Traditional Thermal Spas
Switzerland's thermal spas have a century-old tradition both for wellness and medical treatment. While the curative effect of thermal and mineral springs has been put into the foreground during the 19th and early 20th centuries with professional medical staff developing sophisticated therapies for a large number of diseases, the the focus is back on general wellness and wellbeing since the 1980's. Though you may still get specialized high-level medical assistance in all Swiss thermal and mineral spas, the majority of Swiss and foreign guests using them are just going there to feel good. This is particularly true for some alpine spas where you may relax from hiking, biking, mountaineering or skiing and have a look at the alpine scenery right from the pool.
Some of Switzerland's thermal spas have been known for more than 2000 years. This is especially true for the flagship Baden [the name means bathing, the Romans called it Aquae Helveticae, i.e. Helvetian Springs]. Swiss politicians knew well why to meet for conferences in Baden when Switzerland was still a loose confederacy of autonomous cities some centuries ago ...
|Thermal Spa||Temperature||Stimulus Value||Medical Indications|
|° C||° F|
|Baden||47||117||Beautiful old town, museums, just 20 minutes from Zurich. For those who like the cultural add-ons.||rheumatism, gout, neuritis, mechanical injuries|
|Bad Ragaz / Valens||37||99||Located in an impressive canyon (may be frightening though for some people). One of the scenes of the popular Heidi novel.||rheumatism, gout, neuritis, mechanical injuries|
|Leukerbad / Loeche-Les-Bains||42 |
|Alpine resort, experience the taste of hell in steam bath cavern and see mountain scenery right from outdoor pool at Burgerbad, Roman-Irish bath at Alpentherme.||rheumatism, gout, neuritis, mechanical injuries|
|Schinznach Bad||45||113||Small village||rheumatism, gout, neuritis, mechanical injuries, skin diseases|
The Felsentherme built from Valser Quartzite is regarded as a masterpiece of modern Swiss architecture.
|rheumatism, gout, neuritis, mechanical injuries|
|Zurzach||40||104||Small village||rheumatism, gout, neuritis, mechanical injuries|
Warning: Medical indications listed in this table cannot replace a proper medical check. If you suffer from any deseases, please contact your physician before planning a stay at a thermal spa.
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