Romantic Road, Germany

Bad Mergentheim, Germany

The "twin houses" in the centre of Bad MergentheimBad Mergentheim is, as the "Bad" suggests, one of the spa resorts in the southern part of Germany.

It is one of the largest towns in the Tauber valley along with Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is to the southeast. Further along the valley are the towns of Lauda and Tauberbischofsheim.

As well as the mineral waters, Bad Mergentheim has a rich history connected to the orders of medieval knights.

Travel details and advice on the best way to get to Bad Mergentheim, as well as hotel accommodation in the town, is available on our Bad Mergentheim travel page:
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Bad Mergentheim History

The castle of the Teutonic Order at Bad MergentheimBad Mergentheim is another of the Romantic Road towns that can trace its days of settlement back before the days of the Romans.

Mergentheim itself was first mentioned in the 11th century (in those days called "Merginthaim") and soon came to prominence with the arrival of three of the most prominent German chivalric orders.

The Knights of St John were the first on the scene at the end of the 12th century and were then followed by the Teutonic Order and the Dominican Order (the first two being religious and military orders and the last a religious order which played a large role in combating what was seen as heresy).

The town received its charter in the 14th century through the intercession of the head of the Teutonic Order, who moved their headquarters to Bad Mergentheim in the next century. This residence lasted through to the 19th century and the Castle of the Teutonic Knight is one of the main sights in the historic town centre and there is a Museum of the Teutonic Order in the castle. (The gateway leading through to the grounds and castle is pictured at the top of this section.)

The spa waters were "discovered" in the 19th century and the development of "spa tourism" helped the economic health of the town. Because of the quasi-medical facilities, the town was used as a care centre for wounded soldiers, which helped to save the inhabitants and the historic buildings from most attacks during the Second World War.

These days Bad Mergentheim is the largest spa resort in the state of Baden-Württemberg.