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Germany's 16 states: Hesse

The city with the only skyscraper skyline in Germany has had a new historical town center since 2018. Not only Frankfurt's contrasting architecture attracts visitors to Hesse, but also the tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Hesse lies in the middle of Germany and is a state of contrasts: idyllic towns with half-timbered houses in northern and southern Hesse on the one hand, and, on the other, the famous skyline of skyscrapers in Frankfurt. You don't have to be an architectural expert to be inspired by both worlds.

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Travel tips for Hesse

Frankfurt's new Old Town 

Destroyed by bombing during World War II, Frankfurt's old town center reappeared in 2018: the narrow lanes were reconstructed, with quaint facades to the left and right, behind which faithfully rebuilt old townhouses alternate with new buildings designed with a historical look. There are many museums and shops along the route from the Römer to the cathedral, which kings and emperors trod on the way to their coronations. 

Active holidays on the River Lahn

The Lahn is a tributary of the Rhine that is very popular with people who like to holiday on the water. An especially lovely section lies in southern Hesse, according to DW's travel magazine Check-in host, Nicole Frölich: the romantic Lahn valley. 

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Canoeing on the River Lahn

Grimm World in Kassel

The Brothers Grimm collected many of the folk tales for which they became known worldwide in northern Hesse around the city of Kassel. The city has devoted an entire world to their work. 

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Enchanting: Grimm World in Kassel

Braunfels Castle

A medieval castle with many towers and bay windows sits on a basalt hilltop high above the town of Braunfels. Over the centuries, its enthusiastic owners kept adding new Baroque and Gothic revival elements, creating a distinctive fairy tale castle in the Middle Hesse region. 

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#DailyDrone: Braunfels Castle

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