The picturesque town of Bad Waldsee lies some 40 km (25 miles) north of Lake Constance. Nestled perfectly between two lakes, the medieval heart of the town dates back around 1100 years!
But if you’re expecting some sleepy provincial settlement, think again. For all its historic charm, you’ll discover a vibrant, youthful atmosphere — even amongst the mainly older generation who visit.
Those visitors come for three main reasons. The thermal baths, the excellent walking in the surrounding countryside, and the top rated golf courses.
No matter what brings you here though, you’ll be delighted by this charming place. The relaxing waterfront cafe’s and restaurants beside the Stadtsee give you some magnificent views, especially if you are there around sunset.
A walk around the shore will also have you reaching for your camera to capture the backdrop of the town reflecting in the water, and the skyline dominated by the dual spires of the Stiftkirche St Peter.
When you wander back into the old town center, you’ll realize that these square towers are strangely placed at 45 degrees to the main building. Linked by a curved wall, they also bizarrely have matching clocks at the top.
You’ll also want to see the huge 15th century Rathaus — not that you’ll miss it as its still one of the tallest buildings around.
Bad Waldsee’s Thermal Baths, Upper Swabia’s hottest springs, are a magnificent modern construction of glass and light. Not at all what you would expect of such a place, but I recommend you take your time to avail yourself of all they have to offer. A choice of styled spacious pools, both inside and out, are complimented by a full range of treatment options.
If golf is your passion then you’ll maybe already know of the superb reputation the Royal Golf Course enjoys. With both a 9-hole course, and an 18-hole championship round, it appeals to all ages and abilities.
If your sporting interests are more energetic, then try boating on the lakes… or ice skating in the winter!
Surrounding Bad Waldsee, amid the majestic countryside of Baden Württemberg, are a wonderful choice of marked walking trails and nature parks. The birch forests and peat lakes of the Steinach Marshes will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated, and the Tannenbühl recreation area even boasts a game enclosure with ibex, red deer, and wild boar.