The Dampferle is a little ship which leaves at the "Rosengarten" and drives to the "Saline" along the Saale river in summer. Its maiden trip was in 1876. The ships leave between 10 am and about 5 pm and the Rosengarten and Saline. Check the timetable, there sometimes is a "lunch break". The tour (one-way) is about 20 minutes. You can take a one way ticket and walk back next to the Saale river or buy a 2-way ticket, which is about 5,50 € (2013).
The "Kurbähnle" is a little train which starts in the city centre, in front of the tourist information at the Kurgarten. It goes to the "Wildpark Klaushof" (zoo with local animals) from April to October. If you visit Bad Kissingen by car, the Kurbähnle is not a good option for you, just for people who are in Bad Kissingen by train or bus and want to visit the Wildpark Klaushof.
The "Luitpoldpark" is 15 hectare large park in the city centre of Bad Kissingen. The natural beauty of the park is fascinating as well as the "attractions" such as the Mediterranean Kneipp water-treading basin or barefoot maze. Bad Kissingen is a spa destinations, that's why there is everything about health and recreation.
The "Wildpark Klaushof" is a zoo with local German animals like deer, otters or wild boars located in a beautiful forest. I love to walk around there, to watch the animals or feed the deer. The "Wildpark Klaushof" is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm in winter, to 6 pm between April and October. There is a cheap family ticket for parents or grandpartens and their children (6 €). Usually adults pay 3 €, children 1 €. There is a car park (free) directly at the "Wildpark", dogs are not allowed. On the other side of the street there is a restaurant/café with very good local food and a beer garden in summer.
The KissSalis Spa is located on the outskirts of Bad Kissingen. It is best reached by car or bus line 8. The KissSalis is opend from Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 10 pm, on Friday and Saturday to midnight. The entrance includes several swimming pools and the access to the SaunaPark. Massages and beauty treatments as well as the entrance to the gym must be paid separately. The parking is free. The KissSalis spa is a great place to relax. I usually stay there for 3 hours (16 € in 2013, without booking any treatments). In my opinion, that is enough time for discovering all pools and saunas. The day ticket is 23 Euros.
The year the castle was built is unknown, but it is said to be from around 1180, but there are just ruins left. The best part of the visit is the view of the city Bad Kissingen right up to the region Rhön. Almost every year in fall there is a "castle festival".
There are three types of mineral water available. Each tastes differently because the stratum they pass through naturally before being pumped to the surface. The waters are full of minerals and the mineral content of each can e located. The sign inform visitors the recommended maximum intake per day of each water and the mineral content.
Franz Rakoczy is a very important personality in Bad Kissingen. His statue sits across from the mineral water fountain that bears his name. On the last July of every weekend the city hosts the Rakoczy festival for three days. The interesting thing is that Rakoczy was a Hungarian prince, who never even set foot in Bad Kissingen.
The Feuerturm was originally built in the 13th century as part of the city's fortifications. In 1850, the tower was then used as a firewatch and equipped with a bell. The last resident moved out of the tower in 1960. The tower, which is the last remaining from the original fortifications, now has another job critical to the survival of Bad Kissingen. The public bathroom is now located in the first floor.
Along the street that passes by the Kurhaus in the pedestrain zone, are several buildings with drinking fountains. These are the whole reason the city of Bad Kissingen was founded. There are several different fountains, some running more than others. They run 24hours, and are always open. Each one has different minerals, and different healing effects. Try every one.
The main feature of Bad Kissingen is the Kurhaus, the original spa in Bad Kissingen. The Kurhaus and it's surrounding gardens are the place people from all over Germany come to relax and well, drink the water. Outside the Kurhaus there is often an orchestra, filling the gardens with music, and chess playing with large, garden size pieces seems to be a favorite pastime of the guests. When it's busy, a Kurpass is required to enter the gardens.
The catholic church is the dominant church in Bavaria. Every village, every town has a catholic church. So it's a bit unusual to see a Protestant church. There are a few in Bavaria, and one is located in Bad Kissingen. It's open 24 hours a day, and is a change from looking at all the catholic churches around.
There are slot machines almost everywhere, but Bad Kissingen has one of the few casinos around. Don't expect a Vegas-like atmosphere, the place is a bit more formal. It's main visitors are the retired spa guests.
The fortress Botenlauben stands on a hill south of the city center. It was originally built in the 12th century and was destroyed in 1525 during the Farmer's War, and never rebuilt. The ruins are a good place to enjoy panoramic views of Bad Kissingen and the Rhoen.
The Kurhalle is a huge building containing everything from a health spa or sanatorium to concerts and gambling!