From the array of multinational companies that have located their operations in Langen (Hesse), you might think it is simply a huge industrial park. In the northwest area called Neurott are Nikon, Sun Microsystems, Panasonic, Borland, and Fujitsu — names you know well. But if you take time to explore the cultural side of this centuries-old community, you will be very glad you did.
Begin your adventures in Old Town. Here you will come upon the Old Town Hall, established in 1827 and now housing the city museum. Its displays will regale you with the history of the Wilhelmine Empire, the Weimar Republic, and National Socialism, as well as the everyday lives of 19th-century bricklayers, stone crushers, plaster makers, and craftsmen.
Before you exit, don’t miss the artwork in the foyer by local painter Hermann Bahner (1867-1938). His landscapes portraying people and forests are renowned.
Cultural activities are also especially important to Langen residents, from exhibitions and theater performances to cinemas and sports. They will proudly tell you of their champion basketball team and how everyone loves swimming, fishing, and boating at their famous Waldsee Lake.
They will also be happy to talk to you about the many concerts they have to choose from, including jazz, choirs, orchestras, and rock bands. There is cabaret and dance, too, and even a college of music nearby.
Give them an opportunity and locals will surely bend your ear about the abundance of good restaurants. Domestic and international cuisines top the list, with numerous restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, bars, and taverns to tempt you. In the warmer months, outdoor gardens open to serve the regional drink, Ebbelwoi, a kind of cider.
Selecting a place to stay will be no problem for you. Langen accommodations total nearly 1,000 beds, and all categories of rooms are available, from modern business hotels to cheery guesthouses. Once here, you will most certainly want to extend you stay.