Bad Homburg, Germany

Bad Homburg (map), or in full Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, is a town on the southern slope of the Taunus mountains, in Hesse, Germany. As the word Bad (meaning “bath”) in its name suggests, it is a spa town. Bad Homburg is well known in Germany for its therapeutic mineral water as well as for its casino (which seems to go hand-in-hand with German spa towns).

More on Bad Homburg

Bad Homburg covers 51.17 sq km (19.76 sq mi) and has a population of 52,000. The town is near to Frankfurt am Main, and is the choice residence of many upper-medium class employees of Frankfurt’s banks. As a result, it is one of the wealthiest towns in Germany.

Local tradition holds that Bad Homburg dates back to AD 782. Until 1912, its name was simply Homburg. Historians however have not uncovered evidence of settlement in the area any earlier than the 13th century. In any case, the earliest historical record of any mention related to Homburg dates to 1180. It was the domain of the Hessen-Homburg noble family in the 17th century. Following the Austro-Prussian War, Homburg became part of Prussia.

The discovery of the Elisabethenbrunnen, a hot spring in Homburg, led to the creation of the first spa building and its first casino in the 19th century. These attracted a stream of patrons from all over the region, particularly Russian nobility.

By the 20th century, the spa business was in decline, affected by the two world wars that took away its customers. However the town found a new role for itself, as a financial administrative center. Perhaps due to this, it also attracted wealthy residents in the financial industry, particularly upper-income individuals of Frankfurt banks.

Visiting Bad Homburg, Germany

Bad Homburg is located to the north of Frankfurt, which connects to it on Autobahn 5. You can also take the regional train S5 or the subway U2 from Frankfurt to Bad Homburg.

Sights & Attractions to visit in Bad Homburg

  1. Kaiser-Wilhelm-Bad
    Spa named after German Emperor Wilhelm, the main bath complex at Bad Homburg.

  2. Kurpark
    Landscaped park designed by Peter Joseph Lenné and laid out in 1854-67.

  3. Landgrave Castle
    Former residence of the local nobleman, today the town’s main landmark.

  4. Spielbank
    Bad Homburg’s casino, which it claims to be the oldest in the world.

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