Georgenthal im Taunus, Hessen, Central Germany. The Taunus is a mountain range north of Frankfurt/Main. Its tallest peak is the Großer Feldberg with 878 m. The region is known for its geothermal springs and mineral waters that have long attracted members of the European aristocracy to the spas, as well as for having given its name to the Ford Taunus. The range is older than the Alps - it originated during the Devonian period. The Roman Limes was built across the Taunus. After the fall of the Limes (260AD), the Alamanni settled here. There are some Alemannic cemeteries in Eschborn. The area became part of the Frankish confederation of Germanic tribes after the Battle of Tolbiac around 500AD. In past centuries the Taunus became famous among aristocrats for its therapeutic hot springs. Certain towns in the area, such as Bad Homburg vor der Höhe with its Kurpark, have geothermal spas. Other spa towns are Bad Schwalbach, dating back to the 16th century, Bad Ems, one of the most reputed therapeutic spas in Germany since the 17th century, as well as Bad Weilbach. By the 19th century the most famous spa towns in the area were Wiesbaden, Bad Homburg, Bad Nauheim, and Bad Soden.