A short distance from Frankfurt International Airport is lovely Wiesbaden, the capital of the German Federal state of Hessen. If you’re not familiar with Wiesbaden, I am a little surprised because there has been a settlement here since Neolithic times and records date a Roman fort back to 6 AD which means Wiesbaden has been around a very long time!
Initially drawn to Wiesbaden for the thermal spas, this city along the Rhine later became popular with Kaiser Wilhelm II when it became known as his summer residence. Prussian and other nobles along with wealthy business people were lured to Wiesbaden too. Today the remnant of this wealth can be seen in the many villas lining the streets and the upscale shopping along Wilhelmstrasse.
I have been to Wiesbaden before and recently had the chance to give Wiesbaden a 2nd look. I was able to revisit the lovely Kurhaus. This beautiful building still maintains the glamorous style of the Belle Époque and is home to many performances and the city’s Casino.
There are still remnants of the thermal water which originally drew people to this location. You can actually drink the water, which I did, but I don’t think it tastes very good. At one time there were 26 hot springs in Wiesbaden but today only 14 still flow.
The Heathens Wall is the oldest remaining structure in Wiesbaden dating back to Roman times! And its right down the street from a little bakery whose macarons will shame Ladurée! Sorry Ladurée buts it’s true. I highly recommend stopping by L‘Art Sucre. Try the caramel macaron, you won’t be disappointed!
The streets and squares of Wiesbaden abound with cafes, restaurants, history and amazing shopping. Wandering the streets will lead you past the City Palace, churches, many monuments dedicated to those who are important in Wiesbaden’s history, old markets and surprises galore!
Yes Wiesbaden is very definitely worth a stop. But before you leave don’t miss seeing the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock!
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Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people at the Wiesbaden Tourist Office! For more information please contact either organization or visit their websites. Even though my trip was paid for by these organizations, all opinions are my own.