Our trip in September was actually Tom and mine’s second trip to Wiesbaden, Germany. Unless you have some strange connections, or family members who are in the United States Army, it’s unlikely that you’ve heard of Wiesbaden. But this gorgeous city located slightly west of Frankfurt is definitely worth a visit, whether you stop in for a day or stay a while.
Wiesbaden sports gorgeous architecture, fantastic shopping, hiking, and culture galore. Because Wiesbaden wasn’t bombed heavily in the war, it has a lot of architecture from the 19th century that other cities in the area lack. You’ll even see some Roman ruins that were built in 6 AD while wondering the city. Wiesbaden is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe, proof of which you’ll find in the hot springs steaming up in the city.
Wiesbaden has a great pedestrian only walking zone full of shops, restaurants, and pubs. Also in the downtown area you’ll find the Palace Square, with the Town Hall and Marktkirche, an ornate protestant church around which the market sets up on Saturday’s. You’ll also find the gorgeous Kurhaus, which now houses a casino, and the State Theatre and Opera House which hosts many great theater and music products. The Museum Wiesbaden also merits a visit, although we found that not many signs were in English so it was hard to follow along.
Just north of Wiesbaden is the Neroberg, a small mountain with hiking, playgrounds, and even a restaurant at the top. The view of the city from the top is beautiful and well worth the trip up. If you aren’t a hiker there is also an old train, the Nerobergbahn, that will take you to the top, or you can also drive. There is a really impressive Russian Orthodox Church that is located on the Neroberg.
Wiesbaden seems to have a different festival going on all the time. While we were there the Stadtfest (City Festival) was going on from Thursday – Sunday, and some type of apple festival was also happening on that Saturday-Sunday. Everyone in the area flocks to these festivals – there was food stands, live music, rides, animals, and more.
Another great part of visiting Wiesbaden is that it’s an easy train ride to a lot of other cities and attractions in the area. Mainz, which houses the Guggenheim museum, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, as well as many other small towns along the Rhine River – there are a lot of vineyards in this area that you can hike through and then relax with a glass of wine.
My mom is moving back to the states after living in Wiesbaden for 3 years – but we still have an excuse to visit this amazing place as my cousin and his family will still be there. I’m so glad that we have had the opportunity to explore this city we probably would not have stumbled upon without having family there! Next time we go I’ll use Expedia to easily get flights and find a place to stay!
Jennifer EngineerMommy says
I visited Germany once as a young child. I'd love to go back, as I have such beautiful memories of that trip!
Parent Palace says
Wow that is gorgeous architecture! My mom lived in Wiesbaden for a while, and I would love to visit one day.
Alli Smith says
I love the photo of your sweet baby feeding you the ice cream. Adorable! And the architecture is amazing. So glad you showed us this beautiful place that I had never heard of.
Abby Allison says
I'm dying to go to Germany, so thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.
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We visited Germany years ago but did not visit Wiesbaden. The main street photo looks a lot like the Grand Place in Bremen.
Clare Speer says
I've never been to Germany – love your pics – yes, especially the adorable one with your son sharing his ice cream! What beautiful architecture too – must have been a fantastic journey!
You had me at fantastic shopping! everything looks lovely I would love to visit with my family.
Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too! says
What a great experience! It looks beautiful there!
Yellow Tennessee says
I have never been to any parts of Germany. It looks like it was an amazing place full of fun and history. Someday….
Amanda Simkin says
Wow….Wiesbaden looks absolutely GORGEOUS! I'm not sure where our first international trip as a family will be, but this looks like a wonderful place to explore.
Kate at Green Fashionista says
Such a beautiful city! Thanks for putting it on my travel radar 🙂
Liz Mays says
I love local festivals like that. It's so much fun that there's always something to do!
Mistee Dawn says
What a gorgeous place to visit! I have always wanted to visit Germany! Maybe one day!
Michelle Maria says
I've never visited Germany but really want to after seeing your photos. The architecture looks amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing
I don't consider myself to be a world traveler by any means. I think there are plenty of places to visit right here in the US. However, there are two places I'd like to visit outside of this country and one of them is Germany.
Michele D says
What a beautiful place to visit. I have some friends and family members that actually live in Germany. Hopefully one day, I will make it there. Your pictures are beautiful btw.
Bonnie Gowen says
I've never been to Germany and not sure If I ever will be able to but would love to. Looks like a beautiful place to live.
Shaney Vijendranath says
My husband visited Germany and he really enjoyed it. Hoping to visit soon, it looks stunning.
rosemary palmer says
Germany is one of the places I would love to visit. We had family there for a couple years and regret not taking advantage of it.
Dawn GT says
it is my dream to go to germany. def on my bucket list. i have a few other places as well but i would totally be jumping for joy if i was going anytime soon. lol