The close proximity of the economic metropolis of Frankfurt and the Rhein-Main area make this district not only an attractive residential area but also attractive for the tourist industry. Famous buildings are witness to the colorful history of the region as well as internationally know personalities.
The Merry King Friedrich I, also known as Barbarossa built his Palatinate in Gelnhausen. Here lived the inventor of the telephone Philipp Reis. The Grimm brothers, whose collection of fairy tales is world famous, as well as the third brother, the painter Ludwig Emil Grimm, were all born in Hanau and spent their youths on the streets of Steinau an der Strass.
Numerous vacation attractions together with express rail and street traffic contribute to the attractiveness of the area. The Main-Kinzig District is a district with tradition which has never closed itself to progress.