Bad Kissingen (about 43 km)
By 1544 Bad Kissingen was already called a health resort. The rise of the city as “the spa town of the fine society of Europe” began under the Bavarian kings Max I. Josef and Ludwig I. and was continued by crowned heads from all over the world and later by Chancellor Prince Otto von Bismarck. The Federal Presidents Heuss and Lübke, Neil Armstrong and G.B. Shaw came to this beautiful city. Like these celebrities, stroll through the regent building erected by Max Littmann, Europe’s largest Wandelhalle.
Bad Kissingen is famous for its generous spa facilities and parks: Enjoy the plant splendor in the beautifully landscaped spa garden, especially the rose garden, or walk on the barefoot path in the Luitpoldpark. Give your body a walk through the Gradierbau and the Saline or stroll through the city center. The pedestrian area is stocked with many small shops that just invite you to shop. If you fell you have walked far enough, you can take the “Dampferle” from the Saale jetty to the graduation tower.
Bad Kissingen is known for the “Kissinger Sommer”, a series of events with predominantly classical music performed by top-class musicians. Many concerts take place in the classical Rossini hall in the arcade building. This hall, specially built by the Wittelsbach for music events, has wonderful acoustics and is original. The Kurtheater, built in 1904 in Franconian Baroque style by Max Littmann, is not only an attraction because of its high-profile guest performances, but also one of the attractions of the spa town thanks to its elegant furnishings.
Prince Otto von Bismarck loved Bad Kissingen so much that he set up a flat in the Upper Saline. Today, there is the Bismarck Museum with original furniture, and here the history of the founding of Germany with respect to Bad Kissingen, Bavaria and the Wittelsbach is represented.
Or how about hikes in the area? Well-developed hiking trails invite you to explore the nearby Rhön, and the Wildpark Klaushof is not only interesting for children. High above the city towers the Botenlauben castle ruins and showcases the Middle Ages.
The tourist information office in Bad Kissingens gives tips on the leisure activities which change weekly.
In our folder ” Eine Stunde weit ” you will find more ideas and maps, and also to other nearby destinations such as Bad Brückenau and Bad Bocklet.