From Stadtwiki Baden-Baden
|Address|| Kaiserallee 3
|Building Type|| Secular Building
The Trinkhalle (pump room) was constructed in the mid of the 19th century at the northern border of the Kurgarten in the Kaiserallee, which was called Promenad Straße back then. The Trinkhalle was established as a place where the guests could drink the waters of the thermal springs. This is still possible today indoors. In the 90 m long arcade, that is open to the east, one finds 14 large mural paintings of regional legends. In the building a tourist information and a café are housed.
Baden-Baden is well-known for its healing thermal water. In addition to the classy baths, there should also exist a place where spa guests could drink the waters. Therefore already Friedrich Weinbrenner built a pump room near the Stiftskirche. At the same time the Kurhaus was built, which lead to a splitted spa district. In the hindsight this proved to be not very useful. Only a decade after Friedrich Weinbrenner's death, his follower Heinrich Hübsch planned today's Trinkhalle close to the Kurhaus. The construction was carried out from 1839 to 1842. The Weinbrenner pump room was torn down during the construction of the Friedrichsbad.
Architecture and Building Use
The impressive building next to the Kurhaus is characterized by a 90 m long arcade, that is open towards the Oos. 16 Corinthian columns carry the roof. In the center, visitors can enter the building via an outside staircase.
The Trinkhalle houses a tourist information center. In the southern part a café is located, that includes a reading room.
Since 2007 the local chess club OSG Baden-Baden organizes a special chess event in the arcade. Every year the top players of the club (including the reigning world champion in chess) offer to play against 150 chess enthusiasts in a team simultaneous game.
The 14 murals were painted by Jakob Götzenberger in 1844. They illustrate legends about the town and the nearby countryside. In the following gallery, the mural paintings are listed by their position from south to north.
- Manfred Söhner, Baden-Baden. Kunst und Kultur entlang der Oos, Aquensis Verlag, Baden-Baden, 2007 ISBN 978-3-937978-10-9 p. 22