Welcoming speech by the Lord Mayor

“Fin de Siècle – Remembering an era” is our theme for next year. This epoch covers an artistic and cultural movement spanning the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. “Fin de Siècle” is an important time for Bad Kissingen. It represents a push for modernity on many layers.

Dr. Vogel

On the 24th of April 1883 Ludwig II. declared Bad Kissingen to a health resort. In 1901 the Russian church was inaugurated, one year after that the second synagogue was built and in 1909 the well “Luitpoldsprudel” was constructed. Furthermore the new Kurtheater (1904-1905), the Wandelhalle and Brunnenhalle (1910-1911) and the Regentenbau (1912-1913) were built under prince regent Luitpold of Bavaria and according to the plans of architect Max Littmann. Under concert master Alexander Eichhorn the Kurochester Bad Kissingen boasted a large and demanding repertoire and let Strauss, Wagner, Rossini, Weber, Brahms and Mozart ring through the city.

Now in 2021 the cycle closes with a remembrance to the past. Where else could an event like this take place other than in Bad Kissingen, a monument of that time which endures to this day?

We´re looking forward to unforgettable moments and grand music at the Kissinger Sommer Festival.

Dr. Vogel Unterschrift

Dr. Dirk Vogel
Lord Mayor