Well hallelujah Hessenpark!!  In our opinion, Hessenpark is an excellent example of how to create enjoyable family activities and successfully blend children and museums. Often, the thought of mixing these two things is enough to make me break out in hives. Travelling and living in different places with my kids has taught me the importance of exposing them to different cultures and identities. During our time in India, we not only explored the country itself but also learnt about the various religions and festivals celebrated there. It is through such experiences that children learn. However, let’s get to the point at hand, leaving aside the tangent I went on.

About Hessenpark?

Well, in the most simplistic of terms, it breaks down the history of the entire Hessen region.  Now, before you stop reading and glance towards the wine rack, it is wonderfully done!  They have recreated the individual areas within Hessen on an expansive piece of land (65 hectares) in true-to-life size.  There are no mini-town versions or pictures on the walls that kids can neither relate to nor care less about, but they are fully recreated with brick and mortar!  Meaning that they can run around like lunatics (if yours is anything like mine) and explore to their heart’s content.  Also, it is worth noting that even if they come away having learnt nothing, at least they had a good runaround. They are a little more tired than when they arrived!

What to Expect

Hessenpark is a place that showcases the traditional lifestyle and work culture of people in Hesse. The houses in the park are designed to reflect the historical accuracy of the region, which means many of them are small, with cramped spaces, steep staircases, low ceilings, and poor lighting. Additionally, the roads in the park are either unpaved or paved with cobbles. While Hessenpark is committed to improving accessibility for all visitors, it may not be the best place for those with limited mobility or special needs. However, there are plenty of things to see and enjoy without entering every building. Moreover, there is a large playground for kids to play and traditional games, such as hopscotch, that feature along the route.

Good to know

  • During the Hessian Easter, summer and autumn school holidays, the Museum Theatre presents its unique “Theatre Tour Days” programme.
  • There were plenty of WC facilities along the way, which I really appreciated
  • Unfortunately, entry is not free; however we found the family ticket was reasonable
  • There are stands and a restaurant on-site to have a bite to eat and drink
  • There are plenty of tables and benches along the way for snack breaks to refuel tired legs and thirsty mouths

Laubweg 5
61267, Neu-Anspach


1 November to 28 February:
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 5 pm | Last entry at 4 pm

1 March to 31 October:
daily from 9 am to 6 pm | Last entry at 5 pm

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