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.
Well-marked hiking paths with breathtaking backdrops
Well-maintained bike trails for all abilities
Explore Hessen's gorgeous waterways