Some historical information about the building:
Kaiser Wilhelm II (the last german emperor)loved the architecture of Wiesbaden and financed some of the beautiful buildings, such as the station and the kurhaus. This was opened in 1907 but partly destroyed in WW2. It was not restored - and then at great expense - until the 1980s. Today the main room of the Casino is one of its most beautiful: filigree woodcarvings, golden friezes, precious woods and crystal chandeliers combine to provide an exceptional atmosphere with the wonderful charm of the Neo-classical.
You can play:
- French roulette
- Black Jack
If you like you can make a testing game, they will explain the rules of roulette to you in a seperated room.
You will need a passport or ID with a picture to get in the Spielbank.
The gambling hall and the bar are open daily from 2.45 p.m. until at least 3.00 in the morning. in the restaurant between 7.30 p.m. and 1.00 a.m you can have dinner.
Spielbank is only closed on 7 days a year: Good Friday, 1 May, Corpus Christi, national day of mourning, Memorial Day, and the 24 and 25 December.
Dress Code: You have to wear a tie and casual clothing. Shorts and sneakers are not allowed. Evening wear and smoking would be much overdressed. Choose something between.
Ever since the city fathers restored the Kurhaus to its former glamour and glory in 1985, the casino has re-opened its doors to in the former Wine Hall to Europe's gambling elite. This casino is very elegant and would be the proper setting for any James Bond film. The magnificent woodwork on the capitols and friezes is made from solid cherry wood, and the delicate chandeliers are the silent witnesses to the bygone days when famous guests such as Wagner or Dostojewski once frequented these halls. The casino in Wiesbaden is one of the most posh gambling parlours in Europe - worlds apart from the cheesy Vegas atmosphere.
Dress Code: The casino was opened in 1771 by the Earl of Nassau-Usingen, and offered gamblers the chance to play common card games of the day. 11 years later, French roulette was introduced here. These magnificent halls have been the common amusement grounds for Europe's royalty and bourgeoisie classes for over 250 years. The class on this establishment hasn't faded. Appropriate attire is still expected, which means proper evening clothing. Men must wear ties, and women must have dresses or suits. The games offered include: French roulette, American roulette, quick roulette (Rou-Light), Black-Jack, Poker and betting game machines. They open almost everyday from 14:45 p.m. to at least 3:00 a.m. The casino also offers special event betting (horse races, fights, ball games, etc.), and learn courses during the afternoon if these games are new to you.
During the day you wouldn't notice this establishment just off the walking street -- but at night its intent becomes clear. It was the only such place I saw in Wiesbaden -- which only means I didn't find the right neighborhood!
I have no idea what is offered as I did not go in ;)
Dress Code: I assume the patrons keep their clothes on ;)
This nicely located restaurant is obviously "in". The servers are in black with attitude. We only had an early evening drink here, but it is obvious that its leafy location on the edge of Luisenplatz draws a young trendy crowd.
Dress Code: Anything black and trend. Gelled hair would be good also!
Both the Opera and Theatre have their seasons here. The bloke in the front is the famous German playwright, Friedrich Schiller.
For a more thorough view of this theater please visit Nemorino's Wiesbaden page!
As of 15.01.05, it looks like the Park City Cafe is closed. A friend told me that on Sunday nights it used to be packed, but when I entered "Park Cafe" in my GPS, it took me to a spot that was closed down. Too bad. If you walk through the adjacent arcade, you can try the sports bar on the other side. We didn't go in becuase of the line, but it sounded like the music of choice was hip-hop.
The biggest "Weinfest" in the whole area. The wellknowenst wineries are presenting their products. You can taste 1500 types of all different kinds of wine, redwine, whitewine, champagnes and liqueur. You will find a lot of things to eat there, even bear and spirits.
During the whole day a lot of live events are representing different styles: From local classical chorus to a wellknown hard rock band, from a models fashion show to children attractions... you can have everything you want.
My favorite drink for a hot summernight at the Weinfest is a "Traubensaft mit Wasser". That means: the winery produce fresh pressed grapes without any alcohol and you can mix it with mineralwater. It`s so refreshing and you couldn´t get a headache the next day.
So, if you ever come to Wiesbaden, don`t miss the Weinfest. It`s always in August every year.
Dress Code: There is no dress code. Because it`s almost a bit overcrowded during the weekends. Be sure not to wear brand new shoes ( I know what I am talking about ;-)
The State Theatre was built between 1892-1894 by the architects Fellner and Helmer in Rococo Style. It has two auditories, one with 1041 seats and one with 328.
I wasn't allowed to go in without a valid ticket but I was told that the interior is breathtaking. Huge frescoes and extravagant staircase are typical for the Roccoco era.
Just a club with dancing, drinks and live performances. Just when you thought all Germans look like weight lifters, you will find refreshing to see slim, attractive people. Beware, the bouncers will stop people form coming in, espceially if you are males in large groups.
Dress Code: Most people wear wear dark colors. I didn't see many people with ties and dresses. Nor did I see people in short mini or muscle shirts.
Unforgettable !!!! EURO-PALACE !!!!! the uglyest place I've evere visited :-) several halls with different music-style, tons of people, young people, OLD people ...
The car park ! at least u do not need to fight to get a place for your car ...
Dress Code: As u wake up in the morning ... nobody cares :-)
Hessen Jazz Festival in Idstein
Jazz, Blues, Swing, Worldmusic, good food and drink. Beautiful oldtown. You can have a lot of fun and it is cheap - only 7 Euro per day!!!
Dress Code: No dress code - it is an openair festival.
If so inclined you might want to spend a night at the casino. It is a grand place and at least worth a look.
One of the James Bond films used this casino in a scene. The interior is very plush.