Archaeological findings tell us that this part of Germany was inhabited during the Middle and the New Stone Age, and by the Bronze Age, an intelligent culture was already developed here. The city's modern history began with glassworks and the discovery of the healing salt springs that bring in visitors looking to relax and heal. It was finally distinguished as such a place when Bad was added to the name in 1919. Residents know that the local history and culture are important and help preserve this beautiful town's architectural wonders. There are also many cultural events throughout the year, including two different marksmen festivals in summer as well as a mountain bike race in June.
Location: In the Hills and Forest
Bad Driburg is located in the Höxter district in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the Aa River and at the historic railway line known as Soest-Höxter-Berlin. Being on the eastern slopes of the Egge Hills Nature Park just east of Paderborn means a lovely view of forested mountains. The average temperature year round stays at about seven degrees Celsius, and the city gets a little less than 1,000 mm of rain annually. This area is where many of the famous natural spas and springs are located, both cold and hot.
Culture: Wellness, Castles, and Churches
The spas are the main reason why thousands of visitors frequent this resort town each year. The Teutoburg Forest / Egge Hills Nature Park offers not only hiking and cycling trails, but also features mud and mineral baths to heal you inside and out. For those who want to explore history, the Iburg takes you back to the 700s into the ruins of a former Saxon refuge. The Parish Church St. Peter and Paul offers a look into pieces of an old church from the 1200s and a Neo-Gothic catholic Parish from 1897. The Water Castle Neuenheersee from 1599 has even more to offer, with more than just a historical background. Many come just to view the winding canals and many species of birds that have settled on the grounds.
Activities: Entertainment, Museums, and the Outdoors
Unique museums are a choice if you want to explore some different items. The Glass Museum commemorates the making of glass in the area as well as glass art. The Friedrich-Wilhelm-Weber Museum is housed in the residence of the famous doctor, poet, and politician, who was also member of the Prussian House of Representatives for over 30 years. For outdoor lovers, there is no shortage of activities, from cycling and mountain biking to climbing the adventurous high ropes path.