Spielbank Wiesbaden, Kurhaus: A stylish casino in the heart of Wiesbaden
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.
- Casino and Gambling
- Arts and Culture
The biggest winetasting and live music event: Rheingauer Weinwoche, Wiesbaden 8.-17.08.2003
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 ;-)
State Theatre of Hesse: Theater and Opera in Wiesbaden
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!
- Theater Travel
Wiesbaden's Casino: Rien vienent ne plus
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.
- Casino and Gambling
- Luxury Travel
Park City Cafe: Park City Cafe
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.
Hessian State Theatre
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.
- Theater Travel
Unforgettable !!!! EURO-PALACE...
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...
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.
Park City Cafe: Park City Cafe
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.
Nova Lounge: A place to be cool ...
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!
Romerbar Nightclub: A hotter place:)
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 ;)
Irish Pub: Irish Pub
Typical German Irish Pub in the centre of Wiesbaden without a cliché name – it's just called „Irish Pub“. The same guys also run the „Irish Pub“ (same name) in Mainz and are involved with the Irish Rover in Mainz as well.
If you know the “Irish Pub” in Mainz, you will know that Karaoke is a main element – a little too much, if you ask me. There are regular live music events, but no quizzes. No food, but a good choice of whisk(e)ys. The beer choice is similar to other German Irish pubs. Guinness, Kilkenny, Stronbow Cider and a lot of international lagers. No pale ales unfortunately.
Wiesbaden's Irish Pub is a friendly hangout and an expat meeting place. Staff is excellent as well. However, it's a typical German Irish pub which lacks some of the atmosphere in other Irish pubs outside of Ireland.
If so inclined you might want...
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.