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Bad Homburg Travel Guide

Kaiser-Wilhelms-Bad, Bad Homburg (© Thomas Becker - Fotolia.com)
Kaiser Wilhelm's Baths, Bad Homburg.

Introduction

Bad Homburg vor der Höhe is a spa town renowned for its medically used mineral waters.

History & Attractions

First popular with the Russian aristocracy in the mid 19th century, Kaiser Wilhelm II made it an Imperial summer residence in 1888, where his uncle, the future King Edward VII of England, was a frequent guest.

The Blanc brothers opened the local casino in 1842, which was a tremendous success. They were later invited to manage the then money-losing Casino of Monte Carlo, and turned it in the famous institution it has become.

In 1894, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia married Princess Alexandra of Hesse, daughter of Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. To celebrate their union, an Eastern Orthodox church was erected in Bad Homburg. The first stone was laid in the Russian Imperial couple's presence on 16 October 1896, and the church was consecrated three years later.

The Bad Homburger Golf Club, inaugurated in 1899, is Germany's oldest golf club. Bad Homburg's proximity from Frankfurt has made it a favourite commuter town for white-collar workers, and it is now one of the wealthiest suburbs of Frankfurt.

Palace & Lake, Bad Homburg (© Jo Chambers - Fotolia.com)
Palace & Lake, Bad Homburg.

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