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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

A Frankfurt sightseeing tour

Frankfurt is Germany's major financial center and its fifth largest city. Despite having a very modern quarter, Frankfurt is also steeped in rich history and has many cultural highlights. The best way to experience this beautiful city is on foot so you can discover places that are not on any bus tour.

Summer in Frankfurt
Check-in moderator Lukas Stege has an appointment to try stand-up paddling on the River Main. In fact, a visit to the banking metropolis in summer offers many opportunities to relax and go out on the town, as Lukas finds out. He visited the pulsating metropolis on the Main before the coronavirus crisis.

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Frankfurt in the summertime

Frankfurt from a bird's eye view 
Destroyed in the Second World War by bombing raids, Frankfurt has had its old town back since 2018: The narrow alleys and old Franconian facades have been reconstructed, behind which old buildings, which have been rebuilt in keeping with their historical value, alternate with new buildings that appear historic.

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Flying Guide: Frankfurt am Main

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. She toured it before the coronoavirus crisis. 

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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

The baroque park Wilhelmshöhe

The landscape park with the water features and Hercules statue was created at the beginning of the 18th century. The unique park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013 as an exceptional cultural monument. Let us show you Europe's largest hilltop park from a bird's eye view.

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The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

German Green Belt
Eschwege is the birthplace of our Check-in presenter Nicole Frölich. Here the inner-German border divided the former East and West Germany until 1989. The former course of the border is today one of the most important nature reserves in Germany: the Green Belt. A search for clues with many touristic insider tips for travellers on the trail of German division. Nicole Frölich's home visit took place before the coronavirus crisis.

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Border Stories in Hesse and Thuringia

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

Your trip to Germany

Are you looking for recommendations for your visit to Germany? We've got them: Tips for Germany — state by state.

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