Frankfurt/Main main station is well connected to the German ICE network and accessible easily from all over Germany. Take an urban railway (S-Bahn) "S5" to Bad Homburg here and change train there to "Hessische Landesbahn (HLB) to Neu-Anspach. Take the bus no. 63 here.
Take the highway "A5", take the exit no. 16 "Friedberg" and go ahead in "Friedrichsdorf/Karben" direction. Follow the signposts to the Hessenpark. There are plenty of parking grounds.
At the Neu-Anspach railway station take the bus no. 63 heading to "Anspach Adolf-Reichwein-Schule" and exit at the "Hessenpark" stop. From here walk 2 minutes.
Take a train (regional train or urban railway) from the Frankfurt/Main airport to Frankfurt/Main main station. Take an urban railway (S-Bahn) "S5" to Bad Homburg here and change to "Hessische Landesbahn (HLB)" to Neu-Anspach there. In Neu-Anspach take the bus no. 63.
Various opening hours - see description for details
The "Hessenpark" in Neu-Anspach makes 400 years of rural life in Hesse come alive. A huge open air museum with more than 100 historical – in most instances half-timbered – buildings is waiting for the visitors.
Interesting: All houses were not built here but at other places, and they were teared down and rebuilt here. Hence the visitors have the opportunity to compare the different architectural styles from the different eras, as well as the different areas in Hesse. Houses from northern Hesse are completely different from southern Hesse houses. All buildings can be entered, and they are furnished in the same way as back then.
Besides agriculture, the craftwork was an important source of income for the people living back then. There was nearly nothing that could not be produced by the villagers themselves (or by one of them); hence craftworkers like blacksmiths, wainwrights, carpenters or millers were living inside the villages and had their livelihood. Nowadays there are demonstrations of the old craftsmen establishments.
The entire museum is designed for "Learning and Experiencing". So there are many activities for children, especially school classes or youth groups. These activities are not only "showing and demonstrating" but "joining in and participating". This way the kids learn way more than just sitting there and hearing what a teacher or whoever tells them.
There are guided tours available, even for larger groups (up to 30 persons), and there are special offers about guided tours for teachers or school classes. The tours have different topics, such as "rural houses in general" or "half-timbered houses in the 19th century" or "sacral buildings" or a "fairytale tour" for the kids. Especially for kids there are so many events and campaigns.
All over the area, there are many small shops for purchasing some souvenirs or small presents.
There are two gastronomic facilities: the tavern "Zum Adler" and the country inn hotel "Zum Hessenpark". Here the visitors can have a break for a snack and/or some drinks.
During the winter months (November till Christmas and January till late February) the Hessenpark is opened during the week between 10 am and 5 pm, on the weekends between 11 am and 4 pm. In the summer season (early March till late October) the Hessenpark is opened during the week between 9 am and 6 pm, during the weekends between 10 am and 5 pm.
Escape Address: Laubweg 5, 61267 Neu-Anspach, Neu-Anspach, Hesse, Germany
The roman castle Saalburg put you back to the Roman era, 2,000 years ago. It belongs to the UNESCO World heritage and is part of the "Limes" which was the border between the Roman Empire and the area of german clans. Find a couple of buildings inside the area that had different functions during the era of the Romans.
The "Therme am Park" in Bad Nauheim is just 25 km away from Neu-Anspach. It offers a perfect completion of the day. Brine baths, special health applications and of course numerous saunas, steam bath and wellness area. Once each month there are special events in the saunas such as the "Long Sauna Night" with changing mottoes or the "Ladies Beauty Sauna Day".
Being in the Hessenpark, the metropolis Frankfurt am Main isn’t far away. Here the perfect environment for an extensive shopping tour. The „Zeil“ is a shopping street in the Frankfurt city center which is more than 1 km long, and approximately the half is declared a pedestrian area. Here any shop can be found, be it fashion (even famous designers), be it shoes, be it electronics or beauty products. What more could you ask for?
The 'Großer Feldberg' is the highest mountain (878 metres) in the Taunus mountains. There is a Viewing tower and a Falconry. During the summer this area is used by motorbikers, as there are many winding roads up to the peak, and by mountain bikers as well, as there are thrilling downhills. During the winter season there are opportunities for tobogganing, cross-county-skiing as well as (alpine) skiing. The area is a beautiful hiking spot during the entire year.