Bad Hersfeld Travel Guide

  • 1. Before the opera at the Bad Hersfeld Festival
    1. Before the opera at the Bad Hersfeld...
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  • 2. Back view of the Stiftsruine
    2. Back view of the Stiftsruine
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  • 5. Bad Hersfeld Festival 2006
    5. Bad Hersfeld Festival 2006
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Bad Hersfeld Things to Do

  • Bad Hersfeld Festival

    My attitude is that even a lackluster opera performance is better than none at all, so I was not unhappy with the two evenings I spent in Bad Hersfeld last summer. I saw Cosi fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the first evening, and Carmen by Georges Bizet the second. They were sung in German, not in the original Italian or French, and both were...

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  • Konrad Zuse and Konrad Duden

    Here are the two statues together: Konrad Zuse (1910-1995), the inventor of the computer, whom I described on my Bad Hersfeld intro page, and Konrad Duden (1829-1911).Hardly anybody in Germany has ever heard of Zuse (ask a few people on the street if you don't believe me), but Duden's name is a household word because of the standard German spelling...

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  • Stiftsruine

    Operas in Bad Hersfeld take place in the picturesque ruins of this ancient church, first built for a monastery between 831 and 850. This was of course a Catholic monastery at the time, but on May 1, 1521, Martin Luther came to Hersfeld and held sermons here, with the result that two years later the city became Protestant.The second, third and...

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  • Half-timbered houses in Bad Hersfeld

    Bad Hersfeld has a number of fine half-timbered houses to look at, such as this one on the street called Neumarkt, near the Konrad Duden School. This particular house is the home of a folk music pub called "Sandy's Leierkasten".Duden would turn over in his grave, by the way, if he could see the apostrophe in "Sandy's" -- that's a recent import from...

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  • Bad Hersfeld Museum

    The City Museum in Bad Hersfeld, just off to the side of the Stiftsruine, has exhibits on the history of the region, the monastery and the town, and also shows how millers and artisans used to work in this area in previous centuries.Admission is free. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00.

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  • Bad Hersfeld Town Museum

    This little museum has a nice display of town history, history about how the Catholic Church played an immense role in developing this area, and all about the Charity Church (Stiftskirche) that once was here, and history about how people lived and worked in Bad Hersfeld. Sometimes that have special art exhibits, too. Open: From Tu-Su from 10-12,...

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  • Herzberg Castle

    Herzberg Castle is not directly in Bad Hersfeld - it's just a short distance away - but well worth visiting, especially in the summer, when they have their Knights in Shining Armor Pagents. The castle was built by the Lords of Romrod, in a part of the country known as the "shortcut through Hessen". Heinrich von Romrod owned the land on Herzberg...

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  • Getting Cured in Bad Hersfeld

    Any town in Germany that writes "Bad" in front of their name means that it's a spa town. "Bad" is the German word for "bath", or in this case, "spa". Hersfeld is no different. They have a spa and wellness center here, with a number of package programs, if you would like to a nice "chill out" day on your way through Germany. At the moment their...

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  • Eichhof Castle

    This castle, as opposed to most castles, was not built by knights, dukes or kings - it was built by Abbots. The moated palace, known back then as "zu den Eychen" (to the oaks) was started by Abbot Ludwig von Mansbach in 1328 and finished by Abbot Berthold von V?lkershausen in 1372. This castle used to be the constant site of feuds between the...

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    Family Atmosphere in Gasthof Eichhof

    by Weissdorn Written Jan 7, 2004

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    Wide variety of typical German food - home cooking style - with a family atmosphere. They also have rooms available at affordable prices - 23 Euro for a single; 32 for a double.

    Favorite Dish: The Eichhof Topf (stewed tenderloins) and the Schnitzels are good - Schnitzels are as little as 8.00 Euro!

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Bad Hersfeld Transportation

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    1. Boarding an ICE in Bad Hersfeld 3 more images

    by Nemorino Updated Oct 28, 2009

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    If your bicycle has a flat tire or something you could always take a train to Bad Hersfeld.

    I have often gone through here on the train, for instance on my trips to Eisenach, Erfurt, Leipzig and Dresden, but have never gotten on or off the train here. Every second InterCityExpress (ICE) stops in Bad Hersfeld, so there is an ICE connection every two hours, which makes for about eight ICEs per day in each direction, and there are also numerous regional trains and regional expresses to places like Fulda, Kassel and Bebra.

    Second photo: When I was in Bad Hersfeld in the summer of 2005 they were busy upgrading the station, which included putting in new roofs over the platforms, and finally putting in elevators ("lifts" to you).

    Third photo: A freight train ("goods train" to you) going through the Bad Hersfeld station.

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Bad Hersfeld Off The Beaten Path

  • Rotenburg an der Fulda

    After two days in Bad Hersfeld I cycled 21 kilometers further downstream to Rotenburg an der Fulda (spelled without an h in the middle), which turns out to be a pleasant little town with attractive half-timbered houses, and not at all a tourist trap like the one with the h on the Tauber.Again it was a cool, overcast day, which was fine for cycling...

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  • Cycling to Bad Hersfeld

    I took a Regional Express train from Frankfurt to Fulda, and started cycling from there along the regional bicycle route R1 in the Fulda River Valley.It was a cool, overcast day, which was fine for cycling but not ideal for taking pictures. Second photo: The Fulda River between Fulda and Bad Hersfeld.Third photo: I arrived two years too late to...

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