Discover the wonderful Neo-Classical and Art Nouveau architecture of Wiesbaden's Kurhaus at the end of the famous Wilhelmstrasse. This stunning building functions as the city's convention center and spa, as well as a restaurant and casino with roulette, poker, and slot machines. In addition to its indoor facilities, the bowling green in front of this Belle Époque wonder also hosts a star-studded annual concert adding life and music to the stunning grounds. Once hailed by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the most beautiful spa building in the world, this extraordinary site is still a popular attraction and must experience in Wiesbaden. Enjoy some quiet contemplation at this serene location and head inside to explore the magnificent Kurhaus and Casino for an unforgettable day of relaxation and gambling.
History and architecture
Popular among Romans because of the thermal springs, Wiesbaden is renowned since the oldest days as an attractive spa town. The history of the building starts in 1810, when a relatively modest spa house was built in Doric and Ionic features, in classical style. Throughout the 19th century the spa started to become more popular among the upper class and the number of visitors had increased significantly by 1910. Therefore, at the beginning of the 20th century, the old spa building was demolished and replaced with a new one and sparked a lot of interest and admiration for Kaiser Wilhelm II who facilitated the rebuilding and started to visit the spa every year in May. The Karhaus has experienced multiple changes throughout its history, and since 1949 the building consists of multiple rooms named after Carl Schuricht, Carl von Ibell, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, offering a variety of spaces for events. In the building can also be found two large concert halls and the Wiesbaden Casino, located in the former wine salon. Here, the famous writer Dostoyevsky gambled all his belongings, then later wrote the novel "The Gambler," which is classic of world literature.
Built in Neo-classical and Belle Epoque style, with Art Nouveau elements and Corinthian columns, the building is divided in two-equal sized wings, with the main entrance in the middle, through a foyer topped by a dome 21 meters high. Try your luck at the casino with roulette, blackjack, poker, or one of the 130 slot machines with various entertainment programs, and enjoy a neoclassical interior design that has a well-balanced and satisfying effect on each visitor.
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