Hanau has a rich history dating back to the first castle that was built overlooking the River Kinzig in 1143. Over the ensuing years, it was repeatedly fortified. Napoleon ordered the battlements to be destroyed, which opened up the town for the expansion we see in modern times. In 1813, the Battle of Hanau took place on the city limits; it would prove to be the last victory for the Emperor on German soil. The town is proud of its association with the Grimm Brothers, and many buildings and streets are named in their honour. An annual Grimm festival that is celebrated between May and July. Close to Frankfurt, it attracts many families who wish to live outside the city yet have an easy commute to the workplace.
Location: Spread round the Rivers Main and Kinzig
Situated just 25 kilometres east of Frankfurt with its major airport and rail hubs makes Hanau an ideal commuting town for the city. Splitting itself along the banks of the Main River, it enjoys a calm location within the Rhein-Main region that is a welcome relief from the busy centre of Frankfurt. It attracts visitors to parks, museums, and medieval streets.
Business: An easy commute to the city's facilities
Every 12 minutes a train departs Hanau for a 20-minute journey to Frankfurt, giving the business traveller many options to visit the exhibition, conference, and business venues of the city and its surrounding areas. You can also stay within the town, using the 1,000-seat Congress Park Hanau as your business location and taking advantage of its excellent on-site amenities. For smaller business options, there are hotels in Hanau that can offer meeting facilities for up to 30 guests along with on-site accommodation.
Culture: A town of fairy tales and history
Visit the town square to see a wonderful bronze monument to Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm from 1896 before making your way to the Phillippsruhe Palace of the mid 1700's, which is home to the Historical Museum and has a magnificent display of art from the 17th to the 20th Centuries. For something a little different, keep an eye out for the Paper Toy Theatre Museum, the only one of its kind in Germany, and watch a performance that is unique to the town.
Activities: See the jewel in the crown of Hanau
The German House of Goldsmiths offers visitors a chance to see some rare and beautiful pieces of jewellery in the many exhibitions it holds throughout the year. It also hosts special workshops where you can try your hand at the skills of the goldsmith and perhaps take away a small piece of your own making.