Koenigstein im Taunus
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Koenigstein im Taunus is a spa town in Hesse, located near Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) am Main. According to local legend, the town was established by the Merovingian King Chlodwig (466-511), who built a castle and a chapel in this area. However, the first written reference to the town dates to 1215. A castle was constructed here in the 1100s to protect the trade route between Frankfurt am Main and Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide). In the early 17th century, the castle was turned into a military stronghold, but it did last long. During the French Revolutionary Wars, the castle was blown by French troops in 1796.
Koenigstein's fame as a spa resort began in 1851 when a coldwater spa was opened here. Prior to this point, the community had been relatively poor. The popularity of Koenigstein im Taunus reached its height shortly before World War II. Of particular interest, Koenigstein became known as a "Jewish spa," because of the large number of prominent guests that visited here, including Otto Klemperer and Ernst Kirchner. Kosher meals were even prepared in the hotels and restaurants. Influential Jewish residents in Koenigstein im Taunus promoted an active and cultural life in the community.
Today there is much for the contemporary visitor to see and do in this town of 16,000. The castle is the site for various festival and cultural offerings, including a castle festival, a knights' tournament, and theatrical productions in the castle. Interestingly the municipality actually owns two sets of castle ruins, the ones at Falkenstein (Falkenstein vacation rentals | Falkenstein travel guide) and the ones at Koenigstein, which may be of interest to those intrigued by German courtly history. Koenigstein im Taunus is also a state-approved health resort, which includes a network of therapeutic walking trails. Kurbad Koenigstein contains indoor and outdoor pools, a hydro spa and bubble lounges, indoor tennis and badminton courts, and health and beauty centers. This makes Koenigstin im Taunus an ideal destination for those wishing to encounter both the historical and the healthy.
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This travel guide has been written by Rachel Hildebrandt.
Starting with her first trip to Germany at the age of 16, Rachel has traveled, worked, and studied in Germany extensively. Although her first encounter with German culture was in Lower Saxony, since that time the focus of her subsequent work as a freelance historian and translator has shifted eastward. Building on her graduate studies in Dresden, Rachel has worked for a variety of German foundations as a historian and translator, and is currently pursuing research pertaining to the Sorbs in Lusatia (eastern Saxony).
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