Postcard from the perfect German layover | 5/26/2019 | Staff
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Wiesbaden isn’t the first destination one thinks of when planning a visit to Germany.

Wiesbaden - City - Population - Destination - Anyone

Yet, Wiesbaden, a medium-sized city with a population of about 280,000, is a perfect destination for anyone wanting to experience a slice of everyday life in Germany. Some readers of this column will know the city because the U.S. Army has its European headquarters nearby.

A little over a century ago there were numerous upscale hotels built exclusively for tourists lured here by its hot springs. Kaiser Wilhelm II even vacationed here. Then came World War I and everything changed.

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One of the few remaining traditional thermal spas is Kaiser Friedrich Therme. Just be warned that swimming attire is prohibited. In other words, you are expected to be fully nude.

Other reminders of Belle Époque-era Wiesbaden are everywhere.

Architecture - Cityscape - Streets - Townhomes - Façades

The architecture and overall cityscape struck me as more Parisian and less German. Think wide streets with townhomes and façades that span several styles, though everything in the city center blends together. Intermixed are modern buildings, a legacy of postwar...
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