Cities in the surroundings


Wiesbaden, the state capital of Hesse, is just 13 km away from the Hotel Ricarda – with its historic buildings and its impressive cityscape it is always worth a trip. Wiesbaden has about 280,000 inhabitants, is the second largest city in the state Hesse and had the fortune to have been spared from great destructions in the Second World War, so that the original city remained with his formative buildings such as the historic casino and the next-door impressive Kurhaus.

Furthermore you will find in Wiesbaden, one of the two oldest water ballast funicular railways of Europe, the “Nerobergbahn”. This offers you a unique driving experience of a historical way and takes you from Nerotal on the best viewpoint of Wiesbaden the “Neroberg”.

The spacious pedestrian zone in the heart of the city and the magnificent avenue “Wilhelmstraße” invite you to shop and stroll. Wiesbaden is also present with various congresses and fairs on the international stage and therefore the city radiates an international flair.


The Rhineland-Palatinate state capital Mainz is 24 km from Schlangenbad and is not only one of the strongholds of the Rhenish carnival, but also university city and hometown of Johannes Gutenberg the inventor of the modern printing. Mainz offers from historic buildings from the Gothic and Romanesque up to the modern times a enormous diversity.

Especially in the today’s old town with its half-timbered houses you can see the historic townscape with its winding alleys and streets. So Mainz offers a number of significant sights, buildings and squares, as well as a variety of museums. The Mainz Cathedral is one of the most important building cultures of the city and is the characterizing symbol of the city center of Mainz.

Another feature of the city of Mainz are their street signs. Thus streets that run vertical to the Rhine are marked with red road signs. While roads running parallel to the Rhine are marked with blue signs. But not only the streets of Mainz take a central role, also the wine and its many wineries have an important role. Mainz is one of the members of the famous wine towns all over the world and is a member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network since 2008. Consequently, you are well supplied with culinary delights in Mainz and his surrounding regions.


The fifth largest city in Germany, Frankfurt am Main, with its international financial center, its impressive skyline and the famous fair is reachable from the Hotel Ricarda in Schlangenbad after only about 35 minutes by car. Because of the numerous financial institutions and its convenient location is the agglomeration area of Frankfurt  in economic terms one of the world cities.

The symbol of the city par excellence is the town hall called the “Römer” (Romans). Since the 15th Century this building forms with its characteristic stepped gable facade, the center of the old town. Not far away of it is the famous St. Paul’s Church, who was the proclamation of the Republic in Germany in 1918. The modern Frankfurt, however, reflected especially in the banking district and the main shopping street, called the “Zeil” and invites you to discover and strolling. An absolute must in Frankfurt is probably the taste of the traditional cider called “Äppelwoi” in dialect. For this, a visit to Sachsenhausen, a district of the south of the river Main is recommended, there next to the apple wine pubs you find small shops and studios. There along the southern side of the Main is also the “Museumsufer”, where are lined up nine different museums of architecture, art up to film.

Also from a sporting view Frankfurt takes a central role. And this  not only because it is the seat of Germany’s most important sports organizations such as the German Football Association (DFB) and the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), but also by sporting events such as the Ironman Germany and its well-known sports clubs such as the football club Eintracht Frankfurt.


Eltville is located in the growing region of the Rheingau and is only 9 km a stone’s throw away from the Hotel Ricarda in Schlangenbad. In the wine and sparkling city directly on the Rhine are not only located the leading wineries, but is also one of the ten “Rosenstädte” (rose cities) in Germany.

In the warm months you have the daily opportunity to take a boat trip from Eltville on the Rhine and explore the beautiful Rhine Valley with its numerous castles. After a busy day the many taverns invite to a wine tasting and a simple but delicious dishes.