- Lower Saxony
- North Rhine Westphalia
- Frisian Islands
- Harz Mountains
Hesse is a state of Germany with an area of 21,110 km² that covers the central southern part of Germany and has just over six million inhabitants. Most of the population of Hesse is in the southern part of Hesse in the Rhine Main Area. Although Hesse's largest city is Frankfurt am Main, the state capital is nearby Wiesbaden.
Frankfurt, a world-class economic metropolis, is home to the headquarters for the European Central Bank and the German Federal Bank. Its exhibition site is one of the most important in the whole of Europe and its airport has the heaviest volume of trade goods traffic on the European continent, and the second heaviest passenger flow. Most of the interesting places for sightseeing are found near an area once protected by walls and which is now an enclosed semicircle of parks and gardens. This is also where Römerberg, the old quarter of the city, lies. If you happen to be in Frankfurt, come and visit our Sprachcaffe language school in Frankfurt!
Situated in west-central Germany, Hesse borders the German states of Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, and North Rhine Westphalia. The principal cities of Hesse include Frankfurt am Main, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Offenbach, Hanau, Gießen, Wetzlar, and Limburg in the greater Rhine Main Area, Fulda - an Episcopal area with distinct baroque style architecture - in the east, and Kassel and Marburg an der Lahn in the north. Bergstrasse and Rheingau are also interesting places to visit, being important winemaking centers of the region.
Labelled "a tangled and picturesque series of landscapes and mountains", Hesse has volcanic regions, vineyards, wild areas as well as cultivated regions. The locals of Hesse speak a Rhine Franconian dialect known as Hessisch.