"Wiesbaden, the Capital of the State of Hesse" Wiesbaden by Weissdorn

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Wiesbaden is the second largest city in Hesse, after Frankfurt am Main. It may not be the biggest city, but it is the most picturesque large city in Hesse. Wiesbaden is the capital of the German State of Hesse (not Frankfurt am Main). It is one of the oldest spa cities in Europe, and has 26 geo-active thermal springs, and a cold spring to boot. The motto on the Kurhaus pictured above is Aquis Mattiacis - Latin for the "Water of the Mattiacs". The Mattiacs were the original inhabitants of Wiesbaden. The Romans named their settlement "Mattiaca". Despite popular belief, Wiesbaden was not a part of "Germania" as the Romans called their province; it was part of "Rhaetium", the region south of the Limes.

Wiesbaden is the largest city in the region in Hesse known as the "Rheingau" - the area south of Koblenz and covering the right bank of the scenic part of the Rhine river. Wiesbaden borders another German state known as Rhineland-Palatinate, which is just across the Rhine river, and the Taunus mountain region. Wiesbaden belongs to the western end of a sprawling metropolis area known as the Rhine-Main Area. There are a number of things that attract tourists to Wiesbaden. First of all, it is the capital of the state of Hesse, and the major city in one of the most famous wine areas in Germany, the Rheingau. The Rheingau is probably best-known for it's Riesling wines, although this is not the only kind of wine cultured in this area. It is the gateway for this region, and a good spot to catch a cruise down the Rhine. If you want the whole tour, it's best to get on in Wiesbaden and off in Koblenz.

Another reason why Wiesbaden is attractive is because it's one of the oldest spa centers in Europe. Wiesbaden has one of the most posh spa centers anyone can possibly imagine, and continues to expand on the types of wellness services in their spa programs. The traditional spa program is the least of what they have to offer. In addition to the baths, they have dozens of sports and recreation facilities, theater performances, music, a relatively lively night-life scene, and a whole year of municipal events. Yes, Wiesbaden is one of the "must-see" cities in Hesse.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Most picturesque large city in the state of Hesse
  • Cons:Expensive spa town full of yuppies and state politicians
  • Last visit to Wiesbaden: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 25, 2006
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2006 at 3:40 AM

    Interesting tips on Wiesbaden. I didn't realize they had an original Bauhaus Style swimming pool up on the Neroberg.

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