Heidelberg, set between wooded hills along the banks of the
Neckar River, is famous as the home of Germany's oldest
NEW YORK -- The Frankfurt region has a number of towns that are
worth a visit, most of which are no more than an hour away by car
or by train from Frankfurt's central station.
It's also known for the Heidelberg Castle, situated atop a hill
overlooking the town and accessible by a cable railway or by hiking
up the hill.
The castle dates back to the 13th century, but was largely
destroyed in wars of the past few centuries.
Still, its semiruined state makes the structure even more
captivating and picturesque. Public concerts and other events are
still held in the castle's remaining shell.
The rest of Heidelberg escaped bombing in World War II, leaving
the city much as it was in centuries past.
Mainz, like Frankfurt, has a history dating back to Roman
times, but many of its present attractions came in the 17th
century, when several baroque buildings were erected.
Renowned as the home of Johannes Gutenberg, whose invention of
movable type revolutionized Western society, the town features a
Gutenberg Museum with examples of his work, including an original
Roman artifacts can be seen in the State Museum and the Antique
Shipping Museum, which holds the remains of five Roman ships
discovered here.Wiesbaden got its start as a spa town, thanks to its many hot
springs. Today its former spa center, the Kurhaus, is a conference
center, but there are still thermal baths available for the
The city also has a popular casino. An attraction on the
outskirts of town is Schloss Biebrich, an 18th century baroque
palace along the Rhine.Fulda, founded in the eighth century, became renowned as a
religious and monastic center, mainly due to its abbey and library.
Later, a number of noteworthy baroque buildings were added to its
cityscape, including the Fulda Cathedral and other structures in
the city's baroque quarter, as well as two palaces, the
Residenzschloss and Adelspalais.
Other popular attractions are Fulda's extravagant public gardens
and its Church of St. Michael, built in the ninth century.