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World heritage

Animals and plants dating back around 40 million years are preserved as fossils in the oil shale of the Messel Pit Fossil Site. This is the most fossil-rich deposit of the Eocene period and it documents the early stages of mammalian evolution, including the famous propalaeotherium parvulum, the predecessor of the modern horse.

Lorsch Abbey and its Carolingian gatehouse are among the most important relics of pre-Romanesque architecture. They were included in the world cultural heritage list along with the archaeological remains of neighbouring Altenmünster Abbey.

The states of Hessen and Rhineland-Palatinate share the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a gorge with a rich history. Its profusion of prestigious architectural monuments is among the most impressive anywhere in Europe. With its vine-clad slopes, idyllic villages on the banks of the Rhine and multitude of castles, the valley epitomises the romance of the Rhineland.

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Highlights in brief

  • Wiesbaden
    State capital, casino, shopping, culture
  • Frankfurt
    Banking city, „Römerberg“ square, theatre, opera, culture, zoo, Palmengarten botanical gardens, museums, shopping district, skyline, airport, trade fairs
  • Limburg
    Cathedral with seven towers
  • Hanau
    Town of the Brothers Grimm
  • Fulda
    Baroque town, cathedral, palace, palace gardens, baroque ensemble
  • Waldeck
    Lake Edersee, castles
  • Steinau
    "Devil's Cave", amusement park
  • Lorsch
    Abbey (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Glauburg
    Celtic open-air museum
  • Eberbach