City of Helmstedt
|Height :||149-170 m|
|Residents :||145 (Dec. 31, 2003)|
|Postal code :||38350|
|Area code :||05351|
Location of Bad Helmstedt in Lower Saxony
The place is located in the "Brunnental" in the middle of the Lappwald about three kilometers east of the core city of Helmstedt.
The ruins on the castle hill indicate medieval settlement.
In 1755 strong sulfuric and carbonic sources were discovered here and made usable. As a result, a brisk spa business developed , which led to the construction of several spa hotels and a spa theater as well as the creation of a spa park. The forestry expert and writer Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Alers made the health resort in Bad Helmstedt supraregional with the opening of the Clarabad in 1879 . Presumably as a result of the advancing lignite mining south of Helmstedt, the springs dried up from 1894 and ended the spa operation.
The performance of the "Kurtheater Bad Helmstedt", which opened for the first time in 1815, was not ended until the First World War . The rather simple half-timbered building was demolished in 1924. Today's fountain theater was built between 1924 and 1927.
Bad Helmstedt has been a state-approved resort since 1982 . It consists of several villas that were u. a. by the mine directors of the Braunschweigische Kohlen-Bergwerke AG (BKB), two hotels and an extensive spa park with two ponds were built. In the spa gardens there is a water treading basin built by the Helmstedt Kneipp Association, the lion monument erected in memory of the Franco-German War of 1870/71, and stone sculptures that are considered international works of art.
Because of its former importance as a health resort, the settlement is allowed to use the suffix “ Bad ”. Spa clinic facilities are no longer in Bad Helmstedt today.
Bad Helmstedt currently has around 150 inhabitants.
Personalities who have worked on site
- Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Alers (1811-1891), forestry expert and writer, wrote a specialist book about the Calvörde forest