What to do and see in Wiesbaden, Germany: The Best Places and Tips

August 21, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Tucked in a lovely valley between the Rhine River and the Taunus Mountains, Hesse's capital of Wiesbaden has long been an important spa city, dating back to Roman times when it was called Aquae Mattiacorum. In the 19th century, Wiesbaden also became a popular gambling center. For a soothing plunge, try the famous Kaiser Friedrich's Therme in the city center. And don't miss the Schlossplatz (Palace Square) and impressive Kurhaus Wiesbaden event and conference center, both within a few blocks.
Restaurants in Wiesbaden

1. 1888 Nerobergbahn Funicular

Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany +49 4961 12368500
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4.5 based on 521 reviews

1888 Nerobergbahn Funicular

This cable car ride provides visitors with a picturesque view of the town of Wiesbaden.

Reviewed By Sagri2013 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Opened in 1888, the Neroberg Mountain Railway, one of the few funiculars with water propulsion and a true engineering accomplishment, gave us a wonderful experience. Though the ride was of about 4 minutes, the ingenious technique still enthuses the passengers today, as it had done in the former times. Taking us to 245 meters above sea level it provided an amazing view of the Panorama of Wiesbaden and the surroundings. One of the city's most popular leisure-time destinations, the two carriages, about 50 passengers in each, have moved up and down the Neroberg Mountain at 7.3 kilometers per hour. It transports its passengers, estimated 300,000 per year, up and down every 15 minutes. It is the oldest water ballast-driven cog-and-rack railway in Germany. A trip on it made us forget today´s hectic pace. It is like a journey into the past. The kids loved the short trip. Snacks are available at the top. At the time of our visit, wedding celebrations were going on thus providing a romantic relaxation for the participants.

2. Kurhaus

Kurhausplatz 1, 65189 Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany +49 611 1729290
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4.5 based on 272 reviews

Kurhaus

This central location of Wiesbaden nightlife, the Kurhaus is most famous for its renowned casino.

Reviewed By Jason B - Wiesbaden, Germany

Beautiful exterior. Seven only passed through the casino area as we aren't gamblers. There is a very central and affordable parking garage underneath.  The exterior architecture is certainly picture worthy. You'll end up there of you take in the beautiful Kurpark.

3. State Theatre and Opera House

Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany +49 611 1320
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

State Theatre and Opera House

One of the city's primary performance centers, the State Theatre hosts opera, ballet, Concerts and more.

Reviewed By robert092 - UK

This is a classic Austro-Hungarian Imperial Theatre ...magnificent architecture. So check the dates of the opera and the ballet and book yourself tickets. We saw an opera ....all in German ....didn't understand a word ....but the spectacle was more than worth it !!

4. Neroberg

Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
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4.5 based on 322 reviews

Neroberg

Reviewed By Sagri2013 - Indianapolis, Indiana

Located on the northern outskirts of the Wiesbaden, it’s a popular destination at 245-meter (800 ft) high mountain offering fantastic, popular hiking trails from the city center to the summit. It´s easy to reach on foot or, even better, on the Neroberg Mountain Railway. We were amazed to see the whole of Wiesbaden is spread out at our feet, together with the River Rhine. The Neroberg attracts a great deal of attention as a festival and showground. Every year, on the last Sunday in May, there is the “Nerobergfest” – an event offering a broad spectrum of sports and music. The hill offers many rest and recreational options, for example, Nerobergbahn funicular railway, Tower from the former hotel, Lion on the viewing platform, Monopteros, a visit to the Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Elizabeth, a walk on the Neroberg Nature Trail. The focal point is a monopteros designed by Philipp Hoffmann, from which one has a very good view of the city. The "Forest Adventure Path Neroberg", more than three kilometers long, also introduces nature lovers to the secrets of the forest and its inhabitants. The "Climbing Forest Neroberg", supervised by experienced experts, also offers the opportunity for physical activity from "tree to tree", called Zipline - a fun game 'robe gliding' from one tree to another.

5. Kurpark

Parkstrasse, 65183 Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
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4.5 based on 191 reviews

Kurpark

Reviewed By 101jumper - Kansas City, Missouri

Travelers to Germany rarely expect to find such a large expanse of open ground in the middle of a large city. This park, which runs in concert with several other parks, is a welcome refuge from the crowds and traffic in Wiesbaden's downtown. Apart from simply sitting and enjoying the beauty, visitors may also play chess, watch the ducks, or admire the many sculptures. There is a lot of open ground for kids to play and burn off energy before enduring another museum or Cathedral.

6. Russisch-Orthodoxe Kirche (auch : Griechische Kapelle)

Neroberg, 65193 Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
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4.5 based on 400 reviews

Russisch-Orthodoxe Kirche (auch : Griechische Kapelle)

This impressive 19th-century Russian Orthodox church was built for the niece of a Russian czar who died at the age of 19.

Reviewed By Maximilian H - Gothenburg, Sweden

If you are nearby you should take a quick look at this church. It impresses with the golden onion domes.

7. Wilhelmstrasse

Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
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4.5 based on 225 reviews

Wilhelmstrasse

This crowded Wiesbaden street is well known for its collection of elegant shops.

Reviewed By Jason B - Wiesbaden, Germany

This is clearly where you go to spend some serious money in Wiesbaden. A ton of high end shops and a few great places to eat. We go more to walk and people watch than anything but it's very nice in the warmer months. Definitely check out the Cathedral too.

8. Tier- und Pflanzenpark Fasanerie

Wilfried-Ries-Strasse, 65195 Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany +49 (0) 0611 409077-0
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4.5 based on 127 reviews

Tier- und Pflanzenpark Fasanerie

Reviewed By 0Smith5 - Wiesbaden, Germany

Great day out for the kids bonus it was free it was under construction during our visit but that didn't stop us having fun. A little shack there for snacks drinks and pommes and bratwurst. Loads of people take picnic baskets but there are loads of wasps so beware !

Marktplatz, 65183 Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Marktkirche

Reviewed By ct-cruisers - Connecticut

I have visited Wiesbaden and have stopped by this church several times. I really like the architecture with its many spires as it stands tall over the plaza in front of it.

10. Kochbrunnen

Kochbrunnenplatz, Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
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4 based on 87 reviews

Kochbrunnen

Reviewed By EvaF2Eva - Kaiserslautern, Germany

There are two Fountains at this place. One is open, covered by sinter deposits and it is terrific to watch it especially when it is cold weather as it is surrounded by cloud of steam, which gives it wizard look. The other one is placed in a small Belvedere, water is flowing through four tubes so it is easy to catch it in the cup and drink.
Water is salty and hot and it is drinkable, but not tasty. You will find its chemical analysis at one of the belvedere's walls together with some recommendation about its using. But only in German language.
Unfortunately there is no geological and technical information about the spring, neither about the beautiful building, which has so many small wonderful details that it might be interesting to know what is the meaning of each one.

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