Sport City Wiesbaden
The fact that the women’s team of the Volleyball-Club Wiesbaden e.V. (VCW) is just as successful in the first league as the judokas and that the football club SV Wehen Wiesbaden is cutting quite a dash in the second football league is showing an effect: not only that the teams’ home games are always ensured well-filled stadiums and sports halls, they also contribute to the fact that Wiesbaden’s sports associations are much in demand.
Around 80,000 Wiesbaden residents are members of one or more of the total of 240 sports associations in the city, which cover just about every type of sport. The Sport and Recreation Authority of the city makes the approx. 70 gyms available to the sport associations free of charge. In addition the Local Education Authority has other venues under its control. Futhermore there are numerous sporting venues which have, for instance, running tracks temporarily available to the public.
Whether competitive sport or sporting events, youth or general sport or the numerous offers for people with disabilities – Wiesbaden offers something for everyone. Here, active participation is as easy as cheering from the sidelines at such spectacular and popular events such as the “Sparkassen Finanzgruppe IRONMAN Germany 70.3”. Since 2007, tens of thousands of spectators have turned out each year to cheer on the almost 3,000 national and international athletes from 40 countries who endure the halfdistance triathlon as well as the 1.9 km swim in the Schiersteiner Harbour, the 90 km cycle ride through Wiesbaden and the Taunus Woods and then the 21.1 km run through the Kurpark Wiesbaden and the city centre. The fact that at this high-profile event amateur sportsmen and women meet weekend warriors is without doubt a particular attraction of this sporting highlight.
In Wiesbaden and in the region, sport is a way of life. Also, because well-developed paths positively cry out to be walked, the hilly landscape of the region provides a relishing challenge for cycling fans – and because, as well as classics like tennis or golf, the city also offers venues to ensure the satisfaction of skateboarders and mountain bikers. Sport’s “enjoyment factor” is demonstrated each year at the Funsport Days in Wiesbaden’s city centre.
In terms of society sport events too, the state capital plays in the top league – this is demonstrated not least by the “Sport Ball” of the German Sport Foundation at the Rhein- Main-Hallen (Convention and Event Centre). State organisations are also represented, such as the Hessischer Landessportbund with its annual “Olympic Ball Night” in the Wiesbaden Kurhaus.
The sport promoting association of Wiesbaden (WISPO) regularly provides opportunity for exercise in the beautiful centrally-situated Kurpark: with the 25-hour run, sporting enthusiasts can prove their endurance and by their participation also make a financial contribution to the promotion and support of promising sporting talents.
Hiking days, events for fans of Nordic Walking, swimming in one of the many outdoor pools – appealing also for their glorious positions – and indoor pools of the city or tree-totree climbing accompanied by professionals on the Wiesbaden Neroberg – active sport fans in Hessen’s state capital have as much opportunity to indulge themselves as those whose passion is watching excellent sporting events.