City Profile: Wiesbaden

Kurpark Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden

The state capital of Hesse, Wiesbaden is a spa city in the heart of the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main-region. With 15 thermal springs it is one of the oldest mineral spa resorts in Europe. The remains of the Roman settlement, particularly the so-called Heidenmauer, still speak of its Roman past. Wiesbaden has a population of 290.000 and is only a short drive from Mainz, the state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, and Frankfurt, the biggest city in Hesse.

Things to see and do:

Neroberg

Wiesbaden Neroberg Funicular Enlarge image Wiesbaden Neroberg Funicular (© picture alliance / Arco Images) Neroberg with its fantastic view of the vineyards and Wiesbaden’s beautiful surroundings is situated 245 meters above the city. The nostalgic funicular railway from 1888 establishes a connection between the valley and the mountain and is one of the last of its kind. Neroberg offers a great variety of historical buildings, including Neroberg temple and a Russian church crowned with five golden domes. Moreover, a ropes garden gives the opportunity to experience nature.  

Castle Square and Historical Pentagon

Wiesbaden's Marktkirche, Palace Square Enlarge image Wiesbaden's Marktkirche, Palace Square (© picture alliance / Arco Images) Palace Square or "Schloßplatz" is the mid-point of Wiesbaden’s historical core, called the "pentagon", as it is framed by five roads. It is surrounded by the old market church, the City Palace, as well as the old and the new City Hall. In the middle of the square, there is a historical marketplace fountain that was built in 1753. Together with its neighbouring terrain "Dern’sches Gelände" where the farmers market is held every Wednesday and Saturday it serves as venue for different occasions, including the annual Rheingauer wine weeks or the "Shooting Stars" Christmas Market.

Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme

Roman Baths in Wiesbaden Enlarge image Roman Baths in Wiesbaden (© picture-alliance / Rainer Hacken) Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme is built on the foundations of Wiesbaden’s ancient Roman sweat baths. It offers relaxation and the highest level of bathing luxury. The spa has preserved the essential features of the Irish-Roman bath with valuable ceramics and frescos. Original colours and restored decorations can be found in the Russian Steam Bath as well as the Roman Sudatorium, an ancient vaulted sweating-room, and Tepidarium, a warm bathroom heated by a hypocaust.

Kurpark

Kurpark Wiesbaden Enlarge image Kurpark Wiesbaden (© picture alliance / DUMONT Bildar) Kurpark Wiesbaden has been established in the style of an English landscape garden in 1852. Set in 18.5 acres, the beautifully planted garden features a pond which can be navigated by small boats. Two of Wiesbaden’s landmarks are located here: the Kurhaus with its rich history and the neo-baroque Hessian State Theatre. During the summer season, the park also serves as the backdrop for various rock and pop concerts.

Biebrich Palace

Bieberich Palace, Wiesbaden Enlarge image Bieberich Palace, Wiesbaden (© picture alliance / Frank Rumpenh) Located on the banks of the Rhine river, baroque Biebrich Palace served as a residence for the Dukes of Nassau from 1744 until 1866 it. The lovely palace garden is ideal for a stroll and or just to relax.

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British-German Town Twinnings

British-German Town Twinning

Town twinnings between British and German cities play an important role in promoting cultural exchange. Wiesbaden has been twinned with Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent since 1989.

City Profile: Mainz

Traditional facades on the main square

The state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate is best known for being the home town of Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the modern printing press. The history of Mainz dates back to Roman times, when it was founded as a military post in late first century BC. It was also the Romans who introduced wine growing to the area.

City Profile: Frankfurt am Main

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Set on banks of the river Main in the heart of Germany, banking city Frankfurt is one of Germany's most dynamic and international cities. Known as the “Main Metropolis” due to its impressive modern architecture and high number of banks, the city also boasts a rich cultural history, impressive green spaces and thirteen international schools in the surrounding areas.

City Profile: Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg is a picturesque city located in Baden-Württemberg, in the south of Germany. Situated on the bank of the River Neckar and surrounded by the hills of the Odenwald forest, it inspired numerous poets and painters of the Romantic era. Heidelberg is a traditional university town - the University of Heidelberg is the oldest in Germany, and has more than 30,000 students.

City Profile: Mannheim

Water tower in Mannheim

The university town of Mannheim is a multicultural, vivid and creative city located in the south-west of Germany. It is known as square-city (Quadratstadt) because of the special way the streets are laid out – similar to Manhattan. With its 300.000 inhabitants, Mannheim is the third largest city in Baden-Württemberg.