Real estate professional Maxine Marie Hepfer was raised with a strong German cultural background, as her mother hails from just outside of Frankfurt. Despite having been educated in the United States, Maxine Marie Hepfer has spent a significant amount of time in Germany, including several summers in her mother’s hometown of Wiesbaden.
Regarded as one of the best-heeled cities in Germany, Wiesbaden is known for its sophistication and class. However, it is arguably best known as Europe’s wellness capital and an exclusive spa resort.
Wiesbaden’s reputation as a spa destination dates back to the Roman Empire, when the healing effects of its 26 thermal springs became well known. Since then, the city has become the gold standard for any spa town. Considered to be the city’s crowning glory, the Kaiser Friedrich baths are located on the site of an ancient Roman steam room. Spanning 1,500 square meters, the baths can simultaneously accommodate multiple guests, leaving them refreshed from head to toe.
Maxine Hepfer holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration and a minor in real estate from Cornell University. Today, she works in the Transaction Real Estate (TRE) group of the Transaction Advisory Services arm of Ernst and Young. Maxine Hepfer’s mother is from Wiesbaden, and she spent a lot of time with her extended German family growing up.
Wiesbaden has a population of around 273,000. Located between the Rhine River and the Taunus Mountains, the city is in a valley that used to be known for its spas and gambling. Nowadays, Wiesbaden offers a good mix of parks, sights, landmarks, and tours.
According to TripAdvisor, the number-one attraction in Wiesbaden is the Nerobergbahn funicular. This railway connects Wiesbaden to Neroberg hill and is one of the only funiculars left that is propelled by water. The Nerobergbahn offers tourists panoramic views of the city.
Maxine Hepfer, a Staff II Analyst with the Transaction Advisory Services branch of Ernst and Young, LLP, reviews the portions of company audits having to do with real property and performs due diligence for real estate sales and acquisitions. A world traveler, Maxine Hepfer has visited nearly every city in Germany.
Germany is a top destination for many travelers, who must choose which, among many cities, they want to see. Some of the most popular are the following:
1. Berlin: The biggest city in Germany and the country’s capital, Berlin has a storied history, including its division during the Cold War. Since East Berlin and West Berlin have reunited, the city has evolved and become one of the most exciting in Germany, known for its art, architecture, and night life.
2. Munich: Munich is another of Germany’s largest cities and the capital of Bavaria, a region near the Alps. It has a reputation for being one of the greenest cities in Germany and is also home to Oktoberfest.
3. Frankfurt: Over the years, Frankfurt has become a major European hub, due to its confluence of roads and trains and its international airport. It is also the country’s financial center and home to the International Book Fair every October.