Under an hour from Kaiserslautern is the spa town of Bad Kreuznach, but there is more to do than enjoy the spa in this charming town. Bad Kreuznach is a great trip if you just want to wander around a pleasant river village, spend a few hours entertaining your guests, want to take an easy train trip, or all of the above.
We visited Bad Kreuznach in mid-October and enjoyed a warm Fall day. We were enchanted by the picturesque town with plenty to offer, draped with Fall foliage throughout the town.
Getting there is easy by train or car. We chose to make the hour drive there because we wanted to bring our fur-pal. If you choose to take the train, the Regional Express (RE) departs Kaiserslautern hourly and the journey is under an hour. Using the DB Navigator App, two adults can travel roundtrip for €30. The train brings tour right into the town, leaving you with an under 10 minute walk to the main sights.
We parked at the parkplatz close to the Fischerturm, costing only €1 an hour. Parking was central to sights on all sides, but as with most day trips, first order of business was to grab something to eat. We were able to find a restaurant within five minutes of parking.
I’ll list below what we saw for the four hours we were there, but keep in mind we didn’t see everything. Honestly, Bad Kreuznach isn’t a place bustling with history and tourist attractions. It’s more for the easy-going looking for a place to relax, wander, and snap a few pictures. My favorite part is that while the town is busy, it’s not overflowing with tourists (…you know, like you and me).
– Mannheimer Straße and Kreuz Straße are the busiest streets in town and are laced with shops and restaurants. Those looking to shop can find familiar names such as H&M, C&A, and the New Yorker, and unique ones such as the Einhorn Apotheke (est. 1599, surprisingly).
– Mannheimer Straße leads right into Kornmarkt, a square with a fountain in the center, featuring restaurants and ice cream parlors. We ate Schnitzel and Pommes at the City Grill.
– The city is most known for the Alte Nahebrücke (old Nahe Bridge). The Nahe River flows through the town, while the Mühlenteich (mill pond) is a man-made canal that breaks off the Nahe. The Alte Nahebrücke only spans Mühlenteich since the Nahe portion was destroyed in World War II to fight off American advance into the city. This bridge is one of very few bridges in the world that has buildings constructed on it.
– Little Venice (Klein Venedig) is a small quarter of the town that boasts colorful houses on a canal. I’m not sure if it was just the time of year we visited, but water levels were low, so it didn’t really feel like Venice 🤔.
– Pauluskirche is a small church with colorful houses nearby. Worth stopping to take a few pictures as you stroll down the Nahe River.
– We stumbled into Burgbrunnen, a Fußgängerzone (walking zone) that is part of Mannheimer Straße on opposite side of Nahe River. This was the most scenic part of the city, featuring quaint buildings and restaurants. This was almost like Kornmarkt, just more easy-going. This quarter led us to the 14th Century St. Nikolaus Catholic Church.
– Fischerturm (Fishing Tower) is worth stopping by to view and take pictures of the surrounding area. This tower is built adjacent to a bridge spanning the Nahe River.
There you go, time to plan your first (or next) visit to Bad Kreuznach. By the way, I heard they have a great Christmas Market. Make time for a day trip to Bad Kreuznach as a romantic getaway, with friends, or with your fur-pal. I hope you make it there to see it for yourself!