»SPEND AS LITTLE TIME AS
POSSIBLE SITTING DOWN,
AND NEVER BELIEVE A THOUGHT THAT ISN’T BORN OUTDOORS,
MOVING FREELY, WITH BRAIN AND MUSCLES ALIKE SINGING!«
Promenadology, also known as strollolgy, is all about reconnecting people with their environments, not digitally, but in the real world, and on foot! Going for a walk is both a tool we use to explore our day-to-day living environment and a way of imparting knowledge. Walks are an especially good way to form direct impressions of space and spatial connections. Ultimately, the only way to really experience space is to move our own bodies through it. Residents of the Viktoria Viertel complex know that walking is more than just exercise or movement. From here, almost everything in the city is within a pleasant, contemplative walking distance.
AN EXOTIC GREEN TOUCH
Rose-ringed parakeets have become an integral part of the Wiesbaden cityscape. These bright green, red-billed imports are now a fixture, adding to the city’s character as a green oasis.
»I believe in the horse.
THE AUTOMOBILE IS A TEMPORARY PHENOMENON«
Emperor Wilhelm II
The last german Emperor, Wiesbaden lover and sponsor
FROM THE AUGUSTA
In the heyday of spa activity in Wiesbaden, toward the end of the 19th century, guests had already come to appreciate the location of the Viktoria Viertel, which was home to the luxurious Augusta Victoria Baths. Since visiting a spa was done not just as a curative health treatment, but also for pleasure, having a central location was key for a bath complex. The luxury facility, named for the German empress, was impressive both for its close proximity to the main train station, where a visit to the spa began, and for the fact that it was within walking distance of Wilhelmstraße, home to many entertainment venues. To this day, this grand boulevard is home to the Museum Wiesbaden, the Hessisches Staatstheater, which hosts the Maifestspiele festival, first founded in 1896 by Kaiser Wilhelm II, and the casino where Fyodor Dostoevsky famously gambled away his fortune.
...TO THE AMERICAN ARMS HOTEL...
»A first-rate establishment boasting all the modern conveniences, in a healthful, quiet, and genteel location surrounded by greenery, five minutes from the train station and spa facilities, with a splendid view of the city and mountains« is how then hotel director Fritz Richert advertised the 1895 opening of the former Grandhotel Kaiserhof, which once stood on the site with its adjacent baths. Featuring electric elevators, spacious gardens, and its own garage, the hotel was sumptuous, modern, and stylish when it opened. 125 years on, the notion of exclusive and fine living has not changed.
Following the destruction of the second world war, the site was home to the American Arms Hotel, which was ultimately razed in the course of urban development and recultivation of the neighborhood. The later development, from the 1950s, involved two interlocking star-shaped buildings. For a long time, it was a major feature on Frankfurter Straße.
Also exuding a ›healthful, quiet, and genteel‹ character, the Viktoria Viertel ties in with its grand past while offering a very special piece of the future.
...TO THE VIKTORIA VIERTEL
The Viktoria Viertel development closes a gap in the city’s development. The site is modern and cosmopolitan, with numerous references to the spa town’s famed villas.