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The history of Bad Fredeburg


Bad Fredeburg is a small village in the German town of Schmallenberg, located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The village has a rich history and culture, dating back to prehistory. 
Bad Fredeburg's origins date back to prehistoric times, when the region was inhabited by Celts and Germanic people. Many archaeological discoveries have been made around the village, including burial mounds and ancient settlements. 
In the Middle Ages, Bad Fredeburg was an important centre for mining. The region was rich in silver, iron and coal, and there were many mines in the area. The village grew rapidly and became an important trading post. There were many merchants, craftsmen and miners in the village. 
In the 16th century, Bad Fredeburg was visited by the Duke of Cleves, who fell in love with the beautiful nature of the area. He decided to build a bathhouse in the village, giving it the name "Bad" (spa). The bathhouse was a popular destination for wealthy noblemen and gentry, who enjoyed the thermal baths and the healthy air. 
In the 18th century, Bad Fredeburg underwent a major change when industry reached the region. The mines were closed and the village became a centre for textile production. Many textile mills and weaving mills were built, making the village an important industrial centre. 
In the 20th century, Bad Fredeburg became a popular tourist destination because of its historical buildings, thermal baths and beautiful nature. Many hotels and guesthouses were built, and the village became a popular destination for holidaymakers. 
Today, Bad Fredeburg is a quiet village with a rich history and culture.