The city of Wiesbaden in Germany, has seen a significant increase of incoming GCC visitors, according to a recent report released by the local German Tourist Office. The statistics counted more than 10,000 overnight stays from the Arab Gulf states, between January and April 2018, a 17.1% increase compared to the the same period of last year.

Rising influx of GCC tourists is attributed to the discovery of Wiesbaden’s compelling blend of rich history, abundant natural resources and luxury hotels and shopping facilities.

Best known for its hot mineral springs and historic baths which date back to the Roman era, Wiesbaden garnered its fame as one of Europe’s oldest spa towns. In the early 19th century, Wiesbaden became a favourite destination for European aristocracy and royalty and was dubbed the “spa of Europe”. Today, the city draws thousands of visitors each year, seeking to rejuvenate in one of its 26 hot mineral springs.

In addition to its longstanding nomination among Europe’s top destinations for health tourism, Wiesbaden has much more on offer for GCC holiday-makers. As the capital state of Hesse, Wiesbaden is conveniently located, just 20 minutes away from Frankfurt and Frankfurt Airport and 15 min from the city of Mainz. Its tree-lined avenues, historic buildings with handsome facades, parks and numerous other touristic sites, offer ample choice for modern travellers and families. Its numerous Arab and oriental restaurants enrich the local cuisine and promise GCC tourists a familiar experience away from home.

Shopping lovers find chic boutiques inside elegant buildings with extravagant architecture stretched over a one-kilometer strip along the streets of Langgasse and Kirchgasse. This newly renovated pedestrian zone provides an ideal setting for relaxation, entertainment and self-indulgent shopping.

Meanwhile, families travelling with young children find numerous playgrounds, special railways and unique entertainment in Wiesbaden. The city displays the world’s largest cuckoo clock on Kaiser-Friedrich Square. This cuckoo clock was erected in 1946 and chimes every half hour between 8 am and 8 pm.

The Neroberg Mountain Train, one of the main attractions in Wiesbaden, is a historical railway built in 1888 and is one of the few funiculars working with water propulsion. It travels up the steep hill to a park area from which one can capture a gorgeous panoramic view of the city.

Staying is Wiesbaden offers a wide and diverse range of accommodation, starting with luxury palace-like hotels, such as Nassauer Hof which was built in the 19th century and has ever since attracted the most refined and famous clientele, including royalty and celebrities from across the world. More affordable accommodations are also available with no less charm.


Source: Contourage