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Wellness in Spas: Bad Langensalza
In Bad Langensalza and Bad Tennstedt you
enjoy the wellness programmes at the brine and sulphur springs,
visit the sights of the historical town center,
celebrate medieval festivals,
walk in the spa gardens along the town wall or
Near Tennstedt in 1794, the 22 year old administrative clerk Novalis fell in love with 12 year old Sophie von Kuehn.
At the same time Clemens Brentano did not like Langensalza at all: He did not have to continue for very long the commercial apprenticeship he had started in 1796 with his father's business friend.
From 1748-1750 the poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock was employed as private tutor by relatives in Langensalza. He fell in love with Fanny, his cousin Maria Sophia Schmidt.
The physician Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland was born in Langensalza in 1762.
In Langensalza and in nearby Tennstedt sulphur springs were found in 1811.
Business in Tennstedt picked up faster than in Langensalza, so that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe went to Bad Tennstedt in 1816 in his first visit of the baths.
Today, Bad Langensalza is the main spa. There is a rehabilition clinic in Bad Tennstedt.
In the health resort atmosphere of the Friederiken thermal bath in Bad Langensalza you can choose between
indoor and outdoor thermal pools,
springs with a high concentration of brine and
a cascading pool using freshwater from a well.
The water temperature in the brine springs varies from 32 to 36 degree Celsius (89.6 to 96.8 degree Fahrenheit).
lie in the sauna,
get a massage and
try the cosmetic treatment.
The thermal bath lies next to the botanical garden. It is open daily to all visitors.
The sulphur comes from seven springs with different chemical analysis. It is used mainly for mobility complaints.
The thermal brine is pumped from approximately 2821 feet, it is applied for rheumatic illnesses, skin complaints, bronchitis and catarrh.
In summer the open air swimming pool is open in Bad Tennstedt.
The historical city centers of Bad Langensalza and Bad Tennstedt are worth seeing.
In Bad Langensalza you still see the tower of the old gothic town hall built in 1379: the town hall itself is a Baroque building. The market well in front of the town hall was erected in 1582.
The Friederiken-Schloesschen - "small palace" - was built on the outskirts of Bad Langensalza in the middle of the 18th century, at the same time as the town hall.
The parish church St. Bonifatius originates from the 14th and 15th century, as well as the "mountain" church St. Stephan in the North of Bad Langensalza.
A large part of the medieval fortification is preserved, so are 17 of the former 24 defense towers.
The originally Romanesque Schloss Dryberg is the oldest building in Bad Langensalza.
At the Kornmarkt square the physician Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland was born. In his fundamental book of 1796 "Macrobiotics or how to prolong life" he calls for moderation in all walks of life.
In the small Bad Tennstedt you get a good impression on how a medieval town used to look.
A large part of the fortification is preserved including the Osthofen gate that was built in the middle of the 15th century.
The oldest part of the town hall is from the 14th century, the gothic parish church, the hospital church and the hospital are worth seeing.
Throughout June Bad Langensalza celebrates the discovery of the springs: The Brunnenfest is a fair with a parade, carousels, food stalls and a festival tent.
End of June the rose and park festival takes place.
On August 30th / 31st Langensalza citizens disguise in medieval costumes and celebrate the Middle Ages Festival with medieval market stalls and performances.
Gardens and Parks
Next to the Friederiken thermal bath you find the Bad Langensalza botanical garden.
The spa gardens lead you along the medieval town wall.
A Japanese garden invites you to meditate and to relax, within ponds and dry landscapes, islands of the blissful, a dry cascade, a plant pavillon and a tea house.
An old tower of the town wall was renovated by the "Bund fuer Umwelt- und Naturschutz" - the German branch of Friends of the Earth. The tower houses a library on environmental issues. You find a nature garden there with biotopes, herbal plants and a natural hedge.
Next to the spa gardens there is a rose garden and a rose museum.
Hiking and Cycling Tours, Surroundings
In the surroundings of Bad Langensalza there are several hiking trails, through the town forest in the direction of Hainich National Park and along the river valleys of Unstrut and Salza.
The National Park Administration in Bad Langensalza offers guided tours into Hainich.
You are permitted to cycle on the hiking trails across Hainich National Park from Bad Langensalza via Thiemsburg and Craulaer Kreuz to Berka vor dem Hainich.
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