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Bad Reichenhall became famous because of salt mining. This happened even before the Romans came to this area.
In the 12 th century, Bad Reichenhall became one of the richest cities in Germany. To protect the city against attacks from Salzburg, at the beginning of the 13 th century the castle "Gruttenstein" was built and mighty walls with towers surrounded the city. In the 16 th century the productivity was dramatically increased and Bad Reichenhall's prosperity increased again. You still can purchase salt from this area.
Visit the "Die Alte Saline" (the old salt refinery).
Bad Reichenhall - many thanks to Gakuro
"Die Alte Saline" (the old salt refinery) - many thanks to Florian Hofmann
The old city hall - many thanks to Florian Hofmann
The city gained an excellent reputation as a treatment and spa center.
Whenever you see the word "Bad" in front of the name of a city or village, it does not mean "bad", it means that this is a recognized place for improving your health.
Most of the costs are normally covered by the German health system.
We did a lot of walking and enjoyed an outdoor concert of classical music in Bad Reichenhall while having coffee, "Zwetschgendatschi" (plume cake) for Elizabeth and a slice of torte for me. We had really a wonderful relaxing time and Elizabeth loved all the surrounding mountains. They were all hers.
But Bad Reichenhall has also experienced many disasters: fire, flooding, diseases and heavy bombing at the end of WW II.
Get used to the fact that certain parts of most cities or even villages are strictly reserved for pedestrians. This is done for several good reasons.
First of all to revitalize downtown. This worked in most cases. You see shoppers, people relaxing in outdoor coffee shop or restaurants.
In the "Kurgarten" - thank you Richard
In the "Fußgängerzone" (pedestrian zone) - thanks Richard
You can enjoy alcoholic beverages without being fenced in. It is save for little children because there is no traffic except bicycles and eventually cars for emergency or delivery. Only certain places are still waiting to fill this areas with visitors. Sightseeing is much more enjoyable without all the traffic around you.
Another reason is to improve the air quality in this area. You can find houses which are over 500 years old and people are still enjoy living in them - even young ones.
The "Lettengebirge" with a mountain group called the "Schlafende Hexe" (Sleeping Witch)
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