Long before Bertha Benz took her husband’s car out for a ride through town (and thus starting the German love of the automobile) Bad Schönborn was quite the popular spa destination; thanks to the Archbishop Franz Christoph von Hutten (try saying that fast five times). It was the good archbishop who founded the first sulphur spa.
Oh, if you’re over forty then you’ll really appreciate this place. Bad Schönborn has been a mecca for many who wish to sit in the hot springs looking for relief from ailments such as rheumatism. The springs aren’t the only holistic thing going on, there’s also a Kneipp wading pool and a relaxing salt grotto.
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Don’t think for one second that swimming, sulphur springs, and wading pools are Bad Schönborn’s only claim to fame. No, not in the least. However, after a day or two sightseeing around — there isn’t a better place to rejuvenate tired and achy muscles.
Which you’ll have after a day out on the Nordic Walking track. Doesn’t matter even if you do the beginner course, you’re gonna feel it.
There are cerebral pursuits around town (but you’ll still have to walk to them). You’ll find beautiful works of art in most of Bad Schönborn’s churches, most notably St. Lambertus and the Rochuskapelle on the Bahnhofstraße.
You’ll also find Bad Schönborn has its own Jewish cemetery (dating from the 1870’s) and its synagogue still stands as it was spared in the pogroms of 1938.
Almost forgot Schloss Kislau. What? Did you seriously think that a town this old wouldn’t have a castle? But, folks, the only way you’re gonna see this one is if you’re sent to jail.
That’s right, Schloss Kislau is a prison (for people serving sentences of less than 1 year). It’s probably a much lighter sentence than some 11th century baron gave when he threw people in its dungeon.
Hmm, Bad Schönborn sure does have a lot of sights; guess you’ve earned that dip in the hot springs. I’ll save a seat for ya! ;-)