Many little streets of half-timbered houses provide the most charming setting for a romantic getaway. Even though, there are a lot of cities in Germany with many old and adorable half-timbered buildings, the fascinating thing in Bad Sooden-Allendorf is the closeness of the houses. In some streets, the houses were built wall to wall with decoratively carved beams and splendid facades.
One of Germany’s most captivating half-timbered houses is the magnificent patrician house “Löwe” (Lion) in Bad Sooden-Allendorf. But also the city hall and the register office are located in historical buildings from medieval times. Oriels, gables and figures – the unique architecture is absolutely stunning. The citizens of Bad Sooden-Allendorf are proud of their idyllic townscape and are always eager to round off the picture by means of lovely floral decoration.
Thanks to the production of salt and the trade with this valuable good, many citizens of Bad Sooden-Allendorf became quite wealthy. Building the splendid half-timbered houses was the salt traders’ way to show their wealth. Over time, salt as a food product became less and less important. Only on the occasion of the Fountain Festival is salt produced just like in former times for reasons of demonstration. However, it did not take long until the health benefits of the brine were discovered and soon developed to become a key factor in the tourism sector – not only for therapeutic treatments during a stay at the health resort but also for wellness purposes. The sight of the pretty half-timbered houses is enjoyed by both the visitors and the people living in Bad Sooden-Allendorf.
The half-timbered houses together with the castles and ruins in the surroundings of Bad Sooden-Allendorf emphasize the fairytale image of the city. Nicely decorated for Thanksgiving or brightly illuminated for the Christmas fair - the half-timbered houses provide the perfect atmosphere for a stroll through the city or an afternoon in one of the cozy cafés.