Moving to Wiesbaden, Germany? Prepare for a fun few years! Wiesbaden is not only a short drive away from Frankfurt, it’s a large metropolitan city of its own that boasts a wide variety of great shopping and dining opportunities.
Wiesbaden has large shopping centers and tiny boutiques, department stores and specialty shops. Prices are a bit higher in Europe than in the U.S. and the Euro is worth more than the dollar, so you might need to budget more for the same items than you would if you were shopping in the United States. Like other Army posts, Wiesbaden has a small PX and several other AAFES stores. If you aren’t able to find what you need locally, the largest PX in Europe is just an hour to the south, at Ramstein Air Force Base.
Wiesbaden is a well-developed city with hundreds of restaurants. You can satisfy cravings for traditional German fare, sushi, Chinese delivery, pizza, Indian food, pasta, crepes, and more. There’s even a Mexican restaurant in the neighboring town of Mainz. For a real treat in the summer, stop into one of the city’s Eis Cafes (ice cream shops) for a Kugel Eis — a single scoop of ice cream for just 1€.
There are a number of travel and transportation options in Wiesbaden and in the region. The garrison provides a free shuttle bus that runs between each of the post’s primary locations during weekday business hours, and city buses run seven days a week with stops near each Army housing area. Bicycle commuting is also a good option in Wiesbaden. There is a vast network of bike lanes, sidewalks, and paved farm trails that allow bicycle travel throughout the city and between each of the Installation’s housing areas.
Regional & International Travel
The Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is a convenient hub for train travel: The S-Bahn commuter train runs between Wiesbaden and Frankfurt, and travelers can take Deutsche Bahn trains within Germany or to neighboring countries. Frankfurt International Airport, which offers flights to nearly every major city in Europe, is a short drive away. Just a bit further is Frankfurt Hahn Airport, which is used by the popular European discount airline Ryan Air.
Whether you’re buying gifts or planning a dinner with friends, taking day trips or traveling around Europe, Wiesbaden is a great duty station for shopping, dining, and travel. When you take advantage of all Wiesbaden has to offer, it might just be one of the best-kept secrets in the Army community.
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