From science and contemporary art to glittering light installations and the world of fairytales: Enjoy a special highlight on your city break. Options include the scientific ESOC in Darmstadt – “Europe’s gateway to space” − sparkling lights in Marburg b(u)y Night, and the GRIMMWELT in Kassel, which is all about the works of the Brothers Grimm. Get inspired by taking a look at our “Specials” for exhibitions and events.

Darmstadt | Culture and Events

ESOC – European Space Operation Centre Darmstadt

Darmstadt has been home to the European Space Operation Centre (ESOC) since 1967, earning its tagline as “Europe’s gateway to space”. All satellite missions undertaken by the European Space Agency (ESA) and five ground stations are controlled and monitored from this site. Over 60 satellites have so far been controlled from Darmstadt, including Mars Express and Rosetta. Tours through the ESOC provide a thrilling insight into the work done with satellites and the global co-operation, difficulties posed by missions far away from the earth and space debris […] MORE

Giessen | Culture and Events

Giessen Lahn Window Hessen

Over 39,000 people have looked through the Lahn Window since it was reopened following refurbishment. It is located at the Klinkel’schen Weir in Giessen (Bootshausstraße). With a bit of luck, visitors can look through the large window and catch a glimpse of fish swimming about the weir on their way back to their home waters. Barb, pike, perch and eels, chub and roach, bream and trout, shoals of dace and nase have already passed through the specially made “fish pass”. […] MORE

Kassel | Culture and Events


Visitors can experience creative works by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm over an area of around 1,600 sq metres. The exhibition includes a diverse mix of original exhibits, multimedia worlds of experience and art installations. There’s more to see than just the world-famous children’s and household tales; you can also discover the A to Z of fairytales, the new GRIMMWELT, the Grimm dictionary and the brothers’ political activities. […] MORE

Kassel | Culture and Events

Kassel documenta Außenwerke

Every five years, Kassel hosts documenta, the world’s most important exhibition of contemporary art. Kassel stands at the centre of the international art scene for precisely 100 days. During this time, around 100 international artists and stakeholders present contemporary art in all its many manifestations at various venues across Kassel. Each documenta has its own character, which is determined by the respective curator. The 2017 documenta took place in Athens and Kassel under the artistic direction of Adam Szymczyk. […] MORE

Marburg | Culture and Events

Marburg b(u)y Night

Each year on the last Friday in November, the “Glanzlicht” takes place in Marburg. Numerous light installations light up Marburg and lend the university town a romantic atmosphere. Historical buildings, bridges and squares are all turned into fleeting works of light art. This illuminating start to the festive season is combined with a pre-Christmas shopping evening in the town centre, which runs until midnight. […] MORE

Marburg | Culture and Events

Tours of Marburg

If you want to get to know Marburg a little better, there’s no better way than by enjoying a guided tour through the old yet increasingly youthful university town with a trained guide. The broad range of guided tours, visits and walking tours ticks all the boxes and ranges from official tours for individuals and small groups to specific events and individually planned group events, e.g. combined with a refreshment stop. […] MORE

Offenbach | Culture and Events

Offenbach Heyne factory

Creativity and art have been a key fixture in the former screw factory owned by the Heyne brothers for many years now. The brick building is not just home to numerous creative agencies; it also houses numerous internationally renowned fashion labels and designers who invite you to buy from their collections twice a year. […] MORE

Offenbach | Culture and Events

Offenbach harbour 2

The experimental combination of café and club, pub, cinema and art gallery, live stage and sunbathing lawn has achieved cult status. Initially conceived as a temporary solution, the Offenbach centre of culture by the Main is now a key fixture within the town. […] MORE

Offenbach | Culture and Events

Offenbach OFLovesU tours

No-one knows the hidden riches of Offenbach’s back streets better than the team at “OFlovesU”. From culinary tips to small factories and the bigger picture: Even locals can learn something new on these tours. The OFlovesU walking tours focus on “true” life in the town, which has been shaped by lots of cultures and urban scenes. One thing is for sure: After taking a tour with the OFlovesU team, you’ll know all about Offenbach. […] MORE

Rüsselsheim | Culture and Events

Rüsselsheim Mainland Games

Scotland meets Rüsselsheim: The Mainland Games sees participants compete against one another in classic Scottish Highland Games events on the banks of the River Main. Besides the fascinating competitions, visitors can also enjoy live music and a Celtic market, and young visitors can even take part in the Children's Highland Games. There are also pony rides and popular sheepdog demonstrations. […] MORE

Rüsselsheim | Culture and Events

Rüsselsheim vintage fair

There is only one destination for fans of vintage cars on the last weekend in June: the vintage fair in Rüsselsheim am Main. One of the largest open-air vintage meets in Germany with over 2,000 cars attracts thousands of visitors each year. The cars are from the year 1982 and older. The open-air car exhibition spans from the picturesque backdrop of the 600-year-old fortress in Rüsselsheim to the Opel Villas, the late-romantic Verna Park, and right up to the banks of the River Main. […] MORE

Rüsselsheim | Culture and Events

Rüsselsheim Opel Villas Art and Culture Foundation

The Opel Villas along the cultural axis by the River Main in Rüsselsheim were built in the first third of the 20th century. The two factory owner’s villas, owned by Fritz von Opel, currently house a centre for art and culture. Besides contemporary art and classical modernism exhibitions, the Opel Villas Foundation also organises readings, concerts and lectures in the historical buildings. You can even get married in the stylish bridal room. […] MORE

Wetzlar | Culture and Events

Wetzlar costumed guides

Visitors can enjoy special tours of Wetzlar with guides dressed in special costumes, showing the historical and literary side of the cathedral town. The wonderful walking tours of Wetzlar take visitors back into the world of the 18th century: Goethe, Lotte or a member of the imperial court are on hand to share amusing stories and more. […] MORE