News of the healing powers of the Bad Steben springs had reached the Bavarian court even in the days of Maximilian I, who, in his role as Prince-elector, was responsible for uniting Bavaria and giving it its glamour and standing. His son and direct heir Bavarian King Ludwig I (1825-1848) was so impressed by the healing powers of the springs, that the Kingdom of Bavaria bought the springs, which had been renowned since the 15th century, from the district of Steben. This took place on 8th June 1832. The price was 600 guilders, a handsom sum for the time. As a result of this transaction, the idyllic town of "Steben" became a Bavarian state spa town.
Leo von Klenze, court architect to Ludwig I of Bavaria, shaped the face of the Kurpark spa gardens. It was his pen that drew the plans for the Badehaus, which was built in the following years and still bears his name to this day. The winged arcades of the columned Wandelhalle, which was built in 1910 and renovated in the 1980s, also form part of the defining structural elements of the state spa.
The spirit of this time and the people's love of detail and nature can still be sensed and felt to this day. The Kurpark with its historical buildings, which is maintained at great expense, takes visitors back to the good old days of around 180 years ago – the time of Biedermeier. Since 1953, the stylish spa facilities have been open to guests all-year-round, and since the mid-1990s, guests have been able to wander around the remodelled Kurplatz square. You can almost reach out and touch the time of the Bavarian kings when you drink a coffee in the Kurhauscafé – in the magnificent Kurhaus halls, with their wonderfully decorated stucco ceilings.