Museums in Bad Sooden-Allendorf

Going to a museum can be a pleasant way of spending the time during a short holiday, just like eating ice cream and strolling through the town and park. In Bad Sooden-Allendorf, we especially recommend the salt museum located in the “Söder Tor“ (Söder gate) and the border museum in the neighboring village Asbach to get to know the town a little better. Visiting both museums can be perfectly combined with a bike tour through our beautiful region.

Salt Museum in the Söder Tor (Söder Gate)

Salt and brine have determined the history of Bad Sooden-Allendorf for many centuries. Salt once used to be a rare valuable good and its production was quite difficult. It was essential to season and preserve the food. Today, however, the health benefits for muscles, joints and airways are the main field of application of the “White Gold”. 

The museum provides information on the salt spring and how salt used to be produced and transported on the old salt routes. An especially valuable exhibition piece is the duplicate of the so-called salt bible by Johannes Rhenanus from the 17th century. In the outdoor part of the museum and also in many other places throughout the town, you will find further large devices of the former salt works – and, on top of that, visiting the graduation house is also good for your health.

By the way, the ″Söder Tor“ (Söder gate) once used to be the entrance to the former salt works of Bad Sooden-Allendorf. Everyone passing this gate was checked in order to prevent the smuggling of the “White Gold.” 

Where to Find the Salt Museum:

Street: Im Söder Tor
Zip code/City: 37242 Bad Sooden-Allendorf

Phone: +49 56 52 25 56    - Mr Friederich (Chairman to the local geography and history club), (+49 56 52) 95 87 0 - Tourist Information

E-mail: info(at)


Information on Johannes Rhenanus:

Opening Hours

Saturdays, Sundays and on national holidays: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

From April 1 to October 31 also open on Wednesdays

Border Museum ″Schifflersgrund“

Only a few kilometers from Bad Sooden-Allendorf used to be the inner-German border which separated Hesse from the neighboring Thuringia until 1989 for more than 40 years. The border museum is a memorial and a place to learn at the same time. It is intended to remember this part of the history of this specific region, but also of the entire country.

Parts of the border fence as well as one of the watchtowers have been maintained until today. You will also find original helicopters and other vehicles from the time when the border was still active. A major part of the museum is dedicated to attempted escapes by citizens of the former East Germany and their individual fates. Carved wooden pieces of art were erected to remember the victims, who did not make it to the other side.

Lectures, readings and memorial events are often held in the border museum. The people living in the area of the former border especially benefit from the opening. For tourists, the region also offers plenty of possibilities for hiking, cycling or for a daytrip to Thuringia.


Where to Find the Border Museum

Street: Platz der Wiedervereinigung 1
Zip code/City: 37318 Asbach/Sickenberg

Phone: +49 36087 / 98 409
Fax: +49 3608 / 98 4147

E-mail: info(at)


Opening Hours

Every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Guided tours need to be booked in advance
10% discount with tourist pass

Luditzer Heimatmuseum (Museum of Local History)

St. Crucis Church and Bible Garden

You can visit churches anywhere, but a church and bible garden is something special. In the bible, about 120 plants including trees, shrubs, flowers and spices are mentioned. The bible garden is home to all the plants that will flourish in the North Hessian climate: olive tree, fig tree, passion flower and many more. You will also find the corresponding part of the bible indicated for the plants. The garden is a place of silence and relaxation which you should definitely visit on your tour through the town.


Where to Find the Bible Garden

Street: St. Crucis-Kirche, Kirchplatz 3
Zip code/City: 37242 Bad Sooden-Allendorf

Contact details and guided tours:
Pfarramt St.Crucis (Gemeindebüro), Phone: +49 5652/92198
Pfarrer Schanze, Phone +49 5652/2389

Opening Hours

Every day (except for snow and black ice conditions), guided tours are must be pre-booked. 


No entry fees.