Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg
Spa and Health Resort in the Nahe Valley
The renowned spa town of Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg is nestling at the foot of Ebernburg castle. The town is situated in the most picturesque part of the Nahe Valley and is surrounded by the bizarre rock formations of the Rheingrafenstein and the Rotenfels — the highest rock wall north of the Alps.
The town of Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg is located in the Nahe holiday region, approximately 74 km to the east of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
The Nahe is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. This is a landscape full of poetry and colour, dotted with old towns and villages full of history. The region's highlight is undoubtedly the German Gemstone Route, together with the gemstone capital Idar-Oberstein and the German Museum of Precious Stones. The region is also known for its three spa resorts that are located in the Nahe wine-growing area. ... read more about the Nahe holiday region
Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg offers many and varied spa facilities where, for centuries, visitors have benefited from the healing power of the thermal, brine and radon springs. Thanks to its unique radon therapy it is one of the leading health resorts in Germany.
The towns' sodium-calcium-chloride hot springs (30 Celsius) contain a small concentration of rare form of radioactivity, but a greater concentration of the subsidiary substance radon. When inhaled, this rare gas — radon — penetrates directly into the bloodstream and stimulates activity by the cells and glands. Destroyed cells are swiftly reactivated and others added. The glands increase in size and produce more hormones. Even in the case of glandular cells which have more or less ceased to function there is increased hormone production. There is a thoroughly plausible medical explanation for the assertion that radon springs are ‘fountains of youthfulness’. The healing power of radon is particularly effective in the case of all forms of rheumatic ailments. Technical development has ensured that the quantity of medical gas the patient inhales can be regulated just as accurately as the duration of the emission. The process can be carried out in precise accordance with the instructions given by the spa doctors. Additional treatments complement the amenities that are provided.
The Salinental (Saline Valley) is the biggest open-air inhalation facility in Europe. Salt water trickles down on impressive salt walls. This process produces a natural spray, freeing the respiratory tracts. 13 of these salt walls are distributed on a length of 3 km throughout the Saline Valley (Salinental) (between the health resorts Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg and Bad Kreuznach).
Radon emanation (inhalation of medicinal gas); natural radon baths; brine baths containing iodine, bromine and lithium; oxygen and carbon dioxide baths; physiotherapy (also on a neurophysiological basis); respiratory exercises; manual lymphatic drainage; individual and group inhalation; connective tissue and underwater massage; mud and brine packs; saline rest cures; grape cures; outdoor constitutional walks; indoor thermal brine exercise bath; open-air thermal mineral bath.
Rheumatism, gout, sciatica; all subacute and chronic rheumatic diseases affecting the joints (eg. ischialgia, polyarthritis, hypertrophic arthritis, etc.) muscles and verves; cardiac and circulatory ailments; hypertonia, hypotonia, peripheral disorders of the bloodstream; catarrh of the respiratory organs (of a non-tuberculous nature); recuperation following pneumonia and pleurisy; symptoms of advancing age; regeneration and general conditions of exhaustion.
Settlements of the area is originally shrouded in the mists of antiquity, but can be traced through all epochs of history. Since time immemorial the mild climate and the hot brine springs at the foot of the Rheingrafenstein have attracted human beings and encouraged the to settle here. Proof thereof is provided by the large number of castles concentrated within this relatively confined space.
- The Rheingrafenstein — symbol of the region — still contains the remains of the family seat of the Wildgrafen and Rheingrafen nobility. From the Rheingrafenstein plateau there is a magnificent panoramic view of Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg.
- Rheingrafenstein Recreational Area
- The focal point of the Rheingrafenstein recreational area is the health resort of Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg with its many varied spa facilities where, for centuries, visitors have benefited from the healing power of the thermal, brine and radon springs.
- Altenbaum Castle
- Here, around the year 1000, was one of the Nahe region's four tribunals. In 1456 Montfort Castle near Hallgarten, inherited jointly by robber-knights families, was seized and destroyed. Because of its remote position, imposing remains of the building still survive.
- It is one of the prettiest half-timbered buildings of the region and an example of extraordinary baroque art nouveau. In the building integrated is a hall with three mineral springs. It was built in 1910. Today the building is home to the mineral water cure and invites the visitor to stay and relax.
- Ebernburg Castle
- First mentioned in a written record in 1212 and enlarged by Franz von Sickingen who was born there in 1481. Under Franz von Sickingen and his friend Ulrich von Hutten, Ebernburg castle became a "refuge of righteousness" and a focal point of German Imperial and religious history. Today the castle houses a hotel and a restaurant.
- Rotenfels Massif
- The highest sheer mountain face north of the Alps.
Vine-clad hills and vineyards surround Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg in the heart of the Nahe wine-producing region, where goblets of excellent wine are served in pleasant taverns and restaurants. The grapes which mature on the sun-drenched slopes of the Nahe and Alsenz provide a wine which can be regarded as being among the finest products of German viniculture. In pleasant restaurants of the highest possible standard the visitor is served with this ‘bottled sunshine’, while in their country-style tasting parlours the vintners proffer the fruits of their labour.
At local wine festivals and at the annual ‘Nahe Wine Road Festival’ which is held over three week-ends and also covers the Rheingrafenstein recreational area, hosts and guests joint with the Nahe ‘wine queens’ and the vintners' dance groups in celebrating the rich harvest of Nature's bounty and human endeavour.
Once a year, Bad Münser am Stein-Ebernburg turns into one big gathering place for a variety of travelling folk. Around 30,000 spectators flock to the town every year, when knights, travelling entertainers, musicians and craftspeople arrive to transform the area at the foot of Ebernburg Castle into a giant medieval market. Relax and enjoy the show put on by travelling entertainers and players, or have your palm read by a withch or a fortune-teller. The large medieval tournament is held against the spectacular backdrop of the mighty Mount Rotenfels. More than 300 players in historical costume await your visit.
Amenities available to spa visitors and others who enjoy activity holiday include the open-air thermal brine exercise bath, golf, miniature golf and tennis. A trip for keen anglers: both the Nahe and the Alsenz are well stocked with fish. Rowing is possible on the Nahe at Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg and on the reservoir lake near Niederhausen. The superb scenery of the Nahe region offers something for everyone. There are fifty kilometres of footpaths leading to all prominent landmarks, and there is also a network of cycle-tracks.In the Rheingrafenstein recreational area nature-lovers can find specimens of rare fauna and flora, some of them unique in Germany. One of them is the pasque flower. Because of its special beauty at all times of the year the greater part of the region, including the majestic mountain massif and the delightful Nahe, has been declared a conversation area.
Among the main events in Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg are the festive evenings held in the spa gardens. The health resort has much to offer: spa concerts three times daily; the tea dances and other dances either in the assembly-rooms or in the colourful spa gardens with the huge salina as a background; lantern-slide lectures, film evenings, concerts and theatrical performances by touring ensembles, wine and park festivals, firework display, dance tournaments with competitors from all over the world; and many other festive events. In the few years which have elapsed since its inception the artists' workshop installed in the former Ebernburg railway station has achieved fame far beyond the regional boundaries. Here, at the invitation of the Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg municipality, artists live and work in a two-monthly period of rotation. The exhibitions of the works they create here attract many visitors.
Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.
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Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway or bus connection to Bad Münster am Stein Ebernburg. However, the buses from the airport will take you to railway stations where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.