Bad Waldsee in the Allgäu - on the move in the land of the drumlins

Bad Waldsee town hall

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.



City backdrop of Bad Waldsee
City backdrop of Bad Waldsee


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 Stadtsee in Bad Waldsee
At the Stadtsee in Bad Waldsee


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.


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Stadtsee and Collegiate Church of St. Peter
Stadtsee and Collegiate Church of St. Peter


On our stroll through the town, we get to know the three powers that have always competed for dominance in Bad Waldsee and had ever more beautiful and magnificent buildings built: the town lords, the church and the princes of Waldburg-Wolfegg. The town square with the town hall on one side and the merchants' granary on the other, the collegiate church of St. Peter, part of a former Augustinian monastery, and the princely castle stand for the three competitors for supremacy in Bad Waldsee.

Church and city leaders still compete for their sheep today. The princely house of Waldburg-Wolfegg has now left their castle and now runs the golf course in Bad Waldsee, which is just outside the town. On the outskirts is also the Erwin Hymer Museum, where we go through the history of mobile travel: from the first caravans, which were once towed across the Alps to Italy, to the modern motorhomes, which now populate the streets of the whole world .


That has to be in the suitcase for the visit to Bad Waldsee

    • Comfortable Shoes. In Bad Waldsee you walk a lot.
    • forget comfortable pumps not, because in some Bad Waldsee restaurants you dine in elegant surroundings.
    • A backpackin which you put a picnic.
    • A Camera* for the photo opportunities that Bad Waldsee offers.


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

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Source: own research on site at the invitation of the spa administration Bad Waldsee

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Golf + Vitalpark Bad Waldsee

Bad Waldsee in the Allgäu - on the move in the land of the drumlins
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