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Celtic Tour & Wellness in Spas: Bad Salzungen
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The Bad Salzungen health resort offers you an allround
modern wellness treatment
an attractive historical town center,
exiting programs for children and
The brine springs were already used by the Celts. The remains of Celtic settlements were found on the Werra river in Bad Salzungen, and in nearby Vacha.
Today, the brine is used for curing respiratory illnesses. Brine baths relieve skin complaints and rheumatism.
Following in the footsteps of the Celts you inhale the brine in the historical and modern rooms of the Bad Salzungen graduation house.
The "Kelten" bath includes a fitness club, sauna, massages and cosmetic treatments.
In summer, you may visit the open-air swimming pool.
Bad Salzungen started to be a health resort in 1801. The brine winding tower dates back to the year 1868. The eastern graduation wall was built in 1796 and was used for salt production, the house and the western graduation wall, the garden, the music pavillon and the pump room were erected from 1901 to 1906.
The Town Hall, the District Court and the Parish Church of Bad Salzungen were erected at the end of the 18th century after a great fire.
The simple construction of the church St. Wendel was built at the end of the 15th century.
The Husen church ruins go back to the 12th century. The largest part of the building dates from the 16th century.
The Haunsche court was built in the 16th and 17th century.
The Tuermchen in the Allendorf district was built in 1499. Today, the small tower houses the Museum for Local History and Culture.
In the Wilprechtsroda district you find a Renaissance palace from the 16th century.
You have a good view over the town and the valley of the river Werra from the Imitation Castle Ruins. The Imitation Castle Ruins were built in 1888 on the site of the former Frankenstein Castle.
For Children and their Parents
You may walk or cycle from Bad Salzungen to Eisenach on the 17.4 mile Pummpaelz Hiking and Cycling Tour. Carved figures visualize local legends and you can read the stories in German and English on the text-panels.
Go on a discovery tour in the mine at Merkers. The mine boasts of the world's largest underground bucket wheel excavator. You descend 150 to 240 feet into the history of potash mining. You see a mining museum, a crystal grotto where the salt chrystals are up to three feet long, and get a chance to look into the room, where the National Socialists hid the gold and foreign currency of the Reichsbank at the end of the war.
In summer you relax in Bad Salzungen in the open air swimming pool, or you hire a rowing boat on the Burg lake.
You have a good look over the river Werra from the lookout of the restaurant of the Krayenburg Castle. The Romanesque castle ruins on the 142 feet Krayenberg once were owned by the Frankenstein dynasty of Bad Salzungen.
In Vacha on the Werra river, the half timbered houses go back to the 15th century. The Renaissance town hall is worth seeing.
You can still detect the chic spa of the 19th century in today's Bad Liebenstein.
There are several small palaces in Bad Liebenstein, the ruins of the castle once owned by the Lords from Stein and hospitals for patients with heart and vascular problems, disorders of mobility, metabolic diseases and psychosomatic illnesses.
Hiking and Cycling Tours
Bad Salzungen is situated between the Rhoen Biosphere Reserve and the Thuringian Forest. You can choose between numerous hiking and cycling trails.
In winter, ski lifts are in operation, and cross-country ski runs are tracked.
The 85 miles Rhoen-Hoehenweg ridgeway starts or rather ends in Bad Salzungen.
The Rennsteig Hiking and Cycling Trail through the Thuringian Forest passes near Steinbach and Bad Liebenstein, 7.4 miles from Bad Salzungen.
The Werra Valley Cycling Trail takes you along the Werra river, mostly on a very flat route. The only steep gradient is in the headwater region.
Leaving Bad Salzungen downstream, you can choose between several cycling trails branching off the Werra Valley Cycling Trail: These trails will take you through the Biosphere Reserve Rhoen, the Thuringian Forest Nature Park, the Hainich National Park, to Eisenach or to Muehlhausen.
At Dorndorf the 25 miles Felda Valley Cycling Trail takes you through the Rhoen.
At Philippstal you can ride the 24 mile Ulster Valley Cycling Trail through the Rhoen. You climb and descend circa 114 feet.
At Hoerschel, the Rennsteig Cycling and Hiking Trail starts or ends on the Werra river. From here, the 6.2 mile Hoersel Valley Cycling Trail takes you to Eisenach.
Directly, you ride from Bad Salzungen to Eisenach on the 17 mile "Pummpaelz" Hiking and Cycling Trail, where carved figures with English and German text panels tell local legends.
You receive detailed information from the Rhoen Club, the Administrative Offices, the Information Center of the Biosphere Reserve Rhoen, the Association of the Thuringian Forest Nature Park and the Tourist Information Offices.
From Bad Salzungen, canoeing is possible on the Werra upstream between Meiningen and Bad Salzungen, and Werra downstream between Creuzburg and Eschwege.
You can receive detailed information in the local tourist information offices.
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For Children & Parents