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Sprudelhof Art Deco ensemble.

Historical merits Bad Nauheim is a spa town rich in tradition As a unique spa destination, the attractions of Bad Nauheim are manifold – and often tickle the visitor’s sense of exploration. The town’s grand flair is most perceptible around the famous historical spa quarter: An attractive boulevard and expansive parks invite for pleasant strolls while unique architectural monuments as well as theatres, galleries and a museum entice with cultural delights. TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI  I  PHOTOS: BAD NAUHEIM STADTMARKETING UND TOURISMUS GMBH

Situated at the heart of Germany, the highly accessible spa town is within easy reach from all directions. As of late, it has become a stage of the brand-new ‘Luther Trail’, an evangelical counterpart of the Jakobsweg. Bad Nauheim has welcomed many famous visitors in its history: Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, for example, took a strengthening cure here in 1898. Most famously, Elvis Presley became a Bad 50  |  Issue 60  |  March 2018

Nauheim resident during the period of his military service at the US army base of Friedberg from 1958 to 1960. Together with his entourage, he resided both at the Villa Grunewald hotel and a private villa. At Villa Grunewald, the king of rock ‘n’ roll occupied an entire floor, which is again available to guests and fans after a recent reopening in 2017. The spa town has also welcomed the Dalai Lama as well as King Ibn Saud I. But the

healing powers of the mineral baths at Bad Nauheim are not reserved for royalty, or appointed royalty, only! Curative waters and art nouveau Bad Nauheim’s landmark, the ‘Sprudelhof’ (fountain court) forms the largest art nouveau building ensemble of Europe. The combination of architecture, art and gardens impressively represents the art nouveau principle of creating a synthesis between fine and decorative arts. Spa guests enjoy the curative powers of the healing waters in original surroundings and interiors. Formerly used for classic bathing cures, natural mineral saline today is mostly used for wellness-applications as a new expression of health awareness. The bath-