Bad Oeynhausen - Health spa with enchanting spa garden

The therapeutic spa Bad Oeynhausen lies between the Teutoburg Forest and Weser highlands on the confluence of the Weser and Werre rivers. The popular resort town looks back on a long tradition as a health resort with healing thermal springs. The lively spa town on the German Fairy Tale Route not only offers a modern health centre but also numerous leisure and recreational activities for holiday tourists and day visitors. A visit to the German Fairy Tale and Weser Legend Museum should be on the programme as well as a stroll through the picturesque spa garden, a time out in the Balinese Fairy Tale World of the Bali Thermal Spa or an excursion into the fantasy worlds of the GOP Varieté theatre.

Bad Oeynhausen for friends of fairy tales

Bad Oeynhausen has an enchanting history of its founding. It's said that back in 1745, Colon Sültemeyer was startled by the salty crust on his pigs, which had previously rolled about in the mud. As a consequence, the construction of a salt works was started, and the first step taken on the path to creating one of the most popular spas in the Prussian Kingdom. The Sültemeyer fountain (“Swine fountain“) in the centre of Bad Oeynhausen recalls this legend today.

In one of the most beautiful villas in the picturesque spa garden not even 200 meters away, the German Fairy Tale and Weser Legend Museum opened in 1973. The museum leads one into the world of fairy tales, myths and legends. It was founded by the author Karl Paetow, who published “The most beautiful Weser legends". The museum is oriented to cultural history, and presents the Brothers Grimm and other fairy tale collectors and known fairy tale authors. One learns about what these stories are about and how one distinguishes between fairy tales, legends, tales and fables. Special exhibitions give deeper insights into many aspects of fairy tales and legends. The storytelling circle of the Museum meets regularly in order to practice the exciting recounting of fairy tales, and invites the public to particular fairy tale storytelling evenings. Fairytale strolls through the magical spa garden from April to October supplement the enchanting offering. Princess festivals and Knight gatherings can likewise be booked for enchanting children birthdays, as well as fairytale sessions for groups of every age.

Bad Oeynhausen for holiday tourists and day visitors

Bad Oeynhausen lies in one of the most beautiful natural regions in Germany. Holiday tourists and day visitors can enjoy complete tranquillity or actively discover the picturesque scenery on their own. For example on extensive tours along the Weser Bicycle Path, the Else-Werre Bicycle Path, the Mills Route, or the German Fairy Tale Route.

There are many places in Bad Oeynhausen you can let yourself go. The picturesque spa garden, for instance, is located directly in the heart of town. Along many paths and ways you can traverse the enchanting grounds, passing by impressive buildings and villas. The Bali Thermal Spa is a veritable recreational temple shrouded in legend. The famous Bad Oeynhausener thermal water meets an enchanting bathing world with Indonesian flair. The landscape and culture park “aqua magica“ also invites you to dream. Particularly impressive is the water crater with its showy theatre of light and water.

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 Oeynhausener Historical Tidbits

The city founding legend recounts that the farmer Sültemeyer, thanks to his swine, discovered that the mud source contained brine. The so-called swine fountain in the middle in the Klosterstraße was erected in his honour. It has developed into a popular meeting place for young and old. The legendary Colon Sültemeyer also appears personally at many festivals, dressed in the traditional Minden-Ravensberger costume of the 18th century.

 

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