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Bad Orb is a spa town in the Main-Kinzig district, in Hesse, Germany. It is situated 32km east of Hanau (Hanau vacation rentals | Hanau travel guide), and about 60km east of Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) am Main. Bad Orb is between forested lush green hills in the Nature Park Spessart, one of the largest forested areas in Germany. The canyon-side donkey path that runs to Großheubach in Miltenberg (Miltenberg vacation rentals | Miltenberg travel guide) Kreis passes Bad Orb. In the past, this trade route was used to transport salt to the Main River. The first salt deposits were discovered in 650 BC. Bad Orb is also home to the Frankfurter Schullandheim Wegscheide, a summer camp for children founded in 1920 on the grounds of the former army training camp, and the Spessart Clinic, a children's hospital founded in 1884.

In the north, Bad Orb borders on the cities Wächtersbach (Wächtersbach vacation rentals | Wächtersbach travel guide) and Bad Soden-Salmünster; in the east, Spessart region; in the south, Jossgrund; and in the west, Biebergemünd.

Bad Orb is well known for its high quality air and for its saline that offers great health benefits for persons with asthma and respiratory problems.

Things to See in Bad Orb

Kurtheater where regular concerts, guest performances and art exhibitions

You should not miss a walk in the beautiful Kurpark

Bad Orb also offers a picturesque old town. Here you can go shopping while admiring the beautiful old houses

Heimatmuseum

St. Martin and St. Michael churches

Gradierwerk, Wandelgang, it is about 158 m long and 18 meters high, and serves as Freiluftinhalatorium for spa guests

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More about the History of Bad Orb

Bad Orb was first documented in 1059 AD and received its town privileges in 1244 AD - which included the minting of a coin, the Orber (one half Pfennig). The remains of the battlements also originate from this time such as the walls and gates. The extraction of salt from several salt springs gives the city the look it has today. There are 11 salinas, sometimes called thorn houses or salt works, belonging in the decoction facility, in which brine drips over a total length of 2050 meters of blackthorn twigs in order to raise the salt concentration of the water before boiling. The production of "white gold" reached its high point in the 17th and 18th centuries. During the campaigns of the Austro-Prussian War in 1866, Bad Orb became Prussian when before it was Bavarian. After 1900 brine began to be used as an alternative medicine and is, thus, the second largest money maker for Bad Orb after tourism. Bad Orb was named a nationally certified spa town in 1909. In 1884 a children's medical facility was founded by the brothers Friedrich and Wilhelm Hufnagel, a pastor and a doctor - today known as the Spessart-Klinik.

This area of Germany is known to hold ancient Germanic tribal standards known as Orbism, ancient Orb ruins were found at an undisclosed area of Leopold Koch Straße.

Bad Orb was the site of a P.O.W. camp during WWII named Stalag IX-B. The camp held reports of 3000-4500 American Soldiers, though it is unknown the number of French, Italian, Serbian and Russian soldiers also held there. Toward the end of the war the conditions at Stalag IX-B deteriorated precipitously, as a result of poor supply and scarcity of fuel. Based on interviews with former P.O.W.s there it could rank as one of the worst German camps that held American P.O.W.s, most of them captured after the Battle of the Bulge, though the Russians were treated far worse, based on eye witness accounts, and buried in mass graves. There is a monument to the Russian Dead located at the grave site. The US mission to liberate Stalag IX-B began on April 2, 1945.

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Bad Orb is a spa town in the Main-Kinzig district, in Hesse, Germany. It is situated 32km east of Hanau, and about 60km east of Frankfurt am Main. Bad Orb is between forested lush green hills in the Nature Park Spessart, one of the largest forested areas in Germany. The canyon-side donkey path that runs to Großheubach in Miltenberg Kreis passes Bad Orb. In the past, this trade route was used to transport salt to the Main River. The first salt deposits were discovered in 650 BC. Bad Orb is also home to the Frankfurter Schullandheim Wegscheide, a summer camp for children founded in 1920 on the grounds of the former army training camp, and the Spessart Clinic, a children's hospital founded in 1884.

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