Known for its 150-year history as a health resort, Bad Reichenhall has the reputation of being able to cure whatever it is that ails you. With its beautifully tended parks, car-free Old Town, open-air saltwater inhalation facilities, and magnificent mountain setting, Bad Reichenhall will make you feel refreshed and re-energized. More than just the perfect vacation spot to cure respiratory illnesses, its location at the heart of the Alps makes it perfect for activities like hiking and skiing.
Location: A Beautiful, Lush Environment Surrounded by the Chiemgauer Peaks
Located in Upper Bavaria, Germany, Bad Reichenhall is encircled by the beautiful Chiemgauer Alps, and is very close to Salzburg, Austria. Its environs are incredibly lush: leafy hills, scenic peaks, azure lakes. It was once a center for salt production before it officially became a health spa 150 years ago. Today, it is still home to some of the best saltwater inhalation facilities in Europe.
Culture: Bringing Healthy Back
If you want to bring roses back into your cheeks, Bad Reichenhall is definitely the place to go. The spa town not only offers numerous massage parlors, saunas, bathhouses, and many outdoor activities. The picturesque Lake Thumsee offers water sports, such as rafting, diving, and swimming. Some parks offer mountain climbing, bungee jumping, and paragliding. Feeling artsy? A walk around the Old Town Hall, built in 1849, will be a feast for the eyes with its frescoes of Charlemagne, Frederick I, and St. Rupert. Feeling a little congested? Head on to the Gradierwerk (Thorn House), the world’s largest open-air inhalation facility. With salt water trickling down its walls, it mimics the atmosphere of a seaside locale. It has cured respiratory illnesses for more than a century.
Activities: The Predigtstuhlbahn Gondola
One activity that you definitely shouldn’t miss is the Predigtstuhlbahn gondola ride. The world’s oldest gondola lift takes you to Bad Reichenball’s highest peak, the Predigtstuhl. Once you reach the top, there is a restaurant from where you can appreciate the awesome scenery with a meal or a glass of wine. The views from up here are breathtaking, so don’t forget to take your camera!