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Traveling in Germany
The North and the Baltic
The Black Forest and Bavaria
Mad King Ludwig
Health and fitness are national preoccupations, apparent in the German love of soccer, skiing and tennis, and in the spa towns
that thrive all over the country. At these spas Germans reap the benefits of medicinal waters and enjoy the other facilities,
which can include mud baths, saunas and steam treatments.
Germany's oldest casino is one of the features of Baden-Baden, a celebrated spa town with graceful 19th-century hotels. Other
spas also are worth investigating. Bad Ems, in the Rhineland's picturesque Lahn valley, was 19th-century ruler Kaiser Wilhelm's
personal favorite. A steam train travels from Bad Doberan, near Rostock in eastern Germany, to the country's oldest seaside
resort, Ostseebad Heiligendamm, founded in 1793. Bad Kissingen, Bavaria's most popular spa, is on the banks of the Saale river.