Diplomats, princes and kings – it was an illustrious company that gathered in Bad Kissingen to take a cure at the time of Prince Regent Luitpold (1886-1912). The medicinal water received its first mention as early as 823 AD and attracted spa guests to the city from 1520 at the latest.
In the 18th century, the foundation stone for the spa district in Bad Kissingen was laid due to the growing interest in acidulous water treatments. It is largely preserved to this day and listed as an ensemble. A new spa building with a park was built according to the plans of Balthasar Neumann. The brine spring was also surrounded by a basin. The building work involved a relocation of the nearby riverbed of the Franconian Saale – for fear of floods. This led to the discovery of two additional brine springs: “Pandur” and “Rakoczy” were also furnished with an oval basin.
King Ludwig I. (reg. 1825-1848) finally had a cast-iron protective pavilion built over the two springs. The pavilion is one of the early engineering structures in Bavaria.
The complex was extended further under the architect Max Littmann (1868-1931) between 1905 and 1912. This is when the present Wandelhalle was built, a late art nouveau building. With its circular floor plan, the Wandelhalle is reminiscent of a basilica. The medicinal water of the brine springs “Pandur” and “Rakoczy” flows into the centre of the pump room, which is located in the western wing of the building.
A visit to the Bad Kissingen spa district is worth it! Walk through the Luitpold Park and try the water of the brine springs. The water is drawn from the glossy brass taps in the pump room twice a day on working days, and once a day on Sundays and public holidays, by the spring women. Drink the water as you wander through the monument, and discover the impressive architecture at the same time.