To judge from letters, the likes of Berlioz, Brahms and Mahler were constantly absconding to this watering hole or that in attempts to repair their shattered health. Few, however, went in for it with the zeal of Richard Wagner.

Richard Wagner Richard Wagner with his son Siegfried

The composer’s first visit occurred as early as 1834 when the 21-year-old checked into a spa with his friend Theodor Appel. As he grew older, Wagner became...

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