Bad Liebenstein (spa)
Come and enjoy Bad Liebenstein - the multifaceted spa town in the Thuringian Forest, set in delightful natural surroundings and offering a wide range of cultural attractions. Discover the fascinating history of the different town districts and be amazed by the historic buildings - castles, churches or the ruined fortress. Forget all your everyday worries and walk in Martin Luther's footsteps or wander through the charming Altenstein countryside park. Find out all about the intellectual world of Romanticism. Whether Jean Paul, Franz Liszt, Fritz Reuter, Gerhart Hauptmann, Walter Gropius or Marlene Dietrich - they all walked around the parks, meadows and forest, recharged their batteries, listened to the spa concerts and appreciated the inspiring ambiance of this charming spa town. Follow in the footsteps of Friedrich Fröbel (1782-1852) in and around Bad Liebenstein. He was probably the most important German educationalist of the 19th century and his teaching methods and his invention of the "kindergarden" spread from Thuringia throughout the whole world. Fröbel spent the last years of his life in Bad Liebenstein and Schweina (Marienthal), from 1849 to 1852. In the so-called "Marienthaler Schlösschen", he opened the first college for kindergarden teachers in the world and at Altenstein he organised in the same year a festival for children and play. His grave is in the Schweina cemetery. The best way to explore this and other Fröbel venues is by following the circular Fröbel Hiking Trail.