Elegant and beautiful, Wiesbaden is without a doubt one of the most attractive cities in Germany. Wiesbaden is sometimes referred to as the "Nice of the North" and rightfully so - considering the many mansions, the historic Kurhaus, the Casino and the magnificent State Theater. Wiesbaden has been well known as a great spa city since ancient times. But it was during the mid-1800s that the city developed a reputation as an international and cosmopolitan spa city. At the time, J. W. von Goethe, Johannes Brahms and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, as well as various royal families frequented Wiesbaden.
Today, Wiesbaden's 27 hot, saline springs and its mild climate and park-like setting continue to make it a popular resort and conference center. And while Wiesbaden has a long and illustrious history, it is also the modern state capital of Hessen and many governmental offices.
The Rhein river and wine are inseparably linked with Wiesbaden. Numerous producers of German sparkling wine (Sekt) are located in and around Wiesbaden. Nearby, the Rheingau winegrowing region, with its distinctive wines and culinary delights, also awaits discovery. Each summer, the Rheingau music festival highlights spectacular performances set against the backdrop of the historic local vineyards. Wiesbaden is also known for its elegant hotels.
One of the focal points of Wiesbaden is the Kurhaus, an elegant concert hall and congress center set in the midst of a beautiful park. At the nearby casino, you can test lady luck in a spectacular setting. If you like to shop, head for the antiques quarter, elegant retail arcades or the boutiques along Wilhelmstrasse. And in the historic city center, stroll along the cobblestone streets where small shops and boutiques are nestled between half-timbered houses.
For more information, please visit the official website at www.wiesbaden.de.