Bad Aibling

Bad Aibling

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Bad Aibling

Coordinates: 47°52′N 12°01′E / 47.867°N 12.017°E / 47.867; 12.017Coordinates: 47°52′N 12°01′E / 47.867°N 12.017°E / 47.867; 12.017
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberbayern
District Rosenheim
  Mayor (CSU)
  Total 41.55 km2 (16.04 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 18,407
  Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 83035–83043
Dialling codes 08061
Vehicle registration RO, AIB
Website Official website

Bad Aibling (  ; German pronunciation: [ˈba:t ˌʔaɪ̯blɪŋ]) is a spa town and former district seat in Bavaria on the river Mangfall, located some 56 km (35 mi) southeast of Munich. It features a luxury health resort with a peat pulp bath and mineral spa.


Hofberg. Engraving by Matthäus Merian, 1644.

Bad Aibling and its surroundings were settled by Celtic tribes from about 500 BC until 15 BC. After Roman occupation, it was finally settled by Bavarii tribes in the 5th century AD. In 804 Bad Aibling was mentioned for the first time as "Epininga". In mediaeval times, it was an administrative centre in the lordship of the Counts of Falkenstein. After the obliteration of the Neuburg-Falkenstein dynasty, it became part of the realm of the Wittelsbach family.

In 1845 the first treatments with peat pulp were offered by the physician Desiderius Beck. Bad Aibling received the title "Bad" (spa or springs) in 1895.

In the year 1933, Bad Aibling officially became a city. After the Second World War, Bad Aibling was the site of POW Discharge Center #26, where German POWs were released from captivity to civilian status. Later, the area evolved into a major centre for intelligence organizations and secret services.

In 2005 the American Bad Aibling ECHELON station (Field Station 81) closed after several decades of operation. After the departure of the NSA, parts of the station have been used by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), with NSA employees moving to the Mangfall barracks.[2] The radomes are still used intensively.[3] The station is used in cooperation with the NSA, which provides the BND with search terms (such as email addresses), which then forwards the results back to the NSA.[4][5][6][7]

The Thermae opened in 2007, complementing the traditional peat pulp baths with mineral water (Desiderius-Quelle).

On 9 February 2016, a serious railway accident occurred near the town when two passenger trains collided, causing 11 fatalities.

Geography and demographics

The town of Bad Aibling, with about 18,000 inhabitants, is at 498 m (1,634 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 41.55 km2 (16 sq mi).

Bad Aibling consists of the neighborhoods (Stadtteile) of Abel, Adlfurt, Bad Aibling Mitte, Berbling, Ellmosen, Fachendorf, Gröben, Harthausen, Haslach, Heimathsberg, Heinrichsdorf, Holzhausen, Köckbrunn, Markfeld, Mietraching, Mitterham, Moos, Natternberg, Thalacker, Thürham, Unterheufeld, Weg, Westen, Westerham, Willing, and Zell.

Economy and infrastructure

In Bad Aibling there are several large spa hotels and rehabilitation hospitals that rely on peat pulp as a basic treatment. Additionally, in 2007 the new thermae were opened.

Companies based in Bad Aibling

Several companies in the pharmaceutical industry, textile manufacturing, electrical engineering, plastics manufacturing, and dairy processing are located in Bad Aibling.

Administration and public institutions


Period of office 1. Mayor 2. Mayor 3. Mayor
1947–1948 Wunnibald Sedlmeier (CSU) Michael Scherer (CSU) -
1948–1952 Josef Matheis (CSU) -
1952–1956 Josef Matheis (CSU) Michael Scherer (CSU) -
1956–1960 Max Falter (SPD) Dr. Wolfgang Kessler (CSU) -
1960–1966 Ferdinand Arnold (CSU) -
1966–1968 Michael Scherer (CSU) -
1968 Michael Scherer (CSU) - -
1968–1974 Hans Falter (SPD) Michael Scherer (CSU) -
1974–1984 Josef Riedl (CSU) Konrad Gartmeier (CSU) -
1984–1985 Anton Müller (CSU) -
1985–1986 Felix Schwaller (CSU) -
1986–1990 Werner Keitz (SPD) Felix Schwaller (CSU) -
1990–2002 Meinrad Egger (ÜWG)
2002–2008 Felix Schwaller (CSU) Roland Fortner (CSU) Rudi Gebhart (ÜWG)
2008–2014 Heidi Benda (Grüne) Otto Steffl (CSU)
2014-2016 Otto Steffl (CSU) Kristin Sauter (SPD)
2016- - Kristin Sauter (SPD)


Number of inhabitants

Culture and attractions

Echelon festival

The Echelon festival in the year 2012

The Echelon Open Air & Indoor Festival is an electro-, techno and house-festival that has taken place in Bad Aibling annually in August since 2009. With about 25.000 visitors in 2015 it is the largest festival of its kind in Bavaria.[8] It is located on the abandoned Bad Aibling Station which was used for the festival's eponymous global surveillance network ECHELON.[9]

Twin town

Bad Aibling has been twinned with

People affiliated with Bad Aibling

Wilhelm Leibl Self portrait at the age of 18


  1. "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). June 2016.
  2. "NSA-Standorte in Deutschland: Bad Aibling". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  3. Mascolo, Georg; Goetz, John (1 May 2015). "Die Überwachungsfabrik". Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  4. "Der Vertrauensbruch - 3/4 In Bad Aibling gründeten BND und NSA eine Kooperation". Die Zeit. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  5. Biermann, Kai. "Bad Aibling, rechtsfreier Abhörraum des BND". Die Zeit. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  6. "BND spioniert wieder mit der NSA". Tagesschau. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  7. "BND und NSA kooperieren wieder in Bad Aibling". Die Zeit. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  8. "ECHELON: Marihuana, Ecstasy und Amphetamin". 2015-08-23. Retrieved 2015-08-23.
  9. Info – Echelon Open Air & Indoor Festival. In: Abgerufen am 6. August 2012.

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