Not more than 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life of Frankfurt am Main, you’ll find refuge in the healing springs of Bad Soden am Taunus.
Located on the southern end of the prosperous Taunus Mountains, you’ll enjoy 30 (!) thermal and mineral springs. For those of you who love a good dip, this is THE place for you!
The town itself dates back more than 800 years but the area dates back even further with archeological finds going back to 600 B.C.
From the time of at least the 15th century the local people knew of the “medicinal” properties of Bad Soden, having talked about a “fountain of health” known as the Milk Spring.
During the time of Germany’s Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) the farmers of the area covered up the milk spring with dirt and a millstone, so that the wouned wouldn’t make pilgrimages here. The spring was lost to war and time, thankfully rediscovered by a farmer some fifty years later.
Many of the famous have come to Bad Soden to relax and benefit from the warm salt water thermal pools. In its heyday, the likes of Kaiser Wilhelm, Wagner (who wrote the famous Wedding March), and Tschaikowsky (Swan Lake Composer) could be seen taking a therapeutic dip.
Bad Soden must have left some impression on Tolstoy since he mentions it in his famous book Anna Karenina.
The modern town of Bad Soden plays host to Wine Week every May and the Mid Summer’s Night Festival (Sommernachtsfest) on the 3rd weekend in August. Since this town is so close to the city of Frankfurt, many residents live in in this tidy little suburb and commute to the big city.
If you’re looking to fully appreciate the town, a stop at the Municipal Museum will help. The exhibits on display really give you an understanding of the history and life in Bad Soden. The restored Old Town Quarter has a Hundertwasserhaus, one of the homes of the famous German artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
There are a few parks (which are great for just a healthy walk), and you should see the “Fountain of Champagne” which is located in Wilhelmspark and is also where the Art in the Park (Kunst im Park) viewing starts.
What an illustrious history this town has had over the centuries. Romans, writers, composers, and even emperors have made the special journey to the extraordinary countryside of the Eichwald Forest, simply known as Bad Soden.