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Are you looking for a large city with lots of history, magnificent architecture, greens and parks and quaint cafés? Then come to Wiesbaden, the Hessian state capital. They even have mineral springs in which you can bathe and sip their healing waters.


278.474 Inhabitants ¹

19,474 Students ²

3 Higher education institutions ²


Wiesbaden is situated on the Rhine River, west of in the state of Hesse. Despite its large size, it’s a very beautiful, cosy city with lots of art and nature. There are still many buildings in town which predate 1914. The most prominent landmarks are the Market Church, the city hall and the market fountain. Once you’ve found your way here, you’ve made it to the middle of Wiesbaden’s quaint historic district. Residents call the area the “Schiffchen” because when viewed from above, one notices that the streets are arranged in the shape of a boat. The , the and the are popular places to rest and relax.

In walking distance, you can visit one of the largest in the world, from which a cuckoo appears every half hour when the bells chime. Wiesbaden is one of the oldest resort towns in Europe with 26 thermal and mineral springs. If you’re interested in finding out what these “healing waters” taste like, you can try a cup at the famous , one of the oldest known thermal springs.


After taking a relaxing stroll through the Kurpark, cool off in the shade of the trees along the Salzbach.

Many creative people work in Wiesbaden. Consequently, the was established in 2007 to publicise the activities of the creative agencies in town.



The most popular residential areas for students are the downtown district, the Rheingau quarter and, because of its relatively inexpensive rental prices, the Westend. Some students commute to Wiesbaden every day from . If you want to live in one of the student residence halls in Wiesbaden, you should start applying for a room some months before the semester starts. And though there are some pretty steep hills awaiting you, we recommend buying a used bike which you can use for getting to classes and going out.

After a day of classes, you can spend your evenings at one of many popular cafés. Downtown you’ll also find tapas bars, cafés and bistros, traditional German restaurants, quaint wine pubs and Italian pizza houses.

Wiesbaden also has a wide variety of clubs and discos to choose from, especially downtown. And there’s always something going on at the behind the main train station, such as concerts of various musical styles, flea markets and movie nights. And if nightlife in Wiesbaden doesn’t offer you enough, then you’re sure to find a more colourful selection of cultural events in – only 15 minutes away by train – or you can even spend the evening in .


There’s also a lot to do in the surrounding region. You can take trips to the wine region of the Rheingau, Taunus and the neighbouring city of Mainz. You should definitely take the Frankfurt tour with the “Ebbelwoi Express”. By the way, “Ebbelwoi“ (apple wine) is to Hesse like butter is to bread!

If you enjoy climbing to dizzying heights, you should check out the Kletterwald. Also have a look at the sports programmes of the higher education institutions that offer students many opportunities to cultivate their hobbies while staying fit. Some students in Wiesbaden are also allowed to participate in the sport programme at the University of Mainz. And when the weather gets hot, we recommend taking a trip out of town to the cool banks of at the Rhine River.

How to find a room in Wiesbaden

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