Bad Homburg Journals

"The Royal Spa"

A September 1998 trip to Bad Homburg by Judy

Quote: Bad Homburg in its heyday was the destination for royalty,political leaders and artists. When you visit this city you'll see statues, memorials, churches, parks and monuments named after many of these famous visitors. The most prominent is the Palace built for Count Friedrich II.

"The Royal Spa"

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Famous visitors included the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII), Empress Elizabeth of Austria, Queen Sophie of Greece, Oscar Wilde, Caruso, Bismark, Kaiser Wilhelm, and von Hindenburg. History surrounds you as you walk the streets of this beautiful city. There are beautiful parks and gardens everywhere. The Spa Park was laid out in 1843 and is absolutely wonderful. There are many walking paths throughout the park which take you to the Siamese Temple, the Russian Chapel, Elizabeth Spring, the English Church Cultural Center, and of course, the Palace.Quick Tips: This may sound strange, but nestled between the beautiful shops in Bad Hersfeld is the most fabulous "Woolworths" store. Yes, this sto...Read More

Saalburg Museum

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This Roman fort was reconstructed on its original foundations at the end of the 19th century. Inside you'll find wonderful exhibits of the life of the early Romans. We found it very educational.

If you visit, do so early in the day because right about noon the tour buses begin arriving and large groups of visitors plow thru at regular intervals. We found this most annoying.

Contact #: 06175/93740
Saalburgmuseum
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This beautiful 1890 spa and its surrounding parks and gardens was recently restored. We found it inviting and relaxing to tour the facilities. The lovely buildings are highlighted by a large cupola, with marble and brass statues scattered about.
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This graceful temple is located in the Spa Park. It was donated by the King of Siam in 1907 as his thanks for regaining his health during his stay in Bad Homburg.

The temple is set in a beautiful oriental garden and is lovely beyond description.

Russian Chapel

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This Russian Orthodox Church has a gold plated dome and is constructed of ornamental red brick. It is truly a beautiful church. Czar Nicholas II laid the cornerstone in 1896.

The idea for the Russian Chapel came from A.J. Proworoff who visited Bad Homburg several times and was known as the "Rose Cavalier" because of his habit of strolling thru the park with an armful of roses and giving them to the ladies. Such a romantic!!!!!!!

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This palace was build for Count Friedrick II in 1678. Its simple construction reflects the austere times which followed the 30 year war.

The focal point is a wonderful 14th century white tower overlooking the palace. Surrounding the palace are wonderful English gardens and spectacular landscape.

Points of interest would be the Hall of Mirrors and the bust of Count Friedrick II in the entrance hall.
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Also located in the Spa Park, this church was originally built for the many English visitors to Bad Homburg. Today it is the site of wonderful concerts, art exhibits and lectures.

English and American visitors still attend services at the Church as did the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) in days gone by.

About the Writer

Judy

Judy
Grants Pass, Oregon

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