The Rhine-Main region is one of the 11 metropolitan regions in Germany and is named after the two rivers Rhine and Main. It spans the three federal states of Hessen, Rhineland-Palatinate (Rhinehessen), and Bavaria (Lower Franconia). Although the metropolitan area has no clear-cut borders, its population is an estimated 5.8 million.
Due to its central and easily accessible location the Rhine Main area was an economically powerful region as early as industrial times in the 19th century. Frankfurt is the home of the headquarters of many renowned companies, e.g. the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
The most important economic and political cities are Frankfurt am Main (banking metropolis), Wiesbaden (state capital of Hessen), Mainz (state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate), and Darmstadt (City of Science).
Cities and Places of Interest
The following cities and sights in the Rhine Main region are definitely worth a visit:
Museums, shopping, nightlife, skyline, German centre of banking
Hessen state capital
Small mountain range south of Darmstadt with gorgeous landscapes and old half-timbered houses
City in the Odenwald region with several historical buildings and a beautiful Christmas market
Scenic wine-growing area, ideal for bike tours
Messe Pit Fossil Site
UNESCO World Heritage Site – fossil excavation site and museum. Contact them for information about tours in English.
Lorsch Abbey („Kloster Lorsch“)
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage - historic abbey of the Benedictines
Wine Regions near Darmstadt
Rheinhessen, Mittelrhein and Rheingau are some of Germany’s most famous wine regions and located just west of Darmstadt on the Rhine River
Eberbach Monastery („Kloster Eberbach“)
A former Cistercian monastery that offers abbey and wine tours
UNESCO World Heritage Site, wine city directly on the Rhine River