BAD REICHENHALL: Not Bad At All

February 21, 2015  •  1 Comment

Photos Taken / Written by JENNIFER MAHON  |  This post was read 1222 times

 

DAY 13...OF 19......Leaving Salzburg, we Hotwire-ed a hotel and ended up with Hotel Salzburg Park. Despite the name, the hotel is actually 20 km outside of Salzburg and……it’s actually in Germany, not in Austria. A town called Bad Reichenhall to be exact. I later learned that “Bad” actually means “Spa” which made total sense after seeing the town.

BAD REICHENHALL
Since I had no clue we were going to be in this town, I had no clue what to expect or what there was to see or do. This is one of those happy surprises – the hotel was super cute, pretty inexpensive, had a large room and free parking. While parking the car we noticed this gorgeous park right next door with an unusual massive grass-covered "wall"…..so we dropped our bags off and off we went to see what it was.

Turns out we were right beside the Royal Spa Park (Königlicher Kurpark). And that massive grassy wall was the Gradierhaus (or Gradierwerk) which is a Salt Evaporation House (more on that below!). Something about this place….It definitely has an “old people” vibe, but something about this place felt magical. It’s touristy, but not full of tourists. It has so much to see, but it’s tiny at the same time.

 

 


YOU'VE GOTTA SEE.....


GRADIERHAUS
This strange-looking structure dominates the Königlicher Kurpark. (I linked the area to Google Earth because it doesn't even come up on a Google Map search - like it doesn't exist! Google Earth still doesn`t recognize it by name so I had to manually pin the spot - good luck to anyone actually looking for this thing!). At the time, we had no idea what it was (had to look it up afterwards!) – all we could see was this massive wall structure with grass, twigs and thorns lining the walls and water running down them. Built in 1912, this is the largest open air Alps Brine inhalatorium (salt evaporation house) in the world. Salt water trickles down the walls and evaporates into the air, releasing salt particles – this “salt air” is believed to improve respiration and general health. It’s recommended to walk around the Gradierhaus or sit by the fountain beside it (the town supplies plenty of lounging chairs) for about an hour a day. Does it work? Probably. Maybe that’s why when I think back on it, it seems magical to me. Would explain all the elderly people lounging around in hopes of the Gradierhaus healing whatever ails them. Something therapeutic about the place. It’s said that this was favorite spot for Mozart and his family to visit – he believed very much in the healing powers of the Gradierhaus!

KONIGLICHER KURPARK 
The beautiful park where the Gradierhaus is in, the Kurpark was initially laid out in 1870 by landscape architect Von Effner. Quite a bit of it is grass, shrubs and trees, but there are sections of colorful annuals usually lining the many walking paths through the park. In the summer, almost every day, there’s Philharmonic concerts – held outside in the park when weather permits, or inside the State Spa Building Rotunda (I think this is what it’s called. Everything on the web about this place is in German, and I only know how to order white wine and ask where the bathroom is!).

There’s also the Old Salt House – which we didn’t quite make it to because everything was closing up during our walk around of the town. The Evangelical Church is cute to see, at least from the outside as the inside was closed.

Gradierhaus or Gradierwerk (Salt Evaporation House) in Bad Reichenhall

Gradierhaus or Gradierwerk (Salt Evaporation House) in Bad Reichenhall
Gradierhaus or Gradierwerk (Salt Evaporation House) in Bad Reichenhall

Gradierhaus or Gradierwerk (Salt Evaporation House) in Bad Reichenhall

Gradierhaus or Gradierwerk (Salt Evaporation House) in Bad ReichenhallGradierhaus or Gradierwerk (Salt Evaporation House) in Bad Reichenhall

Gradierhaus or Gradierwerk (Salt Evaporation House) in Bad Reichenhall

Gradierhaus or Gradierwerk (Salt Evaporation House) in Bad ReichenhallGradierhaus or Gradierwerk (Salt Evaporation House) in Bad Reichenhall Fountain in the Royal Spa Park (Königlicher Kurpark) beside the Gradierhaus

Fountain in Kurpark (beside the Graduation Tower)Fountain in Kurpark (beside the Graduation Tower) State Spa Building in the Royal Spa Park (Königlicher Kurpark)

State Spa Building in the Royal Spa Park (Königlicher Kurpark)State Spa Building in the Royal Spa Park (Königlicher Kurpark) State Spa Building in the Royal Spa Park (Königlicher Kurpark)

State Spa Building in the Royal Spa Park (Königlicher Kurpark)State Spa Building in the Royal Spa Park (Königlicher Kurpark) Sneaking a peek at Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie

Sneaking a peek at Bad Reichenhaller PhilharmonieSneaking a peek at Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie Little bit of the Alps showing in the background

Little bit of the Alps showing in the backgroundLittle bit of the Alps showing in the background

Kurmittelhaus

KurmittelhausKurmittelhaus Somewhere in the Old Town

Somewhere in the Old TownSomewhere in the Old Town Somewhere in the Old Town

Somewhere in the Old TownSomewhere in the Old Town Mozart Fountain in a cute courtyard somewhere in the Old Town

Mozart Fountain in a cute courtyard somewhere in the Old TownMozart Fountain in a cute courtyard somewhere in the Old Town

 


YOU'VE GOTTA EAT AT.... 


MAMA ROSA
So dinner time is creeping up and everything in Bad Reichenhall is closing up shop. Don’t people go out to eat here? After walking around the entire town center (which at the most took us about 45 minutes), we finally spot Mama Rosa that is still open for dinner.

Kind of like how we found the most fabulous and authentic Greek restaurant in Fussen, Germany – I believe we now found the most fabulous and authentic Italian restaurant in Bad Reichenhall, Germany. English was only spoken a teeny-weeny bit by one of the younger waiters, but all of us ended up doing quite a bit of pointing and miming to understand one another and get the orders done (ordering white wine - Weiß wein - was no problem). The food was friggin’ amazing – fresh pasta, fresh seafood, great wine and pretty damn decent cannolis for dessert – all of this for 39 EUR – total! (Our dinner bills, depending on the city and country, but it usually averaged about 80 EUR total for the two of us).

That`s it for our time in Bad Reichenhall - so glad we ended up here for a night. 

Utensils are prepped in these cute vintage looking paper bags - Mama Rosa Restaurant 

Utensils are prepped in these cute vintage looking paper bags - Mama Rosa Restaurant Utensils are prepped in these cute vintage looking paper bags - Mama Rosa Restaurant Mama Rosa RestaurantMama Rosa Restaurant Some stuff you can make out what it isSome stuff you can make out what it is Yum - Mama Rosa Restaurant 

Yum - Mama Rosa Restaurant Yum - Mama Rosa Restaurant Simple - yet oh-so-good!

Simple - yet oh-so-good!Simple - yet oh-so-good! Kind of like a resto, deli and Italian groceries all in one - Mama Rosa Restaurant 

Kind of like a resto, deli and Italian groceries all in one - Mama Rosa Restaurant Kind of like a resto, deli and Italian groceries all in one - Mama Rosa Restaurant Mama Rosa Restaurant Mama Rosa Restaurant Loving this wine rack @ Mama Rosa Restaurant 

Loving this wine rack @ Mama Rosa Restaurant Loving this wine rack @ Mama Rosa Restaurant Mama Rosa Restaurant Mama Rosa Restaurant


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Nicole via Facebook(non-registered)
You have a lot of "bad" cities/villages in Germany! Bad Reichenhall is nice :-)
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