The Attractions

What must those times have been like, when beauty and harmony were just as important as functionality and cost-effectiveness? Elegant villas, idyllic pavilions, large, magnificent structures and many hotels and guest houses in the State Spa of Bad Brückenau bear impressive testimony to this. Yet within these historical façades, all the contemporary comfort that can be expected has found its place. And at the latest when one sees the modern architecture of the new medicinal spring lounge, one realises that time has not stood still. Perhaps it is this very contrast that makes the State Spa of Bad Brückenau so unmistakable.

Spa Hall building

In 1827-1833 the monumental Spa Hall building was built according to the plans of Johann Gottfried Gutensohn next to the Spa Hotel on the west side of the spa garden. In 1826 King Ludwig I invited architects to a competition for a construction programme which was created by himself.

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The curved basement makes a great visual impact on the classicist styled main front to the gardens. On both sides of the cellar entrance arcaded perrons lead towards the two-floored, main building which is recessed on a panorama terrace and which is connected to the one-floored side wing with open arcades.

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Spa Hotel

In 1821-1823, in place of the outdated bath house of 1779, a large new building was built by order of King Ludwig I according to the plans of Leo von Klenze and under the control of the Würzburg district architect Dreyschütz.

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Built in 1894 in classical style, the building was named after the empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi). During her four-week stay in Bad Brueckenau in 1898 she lived in the building.

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Palace Hotel Fuerstenhof

In 1751 the two-floored inn “Ross” (Steed) was created as the main building. In front of the building the hillside slopes in terraces into the valley, where the axis of the main boulevard continues.

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Villa Schwan (“Swan Villa”)

Built according to the plans of the Munich architect Eugen Drollinger in the Art Nouveau style in 1906, the Swan Villa is nowadays a modern, comfortable accommodation facility in central location in the historical spa gardens.

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Protestant Christuskirche

(“Church of Christ”)
The church is built in the Art Nouveau style according to the plans of the Munich court architect Eugen Drollinger. It was consecrated in 1908 and is unique in Lower Franconia. In architecture and furnishings, the church is adapted from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The white sandstone used comes from a quarry on the neighbouring Fondsberg hill. Further Information

Catholic Marienkirche (“Our Lady’s Church”)

The church is adapted from the old Bavarian baroque churches. It was built according to the draft by Eugen Drollinger and consecrated in 1908. The red sandstone floor has a herringbone pattern. The Way of the Cross and the statue of the Virgin Mary were created by the Bad Brückenau artist Sebastian Putz. Further Information


In 1899-1901, a guest house was built opposite the “Kursaal” building according to the plans of the Munich architect Max Littmann. The enormous, three-storey structure with a facade length of 19 axes was formed in the art nouveau tradition. The facade facing the Castle Park is structured by a raised, three-axis, projecting corner construction. Further Information

Haus Hirsch

In 1747, in the Fulda era, the year the spa was founded, the baroque pavilion was built with a mansard roof. Even today, the Deer House is the only building of five others (Beaver, Lamb, Lion, Ram and Swan) by the architect and building inspector Andreas Gallasini that is still preserved in its original location.

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