Wetterau

Regional Overview

Crossroads of an Empire

The mercantile legacy of the old Free and Imperial Cities characterizes the landscape and history of the Wetterau. Chief among them is the city of Frankfurt am Main, whose location in the fertile valley of the Main turned the region into a global center of trade. Scattered around the region are the traces of forgotten struggles for the wealth of Frankfurt and the bounty of the Main.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The Renaissance and Baroque Half-Timbered Cityscapes of Gelnhausen, Büdingen, Friedberg, and Seligenstadt
  • 19th-century historicism and urban planning from both the Nassau and Wilhelmine periods in Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, and Bad Nauheim.
  • The Romanesque architecture of the late Staufen Empire

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My suggested travel destinations with the top three destinations highlighted.

What is the Wetterau?

The Wetterau offers a remarkable contrast between the urban and the rural. Unlike most cities, with Frankfurt or Wiesbaden, it’s just a short jaunt from the city center to the rural periphery. Despite a deserved reputation for being ugly and bland, Frankfurt offers an endless array of worthy travel destinations at its doorstep. The beautiful city of Wiesbaden, the villages of the Wetterau, the castles of Ronneburg, Kronberg, and Steinau, and the ancient Monastery of Seligenstadt are all just a few minutes away.

Regional Overview

Cities of the Wetterau

Hiking in the Region

Hike: The Royal Road – Via Regia

Hike: The Royal Road – Via Regia

The Via Regia is an ancient trade route that stretched across Central Europe, connecting Krakow and Paris, with major stops in Frankfurt and Leipzig and several divergent paths. Part of…

Hike: Monks of the Wetterau

Hike: Monks of the Wetterau

For an easy hike across some of the nicer farmland north of Frankfurt, there is the Monastery of Ilbenstadt. The monastery complex is mostly preserved and features a remarkable late…

My Quantitative Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

Social Score

6.7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Hype: 5.3
  • Growth: 5.4
  • Wealth: 9.2
  • Recognition: 5.4
Ease of Travel

6.7 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 5.5
  • Transportation: 9.4
  • Ease of Planning: 2.7
  • Infrastructure: 9.5
  • Interactivity: 5.8
  • Airport: Yes
Historical Immersion

4.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Historical Context: 1.7
  • Monuments: 9.9
  • Quality*: 5.0
  • Landscape: 4.6
  • Vineyards: 3.4
Authenticity

2.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Undiscovered: 2.3
  • Cultural Immersion: 2.6
  • Tradition*: 4.0

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