The Biedermeier period is actually an invention that never existed. The period after the Napoleonic Wars of 1815 and the bourgeois revolution of 1848 was a period of constant insecurity. People sought peace and cosiness in their private lives and outdoors. In Bad Steben, this idyll can be experienced every two years at the Biedermeier Festival.
Back to the good old Biedermeier period
When King Ludwig I bought the healing springs of Bad Steben for the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1832 and declared the town itself a state bath, the Biedermeier period was in full swing. People had taken pleasure in private, family pleasures. Rest and relaxation outdoors, away from worries and hardships, was the ideal concept, which became a perfect reality at the spa park of Bad Steben.
Strolling in colourful clothes between the spa park and the Wandelhalle
Nowadays, Bad Steben dedicates its own festival to the beloved period every two years. Also, friends of the Biedermeier period stroll through the spa park on every last Sunday of a summer month. The modern Biedermeier personalities walk between flowers and trees through the spa gardens, usually in their lovingly self-made dresses and frock-coats with authentic, handcrafted accessories and sunshades. Fashion shows, readings and operetta performances add to the colourful exhibition in the tranquil idyll of the Biedermeier town of Bad Steben.