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City walk Bad Dürrenberg

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1.7 km

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93 m

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Discover sights and historical places in the brine town Bad Dürrenberg

Tour Highlights:

1st City Hall
The town hall has a varied history, which began over 120 years ago. In 1893 it was built as a representative spa house. Later it was used as a business school of the "Deutscher Metallarbeiter-Verband" (German Metalworkers' Association), an air-raid shelter of the Saxony-Anhalt regional group and a home for single people. Until 1996 it was still used as a children's home and kindergarten. It later went into the
Discover sights and historical places in the brine town Bad Dürrenberg

Tour Highlights:

1st City Hall
The town hall has a varied history, which began over 120 years ago. In 1893 it was built as a representative spa house. Later it was used as a business school of the "Deutscher Metallarbeiter-Verband" (German Metal Workers Association), an air-raid shelter of the regional group of Saxony-Anhalt and a home for single people. Until 1996 it was still used as a children's home and kindergarten. It later became the property of the city. After the renovation, the city administration has its place there since 2019.

Main street 27, 06231 Bad Dürrenberg
Mon., Thurs. 09:00 - 12:00 h and 13:00 - 16:00 h
Tues. 09:00 - 12:00 h and 13:00 - 18:00 h
Fr. 09:00 - 12:00 and by arrangement

2. graduation house with Meller gate
On September 15, 1763, mining consultant Johann Gottfried Borlach, authorized representative of the Saxon Elector, succeeded in breaking through the longed-for brine "uff dem dürren Berge". Since that day, brine has been bubbling up from a depth of 223 metres from the spring thus tapped. The evaporated salt produced from the brine - "white gold" - led the town to economic prosperity. The imposing graduation towers bear witness to Bad Dürrenberg's history as a salt boiling town. With a length of 636 metres, they still form the longest continuous graduation works in Germany. The brine slowly drips down over brushwood walls, from branch to branch, and through the fine atomization creates a microclimate similar to that of the North Sea coast. Inhalation of the brine mist can be helpful in the treatment of respiratory diseases.
The graduation house can be visited free of charge. As part of guided tours, a visit to the "wind art" on the viewing platform is also possible, bookable via the tourist information office.

Promenade, 06231 Bad Dürrenberg
A guided tour is possible all year round. Bookable via the tourist information.

3rd State Garden Show 2023
In 2023, the Solestadt Bad Dürrenberg will be the focus of nationwide attention with its state horticultural show under the motto "Salzkristall & Blütenzauber" (Salt Crystal & Blossom Magic). From 21 April to 15 October, the Brine City will host the 5th State Garden Show in Saxony-Anhalt.
Visitors will be able to experience romantic garden dreams in the historic spa park on the Saale, immerse themselves in different epochs of European history and enjoy the soothing, healing salt air. Breathe in calmly and powerfully! A fine taste of salt in the midst of wonderful blossoms
will enchant and relax you. Look forward together with us to 178 days of "Salt Crystal & Blossom Magic" in Bad Dürrenberg!
Information on guided tours of the construction site at www.laga-badduerrenberg.de

4. borlach tower and joke tower
The museum in the Borlachturm - the town's landmark - houses a small exhibition on salt boiling and the development of Bad Dürrenberg into a spa resort. On display are original tools such as salt crutches, boiling baskets or salt shovels, which bear witness to the hard work of the salt boilers. The exhibition also pays tribute to the achievements of the mining councilor Johann Gottfried Borlach, who succeeded in breaking through the brine in Bad Dürrenberg in 1763.

Borlachplatz 2, 06231 Bad Dürrenberg, Germany
April - October, weekends 10:00 - 17:00
A guided tour is possible all year round. Bookable via the tourist information.

Steam engine in the Witzlebenturm
The functional model of Brendel's steam engine is located in the Witzleben Tower and is currently being built on a scale of 1:1, according to original plans, by the "Heimatbund Bad Dürrenberg e. V.". Christian Friedrich Brendel was a German mining engineer and machine director. As a saltworks engineer at the electoral Saxon saltworks in Dürrenberg, he built Saxony's first steam engine from 1808 to 1811.

Borlachplatz 2, 06231 Bad Dürrenberg, Germany
A guided tour is possible all year round. Bookable via the tourist information.

5. old salt office
The "Alte Salzamt" was first mentioned in the 15th century as the manor "derer von Wolffersdorff". The comprehensive renovation of the building was completed in 2015. The hotel "Altes Salzamt" is located on the upper floors. The lower floors are used as a registry office and offer a choice of four wedding rooms. During the renovation work, old and partly unknown parts of the building have been uncovered, including a well-preserved stone baking oven from the 15th century and several barrel vaults.

Saaleweg 1, 06231 Bad Dürrenberg, Germany
The oven, the vaulted barrels, artefacts and contemporary testimonies can be visited on a guided tour, which can be booked at the tourist information office.

6. hydroelectric power station
As early as the 18th century, water wheels and artificial rods existed at this location, which were replaced by a hydroelectric power plant in 1904/1905. The weir, built from 1753-1756 by Johann Gottfried von Borlach, had to be completely renovated for the construction of the new waterworks. The new hydroelectric power plant was completed in 2016, after a construction period of 4 years, by Huning Anlagenbau GmbH, based in the twin town of Melle. It contains three turbines, which together can supply approximately 1,000 households with electricity.

7. old bathhouse
The name of the house is no coincidence. The former storehouse was converted into a bathhouse in 1885. Children and adults could bathe in tubs in so-called bathing cells and use a reading room. The town's flourishing spa business, which lasted until 1964, attracted numerous visitors. Until 1990, the house was used as a sauna facility with physiotherapy. Today there is
the renovated premises a hotel business with restaurant, sauna and beer garden.

Ferry road 6, 06231 Bad Dürrenberg
Mon. till Sun. from 11:30 a.m.

8. "Line 5" - one of the longest tram lines in the world
From 1971, it was used by the Halle tramway line 5 from Halle-Trotha to Bad Dürrenberg, at times the longest tramway line in the GDR with a length of about 31 kilometres. Today it is the last interurban tram line still in operation in Saxony-Anhalt.

9. church St. Bonifatius
"The most modern church in Germany, if not the whole world" - in 1931, the new, white-plastered round church was effusively praised in the local press for its futuristic-looking form. Inside the church, the painter and sculptor Hannes Schulz-Tattenpach created an expressive altarpiece, which was rejected by the church authorities as "offensive". Only through the efforts of the parish priest of the time was it possible for the work of art to remain in the room, but it was kept under lock and key for a long time. Until the beginning of the 20th century there were only a few Catholics in Bad Dürrenberg and the surrounding area. Due to the influx of Catholic workers for the nearby chemical site Leuna, a church building of their own became more and more urgent. With the support of the Bonifatiusverein, the ash heap of the old salt works could be acquired as a building site.
text: © strasse-der-moderne.de

Platz der Freiheit 1, 06231 Bad Dürrenberg, Germany
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Tourist information Bad Dürrenberg

Witzlebenweg 7a
06231 Bad Dürrenberg
Phone: +49 3462 / 9987070
E-mail: tourist@badduerrenberg.de
website: http://www.badduerrenberg.de/

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