Bad Vilbel

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Bad Vilbel
Old town hall
Old town hall
Coat of arms of Bad Vilbel
Coat of arms
Bad Vilbel  is located in Germany
Bad Vilbel
Bad Vilbel
Coordinates: 50°10′41″N 8°44′10″E / 50.17806°N 8.73611°E / 50.17806; 8.73611Coordinates: 50°10′41″N 8°44′10″E / 50.17806°N 8.73611°E / 50.17806; 8.73611
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Wetteraukreis
 • Mayor Thomas Stöhr (CDU)
 • Total 25.65 km2 (9.90 sq mi)
Elevation 109 - 200 m (−547 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 33,020
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 61101–61118
Dialling codes 06101
Vehicle registration FB

Bad Vilbel is a spa town in Hesse, Germany, famous for its many mineral water springs. Bad Vilbel is the largest town in the Wetteraukreis district and part of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban area with its city center being located 8 km northeast of downtown Frankfurt am Main at the banks of the river Nidda.


Bad Vilbel was founded in 774 (first written document) but much older artefacts were found in the area. In 1848 during railway works, a Roman villa was unearthed with a Thermae and a Mosaic. A replica of this mosaic is presented in a modern exhibition in the spa gardens.

20th Century[edit]

population development

  • 1998: 28,509
  • 2000: 29,716
  • 2002: 30,290
  • 2004: 30,905
  • 2006: 31,348
  • 2008: 31,456
  • 2010: 31,822

(as of December 31.)
Quelle: HSL

The town Vilbel got the label "Bad" (spa) in 1948 for its numerous mineral springs. The health spa operations stopped in the 1960s but the mineral water industry connected more springs of the Wetterau by pipelines to the bottling plant of Hassia in Bad Vilbel.

The hessian government reform formed 1971/72 Bad Vilbel (with Heilsberg), Dortelweil, Gronau and Massenheim to the new city Bad Vilbel. Since 1997 great areas have been developed for living and business, like the residential area of Dortelweil-West or the commercial park Quellenpark between Bad Vilbel, Massenheim and Dortelweil.


Thomas Stöhr (born 1966) (CDU) was elected in March 2003. He was re-elected in February 2010 and in March 2016.


Bad Vilbel has four railroad stations (Bad Vilbel, Bad Vilbel Süd, Dortelweil and Gronau) on the Main–Weser Railway, served by Frankfurt's local transport network (S-Bahn line S 6 and RE Line 34). It has access to the A661 autobahn and the highway B3.

International relations[edit]

Bad Vilbel is twinned with:

The Glossop/Bad Vilbel Twinning Association was established in 1985 and the formal twinning ceremonies were held in Glossop and Bad Vilbel in 1987.

See also[edit]

  • Bad Vilbel station
  • English electronic music duo Autechre released a song entitled Second Bad Vilbel on their EP Anvil Vapre. The title derives from the town's twinning with Glossop, an area the group would have passed en route to Sheffield, from their homes in Rochdale.

People and personalities[edit]

Born in Bad Vilbel[edit]

Wilhelm Finck around 1883
  • Wilhelm von Finck (1848-1924), banker and co-founder of the Alliance Insurance
  • Friedel Lutz (born 1939), former national soccer player

Linked to Bad Vilbel[edit]

  • Friedrich Carl Michael Grosholz (1810-1888), co-founder of Bad Vilbel bottled water industry
  • Bernhard Rechthien (1876-1941), mayor of Bad Vilbel 1919-1928
  • Klaus Havenstein, (1922-1998), actor and television presenter, from 1990 to 1992 director of the Castle Festival


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