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Sprudelhof or Fountain Courtyard in Bad Nauheim
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[=destination:bad-nauheim:Bad Nauheim (Nauheim vacation rentals | Nauheim travel guide):] - City of Health and Beauty
This world-famous resort is known for its seven mineral spas and curative salt springs. For over a century Bad Nauheim has been considered a town of health and beauty thanks not only to the salt springs, but to the Jugendstil-epoque which took hold from 1890 - 1914. That brief but imperative time period elevated Bad Nauheim to a city beyond its years. Jugendstil is not only a style but a new way of life deeply tied to art nouveau and a healthy lifestyle. This effort was spearheaded by art lover and Grand Duke, Ernst Ludwig of Hesse. He not only nurtured the movement bringing artists in from the artists' community, Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide) Mathildenhöhe, but he allowed artists to have complete free range with their ideas. The artist most responsible for the architecture and design of the spas here was Wilhelm Jost.
One of the reasons this city is perfectly preserved, where visitors can actually see the towers used in the 1700s for salt brining, is because Teddy Roosevelt loved this city so much, he spared it from allied bombing during WWII. Not only can one see the towers and old saline production facilities, they can also admire perfectly preserved art nouveau styles in all of the bath houses.
Bad Nauheim has incorporated health into its city, but where does it get its beauty? In 1868, Heinrich Schultheiss from Steinfurth, had just returned home to Steinfurth from England where he learned the practice of Rose cultivation. After only 20 years the city had a booming rose business which still precedes it today. Every year the city has a Rose festival and Rose museum dedicated to this cultivation and success. Lining the city streets are beautiful English Rose gardens.
A little something for the Elvis Presley lovers out there, the old town center of Bad Nauheim is where Elvis had his photo taken for the album cover 'A Big Hunk O' Love' in front of the old city gate or burgpforte. One can take guided tours through the town to see all the tidbits the superstar left behind. He was stationed here during the 1960s and the rooms where he stayed were never touched again.
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This travel guide has been written by Cynthia Kozak.
Cynthia Kozak is a freelance writer, editor and transcriptionist currently living abroad in her Vario truck. Boundlessly curious, she is an avid traveler always looking forward to the next destination.
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