Surroundings & excursions
The surroundings of Hofgut Georgenthal offer an incredibly wide range of variety. It offers something for the whole family: from the big city to pretty half-timbered towns, from history and nature to fun and games. In the southwest the meadow orchards and forests of the Taunus merge with the wine-growing region of Rheingau with its world-famous Riesling wines. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Limes, which separated the Roman Empire in the south from the “Barbaricum” in the north, runs directly across the Hofgut premises.
Roman fort “Zugmantel”
The fort “Zugmantel”, a former Roman military camp on the Upper Germanic Limes, which is only an hour’s hike from the Hofgut, was built around the year 90 A.D., was expanded and later abandoned around the year 260. Only traces and outlines of the former camp are left. You can book guided hikes to the camp.
The ruin of castle The mighty ruins of Hohenstein Castle, which can be reached by hiking in 1.5 hours, is the landmark and eponym for the entire Hohenstein region. The castle was built around 1190 and served as protection against the Counts of Nassau. Nowadays, historical guided tours are offered at the ruins. During the summer months, the “Taunusbühne” plays everything from Goethe’s “Faust” to Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” on the open-air stage.
Roman tower at Idstein-Dasbach
The Roman tower near Idstein-Dasbach can be reached by hiking in 2.5 hours and is a sight and a museum as well. You will find it right in front of the gates of the half-timbered town
of Idstein. It has been reconstructed true to life and dates back to the old Roman times. It belongs to the Limes World Heritage Site, the frontier wall of the Roman Empire, and houses an exhibition inside in keeping with this theme.
Wiesbaden and Mainz
Uniquely for Germany, two state capitals are located directly next to each other: Mainz in Rhineland-Palatinate and Wiesbaden in Hesse. Wiesbaden can be reached by car in just 30 minutes and is considered the German city of historicism and art nouveau and, thanks to its hot springs, it is one of the oldest European spas. The university city of Mainz impresses as the diocesan seat with its cathedral. Mainz, known as the media and Gutenberg city, is the largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate at the same time. The” historic town” with its winding streets, alleys and market squares is reminiscent of the medieval and early modern townscape, where half-timbered houses can still be admired today.
Make sure that you get your Wiesbaden TouristCard. This way you can enjoy numerous advantages as well as free use of public transport in tariff zone 65 – and to the airport –
tariff zone 5090 – for two consecutive days. The card amounts to a total of only 9.90 Euros and is available at our reception desk.
Animal park Pheasantry
In the past, this park was used for princely hunts. Nowadays, the 25-hectare animal and plant park called Pheasantry, which is situated in the north-west of Wiesbaden, is a popular destination for those who look for recreation. In the Pheasantry, about 40 native animal species, including numerous domestic and wild animals, are kept in a near-natural environment. They range from the “common” domestic pig, wolves and foxes to the currently most famous inhabitants, the three bears.
The cultural landscape of the Rheingau extends as undulating hill country from Walluf, which is about 30 minutes away by car, to Lorchhausen and stretches from the heights of the Taunus down to the Rhine. The Rheingau as a landscape is the heart of the wine-growing region that shares its name and is famous for its wine called Riesling. Numerous small, beautiful wine villages along the Rhine invite you to discover them.
Limburg upon the Lahn (river)
If you visit the historic old town of Limburg, which is only 40 minutes away by car, you should definitely make a detour to St. George’s Cathedral. Its 66-metre-high Vieringsturm is visible from far away – and the cathedral additionally offers a fantastic view, from the top of its tower, over the old town with many other sights from the Middle Ages.
The “large” Feldberg, which is 40 minutes away by car, is the highest elevation in the Taunus and worth a trip for the excellent view alone. On a fine day, the view from the 40-metre-high observation tower stretches all the way to Frankfurt. By the way: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was one of the first people who climbed the Feldberg.
“Bankfurt”, “Mainhattan” or among locals also “Hibbdebach”: There are many nicknames for the city of Frankfurt, which is only a 50-minute drive away; because many large German banks and the European Central Bank are headquartered there, or because the skyline reminds of New York’s famous Manhattan skyscraper district. Frankfurt is the metropolis in the Rhine-Main region and Germany’s fifth-largest city with a population of around 730,000 residents. In it, history and modernity mix to form an imposing overall picture: on the one hand there is the historic old town around the Römerberg and on the other hand there are the modern company and bank buildings that reach far into the sky.
The Taunus Wonderland
The Taunus Wonderland is only 20 minutes away from the Hofgut by car. The theme park includes a petting zoo, children’s rides and a dino valley and therefore, it offers a wide range of fun for the whole family.
Wiesbaden – Neroberg Climbing Forest
Wiesbaden’s local mountain is home to a climbing forest in a unique location. Since 2006, the climbing forest has constantly been developed and expanded. The highlights are the ropeway course with a winding cable car, the super difficult treeman trail, the adventure nest at a height of 24m and the partner parcours.
You can see rhinoceros, giraffe, elephant and co. at the Opel Zoo near Kronberg which is only 40 minutes away by car. Besides the Frankfurt Zoo, it is the second largest zoological garden in the Rhine-Main region. There is something for everyone, starting from guided, themed tours to petting enclosures, playgrounds, pony and camel rides.
Lochmühle Amusement Park
Once, the Lochmühle was a flour mill as well as a farm. Nowadays it is a colourful leisure park which stretches over 160,000 m2 and offers many child-friendly rides and climbing attractions as well as agricultural flair incl. animal paddocks, nature trail and museum. It is easy to reach and only an hour’s drive from the Hofgut.
Roman fort “Saalburg”
The Roman fort Saalburg is about an hour’s drive from the Hofgut, and is a former fort
of the Roman Limes. It is considered to be the best-researched and most completely reconstructed fort of the Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes, which owns the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.