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The Rhine-Main region : Climbing without mountains

In the Rhine-Main region, you can set your sights high because this is the location of one of the highest climbing parks in Germany. This is where you can test your personal boundaries and for relaxation, take a dip in one of the region's bathing lakes. End the day by watching the sun go down in the Schlossgarten or joining in a political discussion.

by Johanna Wendel

Kletterwald © Kletterwald Taunus
Kletterwald . © Kletterwald Taunus

Federal state: Hesse
Suitable for students in: Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Mainz

About the region

A shopping spree on the busy Zeil shopping street, a stroll along the banks of the river Main or a glass of Äppler (apple wine) in Alt-Sachsenhausen – Frankfurt, the Taunus and Rhine-Main region have much more to offer than that! In the Taunus region, you can go climbing even without mountains.

Getting there

You can get to the climbing park from Frankfurt's main station on the S5 train bound for Friedrichsdorf. Get out at Seulberg station. From there, it's just a 5-minute walk to the sports centre and climbing park. The park is open from 10 am to 7 pm, at the weekends it opens an hour earlier.

It takes less than an hour to get to Langener Waldsee from Frankfurt main station. It's best to take the S3 or S4 train bound for Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof and get off at Dreieich-Buchschlag. On weekdays, you'll have to call a so-called Anrufsammeltaxi, a collective taxi service, from here. At weekends, a bus runs to the Waldsee.

My opinion

The great thing about my home is the natural beauty that exists beyond the city boundaries. Everything is more honest here because there aren't so many tourists who have to be impressed. This region just reflects life as it is.

Set your sights high

The climbing park Kletterwald Taunus is situated near Friedrichsdorf (around 20 kilometres north of Frankfurt). This woodland adventure park is one of the highest in Germany. It doesn't matter whether you've climbed before or are a complete novice because the park offers eleven different courses with varying levels of difficulty. During an extensive safety briefing, instructors decide which course is suitable for you on the basis of your ability. You can climb for between two and three hours. On Mondays to Fridays, you pay between eight and ten euros, at the weekend it costs two euros more.

Swimming and sunbathing in the middle of the countryside

After all this exertion, you might like to cool off in one of the region's natural pools. Just a few kilometres from Frankfurt, you'll find shady trees, volleyball fields and sandy beaches. Langener Waldsee offers you plenty of space for relaxing and swimming. The pool is open from 8 am to 8.30 pm, admission is around three euros.

Sit in the sun at the Schlosscafé or join in a heated debate at Club Voltaire

There's a choice of two places where you can bring a strenuous and adventurous day to an enjoyable close.

Schloss Hoechst © bilderbuch.rhein-main.net
Schloss Hoechst . © bilderbuch.rhein-main.net

The Schlosscafé in Frankfurt-Hoechst with its terrace is located right next to the castle gardens and offers panoramic views across Frankfurt. If you time it right, you can enjoy magnificent views of the setting sun. If you prefer a quieter evening, this is a good place to enjoy drinks and an inexpensive meal. Concerts and cabaret performances often take place here in the Schlosskeller. Sometimes a local artist entertains guests in local Frankfurt dialect, at other times, up-and-coming bands from the other end of Germany perform here. It takes just ten minutes on the S2 or S1 train to get here from the main station. Don't be put off by the rather depressing station! After a ten-minute walk, you'll arrive in the old part of town where you'll find one half-timbered house after the next and green areas that do their best to conceal the grey concrete.

View on Frankfurt from Hoechst castle © Wendel/DAAD
View on Frankfurt from Hoechst castle . © Wendel/DAAD

Another great tip is Club Voltaire, which you're probably already familiar with if you're a student in Frankfurt. No wonder! The club has existed for over 50 years and has been frequented by generations of students and former students. You can join in political discussions on topical subjects and talk with other guests. The programme of events also includes concerts, film evenings and once a month, improvisation evenings when you can be part of the programme yourself. Once a month, the staff of Titanic also meet here to read from the latest issue of the satirical magazine.