Bad Kissingen Spa Town

Bad Kissingen, Germany

Bad Kissingen is a German spa town in the Bavarian region. Situated to the south of the Rhön Mountains on the Franconian Saale river, it is one of the health resorts, which became famous as a 'Weltbad' in the 19th century. In 2021, the town became part of the transnational UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name 'Great Spa Towns of Europe'.

The town was first documented in the year 801 and was renowned above all for its mineral springs, which are recorded from as early as 823. The town developed to a spa in the 1500s and recorded its first official spa guest in 1520. The town grew to be a fashionable resort in the 19th century, and was extended during the reign of Ludwig I of Bavaria. Crowned heads of state such as Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Tsar Alexander II of Russia and King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who bestowed the 'Bad' on Kissingen in 1883, were among the guests of the spa at this time. Other well-known visitors to the resort included author Leo Tolstoy, composer Gioachino Rossini and artist Adolph von Menzel.

The resort's clientele changed in the 20th century, with ordinary people increasingly replacing nobility as guests. The spa suffered a one-year interruption in 1945, the only closure in its history.



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Michelle Steden (3 years ago)
Einen Besuch ist es wert. Mitten in der Stadt findet man immer einen Platz in den Straßenlokalen. Hier habe ich viele nette Menschen aus der Region getroffen, mit denen ich tolle Gespräche geführt habe. Die Stadt hat einiges zu bieten. Von Jung bis Alt. Hier findet jeder etwas. Und jeder sollte sich von der Geschichte der alten Kurstadt verzaubern lassen. Jetzt ist Bad Kissingen Weltkulturerbe!
Plettskij FM (3 years ago)
Ich lebe hier seid 2004... Ich sah wie die Stadt sich wandelt... Ich habe die Stadt geliebt ich habe die auch gehasst. Aber objektiv betrachtet. Eine sehr schöne Kurstadt!
Daniel Krüger (3 years ago)
Ein wunderschönes Fleckchen Erde, allerdings und deshalb nur 4 Sterne, erwartet man von einem Kurort noch ein bisschen mehr als anderswo. An einigen Stellen mangelte es an Ordnung und Sauberkeit.
Frank Menzel (3 years ago)
Charlotte Leja (3 years ago)
If you can, you should avoid the cycle path from Bad Kissingen to Euerdorf. This path is not suitable for normal bikes. As a rich spa town, you should take a few euros in your hand and safely expand this cycle path.
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