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Der Kurpark in Wiesbaden, Bild: LaMiaFotografia / shutterstock

Wiesbaden – A guest in Hesse’s capital

Wiesbaden is not only the state capital of the state of Hesse, but also one of the most important spas in all of Europe. The city is part of the Rhine-Main metropolitan region, along with Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Mainz . Almost 300,000 inhabitants live in the second largest town in Hesse. Every year, 11.5 million tourists visit the city.

Goldgasse, Landtag and Millionaire’s Hill – explore the sights of the city

Kurhaus and Bowling Green
Kurhaus and Bowling Green, Image: Don Mammoser / shutterstock

Discover the exciting history of Wiesbaden, roam through extensive parks such as the Kurpark and let yourself be pampered with culinary delights. Numerous city tours bring you closer to Wiesbaden and in very different ways: How about a tour together with the Wiesbaden minstrel and his lantern or rather a trip to the city’s millionaire’s hill?

Walk through the streets around Wiesbaden’s Kurpark and collect interesting details about the magnificent villas and their former inhabitants. On the other hand, you can learn more about the origins of Wiesbaden’s traditional shops on a stroll through the city centre called: “Hip since 1847”. At that time, well-known merchants opened their traditional shops, which were very popular with residents and spa guests thanks to the spa business. Even today, some of the shops are privately owned.

hot springs Wiesbaden
The hot springs of Wiesbaden, Image: Alex Ovchinnikoff / shutterstock

Wiesbaden does not necessarily have to be visited on foot! Great tours can also be planned on your own. E-bikes and Segways are available at the tourist information office. There is also the “Self Guided Tour App”. Experience Wiesbaden’s rise to become a world spa city on a modern city tour on your own smartphone. By the way, the well-known German sparkling wine producer Henkell & Co also has its headquarters in Wiesbaden. Visitors can take a look behind the scenes of the company, which was founded in 1832, on a guided tour.

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The Neroberg and its quirky landmark

Neroberg Wiesbaden
The Russian Orthodox Church on Mount Nero, Image: MLIN / shutterstock

The Neroberg is one of the most popular excursion destinations in Hesse and is also the most romantic landmark in Wiesbaden. The summit of Wiesbaden’s local mountain towers 245 meters high above the city’s buildings and gives visitors a wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Main-Taunus region.

If you don’t want to reach the summit of the Neroberg on foot, take the train! The Nerobergbahn is one of the oldest water-powered cable cars in Europe and Wiesbaden’s weirdest landmark. The historic means of transport transports new passengers from the city centre to the summit every 15 minutes and has been doing so since Kaiser Wilhelm’s time. The yellow and blue wagons of the cable car reach the mountain station after only 3.5 minutes, despite the 25% gradient. The technology of the railway still inspires many passengers.

The technology of the mountain railway has worked as follows since 1888: The wagon going downhill is filled with thousands of litres of water at the mountain station and thus pulls the car uphill from the valley station on a steel cable. When the downhill wagon arrives at the bottom, the 7,000 liters of water are pumped directly back up the mountain. In addition to the magnificent view, there is a lot to experience on the Neroberg! Visit the Lion’s Terrace, the Temple of Neroberg, the Opal Bath, and the Russian Church. Families with children love staying in the local climbing forest and explore the nearby forest adventure trail. In the late afternoon, you can end the day comfortably in the beer garden with a delicious snack.

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Around Wiesbaden – Explore Hesse

View of Wiesbaden, Image: Oxie99 / shutterstock

Explore the sights around Wiesbaden as well! Along the Rheinsteig, for example, a journey into the Middle Ages is a good idea. Visit the magnificent castles and palaces of the Middle Rhine. Or travel along the Rheingau Riesling Route from Flörsheim to Lorchhausen. They pass the southern city of Wiesbaden and can make a stopover.

In addition, the Bäderstraße begins in Wiesbaden as well as numerous long-distance cycle paths. Particularly popular are the Main Cycle Path and the Hessian Long-Distance Cycle Route “R3”, which takes you from Rüdesheim to Tann in the Rhön. In summer, there is another highlight to explore the area around Wiesbaden, because then the Nassau Tourist Railway transports tourists from Wiesbaden via the Aartalweg to Bad Schwalbach. And if all that is not enough, the German Half-Timbered House Route runs through the west of Wiesbaden and leads visitors on a round trip through Hesse to Limburg.

Final tips for a short trip to Wiesbaden

Louisenplatz, Image: Don Mammoser / shutterstock

Are you travelling to Wiesbaden and would like to experience a special evening? Then discover the city’s programme of events! In the Hessian State Theatre and Kurhaus, great performances for every taste take place all year round. Don’t miss out on tasting Hessian specialties either: Green sauce, Strammer Max, Handkäs with music, Frankfurter Kranz and apple wine are emblematic of the cuisine in Hesse and are prepared in many restaurants from regional products. Would you like to feel like an emperor or duke once in your life? Then you should spend the night at the Nassauer Hof on Kaiser-Friedrich-Platz or the Hotel Königshof in Schottstraße.