It still gives me a little chuckle everytime I hear (that is, with my English ear) the word “Bad” in a German town’s name, knowing that nothing could be further from the truth. And, Bad Sassendorf is one of them.
This health resort town near the Sauerland does have a bit more than just your average spa town experience, with many Nordic Walking trails and your normal hike and cycle types, too.
Usually the best way to learn about a town is over at its local history museum, but in Bad Sassendorf you’re better off at the Tourism & Tourist Agency.
They’re the best in detailing the most scenic cycle and walking tracks (including the Jacob’s Way for pious pilgrims), point out many of the towns framework buildings; and offer hotel advice for any weary traveler. The tourist agency will no doubt direct you to at least to visit the Protestant church of Saints Simon & Judas Thaddäus, a source of pride around town.
What Bad Sassendorf is also proud of is its health spa. Oh, expect to be spoiled around this joint! Enjoy a saltwater spa experience, sit in a quiet sea salt grotto or sauna, or get a massage. The best is the spa’s “Midnight Swim” from 9:30pm until 12:30am when they dim the lights and adults can indulge with a cocktail.
In the light of day, look around for all the sculpture artwork throughout town; two of the most famous are the “Donkey with Salt” and the Whispering Women statues.
Between looking out for the town’s sculptures, try shopping in any number of little local shops. You’re bound to find some souvenir to bring home for yourselves. Make your friends and family really jealous by showing them lots of pictures of this Westphalian town!
And after you’ve had a fantastic visit to Bad Sassendorf, you’ll find yourself chuckling everytime you hear the word “Bad” in a name, too. :-)