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Medico-Palais Bad Soden am Taunus
At the time Europe’s largest inhalatorium, the “Burgberginhalatorium“, located at the foot of the Bad Soden Burgberg, opened for business in 1912. In peak times, up to 300 patients could inhale there in their patient cabins. Known by the name “Medico Palais” today, the building with the neo-classicist front, harbours numerous medical specialist practices.
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The Paulinenschlößchen was built in 1847 on orders of the Duchess Pauline von Nassau, who, since 1841 regularly came to Soden to take cures. In 1855 she sold the building to the physician Georg Thilenius. Until its sale to the city of Soden in 1909, it was a popular guesthouse. Here, in the eighties and nineties of the 19th century, rulers, princes and princesses, ministers, military officers chose accommodation during their spas. Among them, were the Princess Bismarck and her daughter. Today the Paulinenschlößchen is home to the Central Citizens’ Office of Bad Soden.
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On the initiative of Dr. Georg Thilenius, in 1870/71 a bath house was planned and built in the “Kurpark“, at the site where formerly, the graduation works of the salina had stood. Refurbished several time to meet the requirements of the spa treatments, a storey was added to the building in 1905/06. After its complete restoration in 1997, the Badehaus today serves as the city’s cultural centre. In addition to the city museum and the city archive, the historical building harbours Bad Soden’s city library and the municipal exhibition spaces “Stadtgalerie” and “KunstKabinett”.
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In the rooms of the old “Badehaus“, remodelled to serve as a museum for more than 800 years of Bad Soden history, as well as two of its urban districts incorporated in 1977,  are brought to life.  Several show rooms on pre-and early history, salt extraction, spa and balneology, famous Soden celebrities and artists invite to an entertaining visit. For example, to have a look at an original old grocer’s shop from 1910.
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In its program of monthly changing exhibitions, the municipal gallery (Stadtgalerie) presents art, spanning from contemporary paintings, graphics, photography, to sculpture and objects. Also historical exhibitions with a regional or local relevance are shown. So every year artists with international fame, like James Rizzi, Markus Lüppertz or Elvira Bach, regional artists, as well as historical exhibitions attract large numbers of visitors to the “Stadtgalerie im Badehaus”.
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Bad Soden am Taunus owns nine state-approved medicinal springs and three mineral sources, freely accessible to the public. Next to the “Neuer Sprudel” (New Source) and the “Schwefelbrunnen” (Sulfuric Spring), three more sources are to be found between the former “Trinkhalle” (pump room) at the “Quellenpark” and the “Hundertwasserhaus”. In addition to the saline well (“Solbrunnen”) situated in the Sodenia Temple in the “Quellenpark”, there are three more sources in the “Wilhelmspark” (known as Winklerbrunnen, Glockenbrunnen and Champagnerbrunnen). The therapeutic application of the medicinal and mineral water (baths, inhalation, drinking) covers pathologies as diverse as diseases of the muscosceletal system, skin diseases and diseases of the digestive system.
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1823, after drainage and subsequent replanting of a grazing pasture in the neighbourhood of the former salina, marks the beginnings of the “Kurpark”. Old and quite rare trees constitute the unique charm of this 42,000 sqm English-style park in the centre of the town. Here exotic trees can be found, like the Indian bean tree (Catalpa), the Western Red Cedar or the Ginkgo biloba. Looking towards Königsteiner Straße, the art nouveau villa of the former Frankfurt physician David Rothschild resides.
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The 44,000 sqm “Neuer Kurpark”, established from 1961 onward, is larger than the “Alter Kurpark“ and connects  the “Eichwald“ in East of the city with the inner city of Bad Soden.
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The “Quellenpark“ was created in 1856 by Friedrich Thelemann, the chief court gardener (“Hofgartendirektor“) of the House of Nassau. In this garden the spring bubbles, which the Frankfurt city council already commissioned to examine in 1567.  In 1888, a temple accommodating a statue of Sodenia, the patron goddess of Bad Soden am Taunus, was set up above this spring.
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In 1911 the Soden city council decided to establish another park, in addition to the Kurpark and the Quellenpark. The execution of this work was commissioned to the Siesmayer brothers, garden architects. At the entrance of the park the so called Winklerbrunnen, a mineral source is located. It was found in 1806, during construction works for a villa that shortly afterwards became a property of the Winkler family. The villa was demolished in 1910. Since 1924, the mineral source has a well enclosure.
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This “fairy tale castle of 1001 nights“ was designed by the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000) The stone foundation was laid in November of 1990. The residential complex consists of 17 different apartments. The integration of the first Soden spa building into this ensemble is a unique architectural achievement.
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The Foyer of the Bad Soden Ramada Hotel is home to the World’s largest collection of Meissen Porcelain of decor variety “Voller grüner Weinkranz mit weißem Rand” outside Meissen. The collection encompasses 1,900 items, of which 1,300 are of the variety of ”Voller grüner Weinkranz mit weißem Rand”. An important part of the exhibition consists of almost 500 representations of animals, figurative compositions and celebrities. This unique collection was donated to the city of Bad Soden am Taunus by Sigrid Pless, their honorary citizen.
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In 1900 the Taunus Club Soden built the „Burgwarte“, an observation tower with a height of 10 metres, on the local Burgberg. In 2008 the edifice, located above the „Alter Kurpark“, was renovated and is in excellent condition again today.
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The former water tower (“Wasserturm“) was constructed in 1911, its exclusive purpose being the irrigation of a privately owned floriculture of cloves. The local chapter (NABU Bad Soden) of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Germany leased and restored it. Today the Wasserturm serves, besides other uses, as a dwelling for barn owls, kestrels, swifts and bats. A narrow spiral staircase leads to the top of the tower room, from where one can enjoy an excellent view of Bad Soden and the Main valley.

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