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Bad Urach Overview

Bad Urach is a town in the district of Reutlingen (Reutlingen vacation rentals | Reutlingen travel guide), Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated 14 km east of Reutlingen, at the foot of the Swabian Alb, and is known for its spa and therapeutic bath.

Bad Urach is a town at the foot of the Swabian Alb in the district of Reutlingen in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The city is officially recognized health resort and spa. The 61 ° C hot thermal springs of Baden-Württemberg is a temperature anomaly in the subsurface. Bad Urach consists of the districts Hengen, Seeburg (Seeburg vacation rentals | Seeburg travel guide), Sirchingen, Bad Urach, and Wittlingen.

Things to See in Bad Urach

Monestary City Mill Museum- The City Museum was opened in 1990. The former grain mill, the foundation walls almost completely burned down in 1876, but currently one can still view the mill wheel and a portion of the engine. On three floors since mid-December 2006, the private collection Geigle phonograph (gramophone museum previously Bad Urach-Hengen) can be seen.

Royal Palace Museum which is inside the Urach castle, built in 1443. During this time the castle served as a residence during the Württemberg division

Bad Urach has a late medieval square with the town hall and the half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th Centuries. Today they are used as a museum castle Schloss Urach Counts of Württemberg, as well as in the late Gothic style church of Saint Amandus.

  • Altes Rathaus
  • Falkensteiner Cave

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More Info about Bad Urach

The city of Bad Urach lies in the Erms river valley, on the edge of the Swabian Alps. The Bad Urach district encompasses the town Urach, the Güterstein horse farm and the group of houses named Bleiche. The Hengen and Sirchingen districts only contain the villages of the same names. The district of Seeburg (Seeburg vacation rentals | Seeburg travel guide) includes the Seeburg village, Uhenfels castle and farmstead and the Wyhler ob Seeburg house; Wittlingen encompasses the village of the same name, the Hohenwittlingen horse farm and the houses and house groups of Elektrizitätswerk (electric plant), Georgenau, Pumpwerk (water pumping station) Ermsgruppe XIII, Pumpwerk Vordere Albgruppe, Schanz and Villa Mühleisen.

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Swabian Alps

The Biosphere Park Swabian Alps has been recognized by the UNESCO since 2009. Here, the 850 sq.km reserve at a glance.

The Swabian Alps region can actually pride itself of two UNESCO awards.

Part of the area is UNESCO Biosphere Park; the entire area is a UNESCO Geo Park. What this means for you as a visitor is that you can discover a unique natural and cultural landscape.

Historical Inner City of Bad Urach

History is visible everywhere in Bad Urach, even as the city has kept up with the course of modernity. On a stroll through the inner city, the timber-framed houses from the 15. and 16. Centuries will be particularly noticeable.

Culture in Bad Urach

You can experience culture in this town in various ways: Residenzschloss (residence castle), Stiftskirche church and timber-framed houses testify to its history. Events such as the Schäferlauf (shepherd’s run), Fall Music Days and KulturMomente (Moments of Culture) show the vivacity of traditions within the new. Just go for a stroll through the city’s history.

Residenzschloss Urach

The residence castle is one of the few surviving German castles of the late medieval period. Count Eberhard Bart, first duke of Württemberg, was born here and resided here with his Italian wife Barbara Gonzaga di Mantova until their move to Stuttgart in 1482.

The castle offers a view into its rooms, which are interesting in terms of both regional history and art history: the late Gothic Dürnitz on the ground floor, the Palmensaal (palm hall) with the proof of descendance of Duke Eberhard V. of Württemberg and the baroque white hall on the second floor, and the Renaissance golden hall on the third floor.

A particular exhibit is on the fourth floor of the building, now all accessible by elevator: twenty-two gloriously carved and gilded representative sleighs from the collection of the Württemberg State Museum Stuttgart. They are a reminder of the glorious court of baroque Count Carl Eugen (1744-1793).

Suggested Hikes

In addition to the wide-ranging trail network of the Swabian Alpine Society (Schwäbischer Albverein), Bad Urach offers 45 hiking trails covering 210 kilometer. Of course it makes for a difficult choice, so we have put together a selection of our most beautiful tours for you.

Kneipp Facilities in the Maisental Valley

Get your circulation humming. Kneipping is good for body, mind and soul.

In the Maisental valley, right at the parking area for the waterfall hiking trail, you will find the Kneipp facilities of Bad Urach. From mid-May to October, whether after a hike or just so, you can use it to refresh yourself or do something for your health. How about a bit of Wassertreten (stepping through the cold water) or an arm bath in the cold waters?

AlbThermen Spa Bad Urach

Dive in, relax, recover. The AlbThermen spa of Bad Urach offers wellness and healing baths in modern, spacious surroundings.

The AlbThermen combine health and wellness. Bathing in the nicely warm thermal/mineral waters of the AlbThermen is a mini-vacation for body, mind and soul. The healing waters do a body good, the view can rove over densely forested mountain slopes, up to the ruins of castle Hohenurach, bringing mind and soul calm.

Six indoors and outdoors pools with water temperatures between 32 and 38 degrees Celsius invite you for a relaxing bath, the saunas will get you sweating comfortably.

The Healing Spring – Health from out of the Deep

The thermal mineral water of the AlbThermen spa hails from two natural healing springs located at a depth of 770 meters. Per day, one million liters of water at a natural temperature of 61 C is pumped from them.

Urach Waterfall

In the Maisental valley, following the murmuring Brühlbach creek to the valley’s end, you will find one of the most beautiful sights the Swabian Alps’ nature has to offer: the waterfall of Urach. The water tumbles 37 m, over a ledge, down to the valley.

Güterstein Waterfall

These waterfalls have the water falling over manifold small cascades into a man-made basin, giving them a special character all their own. They lie in a more hidden and romantic spot than the waterfalls of Urach, but are no less impressive.

Hohenurach Castle Ruins

Built by the dukes of Urach in the 11th century, this castle was expanded to a state fortress by the counts of Württemberg in the 16th century. Since 1765, they have fallen into ruin but become the monument of Bad Urach.

Schäferlauf (Shepherd’s Run)

From guild to folk festival, that would be a good and concise description of the Run’s development over time. Originally developed as a meeting of the guild of Swabian Alb shepherds, it is now the largest folk festival in the region.

For over 275 years, the Uracher Schäferlauf has taken place every two years. Its founding event was an order of Count Eberhard Ludwig in 1723, meant to save the shepherds the trouble of going all the way to the Shepherd’s Day in Markgröning. Surrounding the competition between young shepherd’s sons and daughters for prize hats and the legendary shepherd’s run for the shepherd’s crown is a festival with thousands of visitors.

The festival’s major day is Sunday, with festivities starting early in the morning. Then, a short parade and shows on the market square take place, before the colorful historic parade makes its way through the romantic inner city to the Zittelstatt square where competitions, dances, and the shepherd’s dance form the high point of the day. It slowly ends with the performance of the “D’Schäferlies” play and with music and food on the market square.

The whole town start celebrating a few days early, however, with entertainment and a festive tent. The traditional shepherd’s competition, showing their skills, takes place in the Wittlingen district. It is a matter of course that the 12300 inhabitants of the state-recognized spa town don’t celebrate their traditional festival alone, but with guests from the far reaches of the region. The next Schäferlauf will take place on July 21, 2013.

Culture and Sights in Bad Urach

The town museum was opened in 1990. Of the former mill, which burnt down almost completely in 1876, only the mill wheel and parts of the mechanical works are left. Since mid-December 2006, three floors show the private gramophone collection Geigle (formerly the Grammophonmuseum Bad Urach-Hengen). The functional apparatuses range from the beginnings to today’s state of technology.

Urach castle was built in 1443 to serve as residence while Württemberg was a divided state. It was also the birthplace of duke Eberhard V. and count Christoph of Württemberg. Among others, it consists of the Dürnitz which is shaped by its late Gothic vaults, the Palm Hall with some of the oldest paintings of palm trees in Europe, and the Golden Hall, one of the most beautiful renaissance halls in Southern Germany. There is also the gate vault, the inner court, the Cameralamt and the well. In addition, the castle houses the largest exhibit of baroque representational sleighs, hailing from the collection of the Württemberg state museum. There are regular tours in costumes.

In Bad Urach, there is also a late medieval market square with the town hall and timber-framed houses from the 15th and 16th centuries, the residence castle of the dukes of Württemberg and the church Saint Amandus, built in late Gothic style. Patron saints of this church are Saint Mary, Saint Andreas and Saint Amandus of Maastricht. It was declared ‘Monument of the Month of December 2006’ by the Administration of Monuments of Baden-Württemberg. Close by the city, one also finds the ruins of Hohenurach fortress and Hohenwittlingen castle.

The house at the Gorisbrunnen well used to be known as town house, probably housing guests of the court. It was erected on orders of Count Eberhard V. The Haus am Gorisbrunnen, known as antecedent of the Renaissance, was restored and reconstructed in 1977 and 1981.

The old town hall used to be the temporary town hall of Bad Urach in 1562. Afterwards, it served as municipal building with apartments and storage rooms. Until 1972, it offered poor citizens a place to stay. In addition, it was used for spinning whool, as a schoolhouse, and as a place for weighing goods. Nowadays, after a devastating fire in 1929, it houses a restaurant.

The town hall hails from 1440, with expansions in 1562. In the years 1907-08, it was changed. Until the middle of the 19th century, bakers and butchers sold their wares on its ground floor. Afterwards, the same space was used for a fruit market, until 1939. Until the 16 th century, it was a “Ratsdiele” (council’s hallway), until the beginning of the 20 th century a council chamber and in 1907 and 1908 an arcade with coats of arms.

At the Albtrauf, one finds the Haus auf der Alb, a former recreation home built in 1930 and now used by the state Baden-Württemberg for holding conventions on political education.

Tourist draws are the Falkenstein cave and the Urach waterfall, which receives its water from a source area of limestone and, over time, created a kind of outcropping on the slope of the Swabian Alb.

Active Vacations and Sports in Bad Urach


People who love to ride bikes will enjoy Bad Urach and surroundings immensely, whether to relax and roll over the beautiful paths on the Alb plateau, or be more active on longer tours on well-marked tracks, whether with their own bike or a rental. The extensive network of bike paths in and around Bad Urach will offer the right path for every age and every preference. Whatever your favorites, an unforgettable experience in breathtakingly beautiful nature is sure to be yours.

DSV Nordic Nordic Walking Park Bad Urach

The Nordic-Walking-Park Bad Urach offers ideal conditions for varied programs of activity. It fits perfectly into the manifold offers of Bad Urach. A specially marked network of trails, spanning a total of 35 km on six different trails of easy/medium/athletic difficulty will satisfy all desires, whether you go to train by yourself or with a trainer.

Mountain Bike

The topography of the Swabian Alb makes it a paradise for mountain bikers. The region is best experienced on the Bike X-ing of the Swabian Alps Tourism Association, which has a length of 400 km and a total 10000 m altitude difference, making it a great alternative to other renowned tours. The crossing runs on or along the Albtrauf from Tuttlingen to Aalen with repeated ascents to and descents from the 300 m tall edge of the mountain range.

Fishing at the Ermstalfischerei

In the upper Ermstal, between Bad Urach and Seeburg, you can find the Ermstalfischerei where you can buy fresh fish, enjoy it on location, or catch it yourself. Rainbow trout, salmon trout and char are to be found in the ponds. Beginners, with or without an angling permit or equipment of their own, can gain first experience.

Climbing in and around Bad Urach

The middle Swabian Alb with the Albtrauf, close by Bad Urach, offers climbing fans excellent rocks. There are more than 20 climbing rocks (Geschlitzter Fels, Sirchinger Nadeln, Kunstmühlefels, Hinterer and Vorderer Hannerfels, etc.) and some 500 climbing routes. The typical Alb-Limestone offers mainly vertical to slightly overhanging walls up to 40 m in height and with great views.


The Segway user can simply float. Simply, yes – just stepping on the platform between the wheels, shifting the weight towards the front, and the machine softly starts rolling. Speeds of, but never – even going down – more than, 20 km/h are the maximum, and the range is an excellent 38 km.

Winter Sports

Once the higher elevations of the Alb have changed into winter’s white coat, it’s time to get the skies out of the basement and to get there. Nordic skiing, alpine skiing and winter hikes are all on offer, and whoever wants to get to know the Alb in a different way can even get pulled along by sleigh dogs.

Shopping in Bad Urach: Outletcity Metzingen

We’ve got them all. From A like Adidas and Armani via J like Joop and L as in Lacoste to W as in Windson and Wolford. Not to forget the team whose home turf this is: Hugo Boss.

The development of our neighboring city, Metzingen, from small wine town to international shopping metropolis was truly outstanding – as is today’s offer.

More than 60 top brands in elegant flagship outlets, not just somewhere and anywhere on the outskirts, but in the midst of the inner city, surrounded by innovative architecture. Whether, man, woman, or child, whether streetwear, business outfit or fashionable free time, the immense range of choices means that everybody will find something they like.

More about the History of Bad Urach

Bad Urach was first mentioned in the beginning of the 12th century, with evidence of it found on a round hill near the current city center. During the division of Württemberg from 1442 to 1482, Urach had a residential seat of the Earl of Uracher line. Since 1985, the city is a state-approved health resort and a spa.

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Bad Urach is located in Baden-Württemberg at the foot of the Swabian Alb, and it is known for its spa and therapeutic baths. Looking for a therapeutic spa retreat? Look no further! The city is an officially recognized health resort and spa. The 61° C hot thermal springs of Baden-Württemberg is a temperature anomaly in the subsurface. Bad Urach has a late medieval square with a town hall and half-timbered houses from the 15th and 16th Centuries. Be sure to take a stroll through the Royal Palace Museum inside the Urach Castle.

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