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Bad Dürkheim

Bad Dürkheim is a town on the German Wine Route in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, capital of the eponymous district. It is located on the eastern edge of the Palatinate forest, to the west of Ludwigshafen.

History

Main sights

  • 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.

Traffic

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.

Twin towns

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).

Famous residents

Events

The Wurstmarkt 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.

Other

  • 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.

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