Germany Trip Plan:
Bad Kissingen - back to the top through Sport and Wellness

Germany trip plan: Bad Kissingen - back to the top through Sport and Wellness
Bad Kissingen Rose Garden and mansions, author: Marion Vogt
[ source: Own work]

In times like these, the demand for stress relieves through sport and wellness grows considerably. Not only business people and managers seek options for relaxation and nothing is better then a complete change of scenery. Relax in world-famous Bad Kissingen, discover what nature has to offer, pick up a new sport and pamper your body & soul with various wellness treatments at the highest standards.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

In times like these, the demand for stress relieves through sport and wellness grows considerably. Not only business people and managers seek options for relaxation and nothing is better then a complete change of scenery. Relax in world-famous Bad Kissingen, discover what nature has to offer, pick up a new sport and pamper your body & soul with various wellness treatments at the highest standards.

Continued stress can cause unhealthy symptoms and lead to significant health problems. That is common knowledge and already more than 70 years ago Germany developed Autogenic Training. Way back in the 1920s progressive relaxation was developed in America and became increasing popular and everybody knows that physical exercise is an important part to release unhealthy stress. Meditation is considered to be a very effective way to fight stress symptoms and nowadays a more holistic approach, with the combination of active and passive treatments can be found in most wellness concepts. Relax with all your senses at the world-famous Spa Town Bad Kissingen and return home truly rejuvenated.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $467 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $550 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $150 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1587 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $2404 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at your holiday apartment in royal surroundings

Day 1:  Arrival at your holiday apartment in royal surroundings
Saturday morning fresh-market, author: Marion Vogt
[ source: Own work]

In the Bavarian region of Lower Franconia, south of the Rhön Mountains on the Frankonian Saale river lies Bad Kissingen and your new home from home is conveniently located to discover all this world-famous Spa Town has to offer. Take your time to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings and enjoy typical Franconian hospitality wherever you go.


Day 2: Bad Kissingen

Day 2: Bad Kissingen
Famous little train in Bad Kissingen, author: Marion Vogt
[ source: Own work]

The aim of this holiday is not to cover the greatest distances but to relax and rejuvenate by removing yourself as far as possible from the daily grind. Bad Kissingen will pleasantly stimulate all of your senses in terms of natural and cultural landscapes and today use your time to discover the town itself. The picturesque town center is packed with bars, coffee shops and restaurants, most of which have outside seating areas where you can be served until late in the evening during the summer months, relaxing to music and enjoying culinary delights. Follow the trail of bygone royalty by taking a stroll around Bad Kissingen's most significant sights. Start at the Regentenbau and from there through the length of the Arkadenbau, built from 1834-1838, to the Wandelhalle and Brunnenhalle in the Spa Garden area. From here you can cross the footbridge over the Saale River and easily reach the spacious Luitpoldpark. Here you can test your five faculties of perception - seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling and smelling; it includes a lawn labyrinth, a Kneipp-basin set in an aromatic herbal garden and a sound garden, set in the midst of a wood clearing where you can spend time meditating or listen to the chimes. Now it is only a short distance to the oldest section of town where you can find the impressive old town hall on the market square, now the tourist information center. The new town hall is located at the Lochner-Heußlein Schloß built alongside the cobbled town hall square, where you can also find a water fountain dedicated to the minstrel Otto von Botenlauben, 1175-1233. Segments of the towns' walls are jotted around the outskirts of the old town quarter and the last of fourteen look-out towers - the fire tower from the 14th century, can still be admired at the top end of the Turmgasse. The Salinenpromenade runs beside the Saale River to the outskirts of town and offers great sights of the beautiful countryside. Among other things you can inhale the vapors of the Gradierbau which was originally used for the process of filtering salt. Not far from here is a statue remembering Otto von Bismarck. Guided tour: Each Sunday Bad Kissingen's famous little train goes on a guided tour around the town and you can most conveniently see all the famous sights in one go.


Day 3: KissSalis Thermae

Day 3: KissSalis Thermae
KissSalis Therme in Bad Kissingen, GNU, author: Togodumnus
[ source: Wikipedia]

Spend a day at the KissSalis Thermae, which lies on the outskirts of Bad Kissingen! It can easily be reached by bus or the KissSalis shuttle bus. The Thermae, Sauna Park, Health Pavilion and Fitness Arena are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. KissSalis offers an impressive contrast to the historical spa buildings in the center of the Spa Town. It complements the historical spa facilities with an exceptional range of swimming and health facilities. A design of flowing curves and illuminated pillars can hardly fail to refresh the body and soothe the mind in a relaxed, yet inspirational setting. The idea behind the thermae is to create a heavenly setting in which to indulge. Visitors can look forward to a 1000 square meters water surface, freshly derived from the Schönborn springs and consisting of two large pools on the inside and out, an intensive salt water basin, a hot and cold water grotto, a salt water hydrotherapy room, a pool designed for gymnastic and movement therapy, a mud therapy room and a steam room, all combined with a view of the beautiful surrounding scenery. Adjacent to the thermae is the enchanting SaunaPark with five sauna cabins inside, varying from 55 - 90 degree Celsius, and three alpine sauna cabins outside in the sauna garden and a nearby cooling down swim basin. There are various possibilities where you can wind down, in one of the relaxation rooms or in the pleasant little cafe with a view out to the outer sauna landscape and surrounding countryside. Another attraction is the FitnessArena, a 650 square meters state-of-the-art gym of the highest standards. Unwind in the WellnessPavillon whilst taking a Cleopatra bath, body pack or Balinesian massage. Try out the sun beds or spend half an hour in the warm sands of the sunny island. Physiotherapists give water gymnastic sessions in the therapy pool. In fact the whole establishment is full of qualified staff just waiting to help. The restaurant serves light meals and refreshments. A small shop, a hairdresser and a children's creche round things off perfectly.


Day 4: The therapy center Kurhausbad & Casino

Day 4: The therapy center Kurhausbad & Casino
Regentenbau and Spa Garden, author: Marion Vogt
[ source: Own work]

The Kurhausbad is close to the town center, in the Prinzregenten Street, and can easily be reached by foot. It was opened on May 1st 1927, and was the most modern spa treatment center of its time. The architect, Max Littmann chose the stylish neoclassical design and adorned the complex with many beautiful details such as the stained glass windows, wall plastering made out of Nymphenburg porcelain, and red terracotta paneling. The Kurhausbads main attraction is most probably the Roman-Irish steam baths found in the basement of the building. The hot rooms and saunas have been decorated with Villeroy & Boch tiling and have been excellently maintained. With its nostalgic flair the Kurhausbad offers a range of out of the ordinary treatments - the power bath is suitable for men, the Sisi bath for the ladies, and also offers an endless list of traditional treatments - massages, hydrotherapy, mud treatments, salt-water baths, power jet baths, to name only a few.

In the evening visit Bad Kissingen Casino, which is located in the idyllic Luitpoldpark. The impressive neo-classicist building awaits you with elegant architecture and a large number of entertaining games such as roulette, American roulette, blackjack, poker and kleines Spiel. Unforgettable hours of pleasure are guaranteed!


Day 5: Hiking, Cycling & Nordic Walking

Day 5: Hiking, Cycling & Nordic Walking
Kissinger Hörnchen, pastry from the region of Bad Kissingen
[ source: Wikipedia]

Bad Kissingen has an unlimited quantity of hiking paths on offer. There are 110 km of paths leading from Bad Kissingen to attractions in the local all different in length and level of difficulty. The paths are well kept and directions are adequately sign-posted. Decide between a comfortable stroll along the Saale River and around the parks or a whole-day ramble across the neighboring hills. If you want to find out more about the Rhön area then it would be well worth visiting the tourist information center Haus der Schwarzen Berge in Oberbach near Wildflecken. It has its own gift shop, where you can acquire products only made in the Rhön, a cafe where you can enjoy home-baked specialties and an information display area.

Discover the town and the surrounding area by bike. Although the area around the resort is hilly, the cycling routes mainly lead through the valley; all routes are signposted and vary in length and intensity. You can recharge your batteries in one of a great number of cafes and taverns found along the way, where you can also sit in the beer gardens and enjoy light refreshments. Cycling routes will bring you directly to the pretty, Biedermeier spa resort of Bad Bocklet, to the historical town of Münnerstadt or to the oldest Frankonian wine village of Hammelburg, with its breath-taking views from the medieval castle Schloß Saaleck.

Nordic walking is at home in Bad Kissingen. Wherever you look you can see guests and the town’s residents taking part in this gentle yet effective activity, striding through the gardens and parks of the resort, or down the Salinen promenade. Nordic walking can help people of all ages to reduce weight, combat diabetes and stress. For those who have a shortage of movement in their day to day lives, posture detriment or back problems it is a more than ideal compensation. Bad Kissingen offers visitors nordic walking courses given by specially trained coaches. The pulse rate is continuously monitored during the walk through the natural environment.


Day 6: Europe's largest Wandelhalle

Day 6: Europe's largest Wandelhalle
Mineral water of Bad Kissingen, GNU, author: Sigismund von Dobschütz
[ source: Wikipedia]

The healing spa waters of Bad Kissingen contain a vast amount of highly concentrated minerals which, when taken as a drinking course, are known to help in the regulation of digestive malfunctions, cure illnesses concerning the upper lung area, fight exhaustion and combat anaemia. It may be difficult to imagine what a Wandelhalle is like and which purpose it serves. The Regentenbau, Kurgarten and Wandelhalle are all built around the major wells in Bad Kissingen. Getting the maximum potential out of the healing spa waters is slightly time-consuming as it needs to be sipped at intervals. Some find the spa water to be more digestible if they walk around, so whole lengths of walking spaces, decorated with palm trees, have been accommodated into the building. Others prefer to be entertained and come for their drinking courses in the mornings during one of the Kurorchester’s lovely concerts. The Wandelhalle also serves its purpose well in the winter or during rainy periods in the spring and summer. Inside, the wells look striking with their gold shimmering pipes and the tap ladies in traditional dresses. All in all a visit to the Wandelhalle is absolutely essential even if you are not taking a drinking treatment.

Pandur, Rakoczy, Max Water, Luitpold Sprudel and the Kissinger Bitter Water are known to have the best healing qualities and are predominantly used for the drinking-treatment courses. Schönborn Sprudel water, Luitpold Sprudel water and Runder Brunnen water are primarily used for bathing treatments. Bad Kissingen's Bitter Water is rated highly for its high sodium and magnesium sulfate content, which is known to influence digestion. It can be sipped on its own or together with either Pandur or Rakoczy water. It doesn't, like all the other spa mineral waters of Bad Kissingen, cause any undesirable side effects, as long as it's taken in small doses.

The Kurgarten Cafe is beautifully situated at the side of the Kurgarten and serves a wonderful selection of gateaux cakes and pastries. You can also find a large choice of high quality cafes in the town, whose proprietors will love to serve you some of their home-made delights.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Pedestrian zone on a winters night, author: Marion Vogt
[ source: Own work]

Bad Kissingen has in every season so much to offer and after your first holidays in this beautiful Spa Town you might like to come back again and again. For sport enthusiasts more sporting activities are available such as canoeing, golf, tennis, horse riding, ice-skating, ice-hockey, gliding and games in the park including crazy golf and giant chess and for those who seek medical treatment, Bad Kissingen is equipped to deal with many additional ailments. Here is a list of general illnesses that can be treated in the spa: Metabolism disorders, illnesses concerning the heart, circulation, veins and arteries, complaints within the digestive system, injuries and illnesses around the spine. Joint area deformities and diseases of the bones, psychosomatic and psychic illnesses, oncological diseases, illnesses concerning the kidneys, bladder, urethra and prostrate gland, gastro-enterological diseases, illnesses affecting the breathing apparatus, neurological illnesses, abnormal tissue growth and swellings, skin disorders, blood disease and blood formation disorders, gynecological complaints, vein disorders, hearing difficulties as well as problems resulting from accidents and injuries.


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