Mittelhessen is surrounded by some of Germany's most beautiful landscapes - Taunus, Westerwald, Lahn-Dill-Bergland, Burgwald and Vogelsberg. So it is not surprising that there are numerous outdoor recreational activities available in the region.
This is one of Germany's premium hiking trails. It was officially opened in 2001 and stretches 154 kilometers through the Rothaargebirge. In Mittelhessen, the trail passes through Haiger and ends in Dillenburg. While the trail is primarily designed for hikers, mountain bikers may also enjoy it.
Created in 2007, the Naturpark Lahn-Dill-Bergland is the 11th nature reserve in Hessen. It offers 19 premium hiking trails, as well as the Lahn-Dill-Bergland trail, which starts in Herborn and ends after 86 kilometers in Marburg.
Naturpark Hoher Vogelsberg
Europe's largest volcano can be found in Mittelhessen at the Vogelsberg. Scientists believe that it was formed 17 million years ago and was active for 10 million years. The lava surface is 60 kilometers in diameter and 700 meters thick - a unique environment for plants and animals. There are numerous activities in Vogelsberg, but of particular interest is the 94- kilometer Vulkanradweg for both bicyclists and inline skaters.
Climbing Park Gießen
One of Germany's newest and most modern climbing park can be found in the forest near the restored cloister Schiffenberg. Forest Adventures offer a range of different courses and bridges with heights up to 20 meters, and also features a 460-meter-long zip-line.
Initially launched in 2010, this new Geopark encompasses two states and five counties. The idea behind the Geopark is to create renewed interest in outdoor activities, such as hiking, bicycling and canoeing along the Lahn. The entire region is steeped in history -- archaeologists have found relics from literally every era of civilization, from the Stone Age to the Roman Empire. Numerous natural resources, including marble, basalt, iron ore and other minerals, are mined in the region. The Geopark plans to join the network of 13 other parks in Germany which have been designated as having a unique geological heritage and support sustainable tourism.