Bad Karlshafen - Baroque town on the Weser river

In the Baroque planned town of Bad Karlshafen and the medieval Helmarshausen, unique cultural and natural experiences are combined with the modern wellness offers of the Weser-Therme.

Bad Karlshafen for friends of fairy tales
The legendary Krukenburg fort ruins lie between Bad Karlshafen and Helmarshausen. The giant Kruko is said to have lived here with his daughters Saba, Brama and Trendula; a bitter dispute broke out between the sisters after his death. Today, you have a wide view from Bergfied over Reinhardswald and Diemel valley. Even today, the Romanesque Krukenburg, the old monastery buildings and half-timbered houses determine the townscape of Helmarshausen. The monastery was world famous with its painting school and goldsmith's workshop. The unique Gospels of Henry the Lion were created here. In the museum in the old town hall, one can view a facsimile edition with its beautifully designed pages. An exhibition on book illumination in the Middle Ages complements the presentation.
The clarity of the square of white houses on both sides of the harbour basin, the town hall with chimes and the former post office of Thurn and Taxis characterise the unmistakable face of Bad Karlshafen. One of the Grimm brothers used to live in the Weserstrasse 19, where today you can find the Tourist Information office. Built in 1699 by Landgrave Carl zu Hessen, the aim was to bypass the customs in Hann. Münden and build a canal to Kassel. For this purpose he founded the city with its city harbour as a transhipment point.

Bad Karlshafen for holiday tourists and day visitors
Sports activities: fun and sports in nature are abundant here: jogging, hiking, Nordic walking, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding.
Relax: This is what the Weser-Therme offers you directly on the riverbank. Fed from Hesse's saltiest thermal brine spring, the water has a brine content of 23 percent and is particularly beneficial to health due to its high content of minerals and trace elements. A great variety is offered to you in the sauna land, including the boat sauna "Jacques Galland", an absolute highlight.



Events & Guided Tours

A special note for guests who do not speak German:
Some of the guided tours and audiences offers or events presented here are currently only available in German,
some are offered regularly, others on demand in different languages.
In many cases, fairytale magic and fabulous seductions do not need spoken language to be properly experienced.
Let yourself be surprised or inquire directly at the address given in each case.
And please understand that for technical reasons some descriptions are shown here only in German. Thank you very much!

Bad Karlshafen Historical Tidbit

Bad Karlshafen was founded in 1699 by Landgrave Carl zu Hessen and is located at the confluence of the Weser and Diemel rivers. The landgrave wanted to connect the northern tip of his landgraviate with the capital city of Kassel by water in order to circumvent the “staple right” (right of goods storage) in the Lower Saxon town of Hann. Münden. The Huguenots brought with them trades from their old homeland that were unknown in Germany, e.g. stocking weavers, glove makers and hatters.


Contact on site

Bad Karlshafen - Tourist Information
Weserstraße 19
34385 Bad Karlshafen

Tel.: +49 5672 / 922 61 40

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