Nestled on the edge of the Wiehengebirge, Bad Oeynhausen is a historic spa town established in the 18th century after salt deposits were discovered by a local pig farmer. It’s home to the world’s most highly carbonated thermal saltwater fountain, the Jordansprudel, as well as a fascinating museum dedicated to German fairytales.
Things to do in Bad Oeynhausen
In the heart of town is the Kurpark Bad Oeynhausen, a 26-hectare green space laid out in the 1850s by the Prussian landscape architect, Peter Joseph Lenné. Bordered by a horseshoe-shaped parade, it’s home to the whitewashed Wandelhalle and the beautiful Theatre in the Park where plays are held. In summer, the park ignites with the Lights Festival, which includes fireworks displays, music and dance performances.
On the northern edge of the Kurpark is the Art Nouveau-style Villa Paul Baehr, which is home to the Deutsches Märchen- und Wesersagenmuseum. It offers a fascinating insight into the world of German fairytales and legends, with an impressive collection of historic books, original graphics and posters on display. While the museum is largely geared towards adults, it also hosts storytelling hours.
Bad Oeynhausen’s legacy as a spa town is continued at Bali Therme, an Asian-inspired bathing complex with mineral pools and a sauna. You can indulge with a traditional Balinese massage or dine on healthy fare in the bistro. Also not to miss is Aqua Magica, a cultural park that centres around an 18-metre deep crater with a walk-through fountain sculpture.
Getting around Bad Oeynhausen
Bad Oeynhausen is around an hour’s drive from the centre of Hannover and Hannover Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Trains from Hannover and Bielefeld connect to the Bad Oeynhausen railway station and buses travel throughout the town.