The Rhine, the Spas, and Beyond; in War and Peace

  • Richard Scully
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For ‘folk tales and legends, romantic landscapes and Gothic castles’, the Rhineland was unequalled in quality and quantity, but there was also the attraction of the various spas and health-resorts which lined the river’s banks, and contributed in no small way to its popularity as a destination for British travellers.1 J. A. R. Pimlott asserted that it was ‘in large measure due to the English that … German mineral springs [were] transformed into cosmopolitan resorts’, and the vogue for ‘hydropathy’ which was exported from the spas of the Rhineland attracted large numbers of British seekers after health and wellbeing.2


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  • Richard Scully
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  1. 1.University of New EnglandAustralia

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