Bad Wiessee is a municipality in the district of Miesbach in Upper Bavaria in Germany. Since 1922 it is a spa town and located on the west shore of the Tegernsee Lake. It has a population of around 4800 inhabitants in 2014. The word "Bad" means "spa" or "baths", while "Wiessee" derives from "Westsee", meaning "western part of the lake". Bad Wiessee was first documented in 1017 in the tax book of the Tegernsee Abbey, encouraged to pay goods to the convent.
Iodine sulfur bath in Bad Wiessee
Bad Wiessee is known for its healing sulfur-fountain, discovered by the Dutch oil explorer Adriaan Stoop in 1909 while he was drilling for oil. He builds the first iodine sulfur bath in 1912 after oil production was exhausted. People spend their holidays in Bad Wiessee because of its quiet atmosphere and its location at the north side of the Alps.
Tourism is one of the main income source for the population of Bad Wiessee. Although spa tourism has declined in the last decades, Bad Wiessee is still very popular for its casino and 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 catering for the medium-price-category traveler but traditional B&B and reasonable priced accommodations are still available all year round.