Bad Wiessee

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Bad Wiessee
Bad Wiessee
Bad Wiessee
Coat of arms of Bad Wiessee
Coat of arms
Bad Wiessee   is located in Germany
Bad Wiessee
Bad Wiessee
Coordinates: 47°43′N 11°43′E / 47.717°N 11.717°E / 47.717; 11.717Coordinates: 47°43′N 11°43′E / 47.717°N 11.717°E / 47.717; 11.717
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberbayern
District Miesbach
Government
 • Mayor Herbert Fischhaber
Area
 • Total 32.79 km2 (12.66 sq mi)
Elevation 740 m (2,430 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 4,731
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 83707
Dialling codes 08022
Vehicle registration MB
Website www.bad-wiessee.de
Maria Himmelfahrt Church in Bad Wiessee.

Bad Wiessee is a spa town on Lake Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany. The word "Bad" means "spa" or "baths", while "Wiessee" derives from "Westsee", meaning "western part of the lake".

Bad Wiessee is known for its healing sulfur-fountain, discovered by the Dutch oil explorer Adriaan Stoop.[2] People spend their holidays in Bad Wiessee because of its quiet atmosphere and its location at the north side of the Alps.

Bad Wiessee is notorious as the scene of the key events within the Night of the Long Knives, 30 June 1934, when Hitler and the Schutzstaffel (SS) purged the leadership of the Sturmabteilung (SA), many of whom were staying at the resort. The key leaders Ernst Röhm, Anton von Hohberg und Buchwald, Karl Ernst, Edmund Heines and Peter von Heydebreck were arrested and taken to Stadelheim Prison where they were later executed.

Bad Wiessee was also the retirement home, in 1939–1945, of Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg, author of the "Hitler oath".

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