|• Mayor||Christoph Flämig|
|• Total||23.42 km2 (9.04 sq mi)|
|Elevation||546 m (1,791 ft)|
|• Density||160/km2 (410/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Bad Elster (German pronunciation: [ˌbaːt ˈɛlstɐ]) is a spa town in the Vogtlandkreis district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It lies on the border of Bavaria and the Czech Republic in the Elster gebirge hills. It is situated on the river White Elster, and is protected from extremes of temperature by the surrounding wooded hills. It is 25 km southeast of Plauen, and 25 km northwest of Cheb. The B 92 runs close by.
It is part of the Freunde im Herzen Europas microregion.
Elster before 1900
Two kilometers north west of the town centre lies the remains of a twelfth-century walled village, known today as the "Alte Schloss" or "Old Castle". This was first documented in 1324.
1412 a manor was sold to the von Zedtwitz family, who held it until 1800.
1533 the Reformation reaches Adorf and its daughter church in Elster, and the first Protestant pastor was installed in 1540.
The healing properties of the waters from the spring now known as the Moritzquelle were recognised well before, Georg Leisner, physician to the Duke Moritz von Sachsen-Zeitz, wrote in 1669 that inhabitants of both Adorf and Elster come to the spring to take the waters, and he had successfully used them on many different patients.
(Bad) Elster in the 19th and 20th century
Elster became an independent parish in 1851. In 1892 the old St. Peter und Paul church was demolished and replaced with the Revival Gothic, St. Trinitatiskirche.
Elster was promoted to be the "Königlich-Sächsischen Staatsbad", official royal spa of Saxony in 1848. With that the visitor numbers rose: 1848: 129; 1850: 378, 1860: 1.750, 1870: 2450, 1890: 5870, 1900: 8900, 1990: 15.600.
Elster prepended the Bad meaning "spa" in 1875, Bad Elster became its official name in 1935. In 1880, "Bademuseum Bad Elster" opened, it was the first museum in the town and in Vogtland, it was short lived. A new museum opened in 1993.
Geography and transport
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Places within Bad Elster include Sohl and Mühlhausen.
Growth of Population (from 1964 on, as of December 31st):
The main industries are tourism and health. There are seven clinics specialising in recuperation. In 2005 there were 35 establishments offering accommodation with 2400 beds, and receiving 540,000 bednights.
The town lies near the B 92. There are two open border crossings into the Czech Republic; open for pedestrians and bicycles but not cars, though post Schengen even the barrier has been removed. The station is 2.5 km from the town centre at Mühlhausen on the Plauen Eger line where there is a two hourly service.
For the 2004-09 tterm here is no overall control, the independents being the largest group. The mayor is an independent.
- Freie Wähler (independents): 6 members (including the mayor)
- CDU: 3 members
- Linkspartei (the left): 1 members
- PDS list: 1 members
- FDP: 2 members
- SPD: 1 members
Coat of Arms
Field gold (or), with a naturalistic Magpie standing on three green hills (vert). From centre hill, a spring (argent) with water flowing to pool (argent).
The most important buildings in Bad Elster are from the last quarter of the 19th century.
- The Royal Spa House (Königliche Kurhaus) is an important example of turn of the 20th century neoclassicism, demonstrating the importance of spa building to the state.
- The Albert Baths (Albert Bad) were built in the Jugendstil
- The King Albert Theatre (König Albert Theater), formerly called the spa theatre (Kurtheater), opened in 1914 and has been recently modernised. Alexander, Prince of Saxony, is the theatres patron. It is also an important conference venue for Saxony and the Euroregion.
- The Nature Theatre (NaturTheater) lies in a woodland setting. It is the oldest open-air theatre in Saxony. In 2007 it was adapted to meet modern standards and reopened, offering a six-month season of Opera, theatre, concerts and cinema.
- The 1892 Lutheran church of Holy Trinity (St.-Trinitatis-Kirche) was built in the Gothic revival style. It contains artifacts from the previous building such as the gothic statues of SS Peter and Paul from ca. 1490.
- The former luxury hotel building, the Wettiner Hof is listed for protection; it awaits renovation.
- There are also smaller monuments such as the Saxon post milestone (Postmeilensäule, 1724) and the Schiller Monument (Schillerdenkmal).
- Bad Waldsee, from 1990
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- Bad Elster town's homepage
- Information around Bad Elster
- Sächsische Staats Spas: Bad Elster Bad Brambach
- GenWiki-Artikel on Bad Elster
- Statistical Information from 1999