Wiesbaden is the capital city of the federal state of Hesse in southwest Germany. It is part of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region, which is a bustling cultural and economic center in Europe. Wiesbaden translates to “meadow baths,” and it is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe. Fourteen of the city’s original twenty-six Hot Springs are still flowing today. Experience the rejuvenating hot springs at thermal spas downtown or at some of the city’s hotels, which have thermal springs and therapy departments.
When you are relaxed and revitalized from the spas, the elegant Kurhaus is a perfect place to continue your visit to the city. The event venue is surrounded by historic buildings and features twelve auditoriums and salons. When you have finished admiring the Kurhaus, stroll through Kurpark Wiesbaden, which is immediately behind the event venue. You will see 19th-century English style garden landscaping in the park. Hire a boat and paddle along the pond at the park for a relaxing afternoon in the sun.
If you are interested in history and shopping, explore the Schiffchen (little ship), which is the city’s historic district. The area got its name because it is shaped like a ship’s bow. You will find wines, olive oils and spices in the district’s shops. When you’re ready for some food, head to Goldgasse in the Schiffchen. You will much to choose from with the many tapas bars, cafes, bistros, restaurants, wine bars and pizza parlors.
There are a number of museums in Wiesbaden, giving visitors an insight into local history and art. But make sure you get to the most unusual museum, Harlekinaeum, which is the only museum of humor in the world.
Take the scenic Neroberg Mountain Train to the 804-foot (245-meter) high hillside estate of Neroberg. There you can visit the Russian Church and walk along the Neroberg Nature Trail where you will see beautiful views of the city.
Wiesbaden is served by public buses, which connect all city districts to downtown. There are also regular bus and rail services from the city to the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region.