West Germany: This Year in Marienbad

"Are the stairs growing steeper?" ask advertisements in West German newspapers. "Or why is it that you must stop and rest halfway, with your heart beating in your throat?" The answer, according to the ad, is not to take the elevator but to take the cure at Bad Tölz, a gemütlich Bavarian spa* where "a new, particularly iodine-rich spring gives your blood vessels elasticity, your heart strength, your nerves fresh vigor." Like all the 140 officially recognized watering places in West Germany, Bad Tölz is itself in the pink of condition, thanks...

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