Renowned as one of Germany’s wealthiest postal codes, the 19th-century spa town of Bad Homburg makes a popular day trip from neighboring Frankfurt, less than 30 minutes away. Owing its fame to its 14 natural mineral springs, Bad Homburg markets itself as a town of ‘champagne air’ and has nurtured a thriving wellness center for over 170 years, surrounded by the idyllic forests and lakes of the Taunus Mountains.
A visit to Bad Homburg has to include a dose of pampering and the lavish Kur-Royal Day Spa is its most famous bathhouse, a 27,000-square-foot complex housed in the Neo-Renaissance style Kaiser-Wilhelms-Bad, which dates back to 1887. There’s more to the town than mud-wraps and massages, though. Visit the 17th-century Landgräfliches Schloss (Count’s Castle), once the summer residence of the German Emperors; stroll around the enormous Peter Joseph Lenne designed Kurpark, home to the opulent Spielbank Casino and a number of impressive temples and monuments; or explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed ruins of the Saalburg Roman fort.