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Bad Sobernheim
Luxurious Wellness in a Felke Spa

Bad Sobernheim is the only spa town in Germany where guest can experience the therapeutic powers of loam through mud baths, ‘Rasul’ baths, mud packs and mud wraps. The three privately run spa and wellness hotels offer traditional Felke treatment combined with luxurious modern-day pampering. They have won many awards, are set in beautiful surrounding and offer private spa facilities.

1. Location of Bad Sobernheim in Germany

The town of Bad Sobernheim is located in the Nahe holiday region, approximately 47 km to the southeast 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

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2. Wellness & Health Spa

Even in the days of classical antiquity, loam or ‘healing earth’ was used in medical treatments. Today Bad Sobernheim is the only spa town in Germany where guests can experience the therapeutic powers of loam through mud baths, ‘Rasul’ baths, mud packs and mud wraps. The ‘healing earth’ treatment is named after the man who invented it, Pastor Emanuel Felke.

Bad Sobernheim's spa visitors certainly believe in the energising effect of Felke (healing earth) treatments. They feel safe and relaxed, free of their everyday cares and at one with Mother Earth. Besides, Felke treatments are like full-body exfoliations and leave the skin feeling velvety smooth.

The three privately run spa and wellness hotels offer traditional Felke treatments combined with luxurious modern-day pampering. They have won many awards, are set in beautiful surroundings and offer private spa facilities.

Bad Sobernheim is the only Felke homeopathic spa in Germany. It is set in gentle hills on the middle reaches of the river Nahe and is surrounded by famous vineyards and the legendary Soon Forest. The unspoilt landscape creates an extremely relaxing atmosphere.

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3. Points of Interest

Barfusspfad (Barefoot Path)
Feel nature barefooted! The barefoot path is among the most popular places for outings at the Nahe. The path has a length of 3.5 km and is a fun experience for the whole family. Run around with nothing on one's feet and enjoy the variety of floor covering. Whether it is grass, loamy soil, sand, rock or mulch. It is not only fun, its also healthy for your whole body. Along the path you will find several games of skills, playgrounds and the longest suspension bridge in Germany that is crossing the Nahe river. The ‘Barfusspfad‘ offers an unforgettable adventure in a picturesque landscape.
Open-Air Museum
The museum village in Bad Sobernheim will take you into past times. Experience how people lived in Rhineland-Palatinate in the last century. Almost 30 original half-timbered houses from different regions in Rhineland-Palatinate have been moved to the museum. The museums exhibit consists of 4 complete villages. The exhibits in the villages demonstrate first-hand the way of life. Get an detailed insight into the blacksmith' shop, watchmaker's shop, hairdresser's shop, grocery, butcher's shop, bakery, school, vintner and farm.
A journey back in time offers the museum in Bad Sobernheim. The exhibit shows paintings, sculptures and pieces of music from renowned local artists (Johann von der Eltz, Jakob Melcher, Rudolf Desch). Numerous documents, books and periodicals of pastor Emanuel Felke (founder of the Felke therapy) are on display. His work is explained and the unique history of earth around Bad Sobernheim is illustrated.
Monastery Ruins Disibodenberg
Discover the ruins of Disibodenberg, a mystic holy site. Disibodus founded the monastery in 640. Between 1106 to 1151 it was a place of the works of Hildegard von Bingen (one of the most famous woman and healers in the medieval ages). The impressive ruins of the monastery are a popular place on the Nahe. The monastery museum offers an insight into the history and the architecture of Disibodenberg. Exhibits consist of archaeological discoveries and information about the impressive architecture.
Bad Kreuznach (20 km)
The spa town Bad Kreuznach is one of the most beautiful spa towns in Germany. Visit the beautiful health-resort gardens, the famous Salt Valley (Salinental), or go on a museum trip in the Roman Hall or the Palace Gardens' Museum.
Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg (18 km)
Enjoy Bad Münsters thermal baths, health-resort gardens and casino. Worth a visit are the sculpture park, castle Ebernburg or a hike on Rheingrafenstein.
Bingen am Rhein (30 km)
The city is located at the junction of the river Rhine and Nahe. The ideal starting point for Rhine river cruises. Bingen hast been always a centre of wine trade. Famous are the Mäuseturm (Mouse Tower), Castle Klopp, Rochus Chapel, Basilika St. Martin, and the historical museum on the river — Hildegard von Bingen. Next to Bingen you will find Rüdesheim on the Rhine with its world famous Drosselgasse.
Bundenbach (25 km)
Near Bundenbach you will find the Celtic Village Altburg. The Celtic settlement Altburg has been reconstructed according to archaeological discoveries. The museum village shows how the Celts lived in the region in pre-Christian centuries. Or visit the fossil museum that exhibits rare fossils that have been found here.
Feilbingert (20 km)
Visit ‘Besucherbergwerk Schmittenstollen’ the only mercury mine to have been converted for public viewing.
Fischbach/Nahe (25 km)
The historic copper mine in Fischbach gives you a hands-on experience of medieval methods of mining. The copper mine was formerly the biggest and most important copper mine in Europe.
Idar-Oberstein (30 km)
The city of gemstones and jewellery. Cutting gemstones and trading jewellery and gemstones has made Idar-Oberstein well known around the world. The gemstone mines ‘Steinkaulenberg’ are the only European gemstone mines which are open for visitors. The historical ‘Weiherschleife’ cutting mill from 1634 demonstrates the historic craft of gemstone cutting. A landmark of Idar-Oberstein is the Chapel-in-the-Rocks (Felsenkirche).
Meisenheim/Glan (18 km)
The city offers an medieval townscape. Town walls, towers and historic courts. Worth a visit is the church with its late Gothic architecture.

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4. The Nahe Wine-Growing District

The Nahe region has a long wine growing tradition. Not only the wines are well-known but also the local chefs de cuisine. Here you will experience culinary art and wine in a special way. The local cuisine offers many surprises. Whether you prefer vegetarian, regional, Mediterranean or gourmet dishes. The landscape of the Nahe region is not only characterized by beautiful forest, castles and historical monuments, but also by picturesque vineyards.

The Nahe belongs to one of the best known wine-growing districts in Germany. Wine growing on the Nahe started 2.000 years ago. The Roman settlements brought viticulture to the Nahe. The variety of soil make Nahe wines interesting and unique. Its here that top quality wines are produced. Riesling, Spätburgunder and White Burgunder wines are renowned by many experts. Visit one of our many wine-villages, wine festivals or wine-gardens in Bad Sobernheim, Kirschroth, Meddersheim, Monzingen, Nußbaum, Odernheim am Glan, or Weiler. Winegrowing estates invite you to stop for a wine-tasting or cosy Straußwirtschaften (wine-taverns) for a pleasant evening. But there is more — discover the Nahe Wine Route with a length of 130 km. There is always a wine festival going on.

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5. Leisure Activities

Draisinentour (Railway Trolley Tour)
Explore the Glan Valley on a railway trolley. You will go along an old railway line (40 kilometres in length) and drive on the railway tracks with a special railway trolley. This is an extraordinary adventure and fun for the whole family. Along the way there are lots of opportunities for a break and excursions.
Open-Air Swimming Pool
It's fun and exciting. Your children will love it. Water chutes, high-diving platforms, a pool of 1,200 square metres in size, and a lawn of 6,600 square metres offer pure relaxation.
Take a break and enjoy the Greco-Roman sauna in Bad Sobernheim. Relax your body while having a sauna or taking a bath in the ice cold pool.
Hiking & Cycling
Around Bad Sobernheim you will find many trails and bicycle paths. Enjoy the picturesque landscape, whether you are taking a route along the vineyards of the Nahe valley or the Soonwald forest with its meadows. Or enjoy the Naheradweg (bicycle path) from Bingen to Selbach. Maps are available at the tourist office.
Miniature Golf
The 18 hole miniature golf course offers fun for the whole family. It is located near the open-air museum.

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6. Events Finder

There is always something happening — whether it is art, music, wine festivals or a host of other activities. The Events Finder gives you an overview about what is on, where and when. Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.

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7. Hotel & Holiday Flat Finder

Here you have direct access to the online accommodation reservation service of the Tourist Board of Rhineland-Palatinate. No other hotel reservation system on the Internet offers you such a broad and comprehensive list of accommodation in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate regions. You can list accommodation, search accommodation, contact accommodation establishments and make online reservations.

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8. How to get there from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

8.1 By Rental Car

Google Maps: Route from (A) Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to (B) Bad Sobernheim
(47 km distance / 49 minutes driving time) » get directions

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8.2 By Rail and Bus Services

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway or bus connection to Bad Sobernheim. However, the buses from the airport will take you to railway stations where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.

Weblink: Deutsche Bahn — show integrated Rail and Bus Services from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Bad Sobernheim

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Tourist Office Address

Kur- und Touristinformation
Bahnhofstrasse 4
55566 Bad Sobernheim

Tel.: +49 (0) 67 51 - 81 241
Fax: +49 (0) 67 51 - 81 240