Events in Bad Sooden-Allendorf

The best time for a short trip to a new place is whenever there is a folk festival. Like this, you can get to know traditions, food and other regional specials.

This is of course also the case in Bad Sooden-Allendorf: Mother Hulda in the Fairytale Week, traditional salt production at the Fountain Festival, Spanisch Fricco (stew made of meat, potatoes and onions) for the Thanksgiving and Folk Festival – with every festival, another special facet of the city is in the limelight of the complete Werratal.

Thanksgiving and Folk Festival

The traditional Thanksgiving and Folk Festival may possibly be the best reason for a short holiday in Bad Sooden-Allendorf. The entire town is decorated with harvest crowns, wreaths, garlands, red and blue pennants and other self-made decorations, emphasizing the beauty of the half-timbered houses. The festival is still celebrated just like in 1858. Friday traditionally starts with the street party, where home-made regional food is sold in the streets.

For the following days, the town is characterized by the fairground, brass bands, marching bands and dance groups. There are several parades and torchlight processions supported by local clubs and groups. The illuminated river banks of the Werra are the perfect background for a romantic conclusion of the night. The "Triolett" dance is also part of the traditional festival program, just like "Spanisch Fricco" - a stew made of pork, beef, onions and potatoes – the perfect meal before the grand festival parade starts on Sunday afternoon. On Tuesday, the festival ends with a big firework. By then, even all the visitors know how to dance the popular Allendorfer Triolett dance.

The Thanksgiving and Folk Festival is always on the third weekend in August.

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Fairytale Week

When the linguists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm traveled through Germany, they encountered the tale of Mother Hulda in the region of the "Hoher Meißner". It is in her honor that Bad Sooden-Allendorf celebrates the Fairytale Week every year, starting Easter Sunday. This event is especially designed for families and children. Theater plays, fairytale readings, games, markets, fireworks and a parade perfectly fit the romantic setting of half-timbered houses. A special highlight: Every day, Mother Hulda shakes up her bed from the "Söder Tor" (Söder gate). 

During Fairytale Week, Bad Sooden-Allendorf is the ideal destination for families who want to show their children something extraordinary in their Easter holidays. In this special atmosphere, even the children are excited about a guided tour through the city or going on a hike. With the varied program including daily storytelling, handicraft and puppet theater, there is no time for boredom.

Fairytales can be experienced in Bad Sooden-Allendorf throughout the year: Via the Tourist Information, you can book fairytale package deals including special guided tours through the city and more…

All year long, fairytale lovers can travel on the 600 km-long Deutsche Märchenstraße (German Fairytale Route) from Hanau to Bremen and visit the locations where the popular fairytales are said to have their origin. Moreover, Bad Sooden-Allendorf is part of the “Grimmheimat Nordhessen“ (Homeland of the Grimm Brothers North Hesse). Even though Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm were born in Hanau, they spent their childhood and schooldays in Kassel. After their studies in Marburg, they returned to Kassel again.

The Fairytale Week starts Easter Sunday and lasts a whole week.

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Fountain Festival

Traditional salt production at the Fountain Festival

Many visitors come to Bad Sooden-Allendorf because of the healthy effects of the brine and salt. Every year at Pentecost, there is another reason for a trip to Bad Sooden-Allendorf: at the Fountain Festival – which has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Bad Sooden – there are fascinating demonstrations of how the salt used to be produced in former times. The festival is rounded off by a parade and culinary treats in the romantic atmosphere of the splendid half-timbered houses.

For more than 1,000 years, salt has determined the history of our town: whether as valuable commodity or as the basis for health retreats and wellness holidays. Reason enough to have a festival for the salt springs. It takes almost three hours until the water of the brine has evaporated and only the salt remains left. For reasons of demonstration, a salt pan and its frame were built true to the original and can be found in front of the "Salzamt" (salt department) in Bad Sooden.

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Christmas Magic

Christmas fair in Bad Sooden-Allendorf

There is hardly any other place that could be more suitable for a magic Christmas fair than the romantic setting of the charming half-timbered houses in Bad Sooden-Allendorf. Chains of lights, candle light and illuminated decoration brighten up all the houses and numerous little stands…

Every year, the Christmas fair in Bad Sooden-Allendorf takes place on the first Advent weekend and certainly ranks among the most beautiful local Christmas fairs.

In order to get through the winter as healthy as possible, the Christmas season is also perfect to enjoy a wellness weekend.

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