Atlas Obscura?: Wiesbaden’s Nerobergbahn

I’m a big fan of Atlas Obscura. Not only does it document some of the weirdest, off-the-beaten path novelties out there, but also serves as a source of motivation to get out the door when a big destination seems overwhelming. My new home (Wiesbaden, Germany) has one Atlas Obscura destination, so of course it was at the top of my list of things to visit. Destination: The Nerobergbahn (say that ten times fast!). Per Atlas Obscura’s overview: “A 440 metres long funicular railway in the city of Wiesbaden linking Neroberg hill to its north, Nerobergbahn opened in 1888, and is one of the few remaining funiculars to use water propulsion.” Funiculars, I’ve come to learn, leverage two counterbalanced cars to help propel the upslope tram.

So, 440 meters goes by pretty quickly, and frankly, I think I’d rather hike to the top of the hill. But at the top is the Neroberg–a small park that offers some pretty fantastic views of the city. Also visible from the top are the golden spires of a Russian Orthodox Church built in the mid-19th century. (Be advised: They close promptly and cluck at you in fussy German if you try to enter three minutes before closing time). Also accessible from the site is a large pool (the Opelbad) and what appears to be a nature preserve. I’ll try to return soon to trail run in the preserve.

As TripAdvisor lists these above destinations as the top to-do’s in Wiesbaden, I hope it’s not all downhill from here. But I must admit, I find my new home pretty enchanting. Certainly more than my last one in rural New York!

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