500 years since the Reformation
Today Bad Frankenhausen is a peaceful, picturesque spa town with therapeutic saline springs. On 15 May 1525 however, it was the site of the decisive battle in the Peasants' Revolt.
A monumental image of the battle can be seen in the Panorama Museum on Schlachtberg hill above the town. This painting by the Leipzig artist Werner Tübke depicts scenes from the massacre in a space exceeding 1,700 square metres. Over 3,000 figures are portrayed, among them Martin Luther and his early comrade, the revolutionary theologian Thomas Müntzer. Müntzer was the peasants' leader and spiritual mentor. After their defeat he was publicly executed.
Bad Frankenhausen in Thuringia has a leaning spire whose tip is 4.6 metres out of true, even more than the leaning tower of Pisa. Bubbling away close to the relaxing spa gardens in the town centre are the two saline springs that give the town its reputation as a therapeutic resort. Not far away, the Kyffhäuser monument and Barbarossa's Cave are ideal for outings into the countryside and the world of German legends.
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