Bad Laer — Relaxing Spa Town In The Teutoburg Forest

I’m on the P-side. Nope, now I’m on the H-side. P-side. H-side. No clue what I’m talking about, right?

Don’t worry, let me explain…

Bad Laer in Lower Saxony lies along the Das Dreiländereck, the former border between Hanover and Prussia. Along these little landmarks (they look like gravestones) you can still see the “P” and “H” marking the boundary.

Is everyone with me? Good.

Not only is it along the border of North Rhine-Westphalia, but it also sits along the Blomberg (on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest) where you’ll find more than 100km of hiking and biking trails.

The Nature Park Terra Vita is also perfect for hiking, as well as checking out all the local wildlife.

After working those muscles of yours with a day of walking or biking, the best place to go is the Brine Pavillion. The air quality is great for relaxing, and the heated outdoor pool with its brine water is utterly fantastic.

In the historic center of Bad Laer you’ll find lots of local restaurants, quaint guesthouses, and little shops for yummy treats and souvenirs. You’ll also see a few half-timbered houses, one of the oldest dates to 1768.

The oldest site in Bad Laer is the Bell Tower of the Catholic Church St. Mary, which dates to medieval times. How do I know? Because the bell tower is of Romanesque design, which was popular in the late Middle Ages.

See, Art History Professor — I did learn something. ;-)

St. Mary’s is also where you’ll find the Local History Museum (called Heimatmuseum on plates).

Bad Laer also has a few festivals every year. There’s one on the first weekend of August, another on the 1st Wednesday of October, and one on the 1st weekend of Advent.

When you’re having a blast at one of these “Fests” or sitting in a brine pool, you won’t care which side of the “P” or “H” you’re on. I know I don’t.

 

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