Bad Mergentheim is located in the Tauber Valley along the renowned Romantic Road. Since 1826, its natural mineral waters have been said to bestow health and a new outlook on all visitors who journey here to take the cure.
Four different wells bubble up from the Tauber River bed to treat a variety of common disorders. Whether you seek wellness for internal organs, aching joints or the circulation of your blood, a proper spa treatment can be recommended.
For digestive problems, in particular, the sodium-sulfate-rich waters are known to be helpful. Nowhere in Europe can you find a stronger natural concentration.
Toward the middle of town, you will come to Spa Park, a peaceful, relaxing location surrounded by small shops and cafés, adjacent to the lively Wandel Hall events center. Be sure to stop by the Drinking Temple here to imbibe the medicinal waters.
Among the resort’s many landmarks, the one most noted is 12th-century Deutschordens Castle in Old Town. The Knights of the Teutonic Order once made this their headquarters. Today, you can learn all about their history in the castle’s extensive museum.
The baroque Castle Church is one of the most noteworthy structures on the castle grounds. Its religious frescoes are famous throughout Europe. Be sure also to look for the stonework spiral staircase created by master architect Blasius Berwart in 1574.
No visit to Bad Mergentheim would be complete without a wine tasting. Among the highly prized grapes grown in the area are Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner and Kerner varietals. The local Riesling goes especially well with seafood, including mussels and oysters as well as lobster and fish.
As for recreational opportunities, you can have your choice of hiking, biking, canoeing, golf, swimming, skating, horseback riding, go-karting and tennis. Or play open-air chess with local residents at Spa Park.
For your mind, body and soul, you are certain to come away refreshed from your stay in Bad Mergentheim. :-)