Hotel Katharinenhof Garni
Ober-Erlenbacher Strasse 16, Bad Homburg, Hesse, 61352, Germany
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Erlöserkirche, Bad Homburg, DE
1. Signpost with the text of Hölderlin's poem
3. Cyclist in Bad Homburg, Obergasse
2. Tracks and an HLB train at Bad Homburg station
Travel Tips for Bad Homburg vor der Höhe
Bad Homburger Musiknacht, local festival
Bad Homburger Musiknacht is about a local music festival where at different bands play provid shows/gigs. Great gathering! Check out the link on program/time/place of Bad Homburger Musiknacht/festival (unfortunately written in German only).
Aktionsgemeinschaft Bad Homburg e.V.
Bad Homburg, 61281
ph: 01149-61 72 / 96 96-40
Church of the Redeemer (Erlöserkirche)
In my opinion the most beautiful church in the area is the church of the redeemer close by the castle. Inside you will find very beautiful golden mosaics and marble walls. The dark but still colorful interior gives the church a special atmosphere. I highly recommend to pass by there.
Landgrave's palace in Bad Homburg
1. Entrance to the palace grounds.
2. In the palace courtyard.
3. Romanische Halle, built 1901.
4. Museum entrance and shop in the palace.
The Bad Homburg Palace (Schloss) was built towards the end of the 17th century on the site of a former castle.
For many generations it was the residence of the Landgraves of Hessen-Homburg, and was later used by the German emperors as a summer residence until the last emperor had to abdicate at the end of the First World War in 1918.
The palace museum includes furniture and artworks from various historical periods, and there is also said to be an exhibit on the poet Friedrich Hölderlin, though this was supposedly closed for renovation when I wanted to see it recently. (I say "supposedly" because I had the distinct impression I was being lied to by the unhelpful museum staff.)
The palace is open, theoretically, Tuesday - Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer months, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter. Admission is 3.50 Euros for adults, and supposedly there are hourly guided tours of two of the wings. I have never taken one of these tours, so I can't say anything about them except that they are mentioned on the palace website.
Concerts of classical music are held occasionally in the Palace Church.
Lantern Fountain in the Market Square
When I first saw the Lantern Fountain, by Harri R. Freder, in the Market Square in Bad Homburg, I assumed it was referring to the German tradition of having groups of kindergarten and primary school children make their own lanterns (ideally with the help of their teachers, not their parents or grandparents!) and then walk around together singing Laterne, Laterne, Sonne Mond und Sterne on a cold November evening or late afternoon.
But no, in Bad Homburg they have their own Lantern Festival, not in November but towards the end of the summer. They claim this is the largest local history fair in the state of Hessen, and that it attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Bad Homburg each year.
The Russian Church in Bad Homburg
At the end of the 19th century a lot of the guest coming to Bad Homburg were from Russia, including the russian Czar Nicholas II himself and his wife. Therefore it was decided to build a chapel for the russian orthodox visitors. Still today the chapel is in use by the russian orthodox community in Bad Homburg. In case you are interested in it, you will find a link here.
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