Visit Wiesbaden - Home of Many Mineral and Thermal Springs
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Luisenplatz in Wiesbaden with the Bonifatiuskirche in the background
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One could only assume that the supreme geographic location of Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden vacation rentals | Wiesbaden travel guide) is what brought not only Neolithic settlements, but later on Roman occupancy in 6 A.D. The city is situated on the northern bank of the Rhine river, below the confluence of the Main. Off in the distance, to the north, lie the Taunus heights, to the south the Mosbacher Mountain, to the west the Schiersteiner Mountain, and to the east the Bierstadter Höhe. Along with commanding heights, as the ones mentioned, there are several streams that drain into the Salzbach within the city center. Wiesbaden is also home to many mineral and thermal springs in the spa district (the Kurhaus). The whole municipality of Wiesbaden covers an area of 204 square kilometers (127.5 sq. miles).
From the Neo-Gothic style Marktkirche (built between 1852 - 1862) and the old city hall (built in 1609), Wiesbaden is laced with Neoclassical antiquity. One of the loveliest buildings in town is the Kurhaus. It is a monumental spa house built at the request of Kaiser Wilhelm II between 1904 and 1907. Directly in front of the Kurhaus is the notable Kurhaus Kolonnade. At 129 meters long, it boasts the reputation of being the longest hall in Europe supported by pillars.
Take a day to relax! Wiesbaden has long been famous for its spas and thermal springs and is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe. If you are interested in wellness and history visit the Keiser-Freidrich Terme in the city center. The old spa is paneled with old roman frescoes and has four saunas, a swimming pool and whirlpools. The spas have been a staple in the city's culture for over 600 years and still are today. The name Wiesbaden literally means "meadow baths" and at one time was home to 27 hot springs with 15 of the springs still flowing today.
For one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Wiesbaden, take the Nerobergbahn up to the Nerotal Lookout. The Nerobergbahn is a water ballast funicular railway. It is the last and only water ballast funicular in Germany. At just three euro per adult it is certainly worth it.
If you happen to be in Wiesbaden at the end of November, it is highly recommended that you go the the Sternschnuppenmarkt (twinkling star market) located at the central Schlossplatz. This beautiful Christmas market is open until December 23rd and features 110 booths decorated in an oriental style with blue and gold accents everywhere. There are four gates decorated with the fleur-de-lis and an illuminated floral roof. In the center is a 28-meter Christmas tree decorated with 1,000 blue and golden ties, 2,500 electric bulbs and 30 flash bulbs. This would be the place to buy your family and friends Christmas gifts from the heart of the Hesse region!
With all of its history and modern marvels, Wiesbaden has a little something for every type of person and at any age. Taking the S-Bahn into the city from Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) is inexpensive (3.70 euro one way) and quick. We hope you enjoy your visit!
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This travel guide has been written by Cynthia Kozak.
Cynthia Kozak is a freelance writer, editor and transcriptionist currently living abroad in her Vario truck. Boundlessly curious, she is an avid traveler always looking forward to the next destination.
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