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Bad König Spa gardens

Just a short walk from Bad Königs town centre, you’ll find the quiet and idyllic Kurpark, a 17 hectare wide park with two lakes. Here you can become active, go for a run, enjoy picnics or just take a stroll, enjoying the nature. Located right at the Kurpark, a Mini Golf Course with table-tennis and boule-facilities leave no boredom to guests and citizens of all ages.

In 1952, the idea to transform a meadow in Bad König into a spa park came up: two large lakes were to be created.

To this day, the Kurpark has been expanded with new attractions continuously. Today, a restaurant, a mini golf course, an outdoor chessboard, bocce court, a Kneipp treatment facility, a planetary path, sundials and fountains wait to be discovered by guests of all ages.

The three sundials were put up in 1987. The shadow of the eastern sundial shows the Central European Time (CET). The middle sundial is a world watch. It is one of the rare sundials, probably unique in Germany, which displays 4 times at once: the Central European Time (MEZ), the Central European Summer Time (MSZ), the true local time (WOZ) and noon of different Cities all over the world. The western sundial shows the true local time. The true local time was valid until the year 1893, until it was replaced by the CET. The true local time depends on the local sunshine, so it shows in exactly 12 noon, when the sun has reached its peak in Bad König. 12 o'clock WOZ corresponds in Bad König 12.24pm CET.

The numerous waterfowl, for example ducks, guinea fowl, geese always delight young and old alike.

Castles and Rentmeisterei

Old castle

Located at the southern end of the Schlossplatz, you will find the former residency castle of the earls of Erbach Schönberg. The building, dating back to 1559, has a wide, multi-axle facade and dominates the entire castle square.

The base made of stone was built in the 15th and 16th century. After the mid eighteenth century, the framework of all upper floors were renewed and plastered. In the 20th century the outer front was painted.

After 1927, the earls of Erbach Schönberg donated the old castle to the town under the condition to set up apartments for the needy.

The use of the Old Castle changed frequently in the following years, which has led to numerous improper conversions. With the towns inclusion into the state program "Simple urban renewal", it was possible to restore the old castle completely, taking into account the historical building development and to make a new use of it.

In 1993 the renovation was completed. Since then, the old castle used as the town hall. Also, the Heimatmuseum (local museum) has two exhibition rooms on the ground floor of the castle.

New castle

Next to the old castle lies the New castle, which served as a town hall until 1993. The so-called "Graf Christians Bau" was built by Adam Becker from Miltenberg in 1792-93, according to designs by Franz Ludwig von Cancrin. It is a two-story, late-baroque plaster building with restrained work integration in sandstone and a gabled portal.

Remarkable are the beautiful wooden staircase and the stucco ceiling in the former dining room.

Rentmeisterei

The former town hall, dating from 1804, is the youngest of the great buildings that surround the castle square. In earlier times, it was the Rentamt (Authority for the administration of land revenues), the courtesy riding stables were located in the rear wing.

The Rentmeisterei was renovated in 1985 and serves the town as a representative building since then.

Castle church and pleasure garden

Protestant church

The evangelical parish church lies slightly elevated behind the Old Castle. The oldest part is the three-story, late-Gothic church tower. According to an inscription, it was built in 1479. The nave of the church, a three-sided, late-baroque hall with flat-roof was built in 1750/51. It contains the complete interior from the period of construction, including a gallery, the liturgical main part with altar, baptismal font, pulpit and a wonderful organ.

Pleasure garden

The pleasure garden lies elevated behind the castle and the Protestant church and can be reached via a baroque staircase from the castle courtyard or from Martin Lutherstraße.

The pleasure garden was created in 1794 as an Italian park, in the late 19th century the garden was transformed into a landscape park.

A plaque, which was put up in 1992, reminds of the engagement between Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands and Heinrich Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, which took place in Bad König.

For the children, the "Lustgarten" is particularly attractive today. In the back part of the pleasure garden is the towns the largest and probably also the most beautiful children's playground.

Museums in Bad König

Georg Vetter Museum (Artwork of the local artist Gerg Vetter & stuffed animals of the local Fauna)

Alexanderstr. 2
Tel.: 06063 - 91 22 80
Open on sundays, 1.30 am - noon


Heimatmuseum (Museum of local history)

side wing of the old Castle
Open on the 1st and3rd sunday of the month, 1030 am - noon

 

 

Exploring the surroundings

Burg Breuberg / Breuberg Castle

It is one of the largest and best preserved castles in southern Germany. From here you can enjoy a wonderful view. While the castle itself can be explored on your own for the most part, the visit of some areas, including the castles museum is only in the possible by joining a guided tour.

Villa Haselburg

On the 3.5 ha wide complex of the Roman “Villa Haselburg”, you will find living history. The open-air museum is opened all year, an information centre provides all information about the place during opening hours.
 
Castle and ivory museum in Erbach
Hidden behind the walls of Erbach Castle, visitors can gaze at the comital collections in guided tours around the castle. Also, the ivory museum of Erbach can be found within the castle.

Rathaus Michelstadt / Historic town hall in Michelstadt

Just a stone’s throw from Bad Konig lies Michelstadt with its famous late gothic Half-timbered town hall. Built in 1484, the historic town hall in the picturesque old town of Michelstadt is not only famous in the Region, but a must see for all visitors.

Church in Brombachtal

Built in the middle of the 15th century the Brombachtal baroque style evangelical church is worth a visit. It is located In the middle of the former defense system with a completely preserved wall.

Römisches Kastell in Lützelbach / Roman fort and Limes trail in Lützelbach

The Roman fort in Lützelbach is also worth a visit - as the starting point for a hike along
the Limes trail: learn about History, enjoy the idyll of the Odenwald and some active hours outdoors.

Eulbacher Park mit Wildgehegen, Jagdschloss und Burgruine / Park Eulbach with game reserves, hunting castle and a ruin

Beside the animals in the game reserves, you can visit an obelisk, a chapel in the middle of a pond covered by water lilies and the ruins of Eberhardsburg. There is also an adventure playground for the little ones.

Modellbahnwelt Odenwald / model railroad world Odenwald

In Fürth/Odw., you will find a destination for all families weather it is good or bad weather outside. Visit the largest HO model railway show in southern Germany and the world's largest miniature fairground on 2300 m2, 9000 meters of track, 1200 switches and over 400 trains.
Discover the Ruhr area in the 1960s at the heyday of the ECSC.

Amorbach – the bavarian Odenwald

Discover the picturesque town Amorbach during guided tours with variable themes, e.g. mills of Amorbach. The Amorbach Abbey can also be visited with guided tours.