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    Marktkirche - Market Church

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    Evangelical main church of Wiesbaden, built by Karl Boos between 1853-62 on a site dedicated by the Duke of Nassau as a replacement for the Mauritius Church, that stood on Mauritius square but was destroyed by a fire.

    The Neo-gothic church was the first purely brick building in the Duchy of Nassau.

    Height: 98 m (West tower)
    Length inside: 50 m
    Width inside: 20 m
    Height inside: 28 m

    Opening Hours:
    Monday closed
    Tuesday - Friday 14:00 - 18:00
    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Saturday 10:00 - 14:00
    Sunday 14:00 - 17:00

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    Schiller monument behind the Hessian State Theatre

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    The Schiller monument by the German sculptor Joseph Uphues (1851-1911) was erected in 1905, the 100th anniversary of the death of the German poet, in front of the backside of the Hessian State theatre. This side was built like a front facing the park Warmer Damm with a double ramp.

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    Hessian State Theatre - International May Festival

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    Wilhelm II., the last German emperor initiated and financed the new theatre building, designed by the architects Fellner and Helmer from Vienna (Austria). The opening ceremony took place on 16 October 1894 with the emperor himself being present. In 1902 the grand foyer annex by the Wiesbaden city's master builder Felix Genzmer was opened as well.

    The large theatre hall offers seats for 1041 people, the small hall for 328 people and the studio for 89 people.

    Since 1896 it houses the Maifestspiele - May festival. Today the festival is international and theatre companies from all over the world show their performances.

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    Mauritiusplatzbrunnen - Mauritius square fountain

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    Mauritiusplatzbrunnen - Mauritius place fountain

    The fountain on Mauritiusplatz was done by Meister Leonhard of the Dietz marble factory for the then Friedrichsplatz (Frederick square), today the Schillerplatz (Schiller square), where it was in use from 1822-1871.

    After years in a museum depot it was reerected in 1978 as part of the rearrangement of the Mauritiusplatz.

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    Kochbrunnen - Chef fountain

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    The Kochbrunnen on Kochbrunnenplatz (Chef fountain square) was first mentioned around the 14th century. Here 15 springs are combined to bring 346 litre per minute of salty water to the surface.

    In 1888 the small temple was built to protect the water from contamination.

    Try and drink a bit of the water (be careful, it's hot !!). It may not taste very well, but it is said to be a cure for sore throat and metabolism dysfunctions.

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    Römertör - Roman gate

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    In contrast to its name the Römertor or Roman gate is a quite new gate in the remnants of the old so called pagan wall that was built in Roman times and that gave the gate its name.

    The gate itself was built in 1903 during the construction of the Coulinstraße (Coulin street) when the old wall had to be penetrated. The then city's master builder constructed the wooden gate in a somewhat Roman style.

    In 1980 the gate came into use as a bridge over the Coulinstraße.

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    Heidenmauer - Pagan wall

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    The pagan wall was erected during the reign of the Roman imperator Valentinian (364-373). It is by far the oldest structure in Wiesbaden and an important late Roman monument between Rhine and limes.

    In 1901/1902 the wall was partly penetrated for the construction of the Coulinstraße. Instead a wooden construction, the so called Römertor (Roman gate) was built in 1903.

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    Pressehaus Wiesbadener Kurier - Publishing House

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    The publishing house of the largest Wiesbaden newspaper is situated in the Langgasse. In large capital letters the name of the Wiesbaden Kurier (WK) is carved into the stones of the facade. The second newspaper that is published here is the Wiesbaden Tageblatt.

    On top of the facade gable a bonze sculpture of a man holding a book can be seen (see the last picture).

    Opening hours:
    Monday - Thursday 9:00 - 18:00
    Friday 9:00 - 17:00
    Saturday 9:00 - 13:00

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    Altes Rathaus - Old City Hall

    by robertbaum Written Apr 10, 2008

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    The Old City Hall from 1608 - 1610 is the oldest buidling in Wiesbaden. Originally it was build in the renaissance style, but in 1828 the upper timber frame floor was rebuilt in neo-gothic style. The original five wood carvings below the windows of the upper floor that represented the five virtues strength, justice, charity, prudence and temperance were replaced by stone reliefs.

    Today the building is used as the city's register office. In the vaulted cellar that can be accessed in the middle under the external double flight staircase a wine restaurant is situated.

    In 2002 the building was extensively renovated and on the backside a glazed elevator was installed.

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    Neues Rathaus - New City Hall

    by robertbaum Written Apr 10, 2008

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    The neo-renaissance New City Hall was built between 1884 - 1887 by Georg von Hauberisser, who designed the Munich New City Hall as well.

    The facade was much more pompous than that of the neo- classical City Palace, but was damaged badly during the Second World War and rebuilt later without its dominating main pediment.

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    Schlossplatz - Castle Place

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    The Schlossplatz is the centre of Wiesbaden.

    It's geographical coordinations are 50.05 North and 8.15 East. The height above sea level is 115 m.

    Buildings that surround the Place include the Wiesbaden City Palace, that now houses the Hessian State Parliament and the Wiesbaden Old and New City Hall.

    In its center stands the Lion fountain and a historic traffic island with three coat of arms.

    You can read about all of the sights in my Things To Do Tips.

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    Coat of Arms on historic traffic island

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    In front of the Wiesbaden City Hall is the castle place (Schlossplatz) with a historic traffic island. It was originally built in 1905 and reflects the beginning of motorisation. The Prussian Eagle, the Lion of the dukes of Nassau and the Wiesbaden lily coat of arms are layed in ornamented paving.

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    Wiesbaden City Palace (Hessian State Parliament)

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    The Wiesbaden City Palace was built between 1837 and 1841 as the residence of the dukes of Nassau. The plans were done by Georg Moller. The classical-style building across from the Wiesbaden City Hall and the Old City Hall has a history full of vicissitudes. Until 1866 duke Adolf of Nassau lived here. Between 1866 and 1918 it was the second domicile of the ruler of Prussia, between 1918 and 1946 it housed a military administration and a museum. It survived the Second World War largely undamaged.

    In 1946 the palace was chosen to become the seat of the Hessian Federal State Parliament and today it is a symbol of public policy making in the state of Hesse. The Parliament uses both the palace itself and a complex of buildings which includes the new plenary chamber (see my relevant Things To Do Tip).

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    Plenarsaalgebäude - Plenary Chamber Building

    by robertbaum Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    Since March 2008 the parliament of the federal state of Hesse has a new Plenary Chamber Hall in a modern architecture building designed by the Darmstadt architects Felix and Sibylle Waechter.

    Information about the building and construction in German: www.der-landtag-baut.de

    A brochure in German from the dedication is available here.

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    Bäckerbrunnen - Baker man fountain

    by robertbaum Written Apr 10, 2008

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    This fountain has its name from the bakers and butchers that lived in this area and used the spring water for their businesses.

    The building itself was built in 1906.

    Until 1975 the hot spring had a flow of 65 liter per minute at 49 °C. Since 1976 it is served by a blend of three hot springs that serves the Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme as well.

    The water is considered to be healing water in terms of soaking the body in it (not here but at the Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme) or by drinking it, but the recommendation for adults is to not drink more than a liter a day without consulting a doctor. The amount of minerals in it can be read on a plate at the wall. The taste is somewhat heavy and chalybeate (iron minerals).

    On a cold day it is nice to put the hands into the hot water.

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  • May 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Next week I am traveling from Texas to Frankfurt. My 1st stop is Wiesbaden for lunch. What is the best way to get there?Any lunch recommendations? I am looking for something cozy and fun. My husband and I want to take a river cruise to Koblenz (where we are staing overnight). Are there cruise options? How long does it take? Lastly, we will are looking for a recommendation on where to stay our 2nd night, if our 3rd night is in Paris.

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      May 31, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      Welcome to VT. You'll want to ask your questions in the Wiesbaden travel forum here:

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      where far more people will see it and you will get helpful replies.

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