Nature & Culture

Vogelsberg volcanic region - a natural wonder

The wild and sometimes bizarre landscapes of the Vogelsberg are only about 60 km from Frankfurt. The Hoher Vogelsberg Nature Park is the oldest of its kind in Germany and Europe's largest volcanic massif. The unique volcanic nature of the area is the reason for the countless streams that disappear into narrow valleys and join to form mighty rivers such as the Ohm, Wetter, Nidder and Schwalm. You can experience the unspoilt natural environment on hikes, on your bike or motorbike, or even on a horse. 

Mountainbikers can look forward to a challenging network of trails around the Hohenrodskopf. A choice of 160 km of off-road trails await committed mountainbikers.

Five Nordic walking centres with well-signposted trails also offer hours of active fun for levels from beginner to advanced. 

Those who want to experience the Vogelsberg in the winter can do so ski-touring or cross-country skiing on a 45-km cross-country skiing trail network. 

Nidda: an oasis in the Wetterau region

Bad Salzhausen’s neighbouring main town of Nidda is nestled in the volcanic countryside and streams of the Vogelsberg region. The half-timbered town has a lively charm. It is worth visiting the market square and its beer gardens, or Nidda Castle, which dates back to the twelfth century. You can taste the best that Upper Hesse has to offer at the rustic Gasthofbrauerei brewery.

The Wetterau region - a wealth of archaeology

In the Wetterau region, nestled between the Taunus and Vogelsberg regions, you can follow the footsteps of the Celts and Romans. The area is not only an archaeological treasure; its floodplains offer a lovely landscape. More than 1000 kilometres of well-signposted cycling trails make the Wetterau an Mecca for cyclists. www.natur-kultur-wetterau.de

German Half-Timbered House Road: Weserbergland – Vogelsberg – Spessart

The German Half-Timbered House Road also runs through the Vogelsberg region. There are many imposing old towns with almost completely preserved historic buildings and closed half-timbered buildings around the Vogelsberg. 

It is worth a trip to the neighbouring town of Alsfeld and its town hall, which is an example of early jettying. The striking stone substructure served as a market hall in the Middle Ages. You should also try to visit Schotten, in the heart of the extinct volcano. This medieval town has restored timber-frame buildings, little alleys and picturesque corners to discover.

Museums in Upper Hesse

The Upper Hesse museum region includes 35 museums and stretches from Bad Vilbel in the south to Alsfeld in the north. The museums cover a range of topics from regional history, popular culture and handicrafts to archaeology and geology.