A Walk to Kurhaus (Kurhaus I)




Upon taking a walk, visitors and Wiesbadeners alike will not really get around Kurhaus, the grand building that houses concert halls, a restaurant, and a casino famous for players like Fyodor Dostoevsky – his novel The Gambler is said to be based on the author’s own experience in Wiesbaden. The building seems to be the city’s (romantic?) heart.

If so, the nearby market place may the be the lungs… Which is where we departed for today’s walk, visually sniffing like a happy dog at some of the things along the way. We have had a look at the former palace, walked along the steps of the ‘new’ city hall, and seen a bit of its ornaments (above).

Turning around, we cannot miss Marktirche (‘Market Church’), a spectacular orange brick building that has already been photographed a million times. I think it is considered Wiesbaden’s capital church, and as history has it, it is protestant.  We rush along its walls towards the doors one of the city’s finest cinemas, Caligari (bottom) where a beautiful Art Deco interior is still intact. However, we will stay outside today – or we’ll never arrive at Kurhaus!





Turning left and then right again, one of the city’s nicer arcades takes us to Wilhelmstraße, dominated here by the Theatre of the State (Hessisches Staatstheater). We sneak past the back side, taking in the closed faded curtains, and finally find ourselves in front of the Kurhaus’ revolving doors which I reserve for next Monday’s post: It will not be a long walk, but I consider it worth while, so that will be part of Jo’s Monday Walks (hoping that’s fine by our hostess).




8 thoughts on “A Walk to Kurhaus (Kurhaus I)”

  1. so schöne Bilder. Besonders die Bilder 3-5 haben es mir angetan: so warme Farben und ein gelungener Bildaufbau! Das letzte mit dem Springbrunnen ist toll gesehen 🙂

  2. These photos are remarkable … the last one shows so much in the captured reflection. I have one doubt though – shouldn’t market place be called stomach instead of lungs? 😉

    1. Thank you, Paula … You’re right about the stomach of course. How could I have missed that? I will be more careful with my metaphors from now on. I promise!

  3. I’m an Art Deco kind of girl, Tobias, and I absolutely love that close up! 🙂 You do some interesting windows shots, too, and I think you could link this to Dawn’s Window challenge if you wanted. She’d be very happy, I know. I used to be a regular participant but got overtaken by other things (story of my life!) Many thanks for the link, and just to let you know that I won’t be posting next Monday, but I can include part 2 the following week.

    1. Glad you like them, Jo. I will certainly check out Dawn’s Window Challenge – and I feel very motivated now to ask if I may photograph inside the cinema.

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