Monday, April 4, 2016

Slightly off the beaten path in Germany: Wiesbaden

I took photos on our recent day trip to Wiesbaden because I realized too late that I took NO photos a couple of weeks ago during a day trip to the city of Worms. We liked Worms and want to go back, but it was so cold that day, I didn’t feel like taking my phone out of my bag. Pathetic. So, please go to Worms if you have time. Here is proof of our time in Wiesbaden:

If you can take the train into town, you won’t have to pay for parking, but there are plentiful garages in and near the center of town (about an hour away from Kaiserslautern). You’ll see signs with arrows that list how many spots are available in the garages as you approach the main tourist areas. We had lunch at Vapiano, Jeff’s favorite chain of Italian restaurants, which is happy to prepare a variety of vegetarian options. You can elect to have chicken, shrimp or beef added to any dish.

We walked through many pedestrian streets and squares, passing a farmers’ market wrapping up at about 2pm, and dozens of stores. This is the town of 100 Euro leather belts, though I’m sure more affordable options are available in some of the larger department stores that we didn’t go into (Karstadt, Kaufhof). Many of the shops in Wiesbaden are also in Kaiserslautern, but there are also unique offerings such as stationery stores (fancier than McPaper), arts/crafts and health food. We didn’t buy much, but were amazed by the many streets with elegant homes, churches, restaurants, and chocolate, ice cream, book, clothing, d├ęcor, etc. etc. stores. 

The park near the theater included flowers growing freely out of the grass! We were recommended to have dinner at Aurum, and would return. The sliced beet appetizer was fantastic, and the electric heaters above the windows kept us cozy outside. There are dozens of restaurants to choose from, so look at the outdoor menus wherever you are, and enjoy.

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