Bad Vilbel

Bad Vilbel (German: [baːt ˈfɪlbl̩] (About this soundlisten)) is a spa town in Hesse (Hessen), Germany, famous for its many mineral water springs. Bad Vilbel is the largest town in the Wetteraukreis district and part of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban area with its city center being located 8 km northeast of downtown Frankfurt am Main at the banks of the river Nidda.

Bad Vilbel
Old town hall
Old town hall
Coat of arms of Bad Vilbel
Coat of arms
Location of Bad Vilbel within Wetteraukreis district
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Bad Vilbel is located in Germany
Bad Vilbel
Bad Vilbel
Bad Vilbel is located in Hesse
Bad Vilbel
Bad Vilbel
Coordinates: 50°10′41″N 8°44′10″E / 50.17806°N 8.73611°E / 50.17806; 8.73611Coordinates: 50°10′41″N 8°44′10″E / 50.17806°N 8.73611°E / 50.17806; 8.73611
Admin. regionDarmstadt
Subdivisions5 districts
 • MayorThomas Stöhr (CDU)
 • Total25.65 km2 (9.90 sq mi)
Highest elevation
200 m (700 ft)
Lowest elevation
109 m (358 ft)
 • Total34,216
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes06101
Vehicle registrationFB


Bad Vilbel was founded in 774 (first written document) but much older artefacts were found in the area. In 1848 during railway works, a Roman villa was unearthed with a Thermae and a Mosaic. A replica of this mosaic is presented in a modern exhibition in the spa gardens.

20th CenturyEdit

Historical population
As of 31 December of each year
Source: HSL

The town Vilbel got the label "Bad" (spa) in 1948 for its numerous mineral springs. The health spa operations stopped in the 1960s but the mineral water industry connected more springs of the Wetterau by pipelines to the bottling plant of Hassia in Bad Vilbel. The hessian government reform formed 1971/72 Bad Vilbel (with Heilsberg), Dortelweil, Gronau and Massenheim to the new city Bad Vilbel. Since 1997 great areas have been developed for living and business, like the residential area of Dortelweil-West or the commercial park Quellenpark between Bad Vilbel, Massenheim and Dortelweil.


Thomas Stöhr (born 1966) (CDU) was elected in March 2003. He was re-elected in February 2010 and in March 2016.


Bad Vilbel has four railway stations (Bad Vilbel, Bad Vilbel Süd and Dortelweil on the Main–Weser Railway and Gronau on the Vilbel–Glauburg-Stockheim railway) served by Frankfurt's local transport network (S-Bahn line S 6 and RE Line 34). It has access to the A661 autobahn and the highway B3.

Furthermore, Bad Vilbel has several local bus lines called Vilbus connecting the city center to the neighborhoods. Additional connections to Frankfurt am Main with the bus line 30 and with Offenbach am Main with the fast bus line X97.

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Bad Vilbel is twinned with:[2]

See alsoEdit

People and personalitiesEdit

Born in Bad VilbelEdit

Wilhelm Finck around 1883
  • Wilhelm von Finck (1848-1924), banker and co-founder of the Alliance Insurance
  • Friedel Lutz (born 1939), former national soccer player
  • Thomas Stöhr (born 1966), jurist and major of Bad Vilbel since 2003

Linked to Bad VilbelEdit

  • Friedrich Carl Michael Grosholz (1810-1888), co-founder of Bad Vilbel bottled water industry
  • Bernhard Rechthien (1876-1941), mayor of Bad Vilbel 1919-1928
  • Klaus Havenstein, (1922-1998), actor and television presenter, from 1990 to 1992 director of the Castle Festival Bad Vilbel
  • Jürgen Sparwasser (* 1948) is a retired German football player and later briefly a football manager living in Bad Vilbel. He gained fame as East Germany football player at the 1974 FIFA World Cup finals, where he scored the winning goal in a politically prestigious match against West Germany.


  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2019". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2020.
  2. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften". (in German). Bad Vilbel. Retrieved 2021-02-04.

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