Discovering the Frankfurt Rhine-Main Region
Monday 7, February 2011
Frankfurt Rhine-Main’s role as a global player is well known around the world. It is a centre of banking and finance, the home of the German stock exchange, a renowned fair and exhibition centre and one of the world’s busiest airports.
It is a convenient travel and transport location, the crossroads of international road and rail networks. It features a colourful cultural diversity and magnificent landscapes between the fabled Rhine and Main rivers. Here, in Frankfurt Rhine-Main, big business and wine-tastings amidst the rolling vineyards of century-old wineries are just a 30- minute drive from one another. And the scenery is also one of a kind, with romantic rivers meandering through the low mountain ranges of the famous Taunus, Spessart and Vogelsberg regions.
The Frankfurt Rhine-Main region is not just about the metropolis of Frankfurt am Main. It also includes the cities of Wiesbaden, Mainz, Bingen am Rhein, Darmstadt, Aschaffenburg, Offenbach, Bad Homburg and Rüsselsheim. It is this amalgamation of urban centres that lends Frankfurt Rhine-Main its unique character and international appeal. All of the region’s cities look back on long and storied traditions while offering many present-day advantages of the cultural as well as commercial variety. Guests of the region have a wide range of congress, conference and incentive opportunities available to them, all featuring the benefits of location and proximity. The settings are equally diverse, offering business meetings at Frankfurt International Airport, large-scale events at downtown conference centres, product presentations with views of the fabled River Rhine and much, much more. Set conveniently in Frankfurt’s city centre, one finds the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, one of Europe’s largest and most flexible conference venues. Nearby, both locals and visitors have a historically significant region and extraordinarily beautiful landscapes within reach.
Recreational opportunities are also aplenty in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. Theatre and opera are superbly represented by the state theatres of Darmstadt, Mainz and Wiesbaden as well the many municipal stages of Frankfurt. These are complemented by the many live-performance venues of Rüsselsheim and Aschaffenburg. The biggest names of classical, pop and rock music make regular stops at Frankfurt’s Old Opera House, Festival Hall and Jahrhunderthalle, at Wiesbaden’s historical Kurhaus and the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz to perform their latest and greatest hits. Additional entertainment of a different kind is provided by the time-honoured casinos in Wiesbaden and Bad Homburg, while traditional apple wine pubs from Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen to Rüdesheim am Rhein offer the best local fare and the region’s favourite beverage.
The celebrated Rheingau Music Festival, which stretches from Wiesbaden to Lorch am Rhein, attracts music lovers from across the globe with some 140 concerts, featuring international orchestras and soloists of the highest order. The venues for this unique festival consist of some of the Rheingau’s premier architectural masterpieces, including Eberbach Monastery, Castle Johannisberg, Castle Vollrads, Kurhaus Wiesbaden as well as a superb variety of historical churches and ancient vineyards. Nowhere else in Germany does one experience such a high density of cultural festivals. The offer spectrum features everything from first-class jazz festivals in Bingen am Rhein and Idstein in the Taunus, the international May Festival in Wiesbaden, the organ festival Fugato in Bad Homburg to the cello festival in Kronberg and the classical music festivals at Weilburg Castle. If that’s not enough, there’s also the summertime castle festivals held within the historical walls of Bad Vilbel’s moated castle, at Hayn Castle in Dreieichenhain and at Castle Ronneburg. And finally, let’s not forget the Brothers Grimm Fairy-Tale Festival in Hanau and the popular Puppet Show Festival in Steinau.
The region’s countless castles and palaces are time-honoured witnesses of bygone times. The Wetterau region, for example, has gained widespread fame as the former home of ancient Celtic princes. Nearby, one finds the “Limes”, the former fortified boundary of the Roman Empire, which stretches through the entire region to the Roman fort “Saalburg” in the Taunus. And only a stone’s throw away, in Neu-Anspach, there’s the Hessenpark Open-Air Museum, which offers a look back at the life and times of former centuries. Anyone interested in following the footsteps of “Barbarossa”, the famous Stauferian emperor, should visit the old town of Gelnhausen in the Spessart. The beautiful old town of Limburg, meanwhile, features the region’s most beautiful cathedral. Industrial highlights of the past and present are on display at the Leather Museum in Offenbach and the futuristic “Cybernarium” in Darmstadt as well as the Opel Forum in Rüsselsheim, the latter offering an excellent permanent exhibition on the automotive history of Adam Opel GmbH.
Sporting highlights are anything but rare in Frankfurt Rhine-Main. These include, amongst many others, the marathons in Mainz and Frankfurt as well as the internationally renowned European IRONMAN Championships. What’s more, the region offers a wide variety of scenic and challenging golf courses for those keen to lower their handicap.
A year is truly not nearly enough to discover the many interesting attractions of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. In former times, kings and emperors, artisans and the upper class travelled to Frankfurt Rhine-Main to take advantage of the region’s superb spas, which include the time- honoured thermal baths of Wiesbaden, Bad Homburg and Schlangenbad, just to name a few. Centuries later, the region continues to roll out the red carpet for those seeking rest and relaxation. Featuring a mild and agreeable climate, Frankfurt Rhine-Main offers a unique diversity of therapeutic baths, spa facilities and hotels offering wellness for all those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So come and visit Frankfurt Rhine-Main. You’ll be quick to agree: It’s everything but ordinary!
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