Place:Mergentheim, Württemberg, Germany

Alt namesBad Mergentheim
Mergentheimsource: Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961); Müllers Deutsches Ortsbuch (1988)
TypeFormer District/ Town
Coordinates49.5°N 9.767°E
Located inWürttemberg, Germany
Also located inMain-Tauber-Kreis, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany    
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Bad Mergentheim (; Mergentheim until 1926) is a town in the district Main-Tauber-Kreis district in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.


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Mergentheim (or Mary's home) is mentioned in chronicles as early as 1058, as the residence of the family of the counts of Hohenlohe, who early in the 13th century assigned the greater part of their estates in and around Mergentheim to the Teutonic order. In 1340 Mergentheim got Town privileges. It rapidly increased in fame, and became the most important of the eleven commanderies of that society. On the secularization of the Teutonic Order in Prussia in 1525, Mergentheim became the residence of the grand master, and remained so until the final dissolution of the order in 1809 by Napoleon.

Bad Mergentheim's fortunes were reversed in 1826, when a shepherd by the name of Franz Gehring discovered rich mineral springs in the surrounding area, during the time when spas were expanding in Germany at a rapid pace. The water turned out to be the strongest sodium-sulfate water in all of Europe, especially effective for the treatment of digestive disorders.

In the 1970s several neighbouring villages were incorporated during the "Gemeindereform".

Year Population
1660 1,064
1855 2,917
1900 4,372
1933 6,191
1945 9,300
1950 10,184
1961 11,608
1975 19,895
1990 21,567
2005 22,486

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