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___ HessenA virtual guide to the German Federal State of Hessen. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.
Flag of the German Federal State of Hessen
Official Name: Hessen
Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Capital City: Wiesbaden (pop. 273,000)
Other Cities: largest city: Frankfurt am Main (pop. 688,000), Darmstadt, Fulda, Gießen, Hanau, Kassel, Limburg, Marburg, Offenbach, and Wetzlar.
Location: central Germany north of Baden-Württemberg
Area: 21,114 km²
Population (2013): 6 million
Religions: 48% Protestants, 30% Roman Catholic.
Natural resources: Salt
Agriculture products: Grain (wheat, barley), sugar beets, potatoes, vegetables, livestock farming.
Industries: Bank services, car industry, chemical and pharmaceutical industries,
Hesse is located in western-central Germany, bordering (from north-west, clockwise) the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate.
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Official Sites of HessenHessen
Official site of Bundesland Hessen - The state of Hesse.
Der Hessische Landtag
Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt
Hesse's state office for statistics.
MapsGoogle Earth Hessen
Searchable map/satellite view of Hesse.
Google Earth Wiesbaden
Searchable map and satellite view of Wiesbaden, Hesse's capital.
Google Earth Frankfurt am Main
Searchable map and satellite view of Hesse's largest city.
Political Map of Germany
Administrative Map of Germany
NewsHesse Newspapers Online (mostly in German)
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung FAZ
FAZ online (German-partly English).
Frankfurter Rundschau online, national and international news
News from Fulda.
Hessisch Niedersächsiche Allgemeine
Current and regional news.
Hessian Broadcasting (HR) is the public broadcaster for Hesse.
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Arts & CultureKulturportal Hessen
State culture portal with information about culture and culture events in Hesse. (in German)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Works by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at Project Gutenberg.
Goethe was born in Frankfurt (Main) at the 28. Aug. 1749.
Das Goethe-Haus in Frankfurt a.M.
The Frankfurt Goethe House, Goethe's birthplace is now a museum.
One of the most important exhibitions of contemporary art in the world takes place every five years in the city of Kassel.
Brüder Grimm-Museum Kassel
The museum of the Brothers Grimm (in German).
Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt
Official website of the Hesse state museum.
Museum für Angewandte Kunst
Museum of applied arts, Frankfurt.
Museum der Weltkulturen
Ethnology museum of the cultures of the world, Frankfurt a. M..
Natural History Museum, Frankfurt am Main.
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
A guide to museums in Kassel (in German).
Museen in Hessen
A guide to museums in Hesse (in German).
The Frankfurt Opera House is an important European opera house, the home of Oper Frankfurt (the Frankfurt Opera), a leading company in Germany.
Business & EconomyDeutsche Börse Group
Official website of the largest exchange organization worldwide.
Deutsche Börse's Website for Investors.
Official website of the second-largest bank in Germany after:
Official website of the German Bank, Frankfurt, one of the largest investment banks in the world.
Dresdner Bank AG is one of Germany's largest banking corporations based in Frankfurt.
Official website of the German Central Bank.
ECB: European Central Bank
The ECB, located in Frankfurt a. M., is the central bank for Europe's currency, the Euro.
Trade Fairs Frankfurt
Largest consumer goods trade show in the world.
Frankfurt Book Fair.
Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA)
International Automobile Exhibition
Frankfurt Airport FRA
Rhein-Main-Flughafen, largest airport in Germany.
Destination Hessen - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Hessen: Frankfurt am Main, Wiesbaden, Kassel
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more by following the links below.
Hessen Touristik Service
Tourist Guide Hesse, the Official Site. (in German)
Official website of the states' capital.
The City of Frankfurt am Main, largest city in Hesse.
Once the seat of noblemen and prince electors, this city on the Fulda River has more to offer to visitors than it is immediately apparent.
Other principal cities are Darmstadt,
Offenbach, and Wetzlar.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
EducationJohann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Uni GH Kassel
Environment & NatureNatur Parks in Hesse
The largest part of the nature park Odenwald and the Bergstraße lies in Hesse, but it ranges also the states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria (in German).
The nature park is located in North-Hesse, it ranges from the Weser highland to the Waldecker Land, a foothill of the Sauerland.
Naturpark Hessische Rhön
In the portal to the Rhön you will find information about the nature park located in the east of Fulda near the Thuringian-Bavarian Border.
Naturpark Hessischer Spessart
Large oak and beech-tree forests characterises the low mountain range landscape of the Spessart, located near the Hesse-Bavarian border.
Hesses' second largest nature park.
The nature park is located in the middle of Germany in North-Hesse (in German).
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.
HistoryAfter World War II the Hessian territory left of the Rhine was again occupied by France, whereas the rest of the country was part of the US occupation zone. The French separated their part of Hesse from the rest of the country and incorporated it into the newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). The United States, on the other side, proclaimed the state of Greater Hesse (Groß-Hessen) on 19 September 1945, out of Hesse-Darmstadt and most of the former Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau. On 4 December 1946 Groß-Hessen was officially renamed Hessen.
Hesse's main state archive (in German).
History of Hesse
Wikipedia entry about Hesse's history.
Wikipedia entry about the Province of Hesse-Nassau (German: Provinz Hessen-Nassau) a province of the Kingdom of Prussia from 1868-1918, then a province of the Free State of Prussia until 1944.
Peoples' State of Hesse
Wikipedia entry about the Peoples' State of Hesse (German: Volksstaat Hessen) was the name of the German state of Hesse-Darmstadt from 1918 until 1945.
Additional Information about Hessen
Open Directory Project: Hessen
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