Further sites in Bad Nauheim

Trinkkuranlage

“Trinkkuranlage” (drinking cure complex)

Between 1910 and 1912 the new “Trinkkuranlage” (drinking cure complex) with its colonnades was established, leading in the shape of a horseshoe around a large basin and an orchestra shell. The jewel of the ensemble is formed by the octagonal “Kurbrunnentempel” (lit. Spa Fountain Temple) with its spring channel as a “baptistry of healing waters”. The neighbouring “Trinkhalle” (lit. Drinking Hall) is reminiscent of ancient baths and early Christian churches. The centrepiece is the octagonal, golden “mouth of the spring” which is covered with Scharvogel tiles. Daily, except on Mondays, visitors can sample the mineral springs at the “mouth of the spring” in the “Trinkkuranlage” between 2 and 4 pm.

For more information on Bad Nauheim's mineral springs, please click here.

City Library

City Library

The former “Inhalatorium” (Inhalation Room), today's city library, was Jost's first building in Bad Nauheim, erected in 1901/02. Hessian half-timbered architecture with ornamental details indicates historism and the beginning of Art Nouveau. The hall in the entrance area represents a synthesis of medieval craftsmanship and modernity. Elements of early Art Nouveau are illustrated by the decorative details of the coloured glazing and door fittings. The rich colours of the flower patterns in the luminous windows create a magical effect in the room.

Today, the city library is also available to visitors as a “Haus des Gastes” (House of the Guest).

Jugendstil Theatre

Jugendstil Theatre

The social hub used to be the “Kurhaus” (Spa House), built between 1864 and 186, in the style of the Italian Neo-Renaissance. Ever increasing numbers of guests required an extension of the complex. The concert hall with its gardens and spacious terraces with a music temple became meeting place of the high-society in a time when taking a cure was still considered a social event. Today's “Jugendstiltheater” (Jugendstil Theatre), rebuilt according to old models after the fire in 1980, reminds in its décor of the style of late Art Nouveau.

Heating Plant

Heating Plant

In the years of 1906 and 1907, a nursery in “local construction style” was established at the edge of the Spa Gardens, a group of buildings of cosy, simple beauty. In the opposite direction, “Am Goldstein”, Jost built between 1905 and 1911 the engine house with district heating plant, power plant and ice-making works, a steam laundry and the new buildings of the salt works. The chimney of the district heating plant was consciously integrated in the line of sight of the “Sprudelhof” and the train station, a symbol of an epoch-making, modern technology.

Train Station

Train Station

The train station was built in 1912 and is still a part of the Art Nouveau epoch. Its structure and decoration, however, correspond to Baroque architecture. Charming angels, the head of Hermes and the framing ornaments of the clock in the tympanum indicate the style of art. The bust of Hygieia, the goddess of health allegorised with salvation-bringing snakes, clearly points to Art Nouveau. Ceramic wall coverings and colourful windows characterize the image of the main hall.

Beneke Fountain

Beneke Fountain

The monument honours a medic who was active as Bad Nauheim’s first spa doctor from 1857 to 1882, Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm Beneke. His research laid the groundwork for the later international reputation of the spa town for cardiac diseases. The kneeling female character can be interpreted as Hygieia, the goddess of health, or as a nymph. Sea creatures symbolize water as a salvation-bringing source, dancing angels idealize youth and health.

Private Homes

Private Homes in Bad Nauheim

Around 1900, hotel buildings, guesthouses and private homes in “Darmstadt style” made the late art nouveau style local in Bad Nauheim. The independent style of art should convey a regional identity, adapt to the surroundings and please the guests. Ornamental and creative elements such as stained glass windows, doors with curved door handles, delicate and geometrical balcony- and staircase banisters, small mosaics, male masks and elegiac looking girl faces indicate the sense of forms of Art Nouveau and the charm of this era.