Surroundings & Day trips
The massive ruins of Hohenstein Castle rise up above the Aar valley to form an impressive silhouette. It is the symbol of the entire Hohenstein region, which was named after it. The castle was built in 1190 and served as protection against the counts of Nassau – until they had died out. In the Thirty Years’ War, the castle started to crumble. It fell into the hands of Nassau in 1815 as a “huge ruin”, was seized by the Prussians in 1866, and in 1949 was ceded to the State of Hessen. Today it is a popular destination among day trippers and is opened when the weather permits. In the summer months it is also home to an outdoor theatre stage, the “Taunusbühne”, where a range of plays are performed, from low-brow to high-brow, from Goethe’s “Faust” to Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor”.
Idstein-Dasbach Roman Tower
A sight worth seeing and a museum: Outside the gates of the half-timbered old town of Idstein stands the perfectly reconstructed Dasbach Watchtower dating from Ancient Roman times. It is part of the Limes, the former wall dividing the Roman Empire from the world beyond, and is home to an exhibition on the subject.
Anyone visiting the historical old town of Limburg should make certain to view St. George’s Cathedral. The 66-metre-high Vierings spire can be seen from afar, and from the top you get a marvellous view of the old town and many other medieval sights of interest.
Zugmantel Roman Fortress
Many Limes hiking trails lead past the Zugmantel Fortress, once a Roman military fort on the Upper Teutonic Limes. It was built around the year 90 C.E., expanded and then abandoned about 260 C.E. What remain are traces of the fortress, its outline in the ground, and an old watchtower nearby.
Two state capitals are not far from Hofgut Georgenthal and can be easily reached: Mainz is the capital of Rhineland Palatinate and Wiesbaden is Hessen’s capital. Only the River Rhine lies between the two. In Wiesbaden there’s culture, shopping and events to enjoy, or you can visit the Hessen State Parliament.
Rhinos, giraffes, elephants and the like await you at Opel Zoo outside Kronberg. It’s the second-largest zoo in the Rhine-Main region after Frankfurt Zoo. There are guided and themed tours, petting zones for the kids, playgrounds, pony and camel rides – and definitely something for everyone.
With its peak at almost 900 metres, Grosser Feldberg is the highest mountain in the Taunus range and worth a visit if only for the stunning view. In good weather, from the viewing platform 40 metres up you get a view as far as Frankfurt. Incidentally, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was one of the first to take in the view.
“Bankfurt”, “Mainhattan” or among locals also “Hibbdebach”: There are many nicknames for the city of Frankfurt; because many large german banks and the European Central Bank have their headquarters there, or because the skyline reminds of the famous New York skyscraper district of Manhattan. Frankfurt is the metropolis in Rhine-Main and with about 730,000 inhabitants the fifth largest city of Germany. In it, history and modernity blend into an impressive overall picture: on the one hand with the historic old town around the Römerberg and on the other with the modern corporate and bank buildings that tower far into the sky.