The word Bad implies that this is a spa town. Early in the 19th century, Bad Reichenhall was famous for being a health resort. Bad Reichenhall is where a royal spa tradition and modern life harmoniously meet. 16,785 out of 18,351 population make Bad Reichenhall their primary residence.
Countless historical sights make this alpine town one of the most precious jewels of Bavaria.
The Old Town is best explored on foot as it is mostly a car-free and bustling pedestrian zone. Of particular interest are the Poststrasse, the Ludwigstrasse, the Rathausplatz, the Altes Kurhaus, St. Zeno Minster and the remains of Gruttenstein fortress.
The Alte Saline - Saline is also open to the public for tours of this unusual brick complex of the mid 1800s that houses the salt museum and a giant brine pumping system. The salt works visit also includes an exciting walk through its stone corridors leading deep under the mountain where caves and saltwater extraction equipment are
The delightful Kurgarten is unique thanks to its monumental open-air saltwater inhalation facility. From spring to autumn, the Kurgarten is an oasis of beauty and tranquility conducive to rest and recuperation, boasting very old trees, splendid shrubs, flower beds and palm trees.
Heimatmuseum A visit to the Heimatmuseum (local heritage museum) conveys a clear picture of regional history from the Stone Age to the present day.
The Predigtstuhlbahn is the world's oldest twin-cable gondola lift. In just a few minutes it will speed you to the top of Bad Reichenhall's local peak, the Predigtstuhl at 1614 m (5300 ft).
Lake Thumsee Nestling in the heart of a nature reserve, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Thumsee resemble a green emerald. In summer it is a popular swimming area and in winter it swarms with ice-skaters and ice-curling players. Year-round it is an idyllic place of rest and relaxation for locals and visitors alike.
Fun and adventure sports can be booked through Club Aktiv, Tel.: +49 8651 67238
Diving - Information from Tauchcenter Blue-Ring-Octopus, Tel.: +49 8651 5105
Biking - The spa zone boasts 50 km of biking trails, the Berchtesgaden Land district some 500 km! What an invitation to undertake one of many varied bicycle excursions! Among the favorites of the area are Thumsee Lake, Saalach Lake, along Saalach River, around Mount Untersberg and many more. The tourist office's activity program includes free guided biking tours.
Mozart biking trail - A bike tour following the trail of the famed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This unequaled musical genius is undoubtedly one of the most famous composers of all times. Over 200 years later, Mozart's operas such as Don Giovanni or The Magic Flute still enthrall millions of listeners. As a person, Mozart remains somewhat of a puzzle but many traces of his short but turbulent life can be found - especially in our area. Embark on a bike ride of discovery to the places connected to the life and works of this formidable character dotted throughout the areas of Salzburg, Chiemsee and Berchtesgaden Land.
Bike rental. Aral fuel station (Loferer Strasse 28 - 29 on the B20 near Bad Reichenhall) rents bicycles at the following rates:
Touring bike EUR 7.50 / day
Mountain bike with suspension fork EUR 12.50 / day
Full-suspension mountain bike EUR 17.50 / day
10% discount with the Visitor's Card
Free crash helmet
Paragliding - Information about tandem-paragliding from TAKE-OFF, Stefan Wiebel, licensed tandem flight pilot: Tel.: +49 8651 984192; cellphone +49 179 241 1136
Golf - Welcome to Golf Country! 10 golf courses and one driving-range (Marzoll) within a radius of 45 km await you in the vicinity of Bad Reichenhall and Bayerisch Gmain.Some of the green offer breathtaking views of mountains and lakes as well. Driving-Range
(Schloßberghof, Marzoll) Tel.: 08651 / 7005-41.
Gambling Games daily from 3:00 pm to 2:00 am and slot machines daily from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 am.
Swimming - We offer a large choice of attractive heated outdoor and indoor pools, as well as beaches on the banks of our crystal-clear mountain lakes.Pools in Bad Reichenhall
Downhill skiing - Bad Reichenhall makes for an ideal base from which to ski the slopes of the Berchtesgaden and Salzburg areas. Berchtesgaden is easy to reach by car or public transportation. Salzburg is but a short drive away and within an hour you can reach famous ski areas such as Flachau, Zauchensee, Filzmoos, Saalfelden or the Dachstein-Tauern area. Information and reduced rate passes can be obtained from the Bad Reichenhall tourist information office Tel.: +49 8651 606 0
Sledding - A natural sled run (750 m) can be found in Bayerisch Gmain starting at Bergkurgarten. Two-seater sleds can be rented for free by presenting the Visitor's Card to the information center at Bayerisch Gmain. The run is illuminated at night till 10:00 p.m. Tel.: +49 8651 606 401
Ice-skating - Bad Reichenhall's ice-skating rink is open from the beginning of October till mid-March. If weather permits, ice-skating is also possible on Lake Thumsee.
Snowshoe hiking - Experience Bad Reichenhall's glittering winter landscape on a snowshoe trek to the summit of Mount Predigtstuhl! Spectacular vistas are your reward!
Information and booking: Josef Posch, Tel.: +49 8651 4009 or +49 171 737 0893.
Ice-curling - Tuesdays 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Bayerisch Gmain's sports and leisure center.
RupertusTherme Spa & Fitness Resort - A new showpiece for Bad Reichenhall The ultimate enjoyment in the RupertusTherme Spa & Fitness Resort, a spa facility featuring natural thermal springs, opened its doors at the end of March 2005. The official designation is "RupertusTherme Spa & Fitness Resort". It is derived from St. Rupert, the patron saint of salt, after whom, by tradition, numerous establishments in Bad Reichenhall are named. RupertusTherme sets itself apart from the numerous existing and planned natural mineral hot springs in Bavaria by integrating the healthy tradition of salt in a completely new and trendsetting vitality and activity concept.
There is an elegant pedestrian area boasting 330 exclusive shops.