Bad Emstal

Bad Emstal is a municipality in the district of Kassel, in Hesse.

  • 2.1 Amalgamations
  • 3.1 Municipal Council
  • 3.2 Mayor
  • 3.3 partnerships


Geographical location

Bad Emstal located about 20 km southwest of Kassel in the south of the nature park forest hawk in the valley of the Ems.

Neighboring communities

Bad Emstal bordered to the north by the town of Wolf Hagen, in the east on the community looking castle (both in the district of Kassel) and the city Niedenstein, to the south by the city Fritzlar (both in the Schwalm -Eder -Kreis), and in the west to the city of Naumburg ( district of Kassel ).


The municipality consists of the villages

  • Balhorn
  • Merxhausen (with the former monastery Merxhausen )
  • Riede (with lock Riede )
  • Sand (the largest district and the municipal offices )


As numerous archaeological finds prove that now the municipality of Bad Emstal was inhabited continuously since the 2nd century BC. The first settlers were chatting. The field of Fritzlar - Waberner level and the Kassel basin is considered as the heartland of chatting and Batavians. The first mention of Balhorn dates from the year 774

1976, a thermal spring was drilled into sand and it started expanding to the thermal bath. In 1992, the municipality Emstal was awarded the designation bathroom.


On January 1, 1967, the new church Emstal created by the merger of the previously independent municipalities Merxhausen and sand. Balhorn and Riede were added at 31 December 1971.


Municipal council

The municipal election held 27 March 2011 yielded the following results:


Mayor is the non-party Ralf Pfeiffer, who is supported by the CDU and the FWG.


Bad Emstal maintains partnership relations with

  • Bruck an der Grossglockner road in Austria since 1973,
  • Les Ponts -de- Cézanne in the Loire Valley in France since 1986 and
  • Kühren - Burkartshain in Saxony since 1990.


By Bad Emstal the trains of Hessencourriers. In the district of vineyard, the vineyard castle located with its landscaped park. On the mountain Falkenstein near the community town of "sand" is the Falkenstein Castle.

Pictures of Bad Emstal