With a name like Bad Berka, you’d expect some big ol’ “Bubba Truck” with 10 foot tires, or something. “Yeah, I was drivin’ Bad Berka down the interstate when she blew a tire…” (Say it with a Southern accent like you’re in Gone With The Wind, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. ;-)
Actually, Bad Berka is a quiet, peaceful, graceful Thuringian town that was worthy of Goethe. And since there’s a “Bad” designation, you know you’ll have a great spa experience. Try it while reading some Goethe, while you’re at it.
Why do I keep mentioning Goethe? Well, Mr. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was friends with a local teacher, so he (and his wife) were visitors.
FYI, they lived at the Edelhof (a mansion built in 1786), not at the Goethe House — which is part of the school where Goethe’s friend Schütz lived and taught. There’s even a fountain in town that bears his name. Rightfully so, the man had his hand in the design of the original spa.
Oh, the spa… This is where you’ll want to be in-between visits to the places I just mentioned and the ruins of the Schlossberg (a 13th century castle that was wrecked in the 16th century). Over at nearby Burg Tannroda (built 12th century), you can visit the castle museum or get a bite at the restaurant.
Time for the spa. ;-) First a massage. Then a walk in the Kneipp pool. Then a bath in the Goethe Well. Aah…
With that now out of the way, it’s time to see the monastic church of St. Mary. Yes, this is a real medieval church, even though it did burn down in 1608 — and didn’t get a new tower for more than a hundred years.
I guess everyone was too busy enjoying the mineral springs or the countryside. ;-)
Gotta go get me a facial and body wrap at the Avenida-Therme — be back in a few.
Yeah, that was refreshing.
I’m all energized to climb the Pauline Tower, try some Nordic Walking, and bike ride through town. Heck, I might just keep going until I get to Weimar that’s only 11km away.
Uhhh, no I won’t… I have another massage scheduled. I wouldn’t want to be late for that, but if I was driving a big truck called Bad Berka, I’d probably make it. ;-)