Discover Germany, Issue 56, November 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Magical Christmas Time

Ice rink at the Kaiser-Wilhelms-Bad. Photo: © Christian Metzler

Bad Homburg’s enchanted Christmas You may have been to Frankfurt am Main. But have you heard of its charming neighbour Bad Homburg? Well, you should! Just minutes away from downtown Frankfurt lies a multifaceted jewel with a great deal to offer.

well-kept gardens. Take a museum tour and enjoy a hot chilli-chocolate in the charming castle café or chocolate store close by.


Bad Homburg may not be as big as Frankfurt am Main, but nestled within the beautiful countryside of the Taunus Mountains, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site LIMES and its Saalburg Castle right at its backyard, Bad Homburg not only is a historic gem but also a modern spa town that beautifully links old tradition and modernity.

emperors paid regular visits to the spa town they had elected as their summer residence. Famous poets like Hölderlin, Goethe, Gogol, Eliot, Stephenson or Oscar Wilde were regular visitors and the famous Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky even used a game of roulette played in Bad Homburg’s famous casino as material for his opus The Gambler.

Celebrities in Bad Homburg

Things to do

Bad Homburg’s charm has never eluded the rich, famous and beautiful. Many years ago, Bad Homburg was visited regularly by European gentry and crowned heads in search of divertissement and respite from their busy lives. The German

Climb the top of Bad Homburg castle’s White Tower and overlook the old town, the Taunus hills and get a glimpse of Frankfurt’s impressive skyline. Soak in the spirit of former times when kings and landgraves strolled down the paths at the

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The sweeping Kurpark, laid out in 1854 by the grand landscape gardener Peter Joseph Lenné, and its mineral springs invite for pleasant and relaxing strolls through historic Bad Homburg. The impressive Kaiser-Wilhelms-Bad, built in 1890, had already been visited by the Prince of Wales and former Reichskanzler (Chancellor) Otto von Bismarck. Today it is home to the luxury Kur-Royal Day Spa, an ideal place to spend an idle spa day in perfect relaxation. As a guest of the modern spa you can discover the Sand Light Bath or the Hay Steam Bath, for example. Quaint cafés and restaurants satisfy the tastes of even the most critical gourmets. Small and charming little specialist shops