Wiesbaden Tourist Attractions
Capital of the Land of HesseWiesbaden, capital of the Land of Hesse, lies at the foot of the wooded Taunus hills, extending with its suburbs to the Rhine. The town's 27 thermal springs (46-67°C/115-153°F), its mild climate and its beautiful surroundings make it a much-frequented health resort. Wiesbaden is the seat of the Federal Criminal Department, the Federal Statistical Office and the Federation of the German Film Industry. There are a number of large Sekt-making establishments in the surrounding area.
Wiesbaden's main traffic artery is the wide Wilhelmstrasse, at the north end of which is the Kurbezirk, bounded on the south by the Theatre Colonnade and the State Theatre (Staatstheater; 1892-94) and on the north by the Fountain Colonnade.
The Kurhaus (by Friedrich von Thiersch, 1904-07) in Wiesbaden is an imposing building with a massive Ionic portico. Behind the Kurhaus extends the well groomed Kurpark.
Beyond the Kurpark in Wiesbaden is the Aukammtal spa district (thermal baths, sauna, indoor and outdoor; clinics).
On Aukamm-Allee in Wiesbaden is the Indoor Bath. Northwest of this can be found the Kochbrunnen (15 springs, 66°C/151°F), with the Kaiser Friedrich Baths (1910-13) a little way away to the southwest.
To the north of the Kaiser Friedrich Baths in Wiesbaden, in Nerostrasse, is the Women's Museum (Frauenmuseum; temporary exhibitions, events of various kinds, seminars, etc.).
In the Schlossplatz, in the town center of Wiesbaden (west of Wilhelmstrasse), is the Schloss (1837-41), now occupied by government offices. Between the Schlossplatz and the Marktplatz are the Town Hall (1884-88) and the Market Church (1852-62; Protestant).
The Wiesbaden Municipal Museum (Städtisches Museum), at the south end of Wilhelmstrasse (Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2), has collections of antiquities and natural history and a picture gallery with the fine Jawlensky Collection. Opposite it is the Rhein-Main-Halle, a congress and exhibition center.
To the north of Wiesbaden rises the wooded Neroberg (245m/804ft; rack railroad), with the conspicuous Greek Chapel (Russian Orthodox) and the beautifully situated Opel Baths.
In the Biebrich district of Wiesbaden, 5km/3mi south of the town center, is Schloss Biebrich (1698-1744), a Baroque palace that was a seat of the Dukes of Nassau.
International May Festival
This annual festival runs through the entire month of May and includes daily events. The festival was founded in 1896, making it the second oldest music festival in western Germany. Among the performances held every year are operas, dance and theatrical performances, orchestral concerts and recitals. The aim of the festival is two-fold. It strives to incorporate high quality music, while at the same time bringing together acclaimed musicians from all over the world.All the performances take place in the Hesse State Theater.
This annual three-week festival runs from mid-November to early December and incorporates various performances showcasing the work of J.S. Bach and many of his contemporaries. There are usually over 20 performances every year, including operas, choral and chamber concerts, and recitals. Various venues are used during the festival, including many local churches.
Rheingau Musik Festival
Rheingau Musik Festival runs from late June to late August and includes over 40 events. The festival brings together internationally-acclaimed chamber orchestras as well as soloists, for concerts of baroque music. The venues for the Rheingau Musik Festival performances include local castles, mansions and churches.
Map of Wiesbaden Attractions