Located on the banks of the River Weser, Bad Oeynhausen is the home of the world’s highest carbonated, thermal saltwater fountain called the Jordan Sprudel.
The fountain can reach 40 meters high on calm days and is believed to have many beneficial medicinal properties. The fountain was discovered in 1845 when locals were drilling for salt deposits, and baths were soon established in the town. It has a capacity of 6000 liters per minute and is well worth seeing.
A visit to the Aqua Magica Park is a must to see the water gardens. There is also a wonderful orchid house, a sculpture garden and a spice garden. It is a great way to see and experience the saline springs too.
One of the legacies of the spa is the Kurpark or Spa garden which was laid out at that time. This was accompanied by the opulent Spa Hotel. A number of residential town homes were built around the garden for the rich and wealthy families who moved here. They are well worth viewing as they have given Bad Oeynhausen the unofficial title “Museum for the Architecture of the 19th Century.”
Another reason the spa attracts countless visitors from all over Europe is due to its saltwater which is believed to improve metabolism and aid circulation. It’s also world renowned for its treatment of cardiac patients. There is a rehabilitation center for cancer patients and a major diabetes center, too.
Bad Oeynhausen is also home to one of the four GOP Varieté theatres. One of the best known performances is a balancing act where one artist performs a one-handed stand on a rotating steel cube whilst another hangs from a metal pole by her feet.
The beautiful theatre is extremely popular, not only for its entertaining shows but also for the beautiful building in which it is housed. If you visit this town you must see this world-famous show and marvel at the ornate building.
After all the culture of Bad Oeynhausen, a visit to one of the largest classic car museums is no doubt on the agenda for the guys of us. ;-) Step back in time and reminisce over the 450 exhibits which range from motorcycling to automotive history. There is even the imperial car which once belonged to Kaiser Wilhelm II.