Today it’s famous because of it being a spa town and a popular stop on the Black Forest Spa Route, but back in the Middle Ages it was famous for its Herrenalb Abbey.
Founded in 1148, the Abbey was the center of Cistercian monastic life. That was, until the Protestant Reformation when the Abbey was “dissolved.” More like left to elements I would say, as it’s now in ruins.
That doesn’t stop the residents of Bad Herrenalb (and visitors alike) from coming for the annual Klosterhoffest every September. It’s a good time for all.
That’s not the only festival in Bad Herrenalb. The Quellenfest is also in September; and I won’t leave out mentioning the Reiterfest, or the Bahnhofsfest in August.
When it’s not festival time in Bad Herrenalb come see the old steam locomotive, travel along the Marienweg (it’s got a great panoramic view of town), or try to find the Falkensteinfelsen (oh, you can’t miss it… follow the Falkenburgweg and follow the signs).
And as I mentioned, Bad Herrenalb is a spa town — so that means it’s got a spa. Ahh, the sauna, body scrubs at the Siebentäler or Seven Valleys Therme will make you feel totally relaxed and pampered.
It’s a good end to a day of hiking or bicycling, a round of golf on the town’s 9-hole course, or rock climbing.
Another perfect end of a day is at one of Bad Herrenalb’s Dinner Theater show. Take your pick, there is the Don Quixote, the Shakespeare, the Marlene Dietrich, and Dracula show to choose from. Actually, that’s just a few of them. You do have more to pick from.
Ain’t this place great? Besides having a myriad of things to do, it’s easy to get here as there is frequent bus and S-Bahn service from places like Pforzheim, Karlsruhe, and Baden-Baden, so no excuses for not coming.
Wow, pretty awesome and convenient — I’m convinced the Black Forest has it all. ;-)