Bad Sassendorf

Historical health resort in the Soest Börde

The small town of Bad Sassendorf is located on the edge of the Soest Börde in the southeast of the Westphalian Lowland. With a population of almost 120, the town is well known for its graduation tower used in salt production as well as several clinics and spas.

The origins of Bad Sassendorf

The town’s beginnings can be traced back to the 8th century. The settlement was originally known as Sassendorp, which can be translated as ‘Saxon Village’. The first records of salt production dating back to 973 AD are contained in the land registers of Werden Abbey. Sassendorf entered recorded history in 1175 when various estates were granted by the Archbishop of Cologne to Saint Walpurga’s Convent in Soest.

Numerous requests from around 1817 prove the use of Sassendorf saltwater for bathing and therapeutic purposes. By 1836, at least 2,500 tonnes of salt had been produced. In 1852, a number of wooden bathtubs were set up, providing the basis for the first spa house and today’s health resort.

On 10 May 1906, the former salt works village was officially declared a health resort by the chairman of Arnsberg district council, entitling it to add the prefix ‘Bad’ (spa town). On 1 July 1969, Bad Sassendorf was enlarged when 11 surrounding villages were incorporated. And in 1975, it was designated a saltwater and mud spa resort.

Countryside, half-timbered architecture and recreational amenities

Bad Sassendorf is a beautiful, relaxing town – a place where visitors feel at one with nature and their fellow humans. With its pretty half-timbered houses, secluded spots, and cosy restaurants and cafés, Bad Sassendorf radiates tranquillity. And it offers visitors and residents alike a variety of recreational activities and plenty of ways to relax. Two important attractions are the saltwater thermal baths with a varied bathing and sauna complex, and the sea salt grotto. And in addition to rest and relaxation, visitors also come to Bad Sassendorf to benefit from the wide range of therapy provided.

Countryside, half-timbered architecture and recreational amenities

The spa gardens in Bad Sassendorf are currently being revamped. Read on to learn more about the work being carried out there.

The spa gardens cover an area of 30 hectares. From spring 2019, well-maintained paths will take visitors past the imposing graduation tower, colourful flower beds, interesting sculptures, fountains and rare plants. The path continues along the shore of the large pond (or small lake) populated by black swans and many ducks as well as a few water rails. Along the banks of the Rosenau stream, a few metres after the small café, visitors will reach the Pyramid, a covered observation deck set into the pond. The trail around the pond leads past the rhododendron park and the famous rose garden, affording a view of the Lindenplatz spa clinic, which blends in perfectly with its surroundings. Other clinics are situated in and around the spa gardens, such as a children’s hospital, Park Clinic, and Klinik am Wiesengrund. Hotel guests can also book therapy sessions privately (such as mud baths) in the spa treatment centre, i.e. without being a patient or a health resort visitor.

Views of the spa gardens and Bad Sassendorf

Mind you, Bad Sassendorf isn’t just a place for rest and recreation. A number of well-known annual events such as the traditional crafts market in May and the vintage car rally Bad Sassendorf Classic attract visitors in their thousands.


Bad Sassendorf and its environs are popular with hikers. In fact, this beautiful spa town is surrounded by a whole network of marked trails of varying lengths. For example, the A6 route starts at the town hall in Bad Sassendorf and heads south into the open countryside. It then returns to Bad Sassendorf, where it’s certainly worth popping into Soletherme for a spot of gentle relaxation in 33°C saltwater.

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