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A large variety of excursion destinations

Wiesbaden is part of a rich cultural landscape. All of the cities and districts of the Rhine-Main region have benefited for many centuries from a mild climate and from their location along major traffic and trade routes. And yet Wiesbaden and its neighbors have developed very differently without losing their own unique character. Despite the short distances, visitors are able to enjoy the diversity offered by the business metropolis of Frankfurt am Main and the wine region of the Rhine Valley. In Wiesbaden's suburb Biebrich visitors may start for a boat trip with the KD-line to the Romantic Rhine Valley, which unfolds a great number of cultural monuments between the cities Bingen and Koblenz. This area has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its central location, Wiesbaden is also an ideal starting point for day trips to popular nearby cities, such as Heidelberg, Trier, Mainz or Würzburg.

The Hessian capital is located in the heart of Germany, in the center of the prosperous Rhine-Main region, which is one of the leading economic regions in Europe. With vineyards planted with the "queen of the vines", the Riesling grape, the Rheingau region is considered one of the most traditional German wine producing area. The region offers a large variety of excursion destinations. Discover manor houses of the nobility and palaces with their own vineyards, historic monasteries and famous churches or the 320-kilometre long Rheinsteig Trail between Wiesbaden's suburb of Schierstein to Lorch am Rhein.

A "must" should be a visit to the Kloster Eberbach (Eberbach Monastery), one of the most significant cultural monuments in Hesse. Wine has been produced here for more than 850 years, wine auctions, tastings and seminars are held on the premises regularly and the medieval complex lends a special backdrop for cultural events.

The city of Rüdesheim with its Drosselgasse and the world famous "Niederwalddenkmal", a national monument, which commemorates the unification of the German states to become the German Empire in 1871, is synonymous for Rhine romanticism.

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