Hotel Zum Loewen
Obergasse 14, Bad Homburg, Hesse, 61348, Germany
Absolutely worth your money
Garni Hotel with 2 stars.
Service is good, breakfast (buffet-type) is excellent. Eggsmade to order
Simple but clean hotel
Unique Quality: The location is very central in the old city (Altstadt) and only minutes away from the castle.
The owners are very friendly.
Directions: Old city
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2. The poem and some trees
4. Cyclist in Bad Homburg, Dorotheenstraße
1. In the suburban train S5 to Bad Homburg
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Gotisches Haus (Gothic House)
1. Gotisches Haus (Gothic House).
2. Displays on the history of Bad Homburg in the Gothic House.
This Gothic House was originally built in the early 19th century as a hunting lodge and vacation retreat for the Landgrave of Hessen-Homburg and his family. It is now used by the city of Bad Homburg as a history museum and a cultural venue for readings, lectures and children's concerts.
The house is located in the woods at the western edge of Bad Homburg, but it is easy to reach on the number 1 or 11 bus (last stop) -- and of course by bicycle.
When I was there they were starting some restoration work on the house and grounds, hence the bulldozer in the first photo, but the museum and cafeteria were still open.
Opening hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 14:00 to 17:00 (Wednesdays till 19:00), Sundays and most holidays from 12:00 to 18:00.
Admission is only two Euros for adults, one Euro for those who get a reduction for some reason (I didn't ask; perhaps I could have saved a Euro?). Children under 14 get in for free.
Tannenwaldweg 102, Bad Homburg
GPS 50°14'2.47" North; 8°34'28.85" East
The Russian to have their own house of worship
"Together with the English, the Russians predominated Bad Homburg´s spa guests at the end of the 19th century. The initiative to provide them a place of worship originated with the Russian Privy Councillor Proworoff, widely known in Bad Homburg as the "Rosenkavalier". This gallant gentleman seldom went out without a handful of roses, which he distributed one by one to the ladies he encountered along his way. Proworoff arranged the financing for the building; its plans were drawn up by the Saint Petersburg architect Professor Louis Benois, who had earlier designed the Russian Church in Darmstadt. Its lavish cornerstone ceremony in October 1896 attracted many illustrious guests, including Benois himself as well as the Russian Czar Nicholas II and his wife, who were staying in Darmstadt at the time, and Kaiserin Friedrich, who came from nearby Kronberg. Standing under a canopy, Czar Nicholas II laid the cornerstone himself. The Russian Church was inaugurated three years later. Today, it still serves as a place of worship for Bad Homburg´s Russian Orthodox congregation."
North end of Hölderlin Path at Sinclair House
1. Sinclair House with the entrance to the palace grounds and the White Tower.
2. Sinclair House at the corner of Dorotheenstraße and Löwengasse.
3. Hölderlin Path sign on the fence at Sinclair House.
The Hölderlin Path ends (or begins) at the Sinclair House right across the street from the entrance to the palace grounds in Bad Homburg.
Isaac von Sinclair (1775-1815), Hölderlin's friend and benefactor, was a diplomat and government official in the service of the Landgrave of Hessen-Homburg. At the same time, he was a leading figure in a group of democratically-oriented intellectuals.
Sinclair and Hölderlin had been friends since their student days together in Jena, and it was Sinclair who befriended and supported Hölderlin during both of his stays in Bad Homburg 1798-1800 and 1804-1806.
The Sinclair House is now used by the Altana Cultural Foundation as a venue for art exhibitions.
Another landmark of the Kurpark is this Russian Church, built from 1896 to 1899. It was designed by the architect Prof. Louis Benois of St. Petersburg, who also designed a Russian Church in Darmstadt at around the same time.
The last Russian Tsar, Nikolaus II, came to Bad Homburg and personally laid the cornerstone of the church in 1896.
Spa City Bad Homburg
Bad Homburg is one of the larger towns close to the villages and small towns where I grew up. Here I went to school for the last three years before going to University. The town is an old spa town, in which even the emperor Wilhelm the first used to go. It was known in many countries over the world, even the Siames emperor has been here for treatment. The downtown consists of a shopping street with sidestreets and the huge Kurpark, the parc for recreation. Another park close to the castle and the old town invites for a calm rest. There is also a casino in the parc, said to be the casino which inspired the famous casino in Monte Carlo.
In my travelogues I concentrate on the Kurpark, which I visited this monday morning.
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