WIESBADEN
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Wiesbaden is the capital of the state of Hesse and lies on the Rhine River, at the southern foot of the Taunus Mountains. The city, an industrial center and a market for Rhine wines, is one of the most famous spas of Europe.

Its 26 hot springs were already famous in the time of Ancient Rome. Today Wiesbaden combines the attractions of a modern conference and trade fair venue with the old-world charm of one of the great spas of yesteryear. The spas specialise in the treatment of rheumatism. During the middle-ages the bathing business continued to flourish. All throught the centuries famous people visited spas in Wiesbaden : Goethe in 1814, as well as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Wagner, and Johannes Brahms. To show the importance of the spa tourism : in 1900 Wiesbaden had 86.100 inhabitants but received about 126.000 visitors.

Wiesbaden is elegant, aristocratic, spacious and friendly with numerous restaurants and small pubs, delightful antique shops, stylish boutiques, elegant arcades and wide open squares.The representative Kurhaus in the Bath Quarter (Kurviertel), the Brunnenkolonnade and the Spa Park (Kurpark) all testify to the good taste and careful planning of the Nassau princes who made Wiesbaden their residence in the 19th century. Attractions include the Kurhaus and casino; the Wilhelmstrasse, with elegant shops and cafés; Hesse State Theatre; the Greek Chapel; international riding and jumping championships in the grounds of Biebrich Palace at Whitsun; and not least the surrounding region, with the Taunus hills and the River Rhine, with its scenic vineyards and romantic castles.

Wiesbaden is also a centre of international conventions : more than 500 are held here each year, along with wonderful festivals including the explosion of goodwill that marks the celebration of the Wilhemstrasse Festival and the annual Rheingau wineweek, the biggest in Germany, attracting thousands of German and foreign visitors.