Tourism and culture
The spa town of Bad Arolsen is located in Hesse, around 45 km to the west of Kassel in the “Waldecker Land”, a holiday region rich in forests and water.
In Bad Arolsen, culture, health and nature all go together!
Culture – attractions and events
The residential palace, where Queen Emma of the Netherlands was born, is considered the symbol of this Baroque town. Concerts, exhibitions, as well as the Bad Arolsen Baroque Festival, which is also well known beyond the region take place in the historical setting of the palace.
Other highlights are the Bad Arolsen country fair and livestock market, which attracts around 400,000 visitors, as well as many sporting events, such as the International Twistesee Triathlon.
Health – wellness and movement
Bad Arolsen may also be described as a health resort. The Schlossbrunnen (‘Palace Fountain’) is used for medicinal water cures, for example for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.
Three special clinics, a hospital and a (holiday) dialysis centre are located in the town.
The Arobella leisure pool with its generously landscaped sauna and health centre and the new beauty and wellness lagoon at the Bad Arolsen Welcome Hotel, among others, offer wellness and relaxation .
You can also discover many different sporting activities, to press sports: swimming at the Twistesee beach complex or in one of the town’s three swimming pools. You can also fish, play golf on the nine-hole Twistesee lake golf course, ride horses, play tennis or even fly.
Nature – hiking and cycling
Around 400 km of marked hiking trails, three Nordic walking trails, a Finnish-style natural jogging track and the Twistesee lake, just three kilometres from the town centre all make Bad Arolsen a hiker’s paradise. The Three-Lakes-Hike (with luggage transfer) takes guests on a five-stage sightseeing tour via the Twistesee, Edersee and Diemelsee lakes.
Marked cycling routes are available for cyclists, such as the Orange bike route from Nassau via Diez and Dillenburg to Bad Arolsen. Two electric bicycles can be hired in Bad Arolsen.