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Badenweiler, Germany

By the end of the 19th century, Russia and Germany were not only dynastically, but also culturally and economically closely connected. Almost 10% of all the guests at the thermal spa of Badenweiler, the small summer residence of the Grand Duchy of Baden, came from the Russian Empire at that time. The seriously ill Chekhov, too, arrived in 1904, but succumbed after only a few weeks to his lung disease, from which he had suffered for over 20 years.

In 1908, four years after his death, Russian friends and admirers, among them the famous director of the Moscow's Art Theater, Konstantin Stanislavsky, established a monument for Chekhov in Badenweiler - the first monument to a Russian person to be inaugurated outside of the homeland.

The new age of historical and cultural relations of Taganrog and Badenweiler came after 1998, when the literary museum CHEKHOV SALON (today the only museum dedicated to Anton Chekhov in West Europe) opened in Badenweiler. In 2001, the municipal choir LIK and the official delegation of Taganrog took part in the 3rd International Literature Forum in Badenweiler.

In 2002, eight representatives of Taganrog Chekhov Theater visited Badenweiler and put on stage the Chekhov's Proposal in German and in Russian languages. In August 2002, The Week of German Culture was held in Taganrog for the first time. Within the framework of this week, several official meetings of Taganrog, Lüdenscheid and Badenweiler local government official were held. At the closing of the German Week, the Mayors of Taganrog and Badenweiler and the Rostov Oblast Minister of Culture signed a communique on cooperation and development of cultural relations.

In 2003, Heinz Setzer, Director of Tschechow-Salon in Badenweiler took part in the International Conference "Young Chekhov", which was held in Taganrog at the Chekhov Literature Museum.

In 2004, Taganrog, the city where Anton Chekhov was born and Badenweiler, the town where the Russian writer spent the last three weeks of his life in 1904, joined their efforts to organize the International Chekhov Memorial Year. The events dedicated to 100 years since Anton Chekhov's death were held in Taganrog and Badenweiler, but they gathered an international audience.

For more information on Badenweiler go to http://www.gemeinde-badenweiler.de

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Badenweiler Coat of Arms

Chekhov monument on Burgberg

Cassiopeia Therme Central Entrance

Cassiopeia Therme