Hessischer LandtagBismarck-Hering

“The greatest festival in the world!” an old friend of mine enthused, without apparent irony. And who knows? Maybe he’s not entirely wrong: the Weinfest Wiesbaden, an annual gathering of Rheingau wineries on the Marktplatz, is known as “the world’s longest wine bar,” with over a thousand different kinds of wine and an average consumption of 250,000 bottles in ten days, primarily Riesling. If you go only every few years, it’s definitely a good time — although not without its risks.