Bad Wiessee

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Bad Wiessee
Bad Wiessee
Bad Wiessee
Coat of arms of Bad Wiessee
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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
 • Mayor Peter Höß
 • Total 32.79 km2 (12.66 sq mi)
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
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.

Tourism is the main income source for the population of Bad Wiessee. Although spa tourism has declined in the last decade, Bad Wiessee is still very popular with wealthy people, many of them buying a second home or condo to spend their holidays or retirement there. The hotels, shops and restaurants are nowadays catering for the high-price-category traveler but traditional B&B and reasonable priced accommodation is still available all year round.

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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