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Food and Drink

Hessen’s towns and cities don’t just offer typical regional delicacies, but also international cuisine.After all, the people of Hessen proudly state, “Das beste Esse’ gibt’s beim Hesse” (the best food is in Hessen). Here we present traditional and new culinary highlights, as well as restaurants ranging from the rustic to the upmarket. Take a look and find out what culinary delights you can discover in the towns and cities of Hessen.

Hessen’s culinary delights

DARMSTADT | Food and Drink

Darmstadt cuisine

The “Bockshaut” is the third-oldest public building in Darmstadt. It is located right by the Schloss and the Stadtkirche church. The guesthouse has been uniting generations since 1795 and is a real gem thanks to its interior. The Bockshaut was founded as a vicarage in 1580 and then operated as a tannery from 1760. The guild sign – the skin of a buck – was chosen as the name for the wine tavern and restaurant back in 1795, which was then run in the building in place of the tannery. You can enjoy good quality Hessen cuisine in the family-run restaurant and the lovely beer garden in the summer months. […] MORE

Frankfurt am Main | FOOD AND DRINK

Frankfurt Sachsenhausen local cider bars

The many local cider bars are undoubtedly some of Frankfurt’s tourist attractions. “Äppelwoi”, “Stöffsche”, “Schoppe” and “Gespritzte” (with water)… “Apfelwein”, or apple cider, has many names and is more than just a long-standing drink in Frankfurt’s food and drink scene. Pay a visit to a typical local wine tavern in Frankfurt’s Sachsenhausen district. […] MORE

Frankfurt am Main | Food and Drink

Frankfurt Ebbelwei Express

The traditional Ebbelwei Express runs in Frankfurt: Here guests can enjoy a tour around the city in the comfortably furnished vintage tram and enjoy some traditional Frankfurt cider (Ebbelwei). Trips run on Saturdays, Sundays and some public holidays. See timetable for more details. This can be found at every stop of the “Frankfurt Ebbelwei Express”. The journey takes about one hour in total. […] MORE

Fulda | FOOD AND DRINK

Experience Fulda’s restaurants

Fulda’s Kostbar Kochschule offers themed cookery courses in a relaxed atmosphere. Visitors and students of the cookery school also have the chance to purchase Italian specialities, fresh truffles, gift hampers, oils and vinegars from the in-house delicatessen. Bäckerei Ballmaier was founded in 1538 and has been baking at Severiberg in Fulda for over 145 years. The bakery still uses the same basic recipes without additives. Ballmaier rye bread and “Domherrenbrot” bread is made from 100% pure rye. […] MORE

Fulda | FOOD AND DRINK

Fulda’s breweries

Learn all about the beer specialities produced by the private breweries in Fulda. “Hohmanns Brauhaus” is situated in the centre of Fulda. Besides the self-brewed beers, the kitchen also serves both hearty and light dishes. Meanwhile, the rustic “Wiesenmühle” brewery with beer garden and restaurant is home to the largest 13th-century mill wheel in Europe. It is a ten-minute walk from the centre of town. “Mc Müller’s Brauhaus” can be found in a former town house in Fulda’s old quarter. It’s a traditional, family-owned company that also hosts music events. […] MORE

Giessen | FOOD AND DRINK

Giessen cuisine

The entire 13th floor was renovated to house the Dach Café with its extravagant interior. Guests can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch and excellent quality dinner with great views in the family-run business. The café also serves a great range of cakes and tortes. All dishes are served in the Skybar and lounge. […] MORE

Giessen | FOOD AND DRINK

Giessen gourmet market tour

Go on a gourmet market tour in Giessen to experience lively market activity and discover the importance of the market for the people of Giessen. You can find seven stations serving various delicious treats between Brandplatz, Marktlaubenstraße and Lindenplatz. All produce is made by traders and producers from the region. Giessen’s weekly market has been taking place in the same venue for over 100 years. […] MORE

Kassel | FOOD AND DRINK

Kassel Specials

Traditional “Ahle Wurscht” is without doubt one of the most important speciality raw sausages in Europe. It’s a North Hessian raw sausage made from pork meat that is matured for a long time. Traditionally, the only things added to the meat are salt, saltpetre and freshly ground herbs. These differ depending on the producer and lend the sausages their individual flavours. All chemical additives that might influence the ageing process are forbidden. […] MORE

Kassel | FOOD AND DRINK

Kassel cuisine

GRIMMWELT doesn’t just offer fairytale experiences, but also culinary delights from the region. The wide glass façade at “Falada” allows you to look far across the Weinbergpark and the southern part of town into the hilly countryside beyond. The “Zum Rammelsberg” brewery serves hearty, rustic dishes and fine cuisine in its rustic restaurant. Its motto is “Gönn dir was Gutes” or “Treat yourself to something good”! The pub is located on Rammelsbergstraße in the Bad Wilhelmshöhe district of town. During the summer, guests can enjoy traditional beer in the beer garden. […] MORE

Marburg | FOOD AND DRINK

Marburg Café Vetter

The “Literatur um 11” readings in Café Vetter take place thirty times a year and are organised by the Neuen Literarischen Gesellschaft Marburg. Every Sunday at 11am, guests to Marburg’s traditional café can enjoy speciality cakes and pastries – both sweet and savoury – together with a select literary programme. This tradition has already attracted numerous fans of prose and poetry to Marburg. Walter Kempowski, Peter Esterhazy, Frido Mann and even Günther Grass have read their works here and even sign items for their audience. […] MORE

Marburg | FOOD AND DRINK

Marburg culinary trails

Marburg’s “Kulinarische Wege”, or culinary trails, combine illustrative history with fairytale impressions and culinary delights. The package combines the university town of Marburg’s living past with delicious food in a unique historical atmosphere. […] MORE

Wetzlar | FOOD AND DRINK

Wetzlar cafés and restaurants

Restaurants in Wetzlar have a lot to offer, ranging from regional to international cuisine. Some of the restaurants and cafés are located in historical buildings, meaning guests can dine in the flair of bygone eras. You can even enjoy exceptional dishes in complete darkness at the Dunkelkaufhaus in Wetzlar – it’s a real “non-sightseeing attraction”! Visitors can enjoy a totally new experience in absolute darkness in the company of blind and visually impaired people. […] MORE

Wetzlar | FOOD AND DRINK

Wetzlar culinary tours

Culinary tours of the town combine the pleasant with the useful: See something new and enjoy typical local food. Eat like Lotte and Goethe: Participants can enjoy a culinary walking tour, visiting the places frequented by the young Goethe. Learn the history behind the knights’ table in the “Zum Kronprinzen" guesthouse. In the Lottehof, participants can immerse themselves in the domestic life of an 18th-century family. The walking tour ends in culinary fashion with a meal entitled “In the footsteps of Goethe”. […] MORE

Wiesbaden | FOOD AND DRINK

Wiesbaden wine experience

Wiesbaden has a deep connection with wine-growing, wine festivals and everything to do with wine. Numerous events, hiking trails and cycle routes in the city and along the banks of the Rhine and Main rivers invite you to enjoy a wine experience in Wiesbaden and the wider region. The Weinhaus Kögler on Grabenstraße is a great tip for wine enthusiasts. The Weinhaus serves wines from notable wine-growers from the Rheingau region, as well as select wines from the neighbouring region of Rhine-Hessen. […] MORE