Anyway, 'taking the waters' is translated to German as "in Kur gehen" (literally: to walk to cure) and a colloquial meaning of that is 'taking it easy' or 'getting away from stress'. This is not why I am here, but it is a pleasant side effect !
If you're staying in a hotel in one of these Bad Something towns, you get a Kurkarte to prove that you are a Kurgast, which allows you access to the Kurpark and various other things.
But one does not need a Kurkarte to go for a 6:30 am walk through the city in the morning drizzle. One doesn't need it either to take pictures of the church a few blocks from my hotel.
|a touch of Neuschwanstein?|
I don't think one needs a Kurkarte to visit the Casino (a sign on the other side advertises Automaten).
|The 'river' side the Casino|
There are no obvious boundaries between the former Kurhaus and the new Casino.
I do like the old lead (?) water shelter above the entrance!
The giant cathedral (church?), the casino, and also this building below, the Hotel Steigenberger, seem to indicate that this little town had quite an affluent past.
I don't eat at the Hotel Steigenberger, but at a small Italian place right in the middle of town. The food is great but there is just sooo much of it and I finish it all. I can't help taking a picture of the cutlery. I even ask the waiter whether it comes with operating instructions ;-)
|Who is in the city?|
|early morning reflections|
These days it's not affluent gamblers that leave their money here or people who think that bathing in murky water will cure their gout or overeating habit.
It's the hip-replacement crowd that keeps this town alive! Bad Neuenahr is home to several rehabilitation centres for hip-replacement patients. Seems that once you have a new hip joint put in, someone has to teach you how to walk properly again. There is a high-rise medical building here that all the hip replacements from the greater area of Cologne are sent to.
Thou shall recognize them by their sticks ! But people on crutches are a sensitive bunch, and they don't like being photographed. There also seems to be a magic boundary and while within that limit people on crutches are abundant, almost none can be observed outside that circle.