Two Film makers, one Challenge:
TO UNCOVER THE SOUL OF FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN.
TO UNCOVER THE SOUL OF FRANKFURT RHINE-MAIN.
In the Vogelsberg you can look birds straight in the eye. Europe’s first canopy trail of its kind opened in 2012 at Hoherodskopf. Suspended bridges 20-50 metres long run from tree top to tree top at a height of up to 15 metres. It might not be ideal if you suffer from vertigo, but in return you get breathtaking views and information galore at the various stops along the route.
The annual Frankfurt Rugby Youth Festival hosted by SC Frankfurt 1880 has emerged as the country’s largest rugby event for kids. But it’s not only children who are flocking to take part in what is an ever more popular sport in Frankfurt. The SC 80’s men’s side competes successfully in the German National Rugby League. Simply drop by Dornbusch and watch – or better still take part.
The outdoor kart track at Reiskirchener Dreieck is over one kilometre long and six metres wide – and it’s a tough racing track into the bargain. Meeting international standards, it is one of the few in Germany to have been approved by the German Motor Racing Association. When there are no official races on, you can rent a powerful kart and go for a spin.
Rendezvous with the wind – that’s how Klaus Werth describes his passion. With over 1,200 hot-air balloon trips in 30 years, he’s head of the oldest passenger hot-air balloon company in Hessen. From the Vogelsberg and Wetterau to as far away as the Taunus or the Rhön – a trip with “Balloon Klaus” promises to be a great moment. True to the motto: Take off and switch off.
One of the most popular leisure destinations in FrankfurtRhineMain nestles in the Taunus foothills. The Opel Zoo spreads across 27 hectares and is home to more than 1,600 animals. The attractions include the giraffe and elephant house. There’s a new pool for the jackass penguins, where from behind the glass you can watch them swim and dive. Some of the animals you can even feed.
These bizarre, sheer rock cliffs rising up to a height of 12 metres in Usinger Land are a paradise for novice climbers and freeclimbers alike. There are up to 30 different routes up the cliffs – of different degrees of difficulty. The spacious meadows at the foot are popular with hikers and picnickers alike, and the cliff concerts each summer are a real highlight.
The bike park on Grosser Feldberg in the Taunus hills is where the downhill bikers meet. There are two trails, each 1.7 kilometres long and boasting jumps, turns and obstacles to test your skills. And the inexperienced can also enjoy the thrill of down-hilling – flags of different colours tell you how tough the section of trail ahead will be. Enjoy, free of charge.
The mixture of golf and mini-golf in GrossZimmern near Darmstadt is quite unique. Designed by landscape architects there are 18 holes with bridges, caves and a waterfall to get around. Tricky, but a lot of fun, and great natural surroundings. And if you’ve had your fill, recharge your batteries with a cool drink at the Golf Bar.
The open-air museum at the Hessenpark in Neu-Anspach in the Taunus hills offers a great idea of 400 years of life in Hessen – from historical buildings to traditional crafts techniques. On the market square you can buy bread, cheese or even brushes in ancient shops. The regular plant, cheese and farmers’ markets are very popular, as is the annual Christmas market.
It is not only football lovers who can test their skills in a new sport: football golf. And it’s not just the goals that count, but the kicks. In football golf you have to score with as few touches of the ball as possible. And there are superb conditions for this at the course in Karben near Bad Homburg. Two trails with a total of 36 holes for pure fun sports.
The region’s best lake for swimming is in the southwest. Sunny beaches, green meadows and shady trees stretch out across a full 24 hectares. It’s ideal for the kids, too: the lakeshore is shallow and the sandbanks reach several metres out into the water. The islands are easy to reach and inflatables are allowed. Countless playing fields and sports facilities make it a sure-fire hit for the whole family. Campers should book their spots in advance.
On the walls of the Ronneburg in the Wetterau you can watch birds of prey and owls close up and learn a lot about hunting wild quarry and nature conservation. During the season from March to October the falconry offers flight displays every day apart from Mondays. And it has a special bird shelter, where sick or injured birds of prey can be cared for before being returned to the wild.
In the wild park in Hanau you can watch indigenous species of animal such as stags, deer and wild boar closeup, as well as wolves, lynxes and elks. One of the most popular events: the birds-of-prey display. The wild park’s best-known inhabitant: Attila the golden eagle, mascot of the Eintracht Frankfurt football team.
At 30 metres, the highest display cave in Germany lies 50 metres under the ground in Weilburg on the northern edge of the Taunus hills. It dates back to the Ice Age and offers visitors on the guided tours a fascinating view of crystals and rock formations, and you learn a lot about the history of the Earth too. What’s more, you’ll learn even more in the open-air museum next door.