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Bad Kreuznach is a quiet town only about 20 km south of the touristic circus of the Rhine Canyon. It has long been a town where Armies have been stationed, whether German, French or American. The armies have now left, but plenty of tourists - mostly Germans on Kur - still throng the city. Most of the kurhotels are along the Nahe river. People can walk along the river through beautiful parks along the Nahe or they can hike up into forested hills that abruptly rise south and west of the city.

One of the more unique features of walking along the Nahe River are the gradierwerks in the Salinental. They are basically like huge outdoor vaporizers where water is pumped up into long towers and then percolated down through branches which give off the vaporizing effects. The Kurgaeste enjoy walking around the gradierwerks, breathing the air, sitting on the benches. On a nice sunny day, it is easy to while away part of the day sitting, watching the water and the spray.

The Nahe river valley flattens out as it goes through Bad Kreuznach en route to its mixing with the waters of the Rhine, 20 km to the north in Bingen am Rhine. But Bad Krueznach (or 'BK' as it is affectionately known to more than one American servicemember who had the opportunity to share its hospitality) is sited right at the exit of a deep wooded canyon, where the Nahe has emerged from the hilllands of the Palatinate. 5 Km to the south, is the next kurtown with a typical Germanic tonguetwisting name of Bad Muenster am Stein/Ebernburg. This town is very pretty, hugging the banks of the Nahe while canyon walls steeply rise high above, festooned with the occasional castle to remind you that you are indeed in Europe. And of course, the dramatic Rotenfels are here, rising 300m above the river, draped with steeply pitched vineyards and crowned by wonderful forests.

Bad Kreuznach's primary tourist symbol is the 'Brueckenhauser' or bridge houses. The bridgehouses

The third week of August, the city puts on the annual Jahrmarkt. Many towns have similar fairs in this part of Germany - wine country - which date from much earlier times. The city is the heart of the Nahe wine region - one of the smaller and lesser known of Germany's wine regions. Though the region is small, outstanding wines are made here, in part, due to the demandingness of the sites where the grapes are grown, but also due to the art of the vinters. At the Jahrmarkt, you can taste many of the local wines in a large Oktoberfest-sized tent. Easy paths go along the river making it easy to return to your room afterwards. It is a big fest and locals look forward to it every year.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wine, castles, vapors, nature, federwiesse, maiwein
  • Cons:Rush hour
  • In a nutshell:Great place to take a vacation from your vacation
  • Last visit to Bad Kreuznach: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated Jan 12, 2010
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    The scenery here looks appealing. Too bad you could not get to the marketplace, but you saw a lot more. The presentation of comments and pictures is well done.

  • Sep 20, 2008 at 4:37 AM

    I lived in BK in 1968. Although my husband was in the military we lived in an apartment downtown. I worked for American Express while I was there. I loved everything about it and the people and one day will return for a visit.

  • wpterry's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    I was stationed in BK 1954-57. I've been back about 9 times and still love the town. My best friend then married a BK girl and I wanted to but didn't. Great memory provoking pictures

  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2008 at 8:30 AM

    Interesting page about a place that occurred rather dull to me... perhaps because I'm not really of the age to go to a Kur!

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    The bridgehouses look wonderful! I have never seen anything like them before. Cheers, Bill

  • Sep 1, 2006 at 6:43 AM

    I was stationed in BK from 1976 to 1979. I was at the 225th Station Hospital. Is it still there? What happened to it?

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2006 at 2:23 PM

    :-)) Well, so then I will follow your advices when going to Bad Kreuznach - visit BAd Münster am Stein and the forts and also the Rotenfels (but won't climb). Maybe even bicycle tour along the Nahe ? :-))))

  • Jacklewis's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2006 at 1:30 AM

    After spending two years in Bad Kreuznach in Army from 1979 to 1981, I don't think I ever want to go back.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2005 at 1:36 PM

    Looking at a bunch of logs while the water goes by obviously does it for some people! The "demandingness" of reading your pages was very worthwhile. Cheers.

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2004 at 4:27 AM

    Nice site about an interesting twon. We've just returned two weeks ago from Auen (also in Nahe Valley) and enjoyed the beautiful clours of the trees in the autumn and of course the federweissen!!! :-)


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