Bad Soden

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Bad Soden
Residential building in Bad Soden, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Residential building in Bad Soden, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Coat of arms of Bad Soden
Coat of arms
Bad Soden is located in Germany
Bad Soden
Bad Soden
Coordinates: 50°08′N 08°30′E / 50.133°N 8.500°E / 50.133; 8.500Coordinates: 50°08′N 08°30′E / 50.133°N 8.500°E / 50.133; 8.500
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Main-Taunus-Kreis
 • Mayor Frank Blasch (CDU)
 • Total 12.55 km2 (4.85 sq mi)
Elevation 130-385 m (−1,133 ft)
Population (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total 22,563
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 65812
Dialling codes 06196, 06174 (Altenhain)
Vehicle registration MTK

Bad Soden (also: Bad Soden am Taunus) is a town and spa in the Main-Taunus-Kreis, Hessen, Germany. Population 21,412 (2005).


Bad Soden is a residential town for commuters working in Frankfurt am Main and other surrounding cities. It is known for its various springs, which contain carbonic acid gas and various iron oxides. The waters are used both internally and externally, and are widely exported. Soden lozenges (German: Sodener Pastillen), condensed from the waters, are also in great demand. Bad Soden has a well-appointed Kurhaus, an Evangelical and a Roman Catholic church, and a hospital. It also has a residential building by the architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Bad Soden has two Districts: Altenhein am Taunus and Neuenhein am Taunus


Mayors from 1893:[2]

  • 1893–1912: Georg Busz
  • 1912–1920: Friedrich Höh
  • 1920–1923: Niederschulte
  • 1925–1937: Alfred Benninghoven
  • 1937–1939: Jakob Rittgen
  • 1939–1945: Karl Bohle
  • 1945–1948: Kuno Mayer
  • 1948–1957: Gilbert Just
  • 1957–1967: August Karl Wallis
  • 1967–1973: Helmuth Schwinge
  • 1973–1977: Hans-Helmut Kämmerer
  • 1977–1985: Volker Hodann
  • 1985–1986: Hans Jörg Röhrich (official by the government)
  • 1986–1992: Berthold R. Gall
  • 1992–2004: Kurt E. Bender
  • 2004-2018: Norbert Altenkamp
  • since 2018: Frank Blasch

Notable people[edit]

Otto Frank (1961)
  • Christian Seybold (1695-1768), artist of the era of Baroque; was baptized in Neuenhain (Taunus), lived until 1715 in Soden
  • Georg Thilenius (1868-1937), ethnologist and anthropologist
  • Peter Lang (1878-1954), member of the parliament of the People's State of Hesse in the Weimar Republic
  • Otto Frank, (1889-1980), father of Anne Frank, worked in Bad Soden before moving to the Netherlands with his family.
  • Elvira Bach (born 1951), German artist and painter, she was born in Neuenhain (Taunus) and lives in Berlin since 1970
  • Sabine Winter (de), (born 1992), German table tennis player, was born in Bad Soden.
  • Michael Jung (born 1983), German equestrian
  • Stef Herfurth - academic from Wake Forest University

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Bad Soden is twinned with:[3]


References in Literature[edit]

In Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, the Scherbatskys retire to Bad Soden to cure Kitty's illness.

In Ivan Turgenev's "Spring Torrents," Dimitry Sanin takes a trip with his future lover, Gemma, and her current fiancé to Soden, "a small town about half an hour's distance from Frankfurt".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). September 2018.
  2. ^ Joachim Kromer: Bad Soden am Taunus Bestehen aus der Geschichte. Verlag Waldemar Kramer, Frankfurt am Main 1990.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Partnerstädte" (in German). Bad Soden am Taunus. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  4. ^ "Partnerstädte". Stadtgemeinde Kitzbühel (in German). Retrieved 2008-08-04.

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