The capital of Hesse is an attractive spa town west of Frankfurt and a stone’s throw from Mainz, with a handful of historic attractions, a museum, a theatre and luscious green parks to calm the weariest of urban eyes, and an attractive historic thermal bath Kaiser Friedrich Therme.
Wiesbaden has always lured the literary big game. Goethe spent time here in 1814, and Russian writers have swooned in over the centuries to gamble, experience the rich green shadows of this spa town, and depart with empty pockets. Dostoevsky messed himself up badly here in the 1860s (where didn’t he, though?) when he amassed huge debts at the city’s gambling tables. The Russians still come here, as do the wealthy, the ailing or simply the traveling, and for good reason; Wiesbaden has a lot of provincial charm for a state capital and is a nice respite from bustling Frankfurt.
It was a great trip. The views were spectacular and there were plenty of castles to see. We stopped at Bacharach and had a very fine lunch. The town was like something out of the 17th century. It was the highlight of my European trip. Very much recommended.
The trip was awesome. I have never seen so many castles! The staff was accomodating and food was good. Made some new friends and would definately recommend it.
Would like to recommend that you advertise that the best seats can be reserved. All of the window seats in the front of the boat were reserved. I didn't know that was an option. We arrived early to get good seats. Fortunately the weather was not so bad that we spent most of our time on top deck.
Our Rhine cruise on the K-D Lorelei boat departed Mainz at 8:45 am . Our voucher had to be exchanged for tickets at the ticket office-which was at the boat dock.
We cruised from Mainz to Koblenz--where the Rhine and Mosel Rivers meet (arrival 2pm).
Visited the Ludwig Museum and the King Wilhelm statue--We returned to Mainz by train-arrival around 4:30pm.
The cruise was excellent--There was some English narration of what you were viewing from the boat.
The breakfast on the boat was very good--
There are regular trains running from Frankfurt to Wiesbaden. Alternately take the more scenic option of a boat down the Rhine River - the Cologne-Mainz route stops at Wiesbaden, as do many of the tour boats.