Seeking Good Health in Bad Nauheim

Wappen von Bad-Nauheim

Wappen von Bad-Nauheim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G and I just spent a day in Bad Nauheim, a town  20 minutes north of Frankfurt. The town is known as a ‘wellness destination’ because of its specialty clinics and mineral springs. People come from all over the world to visit the cardiovascular and lung clinics, the sports clinics, the heart and nerve centers, and the thermal baths. Michael Schumacher, the famous Formula One racer, is known to have received sports therapy treatments here.
Oddly enough, Bad Nauheim is also known for one of its famous American residents – Elvis Presley. He was stationed here during the war, and there is a monument next to the house he lived in. Elvis Presley monument in Bad Nauheim  There is even an ‘Elvis Presley Club’ in town!

After paying tribute to The King, we took a walk through the park to visit the Sprudelhof (fountain court), the largest Art Nouveau center in Germany, and the largest Art Nouveau resort in the world.  It was erected in the early 1900’s, with 265 bathing cubicles for enjoying the natural warmth and freely dissolved carbon dioxide of the thermal brine.  Sprudelhof in Bad NauheimThe ornamental courtyards and waiting rooms are all designed in different Art Nouveau styles. But all the ornamentation pays tribute to the beauty of water. The spa facilities have been modernized and now in the different wings you can enjoy the mineral baths as well as  book  private parties, get married and attend classes of various sorts.

Apparently, there is an ornate chandelier in one of the rooms that is one of only two created – the other one was on the Titanic.
The last thing we did was to take a walk alongside one of several Gradierwerke (graduation houses) in town. These are enormous structures covered by bundles of blackthorn twigs. Windmills and water wheels pump salt water onto them, and as the salty water runs down the sides, fine droplets are freed gradually  through evaporation (thus the name ‘graduation towers’).  As you stroll along, you inhale the salty air, which has a positive effect on the mucous membranes of your air passages and is generally  considered good for the health.

Graduation House Bad Nauheim

Graduation House

Water Mill Bad Nauheim

Water mill that pumps water – clean energy!

You can also drink the water from little spigots. It is loaded with minerals, but I can tell you, it tastes pretty bad! Think copper + sulphur + salt!

Bad Nauheim Mineral Water

Spigots at the bottom of the water tower

Mineral Water content

Mineral water content

It was a very educational trip. I definitely felt better when I left than when I arrived. But maybe that was just the jet lag.

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7 thoughts on “Seeking Good Health in Bad Nauheim

  1. What a great account of this locale! Until you finished describing the Gradierwerke, I thought for sure it was a more scholarly place and the Sprudelhof sounds edible. There is a new type of spa chain cropping up in Florida, maybe other places, called The Salt Room which touts similar benefits (and more) to what you describe. Nice info – thanks!

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    • (Michele, there is a Salt Room type place in Binghamton!)
      The photos remind me a little bit of a spa-town in Czech called Mariansky Lazne- or in German Marianbad. It’s a little south of Karlovy Vary- and very much in use!

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  2. Funny Michele! The Germans do have some strange words! You can pretty much get “salt therapy” anywhere in Florida….just walking around! The fact that these landlocked countries in Europe are offering it is pretty cool, I think. Leslie, I bet there are a lot of them that are off the radar. The Art Nouveau resort is what has made Bad Nauheim famous, I’m sure!

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  3. ART NOUVEAU RESORT???? That sounds like my version of paradise. Now I want to go there!! May I live vicariously through you?

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  4. Ohh sounds wonderful (except that chandelier– if it shares history with Titanic, I’d avoid standing under it). Like Natalie, I’m glad I can live vicariously through your pictures.

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  5. I like your blog and your perception of Bad Nauheim very much. One Detail is unknown for me. – Wherefrom get you the information that the ornate chandelier in one of the rooms of the Sprudelhof is one of only two created – the other one was on the Titanic? – With the webcam at the top of our mainstation you can see Bad Nauheim and the Sprudelhof: http://safetec-cam.biz/images/webcam_extern/bad-nauheim_bahnhof_west.jpg

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