Fulda - A religious town with a saintly resident
Location: The spiritual centre of Germany
Fulda is located in the region of Hesse in the heartland of Germany, around 100 km north-east of Frankfurt—regular trains from Frankfurt to Fulda take around 90 minutes. Despite its spiritual significance, it is a small city of around 65,000 people, and surrounded by mostly flat countryside. To fully appreciate the city centre and local scenery, it is best to simply walk around or hire a bicycle.
Business: Spiritual tourism and modern industry
Religious tourism plays a huge role in the city’s economy, as a steady stream of pilgrims visits from across Germany and further afield. The Hochschule Fulda specialises in applied science, and this is set to be an emerging industry in the future, bringing a touch of modernity to this old city.
Culture: Traditions of royalty and religion
Fulda had an important role to play in Germany’s history, and much of this is commemorated in the old buildings and ruins. The towers of the old city walls were once used as a prison, and the former city palace or Stadtschloss, was once the seat of Fulda’s prince abbots. The Baroque quarter is particularly well preserved and studded with little museums, restaurants, and bars. Spend some time walking around to get a sense of its rich history.
Activities: Life moves at a gentle pace in Fulda
Fulda is a quiet place in a relatively flat area, which makes it ideal for warm-weather hiking and city walks. Book a walking tour or follow your own map to take in as many of the sights as possible during your stay. Numerous half-timbered houses and historic churches and palaces make great photo motifs, too.