Elvis Presley the G.I. was stationed in West Germany for 17 months. This “Elvis in Germany” photo gallery visits the places where “The King” lived, worked and spent some time. For more about the places pictured below, see this article: Elvis Presley in Germany: Elvis as a Soldier in West Germany, 1958-1960.
The once-exclusive spa town of Bad Nauheim is located about a 30-minute drive from Frankfurt am Main. Although Elvis was actually stationed at the US Army base at Ray Barracks in nearby Friedberg, he did not live there very long. Unlike he fellow, less-famous G.I.’s, Private Elvis Presley was allowed to live off base with his family. He chose to live in Bad Nauheim, which was only a few miles from the US military base in Friedberg.
Bad Nauheim is a town in the German state of Hesse with a population of around 31,000. Below is a view of the city, a place that has not changed very much since Elvis left to return to the United States in 1960.
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Elvis and his crew were asked to leave two hotels in Bad Nauheim. This was the second one. The former hotel is now a private residence, and the site of the “Elvis Presley Square” and a black stone stela dedicated to the singer (right, with flowers). See the close-up view below.
Behind his BMW in this photo, you can see part of the house on Goethestraße. Notice the white wooden fence atop the concrete wall. Although the wall is still there, the fence above it, now made of metal, is almost obscured by the hedge today.
From our Elvis Presley in Germany article: “Each workday Elvis would rise at 5:30 in the morning … for his standard breakfast of slightly burned bacon, hard fried eggs, peaches, and homemade Southern baked biscuits with butter and jam. He washed it down with coffee before driving to the base at 6:30 – at first in his black Mercedes, later in two different BMW two-seaters. Most days, if he was not away on maneuvers, he would come home for lunch. Sometimes he would sign autographs in front of the house before coming in for lunch. In the evening he would return from the base in time for dinner with the household. At 7:30 p.m. he would go out and sign autographs for fans until 8:00 p.m. There was even a sign indicating the times in front of the house.”
Not to be outdone, Friedberg, home to the army base where Elvis was stationed, established its own Platz devoted to Elvis Presley. Unlike the one in Bad Nauheim, located next to the Hotel Grunewald, the square in Friedberg is in the middle of the downtown shopping area.
Learn more about the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” in Deutschland in our “Elvis in Germany” article (link below).
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