Salzgitter-Bad, which has state recognition as a saline spa, is attractively situated in the northern foothills of the Harz Mountains. Life has always been influenced by the precious mineral which gave the town its name. Around 1900 'Bad' became popular with holidaymakers. Guests came from every corner of Germany for recreation in the woods and hills, but above all so their health could benefit from the natural thermal saline springs.
The old town centre, with its nooks and crannies, has its own flair. Such buildings as the Vöppenstedt ruins or the citadel church St. Mary Jacob afford glimpses of its history. Central to everything is the conservation area with the Tilly House, Kniestedt Manor, the Garssenhof as part of the Ratskeller Hotel and the Rosengarten.
Opportunities for outdoor recreation are provided by the Lichtenberge chain of hills with 150 kilometres of paths for ramblers. There are also 120 kilometres of bicycle tracks. Every sort of sporting leisure activity is catered for: riding, tennis, gliding, golf. There are fitness studios, open-air and indoor swimming pools. Over 100 clubs and excellent facilities offer a basis for many types of sport at both popular and professional levels, with national and international successes - for instance trampoline gymnastics: Henrik Stehlik became men's solo champion in 2004 and won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Athens.
It's fun to go shopping here. Besides the old town centre of Salzgitter-Bad, it is above all Lebenstedt's town centre, once a model for Germany and now thoroughly modernized, this invites Salzgitter has something for all tastes. Whatever the customer wants can be found in the many department stores and speciality shops. When you need a break you can drop into a café or relax on a bench and enjoy a chat. Shopping in Salzgitter offers good value and there are no parking problems.