Pretty much every weekend, it’s the same. We say we’ll go out and DO stuff, but when push comes to shove we sit on the sofa and watch programmes on the BBC iPlayer about the tricks supermarkets bring consumers the best food all year round. Yes. We are addicted to these kinds of show.
I’m not sure how we did it, but somehow we managed it. We managed to get out of the sofa and get out of Frankfurt for the day. And it was awesome.
Our destination was Wiesbaden – a town an hour or so out of Frankfurt which is mainly famous (to expats anyway) as being the place that has the American army base and the casino.
What we found in Wiesbaden was a lovely clean town, with wide roads and lots of parks. Don’t get me wrong – I love Frankfurt. But at the end of the day, Frankfurt is a little smelly at times, and isn’t a place that is always pleasing to the eye. We noticed people are much nicer in Wiesbaden, too. I guess it’s just a more laid back place, and on Facebook when I mentioned all this people described it as boring, so I guess that’s why people are calm there!
Despite the rain, we decided to go with a walking tour which was really awesome. 3 hours for just 10 euros. It was a little bit tricky to get to the information centre by 11am but we made it just in time.
At lunch we found that more places here have menus catered to English speakers and we found a lovely German pub to eat at (where I had the best Mexican food I’ve had in Germany so far!!)
Then there was a long walk to the funicular train! For those who have no idea what a funicular is, it’s a pair of trains that are attached to each other, with the one going down the hill pulling the one going up with its weight. In the case of Wiesbaden funicular, the downward-bound train was weighed down with water which pulled the upward-bound train up the hill. Here’s the wiki page for this type of travel so have a read if you are interested!
Although it was slightly worrying being controlled by water and weight, it’s well worth a trip because there’s so much to see at the top. Most of all, I recommend the Russian church which was absolutely gorgeous inside. I don’t think I’ve seen a church like that anywhere else. Sadly, no photos were allowed inside, but just from the photo above, you can perhaps see how grand this building is.
The whole of Wiesbaden seems to be a dog owners’ paradise as there were doggies EVERYWHERE. I was in my element saying hi to them all. Except for this awkward situation with one labrador who was getting a little too frisky with a little spaniel…is there rape in the dog world?! If there is, then this was a prime example!!
The shopping area was pretty good, too. There were quite a few shops that we don’t have in Frankfurt – and this window display encouraged me to “feel London”. I’m not sure if I should physically feel London…or maybe London is a feeling which I should have?
In the next few weeks we have lots of travel plans – to both near and far away places – so this was a great start to our travel season.
Have you ever been to Wiesbaden? Do you have any tips for the area?