Monday, March 20, 2006

Palast Hotel

The former Palast Hotel is right next to the Kochbrunnen.

In former times it hosted a lot of guests who came to Wiesbaden for special treatments with the water from the hot springs.

Nowadays it's an appartment building with some offices as well.



At 7:54 PM, Blogger Carlos said...

It has a lot of style for an apartment building. Wish i could live in a place with so much glamour.

At 7:58 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thanks Carlos! I wonder how much they kept from the original style inside...

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Sam said...

That's a pretty building. I love the statues. They look so serious, lol!

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i lived in the palast hotel when i was very young--in the late 1960s and in 1970. some of my fondest memories are related to this building and Wiesbaden. we were a large military family--seven it total--and lived in a large apartment within. there is (was) a bathhouse outside this entrance. and there was on older gentleman (a real burgermeister) who was always polite and kind to me.

thank you for sharing this photo--it really brightned my day.

At 4:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember this hotel vividly too...from 1960. My family lived there for some months, but I was only six years old, so my memories are that of a child. My family was a US Air Force family, and just a few days after we moved into those sumptuous apartments, my mother got the word that her own mother had passed away.

I seem to remember that part of the hotel was bombed out from WWII and hadn't been repaired. I remember a Turkish baths very nearby that my father took us to a couple of could have actually been right at the entrance as far as I know.

I do remember it being very grand, with large windows to look out and see the hustle and bustle of the cars and people from our apartment.

I'll have to ask my mother (now 85) more about this...we moved into base (?) housing in Wiesbaden eventually, and then left the country in 1962.

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Pat Hoffmann said...

I also lived in the Palast Hotel with my Air Force father and family in 1960. We then moved into housing and I graduated from high school in '61, then began working for GE in Wiesbaden. GE and the US Air Force had leased the Palast Hotel by that time so I worked there, too. Then, when my family moved back to the States in '62, I stayed in Germany and was allowed to move into the hotel with another employee. I believe there were two floors for apartments, and the rest were for offices. So, I have 3 incidents connected with the Palast, and a special feeling in my heart for it. I remember the Rose Hotel across the street had been bombed during the war and my brothers would go prowling around through there and found lots of old stamps. After GE drastically cut their staff, I stayed on and moved to Kaiserslautern to continue with GE, and then was sent to other areas to help set up radar sites for the 412L Project. I eventually married a German national in the Ring Kirche in Wiesbaden. All three of my children were born in Wiesbaden, but we now live in Minnesota. 18 years in Germany, and lots of wonderful memories. Thanks so much for having this web site. You have some wonderful pictues which have brought back great memories. Might be time for another visit! Pat Hoffmann


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