Once a year, the Golden Age of the former world-renowned spa resort comes alive again when Bad Nauheim celebrates its Art Nouveau festival!
The Art Nouveau facilities in Bad Nauheim were built between 1904 and 1912. Art-enthusiastic Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine, who is also the founder of the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony, authorized the young architect Wilhelm Jost with the design of the ensemble. You can learn more about the architecture from the website of the Jugendstilverein (the local Art Nouveau Club).
Similar to the annual Barcelona Modernista Fair (in May), the Fira Modernista in Terrassa (also in May), Carcaixent (near Valencia, in June) and Canet de Mar (in September) there is this annual Jugendstil Festival in Bad Nauheim (in September).
And because such an event is something you have to experience, something you cannot feel by looking at a picture, I will attempt to give you an impression of what such a festival must feel like, with this video from Riga. Please enjoy…
Art Nouveau and nostalgia fans will find plenty to suit their interests with clothes, dancing and games from yesteryear, demonstrations of historical crafts, or lectures and exhibitions on how the Jugendstil reform movement influenced society and culture.
For three days, festival goers will feel like they’ve been transported back to the turn of the 20th century. At the artisan and restorers market, art lovers can admire the wide repertoire of Art Nouveau craftsmanship with exhibits and demonstrations of typical stucco, ceramic, glass, wood and jewellery works.
Visitors can also experience the flair of the olden days with a ride in a hackney carriage, the typical means of transport around the turn of the century. Young festival visitors in particular are likely to be fascinated by the penny-farthing cyclists.
So… if you are planning on traveling to Germany this week, make sure to stop by at Bad Nauheim. All activities are listed in the brochure that was published for the occasion (unfortunately only in German).
7 September – 10 September 2017
7 September – 9 September 2018
13 September – 15 September 2019
11 September – 13 September 2020