Bad Kissingen – Quiet Bavarian Getaway
Location: South of the Rhön Mountains
A little south of central Germany, Bad Kissingen is located in what is known as the Lower Franconia region in Bavaria. Its district bares the same name, and it is located right on the Franconian Saale River, putting the town to the south of the towering Rhön Mountains. The river contains over a dozen species of fish, becoming a fisherman's dream, and the mountains were formed from ancient volcanic activity. They form a popular destination and walking area for locals as well as visitors.
Culture: Health and Wellness Capital
There has been a competition going on for ages between all the European spa towns, and Bad Kissingen often takes the cake. This small Bavarian town specializes in mud and mineral baths, which have become famous amongst prominent figures as well as health and wellness fanatics around the world. Even the city's parks have a healthy flair, containing Mediterranean hydrotherapy areas. The favorite destination of most is the KissSalis thermal baths. It is over 1,000 square meters, and features a mineral spring, a waterfall, and saline baths that allow for a relaxing stay. Visitors also enjoy massage pools and a steam room.
Activities: Festivals and Football
While much of the economy and tourism focuses on its status as a spa resort town, Bad Kissingen has much more to offer those who know where to look. Five major festivals and events take place throughout the year, including international music festivals. Two of the most popular events are the Piano Olympics and Rákóczi-Fest. Rákóczi-Fest is a remembrance of the town's history, including many prominent visitors such as Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The locals are also big on sports, having eight sports clubs based on football alone. Tennis and air gun shooting are also two extremely popular sports in the area.