Wiesbaden was built as the vacation city for all of Europe's nobility starting around the mid-1800s, and today is the Capital City for the State of Hesse. As it is a garden city, there is no industry but an abundance of natural green spaces.
The city proudly utilizes its 26 natural hot springs and is known to be a luxurious regional center for spas, health clinics, and ultimate relaxation. Here you can visit the Henkell Sparkling Wine Factory, numerous spas and clinics, or simply stroll through the many manicured city parks listening to the song of native parrots.
Mainz a small German city located west of Frankfurt on the Rhine River at its confluence with the Main River. The city was founded in the 1st century BC by the Romans and was used as a military fortress on the northernmost border of the empire. The city became a part of the Holy Roman Empire in the 8th century and was the seat of the Archbishop-Elector of Mainz.
Many Roman artefacts have been found under the city and are located in various museums throughout Mainz. This city is also the birthplace of the inventor of the printing press Johannes Gutenberg, and still remains the home for some of Germany’s oldest printing companies.
The university town of Marburg is dense with culture, tradition, legend, and a curious history. The historical marketplace and town hall are the center of activity that has inspired the works of the Grimm Brothers, who attended university here at the start of the 19th century.
Here you can explore beautiful castles, leaning churches, suspicious walkways and authentic nature inspired adventures. The ‘Grimm Trail’ takes you through a themed route of the old city, filled with mysterious sculptures, installations and curiosities related to the legendary tales of the Brothers Grimm.
Darmstadt is a city near Frankfurt in southwest Germany. The city is known for its art nouveau buildings, such as the iconic wedding tower, that can be found in the Mathildenhöhe district. The city is home to a number of museums including the Museum Künstlerkolonie, which is dedicated to Darmstadt’s Artist Colony, which displays a host of textiles, ceramics, and jewellery within the home of a former artist.
There is also the Hessisches Landesmuseum and, the Hessen Region Natural History Museum that displays a collection of European art as well as natural history exhibits. Darmstadt is also holds the official title for “City of Science” with it being the home to many scientific institutions and universities. The European Space Operations Center is also located in Darmstadt.
Take a short train ride to the towns of Limburg, Weilburg and Wetzlar along the River Lahn to discover the exquisite medieval half-timbered houses that populate the old town centers.
Limburg also has an impossibly picture-perfect castle, Weilburg also has a magnificent hilltop Schloss, and Wetzlar has the added attraction of having been the residence of the great German poet, Goethe, during his youth.