Bad Frankenhausen is an excellent starting point to explore many attractions in the Kyffhäuserkreis (Kyffhäuser region).
I travelled on a very hot day and used an older Audi from my son without air condition. I was completely exhausted when I finally arrived in the early afternoon.
I was hoping that I would find accommodation in a "Pension" (B & B) of an Internet friend. Unfortunately, he was on a funeral and everything was booked. So I had to find another place.
After rejecting to wait for a few hours until 5:00 p.m. for a hotel to open I went to the tourist information where a very friendly lady helped me to find a reasonable priced B & B in a quiet area with very nice hosts.
Bad Frankenhausen is one of the many tourist places of Germany where each guest has to pay a daily "Kurtaxe". This is a special tax which is used by the respective community for its beautification and maintenance of tourism related investments. From my host I received a coupon for a discount in the famous spa "Kyffhäusertherme".
Naturally, I wanted to use this offer because after a busy day it is very relaxing to recover in one of these exclusive facilities. Can you imagine how frustrated I was when I realized that I only could face a vending machine for tickets and nobody was willing to help?
Obviously, some people in Bad Frankenhausen did not learn anything since the wall came down! They are still used that customers must be thankful to get service or goods. Naturally, I left. So far this was not one of my best days in Thuringia and I hope that people who do not know how to run a business will be released of this burden in the near future. Thuringia will lose its good reputation very fast if this happens too often.
"Alte Hämmelei", a good restaurant
The shady garden was preferred by me
After I could not go swimming I decided to have a good dinner instead. I went to the historical "Gasthof" shown above which offered restaurant services also in a shady garden as well as accommodation - but more expensive than my B & B. Unfortunately I could only stay one night at the private accommodation. For that reason I decided to travel to close by Sondershausen the next day and to find there a place to stay.
After the meal I walked through the well kept "Kurpark". In a remote area I met some teenagers who were drinking warm beer.
The "Kurpark" in Bad Frankenhausen
However, they were not noisy and did not pose any thread. I am sure they would have shared a bottle with me but I do not like warm beer.
As I already said, Bad Frankenhausen is an excellent place to explore the great surroundings. I only was very disappointed with the spa and I did not want to spend too much money for another accommodation.
The lost luggage during my flight from Toronto to Frankfurt changed all our plans.
So I tried to make the best out of my stay in this village, by walking and driving around and visiting some of the attractions.
I was especially pleased with the "Panorama Museum" for which I have prepared a specific web site.
The "Hausmannsturm" which is shown in the image on the right was first mentioned in 998.
Driving through Bad Frankenhausen was not a problem also parking was easy.
Many houses had been nicely renovated, others are still in need. However, with a very high unemployment rate people certainly have other priorities.
The leaning church tower in Bad Frankenhausen
I believe most people have heard about the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy. But did you know that Bad Frankenhausen has also a leaning tower?
It is the church tower of the so called "Oberkirche". This church was built in 1382 and is part of the original downtown area.
Water is washing out salt and gypsum in the underground and since hundreds of years the tower is moving. Today it 3.89 m out of the vertical and it is still moving.
The church can not be used any longer and services and concerts are performed outdoors. Rescue activities have been started by volunteers.
Downtown Bad Frankenhausen
The market place in Bad Frankenhausen
During my stay I learned that in medieval times vineyards were part of agricultural activities in this area.
My bad feelings about my first experiences in Bad Frankenhausen were disappearing. Everybody was friendly and helpful. I am not getting paid by anybody and I also would never lie for money.
Visitors should know what to expect and certainly nobody would believe anyhow that everywhere everything is perfect. If I see things which could easily be improved without costing lots of money I point those out. Unfortunately, nobody listens, not in Germany and not in Canada!
New and old - I liked it!
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