Otto Walther

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Otto Walther (born August 1, 1855 in Limbach / Saxony ; † April 6, 1919 in Baden-Baden ) was a German doctor and founded the lung sanatorium and thus the health resort in Nordrach .


He studied medicine at the University of Leipzig . After the medical state examination in 1880 he moved to London , where he found a job in a German hospital. After marrying his former British fellow student Hope Adams in 1883 , they both returned to Germany to set up a practice in Frankfurt am Main .

Walther's political convictions - he was a social democrat and after the Socialist Law was passed , he was about to be expelled from Frankfurt - forced a change of location to the rear of the Ohlsbach valley . Here on the Brandecklindle his idea to found a pulmonary hospital was born. His wife's tuberculosis disease was certainly one of the factors. The search for buildings finally led him to Nordrach .

He found the right location in the buildings of a former glass factory and opened a sanatorium in 1891; He steadily expanded the spa business he had started in the following years. The doctor's possession also included the “Anker” inn and a log saw. After his wife Hope left him (the marriage had two children: Heinz and Mara), Walther married the Danish Ragnhild Bayer on August 1, 1895 , a former patient.

That marriage has a daughter with Gerda Walther . Ragnhild Bayer died in 1903, after which Walther married Ragnhild's sister Sigrun. In 1908 he resigned from his position in Nordrach, sold the sanatorium to the Baden State Insurance Company and moved with his family to Lake Starnberg , and then to Baden-Baden in 1917 .

In 2013, the Nordrach community renamed part of Schönwaldstrasse to Dr.-Otto-Walther-Strasse.


  • Erich Herbst jun .: The historical sites of the municipality of Nordrach - On the trail of the past , Municipality of Nordrach, Nordrach 2003.
  • Sepp Schülj: Dr. Otto Walther, the founder of the Nordrach Colony Sanatorium: 1.8.1855 - 6.4.1919. In: The Ortenau: Journal of the Historical Association for Central Baden. 49th annual volume. Verlag des Historisches Verein für Mittelbaden, Offenburg 1969, pp. 191–194 ( online ).

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Chronicle , website of the Historisches Verein Nordrach, accessed on May 27, 2014.