|• Mayor||Ullrich Otto (Ind.)|
|• Total||14.85 km2 (5.73 sq mi)|
|Elevation||151 m (495 ft)|
|• Density||250/km2 (650/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Bad Karlshafen is a baroque, thermal salt spa town in the district of Kassel, in Hesse, Germany. It has 2300 inhabitants in the main ward of Bad Karlshafen, and a further 1900 in the medieval village of Helmarshausen. It is situated at the confluence of the Diemel and Weser rivers, 15 km south of Höxter, and 37 km north of Kassel.
The town was founded in 1699 by French Huguenots fleeing persecution in France. Though initially named Sieburg, the town was later named after Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, who granted them refuge. The German Huguenot Museum located here contains a picture archive, library, and family histories of the Huguenots in Germany. Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, had ambitious plans for town-planning and developing new water trade channels in the region; including a 'haven' in Karlshafen. Together with his engineer and architect Friedrich Conradi he developed plans for a Landgrave-Carl-Canal in order to avoid customs duty at Hannoversch Münden, but these were never finalised. Plans for Bad Karlshafen, however, were partially completed in a baroque style by architect Paul du Ry in 1717 and the town was renamed as Carlshaven.
Since 1977 Karlshafen has spa status, which is when it received the title 'Bad'.
Ulrich Otto was elected in 2005 with 62,94 % of the votes, he was reelected in 2011 with 78,32 % of the votes.
Leisure and health
- Bad Karlshafen railway station offers services between Ottbergen and Göttingen, at roughly a 2 hourly frequency, with bicycle space.
- Bus services also operate in the area.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Hermann Suchier (1848-1914), linguist
- Georg Zülch (1870-1942), lawyer and politician ( DNVP)
- Günter Frankenberg, (born 1945), lawyer
- Wilhelm Hubweges (1905-1971), sculptor and painter
- Andreas Thiele (born 1980), actor
- Sebastian Schachten (born 1984), football player
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