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Make way! How do you create beautiful, lively places?

An exploration tour of urban places

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Meeting point: 65185 Wiesbaden, Luisenplatz, Obelisk, at the Waterloo Monument

Included in the tour fee: Themed tour

The minimum number of participants is 4.

Additional dates, group appointments or corporate events are available on request.

Please note that there is a handling fee for processing your booking and printing your ticket immediately as [email protected]

Children 6-12 years

About the architectural tour

The city is a stage on which we play theatre, preferably “auf’m Platz”. For example, on the Kranzplatz. A successful space, easily accessible, with several entrances, and spatially cohesive. Because that’s what matters: that a square looks like a living room, framed and protected by walls.

So why doesn’t Luisenplatz work so well? Certainly, it is beautiful, moderate, of classicist design. But it lacks the shops and restaurants that bring a square to life. Like Mauritiusplatz, which gives the walker the feeling of being in the middle of the city. Or like Schlossplatz: the town hall, the Hessian parliament and the market church demonstrate that a square does not have to be stylistically uniform to function. Despite their differences, the buildings form a vital urban ensemble.

The same cannot be said of the neighbours: the Dern site is a bare area that has lost its clear edges, and Kaiser-Friedrich-Platz is a victim of post-war development: on the south side, the “Vier Jahreszeiten” apartment building gives it the cold shoulder, and to the west it lacks the enclosure of façades. But you only have to look at the Bowling Green opposite to see how it works: the Kurhaus and colonnades surround the lawn like a forum.

With Christopher Schwarz, jury member of the German Architecture Prize