For most visitors - especially those landing at Frankfurt International airport - Hessen is often their first taste of Germany. As the wealthiest state in Germany it combines the glitz-and-glamour of city living against a backdrop of picturesque forested landscapes, winding rivers and ancient Roman Spa Towns.
Outside of its financial muscle the sectoral structure of Hessen is mixed. The areas around Frankfurt are characterised by chemical and pharmaceutical industries, mechanical engineering and automotive sectors. Equally the Frankfurt Main airport and the aviation industry play an equally important role.