Bad Langensalza

Spa town and town of roses

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Bad Langensalza - Spa town and town of roses

What makes Bad Langensalza a true jewel on the fringes of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Hainich National Park are its blooming gardens, beneficial thermal brine water, and a lovely designed townscape. A unique atmosphere of past and present is created through the lavishly refurbished old part of town with its half-timbered houses. Bad Langensalza has acquired renown as Europe’s most blossoming town with its ten parks and themed gardens. Wander along the fragrant flowers of the Rose Garden in summer or take a short trip to the Far East by visiting the Japanese Garden. The perfect complement to the flowery scent of town is the rustling of leaves in the nearby Hainich National Park. In the Hainich National Park, one can enjoy a fantastic view across the Hainich from the canopy walkway and learn about flora and fauna below ground in the “root hole”. To round up your trip, why not visit the health resort and town of roses in a relaxed manner, you can do so in the soothing salt water, the sauna or spa area of the Friederiken Thermal Baths. 

Highlights/Places of interest

Town Hall with chimes

After the great town fire in 1711, the town hall of Bad Langensalza was rebuilt out of local limestone between 1742 and 1752. The vaults and the tower of the medieval predecessor building survived the fire. To this very day, a bell dating back to 1712 can be found in the tower. The town hall chimes ring every day at 12pm and 6pm, playing one of 14 varying melodies. The vaults can be visited with a guided tour.

Three Tower View

The distinctive Three Tower View is one of the landmarks of Bad Langensalza. The view on the three towers presents itself when standing in the park right in front of the Cemetary Church of St Trinitatis. A rock-hewn eye, known as the Argus view, is enthroned upon a limestone pillar. Looking through this eye, one can see the tower of the former Augustine Church, the tower of the town hall, and the tower of the Market Church of St Bonifacii.

Thuringian Pharmacy Museum

An exhibition on the pharmaceutical history ranging from the 18th to the 20th century is on display in one of the oldest half-timbered houses in town. This exhibit is unique in Thuringia and showcases valuable jars, mortars, scales, and pharmaceutical equipment used for the production of pills, ointments, and powders. More than 100 different healing herbs grow in the adjacent Apothecary Garden that also belongs to the museum and where courses on herbology take place.

Thermal Baths „Friederike“

At the heart of the health and wellbeing offerings are the Thermal Baths “Friederike”. Based upon natural local remedies Sulphur, brine water, and drinking curative water, guests can enjoy a variety of enticing offers in the therapeutic area as well as in the swimming and sauna landscape. How about a burst of freshness in the cold chamber at -110°C, a whole-body cryotherapy that reduces pain and can enhance one’s performance.

Canopy Walkway

The Canopy Walkway is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Natural site Hainich National Park, situated 10km west of Bad Langensalza. This walkway starts at a height of 24m, is 530m long and offers insights into one of the most diverse biospheres on Earth. If you are brave enough, you can test your abilities on two suspension bridges or climb the 44m high tree tower and enjoy a panorama view of the jungle in the middle of Germany. Under ground guests experience the flora and fauna in the “Root hole”.

Rumpelburg – Adventure world for children

Thuringia’s unique world of experience can be found in the centre of Bad Langensalza. Here children find a natural finish play area made of untreated oak wood, robinia wood, sisal ropes, nets, and stainless steel. Children and adults plunge into an imaginative world where they can move hand over hand along net bridges to climbing towers, explore the mysterious treehouse, dare to do excitingly fast slides, or play in the sand pit. 

10 Parks and themed gardens

The affectionately crafted parks and gardens are one of the lovely reasons to visit Bad Langensalza. They make every walk into a special experience. In the Japanese Garden one can either plunge into the harmony of silence or enjoy original Japanese tea in the tea pavilion. The Rose Garden enchants with the flowery scent of 450 rose varieties. One can admire exotic plants in the Botanical Garden, healing herbs in the Pharmasist´s Garden, and explore more than 100 tree species in the Arboretum.  

Friederiken Manor House

The baroque summer residence belonged to the Duchess Friederike of Saxe-Weißenfels. Worth seeing are the idyllic park and the adjoining buildings, such as the historical printing press or the orangery, offering quiet and relief. This place is an impressive venue for concerts and weddings. 

Dryburg Castle

Dryburg Castle is the oldest standing secular building in Bad Langensalza made out of stone. The castle was in the possession of the Lords of Salza until 1345. After its destruction in 1346, the sovereign councilmen had the castle rebuilt as an administrative centre. A late Romanesque residential tower as well as the west and south wing of the inner ward are still preserved. The castle houses the Kunstwestthüringer e.V.‘s art gallery. 

Market Church

The Market Church of St Bonifacii, built out of cuboids of local limestone, was first mentioned in a document in 1272 and finished building in 1592. The 73m high tower with its Renaissance upper floor is the second highest steeple in Thuringia. It offers a terrific view across the city. The 1884/85 installed and restored organ of the local master organ builder Friedrich Erdmann Petersilie (1825-1901) can be heard during concerts and services. 

Church “Gottesackerkirche”

The Cemetary Church of St Trinitatis is situated in today’s Arboretum. The church was built between 1734 and 1739 out of the remaining limestone of the Church of Our Lady that was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War. The exterior and interior design of the church are in contrast with each other. The exterior is strictly symmetrically structured whilst the rich baroque interior of the hall church has two-storey galleries, a pulpit altar dating back to 1734, and a lavishly renovated arch. The impressive acoustics can be enjoyed during concerts and events.

Church “Bergkirche”

As the eldest of two Protestant parish churches, St Stephani Church is situated on a hill and was first mentioned in a document on 1196. Made out of local limestone, St Stephani’s south side features a notably imposing decoration façade. The organ on the west gallery is used to this day. It was created by local master organ builder Friedrich Erdmann Petersilie (1825-1901) in 1884/85.

Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden

Information

 

Tourist-Information Bad Langensalza

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