Photographer's Note

This is the Trinkhalle [the Pump Room] in Baden-Baden, built for mineral cures by Friedrich Hübsch in 1839-42. It's built around the Friedrichsquelle [Friedrich's well] and the healing water is served inside the building.

The hallway is 90m (295ft) long and lined with 16 Corinthian pillars and the inner wall is decorated with 14 frescoes inspired by Götzenberger’s tales from Baden-Baden. They tell stories about the city's history and refer to several nearby attractions, as Yburg, Castle Hohenbaden and Fort Windeck.

In the days of Kaiser Wilhelm I, the nobilities and upper class were frequent guests in Baden-Baden and this was the place to 'mingle', drink the water and enjoy the amusing tales. The Emperor himself and his wife Augusta came here almost every year for four decades.

Today the building contains a tourist information, a ticket agency, a souvenir shop and a reader’s café with domestic and international press. For €0,50 you can buy a plastic mug, so you're able to drink from the healing well.

Believed to be able to cure almost any ailment, I didn't dare not to drink!

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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