Bad Orb Travel Guide

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Bad Orb Things to Do

  • Mozart's opera Così fan tutte in 2008

    The twenty-second summer production of the Opera Academy in Bad Orb was of Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791).The title means roughly "That's what they (feminine) all do." One of the characters, the "old philosopher" Don Alfonso, sets out to prove that all women will be unfaithful to their husbands or fiancés if given the chance....

  • Bad Orb Concert Hall

    The performances of the Opera Academy are held here in the Concert Hall in Bad Orb's Kurpark.The rest of the year concerts and plays are given here for the entertainment of the people who are here on the Kur, to "take the waters".What’s so bad about a town like Bad Orb? Click on the link below to find out.

  • Don Giovanni in 2010

    The twenty-fourth summer production of the Opera Academy in Bad Orb was Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791).Don Giovanni was the eighteenth of Mozart's twenty-one operas, composed in 1787 when he was thirty-one years old, four years before his death.The libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838) is the story of a Spanish nobleman (Don...

  • Die Fledermaus (The Bat) in 2009

    The twenty-third summer production of the Opera Academy in Bad Orb was the very popular operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899).Carlos Krause not only did the stage direction, but also played the funny speaking role of Frosch, the prison warden, in the third act. The photo shows Carlos Krause with Michael Millard, the...

  • Gradierwerk (Salt Works or Thorn House)

    This wooden framework is 155 meters long and was first built in 1806 for the purpose of extracting salt from the salty spring water of Bad Orb. Inside the framework, under the roof, there are two huge walls of tightly packed Black Thorn branches. Space is left for people to walk along the sides and down the middle.Salty spring water is pumped up to...

  • Bad Orb Opera Academy

    The Opera Academy in Bad Orb is intended as a showcase for young singers at the beginning of their careers. Every year fifty to sixty young singers come to auditions, and those who are chosen get the opportunity to rehearse and perform an opera in Bad Orb under the direction of retired opera singer Carlos Krause.Krause does the staging himself, and...


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Bad Orb Transportation

  • No more train service to Bad Orb

    Scheduled train service on the branch line from Wächtersbach to Bad Orb was discontinued some time ago. So if you want to go to Bad Orb by public transport you have to get off the train at Wächtersbach and take a bus from there.The track to Bad Orb still exists, but it has been converted to narrow gauge (first photo) and is used occasionally for...

  • Cycling to Bad Orb

    Bad Orb is easy to reach by bicycle from Frankfurt. Just take the regional cycling route R3, which follows the banks of the Main River to and through Frankfurt and then goes up the Kinzig Valley starting in Hanau. From the R3 there is a five kilometer cycling route going off to the right (east) to Bad Orb (second photo). Like most of the regional...

  • Taking your bike on the train

    All the regional trains have bicycle compartments so you can take your bicycle with you to wherever you want to start cycling from.In the area served by the Rhine-Main Transit Authority "RMV" it does not cost extra to take your bike along, but in other parts of Germany you sometimes need a supplementary ticket for your bike.The photo shows the...


Bad Orb Off The Beaten Path

  • Railway lines in the Sinn Valley

    In the valley of the Sinn River there are two more or less parallel railway lines of two tracks each. The old line was built in the 19th century and is used today for local and regional trains and for freight. The new high-speed line was built in the 1980s for the ICE trains (InterCity Express), which started running in 1991.Here in the town of...

  • Jossgrund

    Landscape along the bicycle route in the Jossa Valley.This was only the second time I have cycled through here. In an earlier phase of my life I used to drive through here every week, but that was a long time ago. Update: Just had another bicycle trip through here in August 2006. My route this time was Schlüchtern to Sinntal, Sinntal to Bad Orb...

  • Reineck

    The town of Reineck, with a castle and historic Old Town, is one of the last towns near the bottom of the Sinn Valley, before the Sinn flows into the Main at Gemünden.For the continuation of this bicycle trip, see the Main River Tour on my Germany page.


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    Tower at Obertor (Upper Gate)

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    The first mention of Orb in any known document was from the year 1050, but it must have been quite a small settlement at that time.

    Nearly two centuries later, in the year 1244, Orb was granted the status of a city, a privilege which among other things allowed it to mint a coin, the Orber Hälbling (half penny).

    In this period, around the middle of the thirteenth century, the city fortifications were built, consisting of walls, gates and towers, some of which still exist.

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