The Flying Dutchman
About four or five years ago I missed a unique opportunity.
In Frankfurt I went to an afternoon performance of Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) by Richard Wagner, and realized too late that I could have taken the train to Wiesbaden and seen a different production of the same opera that same evening. (It's Wagner's shortest opera, and still has a lot of Bellini influence that he later rejected, so seeing it twice in one day would have been no problem.)
I did see the Wiesbaden production eventually. Since it was sold out I had to sit way off to the side, so I didn't get a complete view of the stage -- there was a bright red sailing ship on a black background or visa versa -- but it was still very good because that was the evening they had Simon Estes in as a guest singer, the only time I've ever heard him live.
- Theater Travel
Favorite thing: Wiesbaden owes its beginning to the steaming and curative hot springs, which gush out of the ground around the Kochbrunnen (hot fountain). The city has a long history that started with the romans settling around these hot springs mentioned. Today it is the capital of the hessian state, acity in the middle of the economically important Rhein-Main region. It has a charming little old town worth the visit
and of course the thermal bathes.
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Favorite thing: every year around Christmas there's a christmas market in the center of Wiesbaden. But I only recommend visiting it to people who've never been to one before 'cause actually it's nothing special and the nicer/better ones are in the smaller towns and villages anyway.
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: In the park of Warmer Damm I encountered a busy group of chess players feverishly shuffling pieces about on boards both great and small, while drinking copious amounts of beer from bottles cooled in the shade of the big evergreen trees overhead. Here there were all kinds of people, Arabs, Russians, Germans, both young and old, although no women. Everyone played or watched intently, and took matters extremely seriously. I spent half an hour watching the two guys pictured on the big board. They were both Russian.
The guy on the left, let's call him Kasparov, was loud and animated, stalking all over the board making quick, sometimes showy, moves. The guy on the right, Spassky, was quiet and unemotional, keeping to the edges of the board except to move pieces. Shortly into the game Kasparov made a error, causing the structure of his right hand side defence to fall apart. I predicted he would lose at that point, and although I was to be proved right, the number of twists and turns in the game was amazing, with Spassky finally giving Kasparov a rook advantage so that he could push his far back pawn up to the backline and exchange it for a queen.
It was great fun to watch, and it would have been even more fun to join in. Even though my chess skills are pretty bad I've always wanted to spend some time in these open air chess games, as it is something we lack in England.
Favorite thing: Wiesbaden contains a great deal of wonderful and eclectic buildings, many reminiscent of my own home town of Leamington Spa. This one pictured, on Adolfstrasse I think, captured my attention in particular with its fabulous wrought-iron balconies. I'd love to live in a building like this, although I suspect it costs a fortune.
Favorite thing: One of the great things about a town full of some of the richest people in Germany is the preponderance of fantastic cars on the streets. On a sunny afternoon like the one when I visited brought out a horde of young men in the modern convertible sports cars, but it was the classics like this Rolls Royce Silver Cloud that I enjoyed the most. It has to be said that the last place I expected to see one of these beauties again was on the streets of a small town in Germany.
There are two places I would...
Favorite thing: There are two places I would take someone. The first being a Gasthaus called 'Die Pils Stube'. The second place would be the Bratwurst stand across the strausse from the Amilia Earhart hotel.
Fondest memory: There are many. I spent two years there at the Wiesbaden Air Base just outside Wiesbaden, in a little town called Erbenhiem.
Tips to save money in Wiesbaden
Favorite thing: Using bus or train after 7pm and on weekends, you may ask somebody if he has a regular Monatskarte oder Wochenkarte. He can take one person more whith the card.
A Gruppentageskarte (between two concrete cities) or Hessenticket is valid one day for up to five persons whithin the Bundesland Hessen. For every Bundesland you can buy a Länderticket. Wochenendticket (whole Germany on weekends) for one day up to five persons.
Buy food and beverage only at Lidl, Aldi or Plus and don't forget to return the plastic bottles!
There you can get cheap tobacco (because it is sold as Zigarillos): Power at Plus for 1,15 for example.
If you like to drink, in some kiosks of Bleichstr. there is Hansa Pils awayting you cold for 50 cent half a liter. Next place to buy cheaper Schnaps is the Plus in Hellmundstr. (also one in Dotzheimer Str.). The city authorities have oficially forbidden to drink alcohol on Platz der Deutschen Einheit.
Teestube (Dotzheimer Str. 9) offers a free brekfast at 10 am and (warm?) lunch at 11.30 am, from monday to friday.
In Schwarzenbergerstr. Nr. 7, there is a place for people whithout money to sleep (males only). Clean place. Admission from mon-fry16.30 to 00.00 and weekends from 13 to 00:30h Bus stop ESWE- Hallenbad (3, 6 and 33). Walk up the street going out of Mainzer Str. to the left, in front of Burger King.
Fondest memory: And you may try to get some extra Euro by picking up plastic bottles and beverage cans whith a grey triangle or "Mehrweg" on the label. You can find a good number specially in the evening in the arrived trains on the railway station. Their returning is worth up to 25 cent (Ihr Platz Drogerie or Aral fuel station leaving the train station from the right exit, they accept more kinds of bottles). Mehrweg-bottles (thicker plastic) of Cola, Fanta, Lift and Bonaqua are to be returned also at Wiener Feinbäcker and LeCrobag. You'll find most in hot days. Don't take those which have a circled (green) arrow on the label. If the Train staff asks you to leave the train, you have to go out (otherwise they can call the police which is bored(?) in their station at track 1, but simply go into the next one.
- Budget Travel
cloth washing in Wiesbaden
Favorite thing: A very convenient laundry to wash your clothes is
eco- express, open from 8 am to 9 pm
You go in, look for a free machine (for 6 kg), fill it and go to the paying machine. First pay 2,50 Euro, then press the number of the machine your clothes are in. On the side you can get a good helping of washing powder for 50 cent. Or you buy 1 litre for about 1.49 Euro at Plus or other discounters.
After having pressed the button, still go and press the button on the machine after it is closed and filled whith detergent.
The laundry has also machines for 21 kgs (7 Euro) and dryers (2,50 Euro)
I have never heard that there were things stolen or lost.
Fondest memory: The Adress:
Bismarckring 32 Bus stop: Bleichstrasse or Bismarckring
Take the bus 1 direction Dürerplatz and go to the other side of the street. The laundry is there.
If you come to Bismarckring by the other way (many buses), you will see the ice cream shop of Costantin, which is not bad and not too expensive. From there, walk up the Ring to the right and find the laundry on the other side.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Pubs & Clubs everywhere
Favorite thing: These people like to PARRRTAY!! There is usually a festival going on somewhere near your Major German towns. If you come to Wiesbaden, Frankfurt is only 25 minutes (driving slow) but Wiesbaden/Mainz Kastel is a lot of fun!! German tax is a pain but if you can get some V.A.T. forms you'll be ok! There is something for everyone available:)
Fondest memory: Well, I loved it when I got here in 2004, it snowed and I had my 1st white Christmas I've had for some time now! In 2005 it snowed on Thanksgiving, that was great!! I have been to many festivals and the KUZ (a huge, crazy but cool bar), and The Irish Pubs are fun. Some friends and I went to Darmstadt for Halloween, to the ORIGINAL Frankenstein's Castle! Drank Much Sangria!! I have been to The Oktoberfest in Munich as well, this place would be great if I wasn't working so much!
- Historical Travel
- Work Abroad
Favorite thing: This is the Wiesbaden train station.. only one hour from Frankfurt and a great day trip.
- Beer Tasting
- Casino and Gambling
- Family Travel
Just an excuse to open with...
Favorite thing: Just an excuse to open with this Market Church pic. It's been token by Silke during a wunderbar day spent @ the weinfestival !!!
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