Hanau is famous for being the birthplace of the Grimm brothers, the publishers of the well-loved fairy tales. The city is also the start of the Deutsche Märchenstraße (German fairy-tale road), a scenic route that leads a few hundred km across Germany to Bremen in the north.
Hanau's location on the junction of the rivers Main and Kinzig invites you to enjoy some beautiful river scenery. Not far from the junction is the romantic castle Phillipsruhe and the picturesque suburb Kesselstadt.
Located about 25 km east of Frankfurt, Hanau provides very good public transport and is well connected to the main Autobahnen (motor-ways) in the Rhine-Main area. It is easy to discover the highlights of the city and surrounding areas by bus and train.
As a mainly industrial city, you might discover some "ugly" areas. However, this should not hold you off to explore the scenic parts of my home town with me.
Let me show you the hidden treasures of Hanau. Discover one of those most underrated cities in Germany.
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Wilhemsbad is a picturesque spa complex in the suburb Kesselstadt. Named after his creator, crown prince and Count Wilhelm IV., the complex was built for the noble society. Situated in a large English-style garden, many features for entertainment were added: a huge horse-drawn carousel, a devils bridge and a pyramid.
This 18th century baroque palace is a brilliant building complex located on the river Main in Kesselstadt.
The Old Town
The Altstädter Markt was the central place of the old town. The beautiful half-timbered house was the town hall of Hanau which recieved Stadtrechte (city rights) in 1303.
Don't get confused, there is only one Hanau these days. However, until 1821 two cities excisted with their own fortification walls and two separate city councils.
The wildlife park Alte Fasanerie is an attraction for all animal friends, kids and adults alike. The huge park features woodlands, meadows, and open spaces. Huge enclosures give animals like deer, bisons, wolves, wild boars and elks space to roam.
Population - Bevölkerung: 88,637 (2010) including residents of the incorporated towns Grossauheim, Klein-Auheim, Steinheim, Wolfgang, Mittelbuchen, Kesselstadt.
About 20% of the population are foreigners. Turkish and Italian people are in the majority among the foreign residents.
Elevation: 104 m above sea level
State: Hessen (Hesse)
District - Landkreis: Hanau is on the western edge of the Main-Kinzig-Kreis which is mainly a rural area with low mountain ranges.
Sister cities - Partnerstädte: Dartford (United Kingdom), Tottori (Japan), Yaroslavl (Russia), Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (France), Francheville (France)
Postal Code- Postleitzahl: 63450, 63452, 63454 63456, 63457
Area Code - Vorwahl: 06181
Best travel season: April to October
Hessisches Puppenmuseum (Hessen Doll Museum), Parkpromenade 4, Wilhelmsbad
Explore the history of European dolls from antique time to the 21th century. The museum is a dream for everyone interested in dolls and toys.
The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 12 pm, and 2 pm to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Admission: adults €3.50, children €1.00, families €7.00.
Historisches Museum Schloss Philippsruhe (Historical museum)
The palace is home of the historical museum, including an unique paper toy theatre museum. See fayences, silver and cast iron art, explore documents of Hanau's history.
One room is devoted to the Brothers Grimm, with special exhibitions every now and then.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6 pm. Admission: €2.50 adults, €5.00 for families. Access to the museum cafe is free.
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus (German House of Goldsmiths) see details in the section about the old town above.
Hanau's long history could fill a book. Below I have listed the most significant events which have influenced appearance and life in Hanau until today.
Dutch-Walloon Church Hanau
US American troops came as occupying forces in 1945. They soon helped to develop the non-existent infrastructure and removed debris in the destroyed city.
The Brüder Grimm Märchenfestspiele (Brothers Grimm fairy tale festivals) are well-known in Hesse and all over Germany.
The Love Family Park is the ultimative open-air event for techno music fans. It has been held in Hanau since 1996. 2010 saw the 15th birthday of this annual music festival on the Mainwiesen in Hanau, and the success continues.
Update: Due to nature protection Hanau had to cancel the event in 2014. It is now held in Mainz.
From the end of November the farmers market has to move, because the beautiful Hanau Christmas market inspires people for the coming Christmas season. More than 70 stalls offer Christmas ornaments, candles, toys, arts and crafts, and, of course various foods and hot and cold drinks. Sip a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) to heat you up, and enjoy a wonderful Christmas atmosphere.
You see Hanau is a fairly green city, and it is surrounded by woods and forests.
Right-click on the "View Hanau Germany in a larger map" and open the map in a new browser tab or window. Continue to read my Hanau guide, and explore the places on the map.
Rhein-Main airport in Frankfurt is only 22km from Hanau. The airport is connected with Hanau by S-Bahn (S8, S9). Even a taxi is affordable if you are tired after a long flight.
InterCityExpress trains from Berlin, Munich and other German cities stop frequently in Hanau, so getting here by train is quite easy.
Hanau has also a good connection to the major Autobahnen, so travelling by car is no problem.
Once you are in Hanau, there is a good network of buses to discover the city and the suburbs. Almost all highlights are only a short walking distance from a bus stop.
The Hanauer bus company is member of the RMV, the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund. So if you buy a single train ticket from say Frankfurt to Hanau, you can use the bus from the train station in Hanau to the city with the same ticket.
If you plan a sightseeing tour in Hanau all day, it is a good idea to get a day ticket which is valid all day for buses in Hanau and to the suburbs.
Want to visit Frankfurt and its attractions from Hanau? You can take regional trains from Hanau to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof, or the S-Bahn which stops at several points within Frankfurt.
When you plan a visit it is a good idea to check out accommodation possibilities in advance.
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The tourist information centre offers info about festivals, markets and special events. Pick up brochures and ask for guided tours. They also sell nice Hanau related souvenirs and post cards.
The location is in the city centre, Am Markt 14-18
63450 Hanau, Tel: 06181 - 295 950, Fax: 06181 - 295959
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