The Spa Town on the Nahe River
The state-approved mineral spa of Bad Kreuznach is widely regarded as one of the loveliest spa and health resorts in Germany. A spa holiday in Bad Kreuznach gives you the opportunity to use its many outstanding amenities: the saline springs, thermal baths, mineral water and even a 'health mine'. Bad Kreuznach with its Salinental (Saline Valley) can lay claim to Europe's largest open-air inhalatorium.
The town of Bad Kreuznach is located in the Nahe holiday region, approximately 70 km to the east of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
The Nahe is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. This is a landscape full of poetry and colour, dotted with old towns and villages full of history. The region's highlight is undoubtedly the German Gemstone Route, together with the gemstone capital Idar-Oberstein and the German Museum of Precious Stones. The region is also known for its three spa resorts that are located in the Nahe wine-growing area. ... read more about the Nahe holiday region
Modern medical and therapeutic know-how means Bad Kreuznach's spa treatments are at the highest level. The facilities in Bad Kreuznach offer unique spa treatments for disease prevention and recovery from illness.
Bad Kreuznach has a European-wide unique spa treatment at its disposal in the form of radon therapy in a radon tunnel. Bad Kreuznach created the first tunnel in the world to be used for radon therapy in a disused mercury mine. There are similar facilities in Austria, Russia and South America. Nowhere else though are the conditions, especially for elderly people and people with poor circulation, so favourable.
The air in the radon tunnel contains minimal but absolutely safe amounts of the radioactive gas radon. This develops from the metal radium that is found in the volcanic stone of the rock massif.
The chemist Dr. Karl Aschoff from Bad Kreuznach discovered radioactive radiation in radon in the year 1904. Inhalation therapy has been practised since 1912. By activating the immune system through radon therapy, illnesses such as bronchial asthma, allergic respiratory diseases and especially rheumatic diseases are successfully treated.
Treatment consists of ten one-hourly sessions during which patients inhale the pleasant, almost dust free, dry, warm air in the radon tunnel. The radon which has been inhaled, is completely broken down within 30 minutes. The success of the treatment is due to activation of the metabolism by the radon.
Long-range studies have shown the effectiveness in pain treatment especially of patients with Morbus Bechterew. After treatment, patients are able to do without pain-killers with damaging side-effects for longer periods of time.
Radon therapy is only available on prescription. Contact a spa doctor or the Crucenia Health Centre.
Salt water is the most important cure available in Bad Kreuznach. The water, which has a salt content of 1,5 to 2 % is pumped to the surface from a depth of 500 metres. Salt water has been used successfully in the treatment of various symptoms since 1817. Treatment today is in the form of baths and inhalation.
The salt water spray in the spa area of town ensure liberating deep breaths. It is easy to forget every day worries while sitting on one of the comfortable chairs available around the centre of the invitingly designed square. In addition to the open-air salt water spray there is an inhalation room available in the Crucenia Health Centre, in which salt water can be inhaled at separate apparatuses in pure or medically enriched form depending on the prescription.
The Crucenia Health Centre is housed in a new building connected to the thermal baths. The Crucenia Health Centre is your competent partner for out-patient treatment. A reliable team of doctors, physiotherapists, medical pool attendants and masseurs offer high quality service with modern treatment methods and therapy apparatuses. Treatment available is among other things: healing mud, inhalation, electrical thermal and radon therapy, physiotherapy, medical baths, massages, medically and therapeutically supported fitness training and acupuncture.
Treat your body and soul to a well-deserved break in one of the many wellness or health facilities in the town. Whether in the bathing centre, Crucenia thermal baths, Crucenia health centre or salt valley (Salinental): everything revolves around you and your well-being.
A visit to the bathing centre with arguably the best saunas in Germany is like being on holiday. The look of the magnificent classical style of the building gives you an idea of what guests can expect. In exclusive surroundings and individual retreats, you can enjoy a variety of offers and treat your body and soul to exceptional luxury. A large variety of saunas such as Finnish, gem and meditation saunas, roman baths with tepidarium, laconicum, blossom and herbal baths, oriental or Moorish baths, Hamam and Scheherazade baths and wellness massages, shiatsu and beauty baths (Cleopatra and goat’s butter cream): all these provide you with a unique experience that will last for days.
All generations of visitors will find health, relaxation and enjoyment in the Crucenia thermal baths. Renovated in 2004, what make the thermal baths stand out is their high technical standard as well as their unique scenic location. The two inner and outer pools with 32 degree warm salt water, a fresh water pool, generous rest areas inside and outside, solariums and regular aqua aerobic courses invite you to relax and tank new energy.
The natural healing methods of Sebastian Kneipp, especially his water treatments, have been successfully practised for much more than a century. Bad Kreuznach is no exception: Close to the guest-house you can find water treadmills with arm basins and a barefoot path. Here you can not only get your circulation moving, strengthen your body and immune system but also get your feet fit again after a long hike.
At first glance you can see what is so unique about Salt Valley: The huge salt walls. With them, Salt Valley is the biggest open-air inhalation facility in Europe. The impressive constructions, which were originally built for salt production, consist of an approximately 8 metre high thorn hedge, over the top of which salt water is pumped, which trickles back down and is collected at the bottom. During the process around 15 % of the water evaporates and is breathed in as a natural spray, freeing the respiratory tracts. In the heart of the spa area two further salt walls and the salt water spray form the open-air inhalation facilities in the spa gardens.
In the saunas of the spa baths (BÄDERHAUS), in the Crucenia thermal baths, the water of which stems from a salt water spring, in the Crucenia health centre and in Europe’s largest open-air inhalation facility in ‘Salt Valley’ you can treat your body and soul to a well-deserved time out.
The spa baths, one of the most beautiful sauna centres in Germany, with its classical magnificent building and a large range of different saunas and steam baths, stands for luxurious sauna culture. Additionally you can choose to have massages, beauty baths and beauty treatment. The thermal baths, ‘Crucenia Thermal Baths’ invite you to relax and tank energy in the 32°C warm salt water. Three salt water pools and one fresh water pool, spacious resting areas, solaria and a restaurant await you. Special fitness courses help you to keep fit.
In addition to its spa, wellness and health facilities Bad Kreuznach has considerably more to offer for a varied and restful stay. Whether on a walk, hike or a bicycle tour, during a game of golf or tennis, or while rowing, whether you have the ground or water under your feet or you are up in the air in a hot air balloon or a glider or while climbing mountains: The views around Bad Kreuznach are simply beautiful.
4.1 Parks and Relaxation
Rambling parks invite you to stay and relax – at any time of the year. Salt valley (Salinental), spa gardens, palace gardens and Orange park: Each of these green islands has its’ own appeal and attractions such as the salt walls in Salt valley, sculptures in the spa gardens, botanical rarities in the palace gardens or the crazy-golf grounds in the Orange Park, ideal for a family outing. Bad Kreuznach and its’ surroundings also have beautiful scenic hiking routes of various degrees of difficulty. The routes take you through woods, over hills, through vineyards or along streams – variety and beautiful scenery are guaranteed.
4.2 Sport and Fitness
Sport plays an important role in Bad Kreuznach. Gliding, archery, hot air balloon rides, fishing or golf. There is something for everyone. Being active and doing something for your health — right in the middle of magnificent countryside and off the tourist track — this is possible in Bad Kreuznach more so than anywhere else.
According to taste and levels of fitness you can go about it gently or go for a sporty challenge, for example on the keep-fit trail in the close-by recreational area ‘Kuhberg’, on the town’s tennis courts, by riding, shooting, canoeing, rowing or in a pedal boat. And whoever still has lots of energy and a thirst for action by the evening can have fun on the dance floor. The recreational grounds ‘Kuhberg’ offer an all-round leisure package with an adventure playground, tennis courts, crazy golf, beach volleyball and basketball, barbecue sites, a campsite and parking for caravans and camper vans. Nordic walking is one of the special offers.
4.3 Excursion in the Region
The town’s surrounding area is very attractive. Bad Kreuznach is also known as the gate to the ‘mild west’ – this saying shows what you can expect to see in the countryside outside the town: beautiful scenery with gentle hills, steep cliffs, many forests, idyllic valleys with streams, vineyards, picturesque villages and much evidence of the region’s turbulent past. We have listed a few destinations which are well worth a visit.
Bad Kreuznach is the gate to the northern palatinate mountain region. Hikers can experience nature at its purest. A favourable climate and a mixture of river and spectacular low mountain scenery provide the habitat for an unusually large number of flora and fauna. The 18 km long nature tour leads you through all conservation areas between Bad Kreuznach and Bad Münster. It combines a variety of scenery from river islands to oak forests and mountains in the course of a day-long hike. It is also possible to choose shorter sections of the tour to hike. A walk along the town’s ‘footpath of the senses’ which connects the town’s generous parks can easily be done in one hour. Just follow the blue footprints.
Whether by foot or by bicycle — the Nahe region around Bad Kreuznach is an eldorado for hikers, who appreciate the variety of natural landscape. Alongside a close network of regional hiking and cycle paths which are well mapped out, the long Nahe cycle path between Bingen and the Bostalsee (Bostal lake) is a must. The section between Bad Kreuznach and Bad Sobernheim along the Nahe river has relatively few slopes, is an excellently developed cycle path and must be one of the most beautifully scenic cycle paths in Germany. Bad Kreuznach is a perfect starting point for shorter trips of up to 45 km through Rheinhessen and the picturesque Alsenz valley. Even spontaneous decisions can be taken care of. A number of bicycle rental companies provide wheels on short notice, one of those being the bicycle rental next to the tourist information office in the town’s guest-house.
5.1 Museums and Exhibitions
- Schlossparkmuseum (Palace Gardens' Museum)
- The Palace Gardens’ Museum in the former manor house of the Bangert knights, in which the formative interior decoration and furnishing of the 19th century have been partly preserved, contains a section for early history and prehistoric times alongside town and art history collections. A further highlight is the fossil collection from Hunsrück slate quarries. The history of the Bangert manor and its owners and their connection to Bad Kreuznach is a central theme of the town history collection. The transformation from a free aristocratic manor house to a prestigious but small upper-class palace around the turn of the century is described. Of special interest is the portrayal of the Cauer family of sculptors which produced four generations of top artists.
- Römerhalle (Roman Hall)
- The Palace Gardens’ Museum is not alone on the so-called green island of the gardens which nestle into the slopes of the Kauzenberg: A Roman villa can also be found here. Remains of a magnificent villa from Roman times (2nd – 4th centuries AD) are exhibited. Highlight of the collection are two almost completely preserved mosaic floors. The gladiator mosaic shows circus scenes from fighting games. The ocean mosaic shows in its numerous motifs a colourful display of ocean creatures and maritime scenes around the imposing horned head of the God Oceanus. Many more exhibits give an insight to Roman religion, culture and daily life.
- PuK Museum (Puppet Theatre Museum)
- The museum shows complete puppet ensembles and puppet stages, stage sets and original posters, including the world famous Hohnstein Punch and well-known puppets from theatre and television (Tünnes and Schäl; Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliwatüüt). The exquisite collection covers two centuries and will inspire and delight children and adults alike. The works of renowned wood carvers are part of the collection, which also includes a complete 'Faust' cast, characters from fairy tails, Asian puppets and a shadow theatre. Not just the lively and modern presentation but also a theatre and workshop ensure it is a theatre museum where touching the puppets and joining in are encouraged and where visitors can have fun.
- Cauer House
- If the numerous Cauer sculptures in the palace gardens’ museum have made you curious, a visit to Cauer house is worth while. The museum there preserves the studio of the last member of this artistic dynasty from Bad Kreuznach: Hannah Cauer.
5.2 Sightseeing in Bad Kreuznach
- Bathing House
- The bathing house was built in 1912 for outpatient treatment with salt water bathing, inhalation rooms etc. The colonnade front is evidence of the grand spa days in Bad Kreuznach, when the town was valued by aristocrats and rich citizens because of the healing powers of its salt water and radon. Nowadays the bathing house is home to one of the best and most varied sauna landscapes in Germany.
- Bridge Houses
- The bridge houses, built from 1480 onwards, are an architectural delicacy and symbol of Bad Kreuznach. These half-timbered houses which were built on the pillars of the old Nahe bridge (around 1300) form the centuries old silhouette and are the connection between the old and new town. The most impressive view of the bridge houses is from the Geißenbrücke (bridge) over the mill pond next to St. Paul’s church. The characteristic method of construction is easily recognisable from here. The parts of the houses jutting out are supported by wooden buttresses which means the houses are virtually unaffected by flooding. A cannon ball is mounted in front of one of the bridge houses which is reputed to be from the bombardment by Swedish troops during the Thirty Years’ War.
- Castle Kauzenburg
- At the beginning of the 13th century the counts of Sponheim built castle Kauzenburg around which the historical new town grew. The troops of King Ludwig XIV destroyed the castle in 1689. After various alterations it was given its final appearance by the architect Gottfried Böhm (1972). Tip: On the way up to the Kauzenburg you pass the tea temple offering one of the most beautiful views of Bad Kreuznach.
- Corn Market Square
- The corn market fountain is the main attraction of the corn market square on which fruit and grain markets have been held for over 200 years. The fountain was created by sculptor Karl Steiner in 1975. It shows well-known and highly respected citizens from the town’s past. The “Schandarm” (gendarme) Gustav Hermann Wiechert, a Prussian police officer, was fond of wine and was the terror of the female stallholders. “De Gulasch” alias Heinrich Saam was known for his love of hot spicy goulash. “Debbedee” or Fritz Braun was known to many locals and friends as a newspaper salesman, an extra in the spa theatre, theatre helper and usher. Until 1929 and in the company of a cat “Es Probecks Mari” or “Die Marri mit de Feierblos” alerted the population to fires with her “toot”. “Es Gänzje”, Franz Ganz was a slightly built travelling musician, delighting the young and old with his barrel organ.
- Egg Market
- In the middle of the egg market there is a group of statues showing how Bad Kreuznach’s master butcher Michel Mort saves the town’s ruler Count of Sponheim during the battle of Sprendlingen in the year 1279. Robert Cauer created the sculpture in 1902. He was a descendant of the successful Cauer dynasty of sculptors whose members worked in Bad Kreuznach for 200 years without interruption as sculptors of international standing and had studios in different European capitals.
- Haus des Gastes
- A stage for cabaret, theatre and music was established in 2002 in the town’s freemasons’ lodge, built in the year 1925. A modern building has since been added on, in which service facilities for spa guests (tourist information, reading room, lecture rooms) and an internet café are housed. Next to the guest-house a health centre for outpatient spa treatment has been newly built.
- Little Venice
- These terraced houses at the confluence of the rivers Ellerbach and Nahe stand with their picturesque rear façades directly on the river wall. For the sake of harmony the historically evolved structures were copied when building new houses. The river Ellerbach flows through the historical “new” town and was once used as a sewer for waste from tanners, butchers and for household waste. Many houses were built close to the river and even crossed the Ellerbach at several points.
- Palace Garden
- By 1785 Amalie von Dessau-Anhalt had built a summer palace in the grounds of the 14th century manor of the Bangert family. Today it houses collections from the town’s history and art history collections. The work of the internationally well-known sculptor family “Cauer” is well documented with impressive works of art. The palace gardens, a nature park with exotic trees and a pond, were originally designed by the industrialist family, Puricelli, who bought the palace in the 19th century. The palace gardens border on the Bangert manor (Bangert = tree garden).
- Spa Gardens
- The spa gardens stretch out with their old tree population, bordered by the river Nahe and the mill pond (Mühlenteich), which once provided the local mills with energy. Previously the “pleasure garden of the Palatine electoral prince” was situated here.
- Spa House
- Once Bad Kreuznach had become internationally well-known after the discovery of radon therapy from 1904 onwards, the spa business experienced an upturn. In 1913 a prestigious four-winged hotel complex was built according to plans by Emanuel von Seidl in place of the old spa building from 1843, using baroque palace architecture as with Würzburg residence. The view from the spa gardens is quite impressive. A group of pillars emphasizes the middle pavilion. The spa house not only experienced international spa guests and tourism. It was also a place of historical events: In 1917 the general staff resided here with its headquarters. The Atatürk room is a reminder of a visit by the future founder of the Turkish state with William II. In 1958 Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer met in the spa house, paving the way for Franco-German friendship. In 1982 it was the scene of a state visit by the French president Francois Mitterand with chancellor Helmut Kohl.
- St. Nicholas Church
- St. Nicholas Church was built in 1266 and was originally a monastery church for the Carmelite order. The room with richly decorated carved benches, grave slabs with images of counts and knights and wooden sculptures from the 15th century as well as the unique 140 cm high cross reliquary from 1501 are worth seeing.
- St. Paul's Church
- St. Paul’s Church was built by Count Johann von Sponheim as a Gothic-style parish church and with a three-nave basilica and was consecrated in 1332. The 61 metre high baroque tower was built around 1780. The little chapel was built in the eastern chancel, which had fallen into disrepair, and was converted into a worship room by English spa visitors in the middle of the 19th century. In it, portrait tomb stones from the late Middle Ages can be seen. The building is the biggest church between Mainz and Trier. Karl Marx and Jenny von Westphalen married here on 19th June 1843.
With 207 hectares of cultivable land, Bad Kreuznach is one of the largest wine-growing communities in the area and home to a number of prize winning wine-growing estates, which are becoming more and more popular even beyond national borders. The town is the junction point between the wine-growing areas of Rheinhessen on the one hand and Nahe on the other. A very mild and dry climate characterize the Nahe region – a prerequisite for the excellent wine that has been grown here since Roman times. The wine thrives on a variety of different types of stony earth and soil and has thus developed a large range of character traits. The most popular types of vine are Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner. Grauburgunder and Dornfelder are also of excellent quality.
Let your taste buds be tickled by local specialities such as 'Spundekäs' (cheese dish), 'Federweißer' (partially fermented wine) and onion tart or by international culinary delicacies. Bad Kreuznach can also pride itself on being able to count top restaurants such as 'Das Gütchen' as one of its own. In the surrounding area, lovers of exclusive and award-winning cooking can get their money’s worth. In the neighbouring town of Hackenheim, Bernhard Metzler runs 'Metzler’s guest-house' with a wine bar, in nearby Stromberg well-known chef Johann Lafer is based in castle Stromburg.
The town’s calendar of events list a number of small and large festivals year for year. The undisputed highlight is the funfair, the biggest fair between the rivers Rhine, Mosel, Nahe and Saar. Around 500.000 visitors flock to the 63.000 m² large fairground for five days on the 3rd weekend in August, to meet up with friends and acquaintances, try regional and international food, enjoy the various fairground rides, quite simply to have fun.
A typical town festival is the fisherman’s fair in September on Rose island with the tournament 'Fischerstechen', whereby participants try with the help of lances to knock their opponents into the water while standing in small boats, similar to a knights’ tournament on horseback. For 20 years now locals and guests have celebrated this festival with the 3 W’s: Wiese (fairground on Rose island), Wasser (water) and Wein (wine) – sport, fun and good food all inclusive. The fair is a reminder of the long fishing tradition on the river Nahe.
The festivals in the historical part of the town deserve a special mention. Children and adults alike can enjoy a variety of festivals situated around the egg market and salt market, between beautifully renovated half-timbered houses and along narrow streets and alleys: the Easter market, egg market festival, wine festival and Nicholas festival.
Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.
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Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct bus connection to Bad Kreuznach. However, the buses from the airport will take you to Simmern where you can connect with buses to Bad Kreuznach.
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