|• Mayor||Thomas Liebetrau|
|• Total||55.27 km2 (21.34 sq mi)|
|Elevation||275 m (902 ft)|
|• Density||140/km2 (350/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Bad Berka ( (help·info)) is a German city, situated in the south of Weimar region in the state of Thuringia. With its almost 8,000 inhabitants Bad Berka is the second biggest city in Weimarer Land district (after Apolda, 23,000). The river flowing through the city, which is embedded in new red sandstone, is called Ilm. Since 1 December 2008, the city has incorporated the former municipality of Gutendorf.
Bad Berka is a spa town with an iron-rich spring and Kneipp facilities. In 2002 the award of "State Recognised Spa with Mineral Spring Health Facility" was given to the city. In order to treat tuberculosis, a clinic was erected in 1952. This was the beginning of the main economic sector of the city. Bad Berka's Zentralklinik has since gained a reputation as a center of medicinal expertise far beyond the boundaries of Germany. Its foundation can be traced back to 1898. In addition, there was a rehabilitation clinic built after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The "Median-Klinik" consists of two buildings, which were opened in 1994 and 1997.
Because of its vicinity to the cultural capital Weimar and association with numerous historical figures, Bad Berka is also popular among tourists. Between 1812 and 1828 Goethe visited his friend Heinrich Friedrich Schütz several times. He was also involved in the plans of the spa. Therefore, Bad Barka is called "Das Goethebad im Grünen" (Goethe spa in greenery), as well. Bad Berka is surrounded by spruce and beech forest.
The annual Party.San Open Air music festival was first held in 1996.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Otto Fries (1849-1905), politician National Liberal Party (Germany), member of Reichstag
- Hugo Günther (1891-1954), party functionary (SPD/KPD/KPO/SED) and insurance director
- Hans Carl Nipperdey (1895-1968), law professor, first president of the Federal Labour Court
- Hartmut Griesmayr (born 1945), screenwriter and director
People who are connected to the town
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), writer, stayed there as a visitor and bathing guest
- Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz (1751-1792), poet of Sturm und Drang, wrote several works here
- Dietrich Georg von Kieser (1779-1862), medical doctor, worked as a physician in Berka
- Adolf Brütt (1855-1939), sculptor, worked in Weimar and Bad Berka, since 1928 honorary citizen of the city
- Hans Gerhard Gräf (1864-1942), Goethe researcher, investigated the relationship between Goethe and Bad Berka
- Martin Hellberg (1905-1999), author, actor and director, worked and lived in Bad Berka
- Wolfgang Blochwitz (1941-2005), football player, active among others for Carl Zeiss Jena, died in Bad Berka
- Albrecht Schröter (born 1955), educator and social scientist, Mayor of Jena from 2006 to 2018, worked as a speaker at ThILLM in Bad Berka from 1996 to 2000
- Henry Augustus Siebrecht, florist, "Father of Fifth Avenue"
Bad Berka is twinned with:
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