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Active Holidays in Hessen

Get out into Hessen's glorious natural landscapes and enjoy breathtaking panoramas and wonderfully fresh, clean air.


From the fairytale forests of Nordhessen and the volcanic hills of Vogelsberg to the steep riverside vineyards of the world famous Rheingau, Hessen's natural landscapes offer a wealth of opportunity for active holidays - all with extraordinarily scenic backdrops.

Take in sweeping panoramic views hiking through the Rothaar mountains. Enjoy a carefree cycle through the peaceful meadows of the Lahn Valley. Spot unique flora and fauna in the UNESCO World Heritage Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, or meander down the River Werra in a canoe, spotting historic sights along the way.

Hessen's low mountain ranges mean snow and winter sports too, from downhill and cross-country skiing to winter cycling. If you're keen on more unusual outdoor activities, you'll also find rollerskiing, summer tobogganing and in-line skating. If you'd like to see Hessen from the air, why not try your hand at hang-gliding, gliding or paragliding - or even hot air ballooning.

From campsites and hiking huts to guesthouses and luxury wellness hotels, Hessen offers a wide range of accommodation for overnight stays. Regain your strength with some of Hessen's delicious regional culinary specialties, or soothe your muscles with a long, hot soak or steam or a deep tissue massage at one of the state's countless thermal spas.

Hiking in Hessen

Well-marked hiking paths with breathtaking backdrops

Cycling in Hessen

Well-maintained bike trails for all abilities

Canoeing in Hessen

Explore Hessen's gorgeous waterways