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Old August 24th, 2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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Wiesbaden - Nightsky’s trip to central Germany

I was visiting Wiesbaden as part of my Frankfurt visit (when I was trapped because of the Icelandic volcano), before visiting Mainz. The weather was sunny and pretty warm for being in April. I went back to Frankfurt in the evening. I found the city very beautful and wealthy and I toured most of the central area. I was visiting Wiesbaden in the 80s with my family, but had bad luck because of a minor car crash so we didn't see much of the city. But now it was time to get back and I had a great time walking and relaxing in the parks and squares, except for a dove shitting on my jacket! Preparations for a great car competition were going on, so parts of the boulevards were blocked, but it was nice to see all the activity and the cars. In some way Wiesbaden reminds of Washington, USA:s capital.

Wiesbaden is a twin city to Mainz, that is located on the opposite side of the famous River Rhein and is only 30 minutes by train from Frankfurt. It is the capital of the federal state Hesse. Wiesbaden, literrally means "meadow baths" is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe, it has 15 hot springs today. It has a long history, the first spas were documented by the romans. It has 10 000 inhabitants, mostly associated with the American military, and a casino.
Wiesbaden is one of the most beautiful cities in the whole Germany, it is very green, has many hills, beautiful churches, palaces and grandiose buildings located along boulevards, lively pedestrian streets and market places. It is a very wealthy city, a lot of large mansions are located on the hills. There are many white buildings in the city. I also think Wiesbaden has the most beautiful parks (I visited 3 of them) of all German cities I have visited.was sunny and pretty warm for being in April. I went back to Frankfurt in the evening.


Wiesbaden Altstadt - the Old Town

Altstadt is the heart of the city center of Wiesbaden. It is very beautful with hilly pedestrian streets, squares and boulevards. Schlossplatz, Marktplatz and Mauritisplatz are 3 squares very close to each other. With its church and beautiful palaces this area is the very heart.


Marktkirche (Market Church) is the landmark of Wiesbaden's city center and the city's tallest building. Its western steeple is 92m high. Marktkirche is a protestant neo-Gothic church, built in red granite.










Neues Rathaus, the neo-renaissance New City Hall was completed in 1887. It was designed by by Georg von Hauberisser, who also designed the Munich New City Hall.
It was damaged badly during the WWII and rebuilt later without its dominating main pediment.


Schlossplatz, a square with many beautiful buildings. Here you can see the Old Town Hall and Hessischen Landtag.


Coffee stand in a vintage Citroën bus at Marktplatz.






Marktplatz is very crowded on Saturdays.


Neues Rathaus seen from Marktplatz.


Hessischer Landtag, Hesse's parliament building, is a former ducal palace. Wiesbaden is the capital of Hesse, the federal state where also Frankfurt lies.


The other side of Neues Rathaus.


Alte Rathuas, the Old Town Hall from 1610 is the city's oldest preserved building. It is now a civil registry office. It has a vine cellar.


Marktstrasse.








Weberstrasse. The pedestrian zone is very nice.


Hessischer Landtag, the modern annex. Note the bike stands.




The vibrant Kirchgasse.








Michelsberg strasse.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 05:41 PM   #2
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A beautiful jugend building at Michelsberg street in Altstadt.




Kirschgasse, a modern street with large department stores.






LuisenForum, a colourful shopping galleria at Luisenplatz.




St Bonifatius kirche. The first church for the catholic community was built from 1845-49 by Philipp Hoffmann in Gothic Revival style.


St Bonifatius is situated at Luisenplatz. The red granite church was dedicated to St Bonifatius.


Luisenplatz. A square with neoclassicist buildings, St Bonifatius church and statues, columns and monuments.


Friederichstrasse.


In the middle of the square Luisenplatz is the Waterloo Obelisk, commemorating the Nassauers who died in the wars against Napoleon.


The Waterloo Obelisque at Luisenplatz is a nice place to relax.






St Bonifatius seen from Luisenplatz.
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...except for a dove shitting on my jacket!




Thanks for the many beautiful pictures and for all the info about Wiesbaden!
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Old August 25th, 2010, 01:24 PM   #4
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The parks and the area around the Kurhaus (city center)

Wiesbaden, literrally means "meadow baths" is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe, it has 15 hot springs today. It has a long history, the first spas were
documented by the romans. The northeast part of the center is very hilly, that is where the Kurhaus spa, casino and the theater is, located between 2 very
beautiful parks, Warmer Damm and Kurpark. There are lakes, beautiful trees blossom in spring, nice mansions nearby and couples getting married in Kurpark.

Warmer Damm:


A large fountain in front of Staatstheater, the Hessian State Theater.










Das Weisse Haus from 1906 reminds of the White House in Washington DC.






Staatstheater, the Hessian State Theater, was completed in 1894.



Parkstrasse:


Parkstrasse is a green, curvy, hilly road above Kurpark.


There are many spas, mansions and luxury hotels along Parkstrasse.

Kurpark:


Kurpark is the beautiful park at the Kurhaus.


Kurhaus. It was built at the request of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1904-07. It has a famous casino (Spielbank).


Many couples get married in Kurpark.










The neoclassical Kurhaus, here seen from the lake at Kurpark.







Sonnenberger Strasse:


Sonnenberger Strasse is the hilly street that is parallel with Kurpark. It has beautiful trees and nice hotels and mansions, many of them white.








Sonnenberger Strasse is like "the German Riviera".
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Kurhaus, the theater and Marktkirche seen from Sonnenberger Strasse.


The casino (Spielbank) is located in the same building as the Kurhaus.


R+V Versicherungen, the tallest building in Wiesbaden (71m, 19 floors). Perhaps also the most ugly building in Wiesbaden.


DTM Wiesbaden, a car competition that will take place the day after I was there.


A mini version of the competition outside a store.

Around the Bowling Green:




DTM, the event with touring cars.


The facade of Kurhaus seen from the so called Bowling Green.








Theaterkolonnade, the longest hall in Euroope supported by pillars. An arcade with luxorious boutiques.


A couple of Audi A8 belonging to the DTM competition, the motorsport event that I unfortunately missed.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #7
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The city looks awesome.But they have to tear down that ugly insurance building.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 06:55 PM   #8
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The city looks awesome.But they have to tear down that ugly insurance building.

yeah, but that likey will not happen. R+V is the owner of the building, i think. And they would laught at you and would get angry if you would try to tear down their builing.

@nightsky you should have visit the Kurhaus inside

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Foyer_0192.jpg


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Btw i made a Then and now Comparasion thread. Exlcude Wiesbaden, but include Mainz

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1198601
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Old August 25th, 2010, 07:07 PM   #9
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Cool, very nice photos/shots from Wiesbaden
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Old August 26th, 2010, 07:25 PM   #10
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Thanks. I didn't know the Kurhaus was open to public, it looks beautiful inside.
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very very beautiful!!
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Old August 30th, 2010, 02:47 PM   #12
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RÖMERTOR - THE ROMAN GATE AND ITS VIEWS


The Roman Gate, Römertor. It was erected in 1902 at Heidenmauer, remaining remnants from the Roman fortifications. Now the trafficated Coulinstrasse goes through it.


View towards Marktkirche.




Coulinstrasse.


Coulinstrasse goes right through the Roman Gate. Heidenmauer, remnants from the Roman fortifications are to the right.






Heidenmauer, The Heathen Wall, remnants from the Roman times.

Views form the Roman Gate, Römertor:




The famous Kaiser Firedrichs Baths, Old Catholic Church and some of the white city buses.




Skyline dominated by Marktkirche, seen from Römertor.






Graffiti inside the stairs to the Roman Gate.


Coulinstrasse is very hilly. There was a huge traffic jam the Saturday I was there.
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I always thought that the late 19th century buildings of Wiesbaden are among the prettiest in Germany. Very closely inspired by the french Beaux Arts style.
Thanks for your lovely pictures!
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Herbert Gardens:






Fountains and sculptures in Herbert Gardens.

Along Friedrich-Ebert-Allee/Wilhelmstrasse:


Rehin-Main-Hallen.


Along Friedrich-Ebert-Allee. Black luxury cars were all over the city because of a planned sports car event.


Wilhelmstrasse.





Rheinstrasse.




Grandiose buildings at Rheinstrasse.








Marktplatz with Neues Rathaus and Marktkirche.


Preparations for the Audi car competition that will take place the next day (Sunday).


The intersection Rheinstrasse/Bahnhofstrasse. What is special is that I experienced a minor car crash when there in the 80s with my family when I was just a child.
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HERBERT GARDENS AND THE AREA AROUND THE STATION

This page is about the area around the railway station and the beautiful parks Herbert Gardens and Reisinger-Brunnen Gardens in the south part of the
city center. Many modern federal administrative buildings are located here. This is the area I first came to when arriving by train from Frankfurt.


Hauptbahnhof, the Main Railway Station. It was built 1904-06 and was modernized in 2004.


Hauptbahnhof, the Main Railway Station, where I arrived by train from Frankfurt.


Modern office buildings.

Reisinger-Brunnen Gardens:


A list of Wiesbaden's sister cities in the park Reisinger-Brunnen Gardens.


Hessian Ministry of Interior. Note the...


...football team?


Reisinger-Brunnen Gardens is a park with many beautiful flower arrangemanets and sculptures.









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