Updated: Jun 30, 2019
Several months ago I received an invitation to my best friend’s wedding and I made plans to attend right away. The wedding would take place at the groom’s place of residence in a tiny little town named Bad Homburg, in Germany.
I got my dress 4 months ago, a gold rob in silk with wide sleeves and my friend Danielle lent me her fancy fucsia purse. But then I realized I was going to be in Beirut in the CAMES program at the American University of Beirut learning Arabic. The CAMES program is a boot camp for Arabic language and one of the writers of the book we study in the Universities in the US is the coordinator and professor of this program, Mahmoud Al-Batal.
So, I could not miss classes but I was not going to miss my BFF’s wedding. So, I managed to travel for three days and go to her wedding without getting behind.
The arrival in Frankfurt was painless. However, customs was eternal and the guy in line in front of me was coughing his lungs out. When I was finally out, I went to find a train and the route to get to Bad Homburg given that all my buddies were going to meet at some point to celebrate Tata’s last night as a single woman.
One hour later I arrived in Bad Homburg, I thought I was going to encounter a city like the one I live in, small but with everything pretty available 24/7. Instead, I found this village where nothing is open on Sundays and everything closes on Saturday at 10pm. The downtown is a long street with stores and restaurants—quite expensive, BTW— and probably 1 or 2 bars that close early at night.
I spotted the church where the ceremony would occur and I took pictures of it, inside and outside. I walked around the town observing that every corner has an exhibition of art and that the town is obsessed with modern art.
Bad Homburg is the wealthiest town in Germany—which explains those cheap short dresses at 200 euros on discount—and it is know as a spa town for its fanciful mineral baths (from which the word Bad originates).
The renaissance architecture was my favorite aspect of the town, besides their odd interest in the arts and performances on a daily base in parks and restaurants.
The “Walking Woman” is a spectacular statue in front of the train station. To me, it represents the german culture of walking. But leave me your comments below as I do not really know what it portraits.
Some places to visit in Bad Homburg are Saalburg (a reconstructed fort and museum), the Bad Homburg Castle, the Thermal Parc, Russiche Kirche, Elisabethenbrunnen, and the Grossen Feldberg (and here, you will find one of the most beautiful views with peace, quiet, and nature.
I am spending 2 days in Frankfurt after the wedding and I will report from there. I am leaving below the pics of my friends wedding, and my favorite sights in Bad Hamburg.
If you take the train, you want to use S9 and S5 from the Frankfurt airport.