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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?

"Where in Bad Elster can I buy fresh rolls in the morning or get a nice breakfast with coffee?" (posted 07/02/2014)

The Bakery in the Edeka has the best baked goods, but it is not a cozy place to eat breakfast. Better places for this are the Golden Anchor (brunch) or to Le Café.
Answer provided by Sarah Keil-Wagener on 07/05/2014
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Bad Elster is a Saxon Staatsbad here there are health and health facilities / Wellness Offers / bathing and sauna landscape with many historic buildings / Bad Elster has a Kurtheater. Bad Elster in Saxony than most traditional Staatsbad and one of Germany's oldest mud spas, located in the border triangle Bohemia, Bavaria and Saxony in the midst of the world-renowned, European spa region in the heart of Europe. After Bad Elster 1324 was mentioned in documents for the first time, here in 1669, the first source has been studied scientifically and dedicated to the former rulers Duke Moritz of Saxony-Zeitz. This spa also knew in 1795 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to appreciate in his epic poem "Hermann and Dorothea". Already in 1818 the first warm mineral water baths were offered in simple wooden shed before Bad Elster was collected in 1848 »Royal Staatsbad" here. Today, the "royal bath" is one of the oldest and most prestigious spas in Germany. In Bad Elster in addition to the physical well-being and the cultural enjoyment plays a major role. The year-round outstanding event offering stylish amidst parks in the unique ambiance of historic venues imprinted Bad Elster times since King as a cultural and festival city with international flair. You can stroll along the many hiking trails in and around Bad as mud and mineral spa of Bad Elster, with its extensive historic spa facilities, in combination with the fashionable resort architecture a unique recreation area that was designed over 160 years, deliberately for this purpose. In addition to numerous facilities for active recreation, the variety of sports and leisure activities, there is above all a well-developed hiking and Terrainkurwegenetz that invites you to historic hiking destinations and small secrets to wonderful discoveries. The surrounding countryside with its attractions is built into the network of hiking trails with and invites you to explore many. Our farm of the family Wilfert is located on the outskirts of Bad Elster - in rural areas (in the Valley of the Mills). Fam Wilfert
Answer provided by Wilfert on 07/02/2014
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Are there any cultural highlights, museums?

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Good restaurants for dinner?

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Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

"Are there any local food specialties in Bad Elster one should try out?" (posted 09/02/2014)

Bad Elster and environment / Attractions The surroundings of Bad Elster offers many leisure activities and attractions. Worthwhile excursions are the miniature exhibition in Adorf and the neighboring Botanical Garden with around 11,000 different plant. In the musical instrument museums in Mark Neukirchen visitors can look over the shoulders of a violin maker even. The Open Air Museum in Eubabrunn and the Farmers' Museum in Landwüst illuminate the lives of the people in the Vogtland over 100 years ago. Directly in Bad Elster is the Saxon Bath Museum. In the porcelain town of Selb, everything revolves around the "white gold". A carriage ride through the region puts visitors in bygone times. Whether Flora temple or forest lodge - the historic spa offers natural beauty and architectural surprises. Particularly worth seeing is the space exhibition in dawn Argyle wreath. A trip from Bad Elster from listed farm village Raun leads through the impressive nature of the Vogtland. Plauen is ideal for shopping and to visit the lace museum. (Extract from the Webseite:http://www.saechsische-staatsbaeder.de/bad-elster/themen/bad-elster-und-umgebung-ausflugsziele.html) The pool and sauna area can be used. Next year, a new and very modern saltwater bath to be opened.
Answer provided by Christa Wand on 09/02/2014
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What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

"Why should someone do a vacation in Bad Elster? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Bad Elster, which everyone visiting Bad Elster should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Bad Elster that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 07/02/2014)

Hello, Bad Elster (Upper Vogtland) is centrally located between reasons: the Erzgebirge (Saxony) Erzgebirge folk art in Seiffen and other towns, the Fichtelgebirge Mountains (Bavaria) Bohemia (Czech Republic) Spas: Lazne, Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne; Eger, Thuringia. Bad Elster is a resort town with a very extensive range of health offerings. And it also has much in the cultural field (Albert Theater, outdoor theater, etc.). Music venues in Markneukirchen and Klingenthal (museums), winter sports in Schoeneck, Klingenthal (Large hill in the Vogtland Arena), Erlbach-Plauen (lace industry), Poehl and Pirk reservoirs, hiking area, miniature plant area "small Vogtland" in Adorf, mine in Tannenbergstal, mineral exhibition-space exhibition in Morgenroethe-Rautenkranz
Answer provided by Christa Wand on 07/02/2014
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In Bad Elster you can find the peace that you miss in other resort towns: No planes, no crowds, lots of opportunities for peace and comfort. My tips:-The Forest Café (call ahead): Located in the forest, near Zeidelweidetal-The natural pool (Located behind the stadium (still a bit out of town and by the Catholic church) Admission free, with free loungers, children's playground, children's pool, two natural ponds for swimming.-The Albertbad is currently being expanded: it is a brand new saltwater spa with sauna. This enhances the beautiful swimming pool and sauna landscape in the Albertbad's historic building.
Answer provided by Sarah Keil-Wagener on 07/05/2014
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  • Bad Elster Spa Museum
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    Bad Elster Spa Museum

    The first Spa Museum (Bademuseum) in Bad Elster, Saxony was opened in 1880 due to the work of Prof. Dr. Robert Flechsig (1817–1892), Bernhard v. Heygendorff (1843–1916) and the Royal Saxony court photographer Emil Tietze (1840-1831). It soon closed. After World War 2, Dr. Bruno Rudau (1891–1970) and a few other Bad Elster citizens created a new museum which suffered the same fate.

    In 1993 it was created again under the title of the Saxon Spa Museum, Bad Elster, (Sächsischen Bademuseum Bad Elster). In the museum art gallery there is a permanent display of the history of the spa towns of Bad Elster and Bad Brambach and taking the waters. The museum also holds the town's art collection.

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Travel Insider Tips for Bad Elster

Bad Elster Overview

It lies on the border of Bavaria and the Czech Republic in the Elster gebirge hills. It is situated on the river Weiße Elster, and is protected from extremes of temperature by the surrounding wooded hills. It is 25 km southeast of Plauen (Plauen vacation rentals | Plauen travel guide), and 25 km northwest of Cheb. The B 92 runs close by.

Things to See in Bad Elster

Das Königliche Kurhaus is an important example of turn of the 20th century neo classicism, demonstrating the importance of Spa building to the state.

Albert Bad was built in the Jugenstil.

The König Albert Theater, formerly called the Kurtheater, opened in 1914 and has been recently modernised. Alexander Prinz von Sachsen is the theatres patron. It is also an important conference venue for Saxony and the Euroregion.

The NaturTheater lies in a woodland setting. It is the oldest open-air theatre in Saxony. In 2007 it was adapted to meet modern standards and reopened, offering a six month season of Opera, theatre, concerts and cinema.

The 1892 Lutheran church St.-Trinitatis-Kirche was built in the revival gothic style. It contains artifacts from the previous building such as the gothic statues of St Peter and Paul from ca. 1490.

The former luxury hotel building, the Wettiner Hof is listed for protection; it awaits renovation.

There are also smaller monuments such as the Postmeilensäule (1724) and the Schillerdenkmal.

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What is special about this vacation destination?

The Elster Mountains are ideal for tourists, hikers, mushroom gatherers, and winter athletes. The soft slopes are even appropriate for the casual hiker.

The spruce mountains: extensive forests, cultural sites and attractions for the whole family, as well as mineral springs in upper Vogtland in the Saxon health resorts in Bad Elster and Bad Brambach provide for all-around successful holidays in accommodations in Vogtland.

What kind of local specialties do the tourists have to try?

Potato dumplings

Where can you buy fresh bread in the morning or eat breakfast? Where is a good butcher? Lunch?

Bakeries and butchers shops in Adorf (Adorf vacation rentals | Adorf travel guide) and Markneukirchen (Markneukirchen vacation rentals | Markneukirchen travel guide) represent and supply the health resort with a large range of offers. A visit to Café Schindel in Bad Elster is definitely a must.

Where can I go out to eat at night?

There are a great number of nice restaurants with adequate space and delicious food.

What are some things to do in the area? Day trips?

Health tourists and spa guests will feel right at home in Bald Elster or Bad Brambach. In the elegant atmosphere in Bad Elster with its spa buildings, the stock and open-air-theater, a larger, historical health resort and the extensive forests in Vogtland, tourists will find it is great for vacation, free time, sports, and relaxation.

The well-known city of Plauen (Plauen vacation rentals | Plauen travel guide) is a county in Vogtland and is known as tourist central in Vogtland.

Near Syrau you can discover the bazaar world of dripstones.


It’s easy to get to Erzgebirge, Fichtelgebirge and the famous bathing resorts in the Czech Republic from Vogtland (via A72, A93, and B92).

Fun and relaxation for the whole family is guaranteed at the amusement park in Plohn. Bikers can use the Elster biking trail.

Those that enjoy water sports will be thrilled with the dams in Pöhl or Pirk.

Take advantage of the various cultural opportunities in Bad Elster and Bad Brambach. There is something to do here in any kind of weather!

Local Cultural Highlights

  • Center of German musical instrument-making
  • Vogtland Folk Music Festival

What active activities are available for athletic tourists?

The small town of Klingenthal owns the Vogtland Arena, which is home to one of the most modern ski jumps in Europe.

Winter sport options?

For those in search of active relaxation there are cross-country skiing trails and ski slopes in Klingenthal and Schöneck (Schöneck vacation rentals | Schöneck travel guide).

More about the History of Bad Elster

Elster became an independent parish in 1851. In 1892 the old St. Peter und Paul church was demolished and replaced with the Revival Gothic, St. Trinitatiskirche. Elster was promoted to be the "Königlich-Sächsischen Staatsbad", official royal spa of Saxony in 1848. With that the visitor numbers rose: 1848: 129; 1850: 378, 1860: 1.750, 1870: 2450, 1890: 5870, 1900: 8900, 1990: 15.600. Elster prepended the Bad meaning "spa" in 1875, Bad Elster became its official name in 1935. In 1880, "Bademuseum Bad Elster" opened, it was the first museum in the town and in Vogtland, it was short lived. A new museum opened in 1993.

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Bad Elster is a spa town in the Vogtlandkreis district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. The Elster Mountains are ideal for tourists, hikers, mushroom gatherers, and winter athletes. The soft slopes are even appropriate for the casual hiker.

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