Hesse is a German state whose capital is the city of Wiesbaden; the state also contains the important city of Frankfurt (technically called Frankfurt am Main), which is the site of the European Central Bank. Tourism in Hesse involves the major cities of the state, the picturesque towns found in the countryside surrounding the major cities and the countryside itself; Hesse is the state in Germany with the largest percentage of untouched wilderness. For the lovers of outdoor sports, Hesse attractions include hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails, bicycle routes and the possibility of enjoying water sports on lakes and rivers, including the Rhine. Hesse culture is very strong in the towns and cities found throughout the state and strolling through especially the smaller towns, with their markets and festivals, will allow you to experience that culture.
Things to do in Hesse don’t only involve walking through nature or strolling through local markets, though. Historical Hesse sights and monuments are definitely worth seeing; when you’re visiting Hesse, check out things like the Renaissance-style Old Opera House, called the Alte Oper, the historical central square of Römerberg and the Goethe house, in Frankfurt. Frankfurt also offers some of the best shopping in Hesse. The capital of Wiesbaden is famous for its spas, the town of Marburg for its castle and the town of Weilburg for its Baroque buildings.