Destination guide

City escapes and quiet, country getaways in Hesse

The lush forests and picturesque towns of central Germany invite travelers to the state of Hesse, which includes both large cities, such as Frankfurt, and a countryside full of vineyards, orchards and gardens. Whether you prefer to spend your time relaxing in thermal springs at the spa town of Wiesbaden, enjoying the thrills of local amusement parks or hopping between grand cathedrals, monuments and historic sites, Hesse is the home of German culture. When it comes to selecting your Hesse vacation rental, your options will span the county, from homes in the heart of cities to quiet forest retreats.


Off to the big city in Hesse

Frankfurt is an ideal hub for your adventures in Hesse, as the largest city in the county, full of museums, family-friendly activities and tons of history. One of the best ways to get around the town is via tours that take you around to some of the top sites. The hop-on hop-off excursions mean you can snap photos of iconic spots, such as the Frankfurt Opera House, and disembark to pop into one of the city's many museums. Since the Main River runs through town, you can also opt for a sightseeing cruise, with fantastic views of the modern skyline.


Hesse charms in every season

No matter when you choose to visit Hesse, you'll be treated to pretty scenes and festivities that change with the seasons. In spring and late fall, you can expect chilly temperatures and lighter crowds, perfect for sightseeing around the towns here, bundled in a cozy scarf. Summer's warm temperatures draw the highest crowds, but you'll be treated to scenes of green and longer days. You'll want to book your Hesse vacation rental early, during the peak season of summer and early fall, when Oktoberfest celebrations in the south bring lots of travelers to the country.

Natural features

The great outdoors of Hesse

With rivers, forests and hills setting a gorgeous natural scene in Hesse, there's plenty of opportunities to get outdoors in this part of Germany. If your Hesse vacation rental is in the southern part of the state, bring the family to the Kuhkopf-Knoblochsaue nature reserve on the Rhine River, where you'll be able to canoe on waterways or bike and hike along miles of trails beautified by wildflowers and canopies of green. In northern Hesse, Kellerwald-Edersee National Park offers a large lake for water sports and walks in search of local wildlife in the hilly, forested landscape.

Where to stay around Hesse?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,143 vacation rentals near Hesse. From 538 Houses to 99 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hesse for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Hesse?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hesse. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Frankfurt: 198 vacation rentals
  • Wiesbaden: 158 vacation rentals
  • Frankfurt am Main West: 17 vacation rentals
  • Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA): 254 vacation rentals
  • Darmstadt: 105 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Hesse! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Hesse?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hesse:

  • Frankfurt: 198 rentals
  • Wiesbaden: 158 rentals
  • Darmstadt: 105 rentals
  • Münster: 76 rentals
  • Rüdesheim am Rhein: 200 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Hesse?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Hesse are:

  • Frankfurt Main Airport (FRA): 254 vacation rentals
  • Hanau (ZNF-Hanau AAF): 173 vacation rentals
  • Griesheim (ZCS): 244 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Hesse?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Hesse. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Frankfurt (ZRB-Frankfurt Central Train Station): 264 rentals
  • Messe Frankfurt: 272 rentals
  • Kurhaus: 259 rentals
  • Mörfelden Station: 242 rentals
  • Kiawah Golf Club: 232 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hesse listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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