Over a century ago many famous emperors, kings and politicians flocked to the resort that was accredited with “Bad” (spa) status in 1883 to rest, recuperate and enjoy a little well being. They all appreciated the efficacy of the healing water from Bad Kissingen and natural occurring mud, the expertise of the doctors and the genial flair of this sophisticated spa resort. Bad Kissingen’s attraction as a first-rate health and holiday resort has remained very much in evidence until today. This reputation is well justified by the town’s magnificent parks and gardens, historic buildings and a world-class range of spa facilities like Pump room and Wandelhalle and services that all add to the attraction.
Retreat for the nobility and aristocracyBavaria's largest spa town lies in an idyllic location in the north of the state on the River Saale in Franconia. Visitors to the town are fascinated by its diversity, vitality and unique flair. For centuries, Bad Kissingen served as a popular retreat offering rest and recuperation to the aristocracy of Europe. Under the aegis of the Kings of Bavaria and supervised by renowned architects, magnificent buildings were created to afford visiting European nobility an enhanced experience. These include the imposing Regentenbau and impressive Arkadenbau buildings, as well as the adjacent Wandelhalle gallery complex, which is Europe's largest. The magnificent buildings are surrounded by three expansive and well-kept gardens and parks: the extensive Luitpoldpark, inspired by English landscape gardens; the Kurgarten, which incorporates baroque elements; and the Rose Garden, which is arranged in impressive geometric shapes.
Even Prince Otto von Bismarck enjoyed spending time in Bad Kissingen's glamorous setting. During his fifteen stays in the town, he didn't just carry out first-rate politics, he also dined in style: His breakfast buffet used to include roasts, cutlets, goose, eggs, smoked fish and champagne. Needless to say, culinary delicacies have changed somewhat in Bad Kissingen over the years. In the romantic starred Restaurant in the centre of town, you can enjoy select delicacies at leisure and with passion. Visitors to Bad Kissingen can experience the variety that the town has to offer, which was once reserved for the European aristocracy. Everyone can find their own awareness of time here, and can take a little piece of quality of life back home with them.
- Historical Rakoczy Festival Each year, the Rakoczy Festival brings the many historical guests of Bad Kissingen – including Bavarian kings, Sisi, Bismarck and many more – back to life for a weekend.
- Kissinger Summer Hugely talented young artists and world-renowned musicians make the KISSINGER SOMMER one of the finest classical musical festivals in Germany.
- Summertime - Open-Air im Kurgarten Summer festival with live-music between Cuba and Classic Rock.