|Bundesstrasse 260 in Germany|
|Operator:||Federal Republic of Germany|
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|Overall length:||64 km|
It begins as a junction from the B 42 at Lahnstein within sight of the confluence of the Lahn into the Rhine and follows the course of the Lahn via Fachbach , the spa town of Bad Ems , Dausenau to Nassau (Lahn) . There it leaves the Lahn valley and serpentines up to the height of the Taunus to Singhofen , where in places it follows the course of the Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes (its section between the confluence of the Rhine-Lahnic K 14 in Singhofen and the intersection of the Hessian L 3374 in the Bad Schwalbach district of the city of Bad Schwalbach is therefore part of the German Limes Road ).
It continues through the communities of Pohl and Holzhausen an der Haide , after which it crosses the state border, through the community of Heidenrod and the towns of Bad Schwalbach and Schlangenbad . Behind Martinsthal , a district of Eltville am Rhein , the B 260 ends in Walluf at the B 42 .
South of Holzhausen , the main road climbs to the Kemeler Heide and the subsequent ridge ( Kemeler Ridge ), which forms the watershed between the Mühlbach and the Wisper in the west and the Dörsbach and the Aar in the east. The highest point on the Bäderstraße on the Kemeler Ridge, the western Hintertaunus , is the Mappershainer Kopf at . Only shortly before Wambach does the traffic return to the valley with an approx. 1,500 m long downhill section, the Wambacher Stich . Between the two places mentioned, the altitude mark of 400 m is never fallen below on a distance of almost 20 km. The road rises several times to over 500 m. It reaches its apex near Kemel , where it cuts into an elevation of 537.2 m.
Today's route largely follows an old Roman road that connected the forts Kemel , Holzhausen , Marienfels and Bad Ems . Evidence of the Roman past can still be found in the form of the fort near Holzhausen ad Haide and a clearly visible and voluntarily maintained course of the Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes in the municipality of Pohl (Nassau) .
As an Altstrasse , the southern part of the Bäderstrasse did not run through the Walluftal as it does today in the Middle Ages , but followed, just like the L 3037 state road , north of the Taunushauptkamm to the southwest slope of the Hohe Wurzel , and from there led steeply down to the Chausseehaus and over Kohlheck , the Schiersteiner Berg and the Mosbacher Berg , far west of the then still small city of Wiesbaden , to the Rhine. It wasn't until the end of the 18th century that the Bäderstraße ran through Wiesbaden as Schwalbacher Straße .
One of the first car accidents on the Bäderstrasse fell victim to Lord Carnarvon in 1901 . The accident happened while he was on the way to Langenschwalbach to pick up his wife from the cure. As an enthusiastic motorist, he had taken over the steering wheel from his chauffeur and was driving at high speed when he saw the road in Heimbacher Delle completely blocked by two carts of oxen behind a hilltop . He tried to evade and overturned the car. He was so badly injured that his chauffeur, who was thrown out of the car, had to resuscitate him. Of particular importance was a tear in his lung , which caused constant breathing difficulties and prompted his doctors to recommend that the winter always be spent in a country with a dry and hot climate like Egypt. Following this advice, he met the archaeologist Howard Carter there and supported him with his fortune in the excavations in the Valley of the Kings , which led to the discovery of the burial chamber of Tutankhamun .
On September 18, 2013 at around 7:55 am, one of the worst traffic accidents in Hesse for years occurred on the B 260 near Heidenrod-Mappershain. A car occupied by five people wanted to avoid an oncoming car that was overtaking a truck. It skidded and collided with the truck. All 5 occupants were killed and another person involved in the accident was injured.
As a federal road , the Bäderstraße was only dedicated after 1949. Presumably, on this occasion, the southern starting point was not Wiesbaden, but the junction from Bundesstraße 42 near Niederwalluf . In the 1950s the road was paved. In the 1960s, the Wambacher Stich was re-routed and the slope eased.
The B 260 is signposted from Bad Ems to Wiesbaden (beyond Walluf ) also as Bäderstraße Taunus. The reason for this name is the fact that the B 260 connects numerous health resorts (baths) with one another. For example Wiesbaden with Schlangenbad and Schlangenbad with Bad Schwalbach and Bad Ems. It is also part of the Lahn-Ferien-Straße between Lahnstein and Nassau .
The Bäderstraße is a main artery that connects the towns in the Rhein-Lahn district and western Untertaunus with the Rhine-Main area.
One problem with the B 260 is for years, especially in the southern section close to the metropolitan area, the high volume of traffic in rush hour traffic and excursion traffic. Even a slowly moving vehicle - such as a tractor or a truck - can cause long traffic jams, as the B 260 only runs in one lane in each direction with the exception of a few longer inclines and therefore it is seldom possible to overtake the obstacle safely.
In the cold season of the year, winter traffic obstructions are relatively often to be expected in the high-altitude section of the route.
- "Wiesbaden, City of Wiesbaden": Location and traffic situation. Historical local dictionary for Hessen. In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS).
- Report of the hessenschau from April 30, 2011: Mysterious Hesse - Post (from 25:05) ( Memento from October 17, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
- Die Welt from September 19, 2013: hit and run. Arrested after a car accident with five dead in Hesse