Excursion Bad Ems & the Emperor's Spa

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Visit one of Europe’s oldest spa towns on a Bad Ems trip with The River Cruise Line. The town of Bad Ems straddles the Lahn river, a tributary of the Rhine, in Germany. In the middle ages, archbishops, knights and dukes came here in search of a cure for their ailments; in the baroque period it was barons and princesses, and in the 19th century, emperors, tsars and monarchs along with artists and scholars from all over Europe spent many weeks of the year in Bad Ems – it is dubbed ‘the Emperor’s Spa’ due to its most famous guest, Emperor Wilhelm I. To this day, it is still a sought after destination with exceptional spa facilities offering a full spectrum of treatments, but its past is still visible at every turn with impressive architecture set in a beautiful landscape. Bad Ems is also famous for the largest flower festival in Germany, which takes place at the end of August each year and attracts many thousands of visitors. During our Bad Ems excursion we follow the traces of its history and famous guests, and take in some of the main highlights.


• Bad Ems was first mentioned in official documents in 880 and received its town charter in 1324

• Some of the works by composer Jacques Offenbach were performed for the first time in the Marble Hall

• In 2014, the spa was extended with a swimming river sauna which is unique in Germany


• The Marble Hall, which was designed according to the former architectural style of a basilica with marble columns and a decorative ceiling

• The Spa Theatre, scene for numerous musical, opera and theatre events

• Benefit from the company of an experienced guide

Book our Bad Ems & the Emperor’s spa excursion as part of a package and save money. Take a look at our cruises for more beautiful destinations or contact our Holiday Advisors for further information on any of our holidays.