A destination that is just as perfect for an active holiday as for cultural indulgence or relaxation. Northern Hessen is the home of the Brothers Grimm and is amazingly diverse. The landscape of low mountains provides the varied backdrop for hikes on a wide range of award-winning hiking routes, in the Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee, the magical Reinhardswald forest with Sleeping Beauty’s palace Sababurg, or the legendary Hoher Meißner mountain, near where Mother Hulda from the Grimms’ fairytale lived.
Cycling fans will find well-developed long distance routes and paths for varied tours here. The Fuldaradweg, the Ederradweg and the Werraradweg cycle paths have long been popular with cyclists at all levels. They are joined by many smaller cycle paths along lively streams and through the typical rolling hills of northern Hesse. The large rivers and the clear waters of the many reservoirs offer opportunities both for water sports and for a relaxing swim. Ten golf courses in northern Hessen invite ambitious and beginner golfers to play against magical backdrops at every level.
Here in northern Hessen, the home of the Brothers Grimm, there is plenty to remind you of the fairy tale writers. It was here that they collected their world-famous children’s and household tales. On the Märchenlandweg, in Schwalm’s Red Riding Hood country, at the Mother Hulda lake on Hoher Meißner or in Snow White’s village of Bergfreiheit. The world of legend and fairy tale comes to life everywhere. Neat little towns such as Bad Wildungen, Bad Hersfeld, Fritzlar, Hofgeismar and Bad Sooden-Allendorf offer picturesque half-timbered backdrops, the hospitality typical of northern Hessen, and plenty of sights and services for wellness and spa holidays.
In the midst of it all is Kassel, a lively city for shopping and internationally renowned for its museums, including the famous collection of paintings in Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, Museum Friedricianum and the Neue Galerie. High above the town is Kassel’s signature sight, the legendary Hercules. At his feet, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe and the sophisticated spa district of Bad Wilhelmshöhe. Every five years, Kassel plays host to the world’s largest exhibition for contemporary art, dOCUMENTA. Welcome to northern Hessen, the home of the Grimms!