Bad Ems Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Kathrin_E
  • Things to Do
    by Kathrin_E
  • Things to Do
    by Kathrin_E

Bad Ems Things to Do

  • Kurhaus and Spa Hotel

    The Kurhaus is the poshest location for treatments. Originally these were two separate buildings, one on Hassian and one on Nassau's ground as the border between both states ran right through here. In 1912/13 they were connected and united with a common facade. The Kurhaus is not an upscale hotel with its own spa facilities.The Brunnenhalle ...

  • Römerquelle

    The pavillon on the riverside promenade by the spa hotel and the bridge covers one of Bad Ems's healing springs. Due to the town's historical origins it was named Römerquelle, although there is no obvious connection to the ancient Romans. Unlike others in town this one is a cold spring. The taste is - hmmm, but could have been worse.A few steps...

  • Robert-Kampe-Sprudel - The Big Spring

    The strongest spring in Bad Ems is named Robert-Kampe-Sprudel (no idea after whom). The artesian fountain exits with enormous natural pressure and can reach a height of up to 8 metres. At a temperature of 57°C it is also the hottest among the local springs. The spring is covered by a modern hall by the entrance to the Kurhaus.The waters are...

  • Quellenturm

    This is not a medieval castle keep or watchtower. The so-called Spring Tower is not as old as it may appear – hardly more than 100 years, it was built in 1907. Nevertheless it is a beautiful landmark on the southern river bank. Together with the fountain in the river it is most photogenic from Kurpark – see my intro photo. From closer by it is less...

  • Bad Ems’s Walk Of Fame

    The spa town indulges in its history and commemorates the many aristocratic and famous visitors who came to Bad Ems in the past, mostly in the 19th century. Along the northern side of the Casino and Kursaal building, a row of bronze platters is inserted into the pavement, each naming a famous personality. These include rulers like Emperor Wilhelm I...

  • On the Limes

    Its location right on the Limes makes Bad Ems a World Heritage site. In the 2nd century A. D. the border between the Roman Empire and Germania ran right through the present town centre. The border was fortified with a palisade and guarded by Roman soldiers. Their castellum was located where the centre of the old village and the protestant church...

  • Walk the Trail by the River

    The best view of the spa buildings can be enjoyed from the footpaths along the river banks. From the Kurpark side you see the Russian church and Quellenturm (see separate tips). I recommend crossing the river and walking the trail on the opposite side, too, from where you have the panorama of Kurhaus and Casino. The photos were all taken from the...

  • Emperor Wilhelm I

    Bad Ems owes a lot of its fame to the fact that Wilhelm I, the Prussian King and from 1871 onwards German Emperor, loved this place and came for treatments regularly over almost six decades. Ems became the „imperial spa“ and a meeting point of the European aristocracy in that time.A monument to Emperor Wilhelm I with his statue made from white...

  • Kurpark

    Every Kurort must have a Kurpark and Bad Ems makes no exception. Due to limited space in the narrow valley it is not big but pleasantly located on the bank of river Lahn. A long straight double alleyway with flower beds in the middle, sycamores by the river and linden trees along the street, symmetrically designed, extends from the casino to the...

  • Casino, Theatre and Kursaal

    The centre of spa life is the Casino and Kursaal building on the river bank next to Kurpark and the various springs. The complex was erected in the 1830s and unites various functions. In the west there is the casino, one of the oldest in Germany, and the theatre. The central part contains the Marmorsaal (marble hall), the magnificent festival...

  • Balmoral Palace

    The white building on the slope behind the Russian church was owned by a Russian and named after a Scottish palace. The style is an example of the German Rundbogenstil, developed at the end of the era of classicism with some neorenaissance features. It dates from the 1860s. Originally it was named „Villa Diana“, but after a few years it was...

  • Russian Church

    The many Russian visitors to the spa got their own church. The Russian Orthodox church of St Alexandra was built on the river bank opposite the Kurpark in 1874-1876. Its five onion-shaped domes, one gilded and four blue, add an exotic feature to the townscape. The pretty half-timbered house next door with the large veranda was originally a...

  • The Old Bathhouse

    The first spa house was erected in 1715 as Nassauer Badehaus for the Dukes of Nassau. Spa activities began already around 1700, although Bad Ems’s ‚golden era’ took place more than 150 years later. The building is still used for spa treatments.

  • 19th Century Architecture

    in addition to the spa buildings, the residential houses are worth a look. They represent Bad Ems’s golden era in the late 19th century. Along the long street that connects the old village centre with the spa area (Römerstraße) you’ll find the finest examples, many of them were or still are hotels or guesthouses (photos 1-3). The quarter by the...

  • House of the Four Towers

    The so-called House of the Four Towers (Vier Türme), also named Karlsburg, is the oldest among the buildings of the spa area. It dates from the end of the 17th century. It looks like a small palace with four towers on the corners. Nowadays it is the seat of the Office of Statistics.

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

    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...

  • Römerturm (Roman Tower)

    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...

  • Caves "Heinzelmannshöhlen"

    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...

  • Concordiaturm (Concordia Tower)

    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...

  • Bismarck-Turm (Bismarck Tower)

    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...

  • Russian Orthodox Church

    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...

  • Quellenturm (Spring Tower)

    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.

  • Kurwaldbahn (cable railway)

    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...

  • Kursaal building and Casino

    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...

  • Römerquelle (Roman Spring)

    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.

  • Baroque spa house & spring hall

    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...

  • Spa gardens and Lahn promenade

    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...


Bad Ems Hotels

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  • Haeckers Kurhotel

    107 rooms with view on Lahn, villas and mansions of Bad Ems. The hotel has an own bath with warm...

  • Bad Emser Hof

    Lahnstr. 6-7, Bad Ems, 56130, DE

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • La Fenice

    Grabenstrasse 24, Bad Ems, 56130, de

Bad Ems Transportation

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    by himalia11 Written Apr 26, 2014

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    By train:
    Bad Ems lies at the train line Koblenz (20 min.) – Limburg (40 min.) and has two train stations, the main station "Bad Ems" where all trains stop and the western station "Bad Ems West". The tourist information is directly next to the main station at the square.

    By car:
    For those that come by car, there are several car parks in Bad Ems. We did take the large free car park at the train station, but there are also other car parks and a parking deck in the Grabenstraße.

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    by aniasmith Written Sep 27, 2007

    Favorite thing: Its lovely, mountain village, with amazing atmosphere and friendly people :)
    When you will get there around spring, summer, autumn, please make urself a pleasure and go to Therms, great place, nice looking swimming pools and amazing impression, when you are sitting in warm water outside while people are wearing coats :D

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