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    The "Vier-Türme-Tour" (Four-Tower-Walk)

    by himalia11 Updated Apr 26, 2014
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    There are lots of signposted hiking paths in Bad Ems, and lots of them go up and down quite a bit. Unless you take the cycle path along the Lahn river!
    The longest hiking path with 16km is the Four-Tower-Walk, signposted with a red tower. It goes up to Wintersberg (224m) with the Römerturm, the Marlbergskopf (334m) with a look-out tower, the Bismarck-Höhe (240m) with its Bismarckturm and last but not least the Concordiaturm (265m). Altogether it's an altitude of over 600m, and will take about 6 hours.
    From the towers you always go down back to Bad Ems, except for the part from the Bismarckturm to the Concordiaturm. So what we did was split it into two walks, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, with lunch in the centre. Also we skipped the highest tower and cheated - we took the cable car up to the Bismarck-Turm! The walk from the Bismarck-Turm to the Concordiaturm and back to the centre again was 5 km, with a total altitude of 230m. And the walk to the Roman Tower on the Wintersberg and back along the Lahn river was 4 km and just 150m altitude. I was pretty exhausted but the views were amazing, especially when walking down from the Concordiaturm!

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    Römerturm (Roman Tower)

    by himalia11 Updated Apr 26, 2014
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    The tower on top of the mount Wintersberg is a reconstruction of the former Roman tower. Only the foundations were left and after they were discovered in the 1850s, the tower was built in 1874.
    The Limes, i.e. the frontier of the Ancient Rome, went through Bad Ems and an information panel near the tower shows its course. There had been watch towers at several places and the one on the Wintersberg offered a good view on the Lahn valley. The tower is part of the Unesco World Heritage. The view from there is nice although I more liked the views from the near the Concordiaturm. There's a hotel and restaurant called "Berghotel am Limes" next to the tower with a panorama terrace.

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    Caves "Heinzelmannshöhlen"

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    These caves are only a short walk uphill and look like holes in the rocks. "Heinzelmännchen" are little house gnomes (after a legend of the town Köln), and those caves look like they were carved out by such little people. There is however a more convincing explanation: very long ago the Lahn river used to be much higher so that the lime rock was in water; and then the thermal water from the springs nearby with its CO2 then did dissolve the lime rock. An interesting natural phoneme!
    There's a plate at the Concordiaturm with many details.

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    Concordiaturm (Concordia Tower)

    by himalia11 Written Apr 26, 2014

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    The Concordiaturm was built 1861 at a height of 265m and offers a fantastic view over the Lahn valley and Bad Ems. You can climb the tower for free. There's also the Restaurant Concordiaturm next to it with a small terrace from where you also have wonderful views. The restaurant was closed when we were there, so we also could take some photos from there.
    It's possible to drive up to this place, there's a small car park next to the tower and restaurant.
    We did walk to the Concordiaturm from the Bismarck-Turm, and then did walk down to the town. On the way down there are again several viewpoints with fantastic views!

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    Bismarck-Turm (Bismarck Tower)

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    The Bismarck-Turm was built 1900 and is named after the first German Imperial Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. It's just 12,5m high but cannot be climbed. In the 1970s it was partly rebuild when a restaurant was built next to it and now is used as store of the restaurant Bismarck's.
    The tower can easily be reached with the Kurwaldbahn as the top station of the cable car is directly next to it. Also several hiking paths go up there.

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    Russian Orthodox Church

    by himalia11 Written Apr 26, 2014

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    The Russian Orthodox Church was built in 1876 for all the Russian spa guests. It's open for visitors in the afternoon except Monday, from November through March only on week-ends. We were there at noon and I was too exhausted to walk there again after our hike, although this church with its blue and golden domes always made me curious. I definitely need to come back!

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    Quellenturm (Spring Tower)

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    The Quellenturm is found on the left bank of the Lahn river and is a striking building with its yellow painting and a height of40m. It was built 1907 above the four springs of the "Neuquelle" (New Spring), and was providing the adjacent bath house with thermal water.
    Next to it is a crazy golf with beer garden.

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    Kurwaldbahn (cable railway)

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    The Kurwaldbahn is a cable railway that connects the centre with the spa area "Bismarckhöhe" where you find several clinics. There are two carriages that manage a distance of 220m and an altitude of 132m. With a gradient of 78% it's one of the steepest cable railway in the world – nothing for me with my scare of heights! Fortunately the ride didn't take long!
    The entrance in the centre is near the casino, and you need to get a ticket from the ticket machine before you can pass the turnstile. When we were there it did go every 10 minutes, so we didn't have to wait long.

    Prices (2014): one-way ticket 2€, return ticket 3€.
    Opened from 6:15 until 22:30 (except Monday from 8:00 to 9:00).

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    Kursaal building and Casino

    by himalia11 Written Apr 26, 2014

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    Near the spa house there's another large building, with a café, a theatre, a marble hall and colonnades. It was built in the 19th century and houses all kind of events like concerts and dancing parties. Also a casino is part of that building, which formerly was a small concert room. It's the oldest casino of Germany (since 1720) but was closed in 1872 as gambling didn't fit into the Prussians ideals. It only was reopened in 1987. Admission is 1€, minimum age is 18.

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    Römerquelle (Roman Spring)

    by himalia11 Written Apr 26, 2014

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    The Römerquelle is a spring with 42° hot water which has lots of Natrium, Hydrogencarbonate and Chloride and shall help with digestion problems. Some stairs go down the spring, but unfortunately it was closed. A sign said that they'll open it once there's no risk for frost, so I guess this will be sometime in May.

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    Baroque spa house & spring hall

    by himalia11 Written Apr 26, 2014

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    The spa house was built 1711-20 by a princess of Nassau-Orange as private palace with two wings. The eastern wing is known as "Emperor Wing", as here the later Emperor Wilhelm I was staying during his visits of Bad Ems. The building now is a hotel and includes an Ayurveda health centre. Also it houses the "Brunnenhalle" (spring hall) with three different springs. It's in the lobby of the hotel, and you can visit it.

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    Spa gardens and Lahn promenade

    by himalia11 Written Apr 26, 2014

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    The spa gardens of Bad Ems is not that spectacular, it's just some green between the Lahn river and the Römerstraße where you take a short walk and enjoy the flowers. You can continued your walk along the Lahn river on a nice promenade.
    In the spa gardens also is an interesting monument of Emperor Wilhelm I from 1893, which shows him wearing casual clothes instead of a uniform.

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    Cure house 'Staatsbad' of Bad Ems

    by BSzrama Updated Jun 19, 2003
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    The princes of Nassau-Oranien built the cure house as baroque bath castle in 1712/15 directly on the bank of the river Lahn. It has been extended in architectural affiliation to its baroque building style in 1912/13.

    JW Goethe, emperor Kaiser Wilhelm I. and the Russian czar Alexander II has living there while their treatments. Today is in the ground floor the guest center with tourist info and a concert hall. On the middle place is the well-hall with the famous source mineral woda "Emser Kraenchen". In the western house is the five-stars cure hotel of the famliy Haecker.

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