Bad Breisig — Massages And History On The Rhine

When you get to Bad Breisig you may be wondering what you are going to do first. I mean, there’s so much history you couldn’t possibly have gotten it all in on one visit. Then, there’s the super, awesome, amazing spa. Oh, imagine that kind of dilemma. Oh, please. Everyone should have this kind of stuff to complain about, right? ;-)

All right, I’ll tell you what there is to see and do. Then you can decide for yourself what you’re going to see and when. Sound good to you? OK!

One of the oldest sites in Bad Breisig is the Romanesque St. Viktor Parish Church, which was built in 1041. The nearby Burg Rheinbeck was also built in the 11th century, but sorry no inside sightseeing is allowed — it’s private property.

Over at the Church of the Assumption St. Mary you’ll find a richly ornate Baroque church (built 1717). The newest addition to the religious scene in Bad Breisig is the Protestant Church, which wasn’t built until 1901. But, hey, give it a chance… it’s quite lovely.

But, back to the medieval for a moment. The Old Tollhouse (built 1500) is also one of the oldest houses in town. I would say the Templar Court is (Koblenzer Strasse 45), because it’s been here since around 1215 when the Templars built it. But, the original building was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) and had to be rebuilt in 1657.

Over at the Town Hall (built in a Classicist style) is a Doll Museum with over 1,400 exhibits. Wow, that’s a little girl’s dream, isn’t it?

Are you tired yet? I know I am. How about a nice massage or spritz in a thermal bath? Yeah, sounds like a good idea. There’s a sauna and an all-around fabulous feeling of well-being right here at the Römer-Thermen.

All refreshed now? Ready to do some shopping?

The Spring Market (held right before Easter) is a nice outdoorsy event, as is Shop Sunday with an Antique Market and the crowning of the Fountain Queen. Kulinarische Woche (Culinary Week) is a delicious event, while the Zwiebelsmarkt (Onion Market — mid-September) might bring on visions of culinary delights, and it’s another shopping extravaganza!

Mulled wine and more shopping finish out the year during the annual (and obligatory) Christmas Market on the second weekend of Advent.

I’m worn out again — guess I’m going to get another massage… ;-)

 

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