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Top 29 attractions you must visit in Hessen

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About Hessen

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.

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Attractions in Hessen

Alte Oper
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 Wilhelmshöhe
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).

Felsenmeer Lautertal
Felsenmeer LautertalFelsenmeer, 64686 Lautertal (Odenwald), Germany
1 Day Treks
Rock Formations
Geological Formations

The Felsenmeer Lautertal is a massive field of boulders that covers an area of nearly 200 acres. Some of the boulders are as large as houses, and the entire field is surrounded by a dense forest. This fascinating geological formation was created over millions of years by weathering.

Frankfurt Cathedral
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.

Frankfurt Zoo
Frankfurt ZooBernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, 60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Frankfurt Zoo is a world-renowned zoo in the city of Frankfurt, Hessen. The zoo is home to around 4,000 animals, many of which can be seen in one of the six themed areas on the zoo grounds. With plenty of attractions for visitors of all ages, the Frankfurt Zoo is a must-see destination for any traveler visiting Frankfurt. Frankfurt Zoo is an accredited member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and participates in several global conservation projects.

Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt Art Association)
Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt Art Association)Markt 44, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Notable Architectures

Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt Art Association) is an art museum located in the center of Frankfurt. It was founded in 1829 by a group of influential residents of the city and today it is situated on a gothic building from 1464 called "Steinernes Haus (Stone Building)". The museum has no permanent collection, but its contemporary art exhibitions are internallionally renowned.

Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt
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 Park
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 Palace
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 Tower
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.
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 (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 Site
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

Museum Applied Art(Museum Angewandte Kunst)
Museum Applied Art(Museum Angewandte Kunst)Schaumainkai 17, 60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Art Galleries

Museum of Applied Art(Museum Angewandte Kunst) is located in Frankfurt am Main, and it is a part of the Museumsufer - the collection of museums in and around the banks of river Main. More than 60,000 objects are included in it's collection, ranging from Eropean handicrafts, graphics, Islamic and East Asian art. The collections dates from twelfth to the twenty first century.

Museum for Communication Frankfurt
Museum for Communication FrankfurtSchaumainkai 53, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

With a vast collection of communications equipments from the past, Museum for Communication Frankfurt showcases the histoy and spread of various methods of communication. The exhibition centers around different communication methods-  mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, television and computer.

Museum für Moderne Kunst
Museum für Moderne KunstDomstraße 10, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Art Galleries

The Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK in short) is a modern art museum in Frankfurt. Founded in 1981 and opened in 1991, the museum is popularly called "peice of cake" because of it's trangular shape. This is one of the newest museums in Frankfurt and it's permanent collection comprises of over 4,500 works of international art, from 1960's to the present.

Naturmuseum Senckenberg
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.

Map of attractions in Hessen