundance of fossils, it has significant geological and scientific importance. It is is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site on Dec 9, 1995, making the area a tourist site and famous attraction. The Messel Pit provides the best preserved evidence of Geiseltalian flora and fauna so far discovered. Most other sites are lucky to contain partial skeletons, but Messel boasts extensive pres

Naturmuseum SenckenbergSenckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Natural history museum, located in Frankfurt. It is the second-biggest of its kind in Germany and particularly popular among children, who love the vast collection of dinosaur fossils. Senckenberg boasts the largest exhibition of enormous dinosaur fossils in Europe.

NerobergbahnWilhelminenstraße 51, 65193 Wiesbaden, Germany
Mountain Peaks
Cable Car Stations

This funicular railway in Wiesbaden links the city with the Neroberg hill, where visitors can view the town 360-degree. The line was started in 1888, and it work using water propulsion.

Niederwald Monument65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany

This monument is located in the Niederwald, Hesse, and was built between 1871 and 1883 to honor the Unification of Germany. The monument overlooks the Rhine Valley and the town of Bingen on the far side.

PalmengartenPalmengarten der Stadt, Siesmayerstraße 63, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Botanical Gardens

It is one of the three botanical gardens in Frankfurt, Germany, located in the Westend-Süd district with 22 hectares. The botanical exhibits are organized according to their origin in free-air or climatized greenhouses, which also contain numerous tropical and subtropical plants.

RömerRömerberg, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

This medieval building is located in Altstadt district in Frankfurt, Germany. It is one of the most important landmarks in the city. The Römer has been Frankfurt's city hall for over 600 years.

SaalburgSaalburg 1, 61350 Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany

A Roman fort located on the Taunus's central ridge, northwest Bad Homburg. It is a cohort fort, part of the Limes Germanicus, the Roman linear German provinces border fortification. The fort includes a museum, Saalburg is the most completely reconstructed Roman fort in Germany.

Schloss BiebrichRheingaustraße 140, 65203 Wiesbaden, Germany

Biebrich Palace is a baroque residence in Wiesbaden, built in 1702 by Prince Georg August Samuel of Nassau-Idstein. It was serving as the ducal residence for the Nassau Duchy from 1816 until 1866. It is now used by the state government for representation purposes and houses the state's historic preservation agency.

Städel MuseumSchaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Städel Museum in Frankfurt is an art museum with one of the most valuable collections in the country. It owns over 4,600 photographs, 100,000 drawings, 3000 paintings and 600 sculptures. In addition to a library of 115,000 books.

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