is a town on the German Wine Route
, capital of the eponymous district
. It is located on the eastern edge of the Palatinate forest
, to the west of Ludwigshafen
- Limburg Abbey, built around 1030
- Kriemhildenstuhl, roman quarry
- Heidenmauer, celtic fortification
Economy and infrastructure
The main industry in Bad Dürkheim is viticulture. Tourism and health also play a large role in the towns economy, and Bad Dürkheim is one of the few places in Germany in which a graduation tower
was in use until it burnt down by Arson
in April 2007 from a bored youth. According to politicians it is going to be rebuilt.
There is also some paper and wood industry in the surrounding area, as well as various technology enterprises.
Bad Dürkheim is connected with Ludwigshafen via an overland tramway run by the Rhein-Haardt-Bahn. There is also a motorway connection (A650) to Ludwigshafen.
Bad Dürkheim is twinned with the following towns:
Bad Dürkheim also has a town cooperation with Bad Berka (Germany), and maintains town friendships with Michelstadt (Germany) und Emmaus (USA).
- Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, 1861, discoverer of the elements rubidium and caesium (discovered whilst investigating the salt springs of Bad Dürkheim, including the "Maxquelle" spring)
- Kurt Dehn (* 1920, † 2000), Palatine dialect poet, composer and singer
- Prof. Otto Dill (* 1884, † 1957), painter, honorary citizen of Bad Dürkheim
- Philipp Fauth (* 1867, † 1941), astronomer
- Torsten Lieberknecht (* 1973), football player
- Waltraud Meißner (* 1940), Palatine dialect poet
- Helmut Metzger (* 1917, † 1995), Palatine dialect poet
- Valentin Ostertag, founder of Germany's oldest social foundation
- Ralf Stegner (* 1959), minister in Schleswig-Holstein
- Peter Frankenberg Geographer and Minister in Baden-Württemberg.
held annually each September for ten days over two weeks is the biggest winefest in the world. The first Wurstmarkt was held - however not yet under this name - in 1417.
- Until 1981 there was an aerial tramway at Bad Dürkheim.
- On the night of April 6, 2007 the 250-year-old Saltern, or "Saline" (graduation tower) of Bad Dürkheim was completely destroyed by a fire. It was considered the most famous building and tourist attraction in Bad Dürkheim. The Saline had been completely restored once before after Arson in 1992.