Bath Houses in Bad Nauheim

Bath House 2

Bath House 2

The “Schwarzlot” paintings of symmetrical bird pairs on the french windows attract visitors like a magnet. Honey-coloured terracotta reliefs, embedded in blue-glazed ceramic clinker, conjure the charm of a fairytale world. Mythological figures are frolicking on the frescos in the ornate courtyard and a crowned mermaid is riding coquettishly on a dolphin on top of the fountain.

Bath House 3

Bath House 3

Blue and reddish-brown mosaic arrangements create a festive and ceremonial atmosphere in the waiting hall. The ornate courtyard with its rectangular pool reminds of a Roman atrium. The Rose overgrown pillars and pergola give the courtyard neo-classical features. A small fountain made of shell limestone rises out of a pool from where a chubby putto offers grapes to visitors.

Bath House 4 and 5

Bath House 4 and 5

The walls of the waiting halls of both bath houses are covered in violet-brown "Lahn"-marble with a circular golden mosaic adorning these in Bath House 5. Colourful oval windows made of opalescent glass set powerful accents. The abstract patterns assume a frog and a dragonfly. The ornamental courtyards combine memories of Baroque grottoes and typical Art Nouveau water creatures in the adornment of the fountains.

Bath House 6 and 7

Bath House 6 and 7

Mysterious masks made of glazed stoneware direct their eyes at the observer in the ornamental courtyard of Bath House 6, framed by fluted columns and a slender pent roof. A particular eyecatcher in Bath House 7 are the ornamental windows with their multi-staged rectangular framing. The waiting hall is lined with underglazed ceramics in shades of grey, brown, green and white illustrating the imaginative creativity of architect Jost. In the “Keramischer Schmuckhof” (Ceramic Ornamental Courtyard) a circular arcade reminds of monastic cloisters. All kinds of marine animals are cavorting on the pedestals, capitals, planters and benches. The highlight - without doubt - is the fountain system with its erotic charisma and Mediterranean lightness, reminding of the Renaissance period. Flower children perform a round dance for spring, the breasts of the mermaids spray water as an allegory to life-giving nature.

Fürstenbad

Fürstenbad Bad Nauheim

The “Fürstenbad” (lit. Sovereigns' Bath) with its valuable décor was reserved for the high nobility.  Russian Tsarina Alexandra used to be among the most prominent guests. Those who were seeking health, went to the marble bath at the feet of goddess Aphrodite - in Greek: “Anadyomene”, the one “risen from the foam”. The snakes hovering over her head represent Hygieia, the goddess of health.