Bad Waldsee in the Allgäu
We are invited to Bad Waldsee in the land of the Drumlins in the Swabian Alpine foothills, in an area where we have always passed by on our way to the Bodensee,which is less than an hour away when driving on country roads. This time we want to take a closer look at the area north of the lake and turn south from Memmingen to the west. The journey takes us up and down hills through a rural region with many individually standing hamlets and small villages that hide in protected valleys. A sign points to the Upper Swabian Baroque Street, which we cross at Bad Wurzach and which we meet again in Bad Waldsee. "Good," I think. "It will be interesting." And so it is. Bad Waldsee in Baden-Württemberg owns with his Collegiate Church of St. Peter a real baroque piece of jewelry, no wonder, as it was "modernized" by the master of the baroque, by Dominikus Zimmermann in the baroque style.
|The old town of Bad Waldsee from the city lake © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
What does Bad Waldsee offer?
But the place has more to offer. After our arrival, we sit down in one of the street cafes on the town square, enjoy a "mug" of cappuccino with raspberry cake and the view of the beautifully restored Gothic town hall and the surrounding half-timbered houses in the city center on the first warm spring day of the year. We later learn that the wealthy traders and citizens of the city once settled on the hill that separates two lakes: the city lake and the castle lake. The hill is one of the drumlins, some of which we have already crossed on the way from the highway: remains of the last ice age or more precisely the glacier debris left behind by the glaciers from the Alps as side and final moraine. The city's prosperity, which is still evident today in view of the historic magnificent buildings, was based on the trade in canvas and grain, which were mainly exported to Switzerland.
|At the city lake in Bad Waldsee © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
A stroll on the city lake
We use the beautiful weather and take a walk around the city lake, which gives us always new views of the city center with its church towers and city gates. The lake is the centerpiece of the city because it gives it its quiet character. We listen to the sound of the church bells, the lapping of the waves that are whirled up by the oarsmen on the lake, and the scream of the geese flying over the water, instead of the usual urban traffic that is so far away from here we do not hear him. We are accompanied on our tour by Walter Gschwind, the spa manager of the town of Bad Waldsee, who tells us that the water of the spa is pumped up from a depth of 1800 meters and feeds the thermal springs on the outskirts.
Are you traveling with a motorhome?
- We recommend the Bad Waldsee parking space, Hopfenweiler 2a, 88339 Bad Waldsee. However, there are other campsites in the area. There you can after a day trip in a Dutch Oven on the portable grill or maybe on that Campfire to prepare your dinner.
- Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information here as well as Booking options. Or would you rather stay in one roof tent on the car?
- Check with our packing list for camperswhether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- Here you find Tips for motorhome trips.
- In Bad Waldsee it is also worth visiting the Hymer Museum, which clearly shows the history of motorhome travel.
|Stadtsee and St. Peter's Collegiate Church © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
On our stroll through the city, we get to know the three powers that rivaled the predominance in Bad Waldsee and always built beautiful and ostentatious buildings: the city lords, the church and the princes of Waldburg-Wolfegg. The town square with the town hall on one side and the granary of merchants on the other, the collegiate church of St. Peter, part of a former Augustinian monastery, and the Fürstenschloss stand for the three competitors for supremacy in Bad Waldsee. Church and city council still compete for their sheep. The Fürstenhaus Waldburg-Wolfegg has since left his castle and now runs the golf course in Bad Waldsee, which is just outside the city. On the outskirts of the city is also the Erwin Hymer Museum, where we walk through the history of mobile travel: from the first trailers that were once towed across the Alps to Italy, to the modern motorhomes that now populate the streets of the world ,
That has to be in the suitcase for the visit to Bad Waldsee
One thing is for sure: Bad Waldsee is worth a visit! We liked it, and we like to come back.
You need that for a stay in the thermal bath
Arrival by plane, car, bus and train
The nearest airport is Stuttgart. You can also travel by train: Timetable and booking*
Accommodations in the region:
Accommodation for online booking is also available in Bad Waldsee* via Booking.com.
Do you already know:
- Bad Waldsee holidays for connoisseurs
- St. Peter in Bad Waldsee
- The museum in the Kornhaus in Bad Waldsee
- History of camper voyages
- Bled at the Bled lake
- Motorhome packing list
- Gifts for travelers
Source: own research on site at the invitation of the spa administration Bad Waldsee
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Golf + Vitalpark Bad Waldsee