Bad Ems Travel Guide

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Bad Ems Things to Do

  • 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...


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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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