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Welcome to the Great Outdoors

From the rugged volcanic Vogelsberg uplands to the romantic rolling vineyards of the Rheingau, over a third of the state of Hessen is made up of diverse natural landscapes.

Get away from it all in the ancient beech forests of Nordhessen, the high peaks of the Rhön mountains or the peaceful meadows of the Lahn Valley.

Explore Hessen's nature parks, conservation areas and its two UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites. Marvel at unique flora and fauna, spot rare wildlife and enjoy some wonderfully crisp, clean air. Travel Hessen's diverse landscapes via its excellent network of hiking trails, cycling routes and canoe-friendly waters, or indulge in forest bathing, lake swimming or a leisurely picnic. Whether you're looking for bracing outdoor activities, well-earned rest and relaxation or a fascinating educational experience, Hessen's natural landscsapes offer unforgettable experiences for everyone.

You can read more about Hessen's nature parks, conservation areas and UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites below. For inspiration as to how to explore them, head to our Outdoor Activities page.