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Saalburg Roman Fort
Discover the past where history was made: at the world’s only reconstructed Roman fort and archaeological museum – just next to the Limes World Heritage site, the ancient frontier between the Roman Empire and the Germanic tribal territories.
On your trip through time, you’ll get a vivid picture of the history, culture and customs of an era whose heritage – although almost two thousand years old – still shapes our world today. A walk around the park-like grounds in the glorious Taunus countryside will make your visit a pleasant and relaxing experience.
Hours: March - October: daily from 9am - 6pm. November -February: daily except Mondays from 9am - 4pm.
Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 3.50 €, children under 6 years free.
Bad Homburg Castle and White Tower
The free-standing, white 14th-century keep towers high above the baroque buildings, grouped around two courts. Paul Andrich designed these in 1678 for Landgrave Friedrich II, the authentic hero of Kleist’s play
Prince Frederick of Homburg. This originally two-story palace was the first new addition to a larger residential complex to be built after the Thirty Years War. The central palace park and the pleasure garden vista which extends to the Roman frontier, or Limes, constituted a total art work which has survived in its essential features down to the present.
The display rooms exhibit many precious artistic objects dating from the 17th to the 19th century, bringing to life the domestic conditions, not only of the landgraves, but also of their Hohenzollern Emperors, who used Homburg as a favourite summer residence until abdication in 1918. The residential apartment in the English Wing, re-opened in 1995, reflects the personality, wealth and tireless collecting of Princess Elizabeth, daughter of the British King, who became Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg upon her marriage in 1818.
Hours: Schloss (Castle): March - October Tuesday - Sunday 9am - 5pm. November - February Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. White Tower (possible to climb): March - October Monday 9am - 3:30pm, Tuesday - Sunday from 9am - 4pm. November - February daily 9am - 3pm.
Admission: Adults 3.50 €, Family Card 9.50 €. Several tours are available for an additional fee.
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Gothic House and City Museum
When the Homburg Prince Friedrich VI. Josef married Princess Elizabeth from the English Royal family back in 1818, his wish list included
a salon for forty peoplein the large pine forest (Grosser Tannenwald). Construction work on the
feudal Gothic residence, which was destined for use for hunting, excursions and celebrations by the landgrave and his entourage, started in 1823. The unusual design of the building is due not only to the taste and artistic understanding, but also to a large degree to the dowry provided by Elizabeth.
Nowadays the Gothic House is home to the town’s museum (Städtische Museum) with the hat museum, which is the only one of its kind in Germany. Its exhibits track the cultural history of headwear from around the globe, focusing of course on the Homburg hat. Various departments of the museum provide visual evidence of the history of the town, with the Coin Cabinet exhibiting coins and medals from the Homburg territory, and changing special-focus exhibitions dedicated to important partial aspects of German cultural history. The town’s archives – are also kept at the Gothic House. These can be inspected by anyone free of charge. Close by is the
horse’s grave(Pferdegrad), where Landgrave Friedrich V. Ludwig’s favourite horse, Madjar, is buried.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday - Saturday 2 - 5pm, Wednesday 2 - 7pm, Sunday Noon - 6pm.
Admission: 2 €
Bad Homburg's greatest attraction has been the Kurpark (spa), in the heart of the Old Town, with more than 31 fountains. Romans first used the springs, which were rediscovered and made famous in the 19th century. In the park you'll find not only the popular, highly saline Elisabethenbrunnen spring but also a Siamese temple and a Russian chapel, mementos left by more royal guests—King Chulalongkorn of Siam and Czar Nicholas II. The Kurpark is a good place to begin a walking tour of the town.
The Bad Homburger Golf Club is Germany's oldest golf club. It had its beginnings in the Kurpark, where the old clubhouse and even playable parts of the old golf course may still be found.
Church of the Redeemer (Erlöserkirche)
The Church of the Redeemer, an Evangelical (Protestant) church, was finished in 1908. The building is outwardly of a heavy, romanesque revival appearance, while its interior is held in a neo-Byzantine style, with rich marble wall decorations and gold mosaics covering the domed ceiling. The church's construction was paid for and the design supervised by Wilhelm II, the German Emperor, who had by then made Bad Homburg a summer residence town, and later often came to worship in the church, sitting in his own imperial box with a private entrance. Empress Auguste-Viktoria also provided the jewel-studded altar which was originally intended for the Church of the Redeemer in the Augusta Victoria complex in Jerusalem.
Russian ChurchTogether with the English, the Russians predominated Bad Homburg´s spa guests at the end of the 19th century. The initiative to provide them a place of worship originated with the Russian Privy Councillor Proworoff, widely known in Bad Homburg as the
Rosenkavalier. This gallant gentleman seldom went out without a handful of roses, which he distributed one by one to the ladies he encountered along his way. Proworoff arranged the financing for the building; its plans were drawn up by the Saint Petersburg architect Professor Louis Benois, who had earlier designed the Russian Church in Darmstadt. Its lavish cornerstone ceremony in October 1896 attracted many illustrious guests, including Benois himself as well as the Russian Czar Nicholas II and his wife, who were staying in Darmstadt at the time, and Kaiserin Friedrich, who came from nearby Kronberg. Standing under a canopy, Czar Nicholas II laid the cornerstone himself. The Russian Church was inaugurated three years later. Today, it still serves as a place of worship for Bad Homburg´s Russian Orthodox congregation.
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Bad Homburg (Homburg vacation rentals | Homburg travel guide) Overview
Bad Homburg vor der Höhe is the main town of the Hochtaunuskreis, Hesse, Germany, on the southern slope of the Taunus, bordering among other cities Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) am Main and Oberursel (Oberursel vacation rentals | Oberursel travel guide). The town's formal name is Bad Homburg vor der Höhe (translated as Bad Homburg at the foot of the hills, to distinguish it from other places of the same name), abbreviated as Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe.
The town is best known for its medically used mineral waters and spa (hence the prefix Bad,
bath), and for its casino.
Today, Bad Homburg is again one of the wealthiest towns in Germany, in part thanks to its vicinity near Frankfurt, as many of the directors and employees of the Frankfurt banks live in Bad Homburg. (The Hochtaunuskreis and the Landkreis Starnberg (Starnberg vacation rentals | Starnberg travel guide) regularly compete for the
title of the wealthiest district in Germany.)
The "Bad Homburger Golf Club 1899 e.V." in the Röderweisen in Dornholzhausen — nowadays part of Bad Homburg — is Germany's oldest golf club. It had its beginnings in the Bad Homburg Spa Park (Kurpark), where the old clubhouse and even playable parts of the old golf course may still be found.
As of 2004, the town's marketing slogan was: Champagnerluft und Tradition (Champagne air and tradition).
Things to See in Bad Homburg
- St. Mary's Church (Roman Catholic, town center, built by Ludwig Beck)
- Russian Church
- Holy Cross (Roman Catholic, Gonzenheim, On the hill, built in 1952/1953, with Walcker organ of 1867 from the English Church)
- Sacred Heart Church (Roman Catholic, Gartenfeld settlement)
- English Church (1868-1914 as a house of God for English and American visitors used today Kulturzentrum, city center)
- Redeemer Church (city center, built to plans by Max Spitta and Franz Schwechten)
- Evangelical Church (Gonzenheim)
Saalburg Roman Fort
Schloss Bad Homburg
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More about the History of Bad Homburg vor der Höhe
Middle Ages origins
Local tradition holds that Bad Homburg's documented history began with the mention of the Villa Tidenheim in the Lorsch codex, connected with the year 782. This Villa Tidenheim was equated with the Old Town, called
Dietigheim. This connection is also reflected in street names. Local historian, Rüdiger Kurth, doubted these traditional stories based on his study of written sources and local factors. In 2002 Kurth initiated archaeological digs by the University of Frankfurt under the leadership of Professor Joachim Henning. The excavations showed that there was no evidence of settlement between the beginning of the Christian Era and the 13th century. It appears that the historical record which makes mention of Wortwin (or Ortwin) von Hohenberch as Homburg's founder as a documentary witness in Eberbach in about 1180 is the first concrete evidence of the town's existence.
As early as 1962, in a dig under the Hirschgangflügel (
Hart Stalking Wing) at Bad Homburg's Schloss (stately home), two burnt layers were discovered, which the man conducting the dig, Günther Binding, took as evidence of two former castles having been built on the site one after the other, but each having burnt down later.
Further digs by the University of Frankfurt at Bad Homburg's Schloss in April 2006, once again initiated by Kurth and under Professor Henning's leadership, led to the discovery that it was actually only one burnt layer from a half-timbered building possibly a castle with towers which from ceramic finds could be dated to the 12th or 13th century. Most likely this building stood in connection with Wortwin's "castle". Quite possibly, though, a further cultural layer from an even earlier time lies waiting to be discovered underneath these remains. Investigations using methods from natural science (carbon-14 dating and micromorphological analysis) will show whether the dating can be made more precise.
Homberg acquired market rights about 1330, but the document granting these rights is said to have been lost.
The town's name,
Homburg, comes from the Hohenberg Castle. The postfix "vor der Höhe" was probably first recorded in a document in 1399.
The Hessen-Homburg noble family of landgraves was founded with Friedrich I of Hessen-Homburg. Friedrich II (1680 - 1708) attained fame as Prince of Homburg. In 1866, as a result of the Austro-Prussian War, Homburg became Prussian territory.
Spa town and imperial residence
With the coming of the spa industry in the mid 19th century, which profited greatly from the casino built in town, the town changed into an internationally famous spa town. Bad Homburg was particularly favoured by Russian nobility for its baths.
The spa industry began with the discovery of the Elisabethenbrunnen (Brunnen is German for
well) in 1834 (although the designation
Bad was not conferred until 1912). The first spa building and the first casino in Homburg were built in 18411842 by the brothers François (18061877) and Louis Blanc (18061852), who later took over the Casino in Monte Carlo, which is why the Homburg Casino is sometimes called the
Mother of Monte Carlo. In 1860, the town was connected with Frankfurt by a railway line, the Homburger Bahn.
In 1888, Bad Homburg became known throughout the German Empire because Kaiser Wilhelm II declared Bad Homburg's Schloss an Imperial summer residence, and later financed the building of the Church of the Redeemer (Erlöserkirche) close by. His mother, too, Victoria, the old emperor's widow and Queen Victoria's eldest daughter lived there for several years. King Edward VII was also often a guest. It was he who introduced the Homburg hat and permanent turn-up trousers. He also underwent fasting cures at Homburg 32 times.
Bad Homburger Golf Club 1899 e.V. in the Röderweisen in Dornholzhausen nowadays part of Bad Homburg is Germany's oldest golf club. It had its beginnings in the Bad Homburg Spa Park (Kurpark), where the old clubhouse and even playable parts of the old golf course may still be found.
Not far away stands the Russian Chapel actually more properly called All Hallows' Church an Eastern Orthodox church whose first stone was laid in the Russian Imperial couple's presence on 16 October 1896, although they did not attend when it was consecrated almost three years later.
King Chulalongkorn of Siam (Thailand) sent a Thai garden pavilion in gratitude for a successful cure. It was erected in 1914.
Horex was a well known German motorcycle brand of the
Horex - Fahrzeugbau AG, founded in 1923 in Bad Homburg by Fritz Kleemann.
While the spa business experienced a long-term decline in the wake of the two world wars, the town gained importance by becoming the site for headquarters of various authorities and administrative bodies. By autumn 1946, the military government had already ordered the founding of bizonal authorities. Bad Homburg was chosen as the seat of the financial administrative centre. On 23 July 1947, the Bizone Economic Council instituted the
Special Money and Credit Center here in preparation for currency reform. The centre was headed by Ludwig Erhard. After the Federal Republic of Germany West Germany was founded with its capital in Bonn, the Federal Debt Administration (Bundesschuldenverwaltung), the Office for Security Adjustment (Amt für Wertpapierbereinigung) and the Federal Equalization Office (Bundesausgleichsamt) stayed in Bad Homburg.
In the 20th century, Bad Homburg became a favourite residential area among the upper classes. On 30 November 1989, one of its members, Alfred Herrhausen, the head of the Deutsche Bank, was killed and his driver was injured by a car bomb in Bad Homburg. It was alleged that this was an attack by the Red Army Faction, though this has never been conclusively proven.
[ source: wikipedia ]
Bad Homburg vor der Höhe is located in Hesse on the southern slope of the Taunus, near Frankfurt am Main and Oberursel. The town is best known for its medically used mineral waters and spa (hence the prefix Bad, bath), and for its casino. Today, Bad Homburg is one of the wealthiest towns in Germany, in part thanks to its vicinity near Frankfurt; many of the directors and employees of the Frankfurt banks make their homes in this town. The "Bad Homburger Golf Club 1899 e.V." in the Röderweisen in Dornholzhausen — today part of Bad Homburg — is Germany's oldest golf club. It had its beginnings in the Bad Homburg Spa Park (Kurpark), where the old clubhouse and even playable parts of the old golf course may still be found.
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