Water, the elixir of life

Bad Nauheim has nine state-recognised healing springs. Five of them are suitable for drinking cures.

Healing springs

Bad Nauheim is rich in healing springs and owes its additional title of “Bad” to the local natural “treasures of the soil” - its mineral wealth.

While three springs were used as thermal carbonated brines for bathing treatments, there are six healing springs (so-called drinking fountains) in Bad Nauheim and the Schwalheim district, five of which can still be used for drinking cures today. The medicinal waters differ in their specific composition and temperature but are all subject to constant quality control. Due to the high content of freely dissolved carbon dioxide, the medicinal waters are also known as "acidulous springs".

 

The Bad Nauheim springs

Did you know that Bad Nauheim's medicinal waters saved Otto von Bismarck from a leg amputation? Due to poor circulation in his leg, his doctors initially advised him to have it amputated. But after a bathing cure in Bad Nauheim, the unbelievable happened: his leg was saved!

 

Bathing cures with natural carbonated waters are among the best-researched methods of balneotherapy. The Bad Nauheim springs are used as a preventive spa treatment and an accompanying therapy for cardiovascular, vascular and skin disorders. The thermal brine can alleviate back pain and rheumatism and activates the cardiovascular and immune systems.

 

In the Sprudelhof (fountain courtyard), the major and minor Ernst Ludwig springs, named after the Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, come to the surface. They are still in use today for treatments in the clinics and in the tub baths.

 

Drinking springs – even the Romans swore by them

The Romans already drank natural waters with a high content of minerals and active substances to do something good for their health. The drinking cure is therefore one of the oldest known healing methods.

 

Thanks to their carbon dioxide content, water from the five Bad Nauheim drinking springs is particularly easy to digest. Their naturally high CO2 content increases blood flow to the stomach lining and promotes digestion. A drinking cure drains and flushes the organism. Many doctors recommend it in combination with exercise. It is also advisable to take a drinking cure twice a year to detoxify the body. We recommend consulting your family doctor beforehand if you already have a medical condition.

 

The spa fountain, enclosed by a small temple complex, is located in the Trinkkuranlage (drinking cure salon). The newly erected Karlsbrunnen fountain stands on Karlsbrunnenplatz, and the Ludwigsbrunnen fountain can be found in the Südpark by graduation tower III. The Löwenquelle and Sauerbrunnen are located in the Schwalheim district.


Our drinking fountains

Spa fountain

Ernst-Ludwig-Ring 1
 
61231 Bad Nauheim
Fountain information

Source designation: Hydrogen carbonate-rich sodium chloride acidulous spring

Indications & mode of action: Highly effective for bowel sluggishness due to the even higher salt content compared to Karlsbrunnen

Worth knowing:

— pH value: 6.17
— Source temperature: 19.4° C
— Promotes gastric and pancreatic secretion
— Suitable for liver and gallbladder disorders
— Acts as a buffer in the body's acid-base balance due to the high hydrogen carbonate content

Long-term use: Not suitable, only for use as a cure!

Opening hours

The spa spring is accessible during the specified opening hours. The entrance is to the right of the mineral water bar.

Opening hours

Monday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Aus Stein gemauerter, hoher, runder Brunnen mit Wasserhähnen. Im Hintergrund ist ein Gradierbau zu sehen. | © BNST GmbH

Ludwigsbrunnen

Schwalheimer Straße 59
 
61231 Bad Nauheim
Fountain information

Source designation: Sodium chloride hydrogen-carbonate acidulous spring

Indications & mode of action: Ideal against heartburn and stomach acidity, can be used for pH regulation in cases of increased uric acid and gout, and good as a drinking cure for metabolic syndrome

Worth knowing:

— pH value: 5.9
— Source temperature: 19.0° C
— Also good for hypertensive (high blood pressure) and heart patients due to its low salt content

Long-term use: Not suitable, only for use as a cure!

Opening hours

The Ludwigsbrunnen is currently closed for renovation work. We appreciate your understanding.

Eingefasster Brunnen mit rotem Stein. Aus dem Hahn sieht man das Wasser des Karlsbrunnen fließen.  | © Magistrat der Stadt Bad Nauheim

Karlsbrunnen

Am Karlsbrunnen
 
61231 Bad Nauheim
Fountain information

Source designation: Sodium chloride acidulous spring containing hydrogen carbonate

Indications & mode of action: Mildly effective on gastric and intestinal motor functions in cases of bowel sluggishness

Worth knowing:

— pH value: 5.82
— Source temperature: 20.4° C
— Promotes gastric and pancreatic secretion
— Suitable for liver and gallbladder disorders
— Acts as a buffer in the body's acid-base balance due to the high hydrogen carbonate content

Long-term use: Not suitable, only for use as a cure!

Opening hours

The source is freely accessible / always open.

Löwenquelle

Am Sauerbrunnen 5
 
61231 Bad Nauheim
Fountain information

Source designation: Calcium-containing sodium chloride hydrogen carbonate acidulous spring

Indications & mode of action: Functional gastric and intestinal disorders, also for prophylaxis

Worth knowing:

— pH value: 5.63
— Source temperature: 12.0° C
— Suitable as a supplement in iron deficiency therapy due to its relatively high iron content

Long-term use: Not suitable, only for use as a cure!

Opening hours

The source is freely accessible / always open.

Ein eiserner Brunnen mit umlaufenden Wasserhähnen, eingefasst von einer kleinen Maueranlage. | © BNST GmbH

Sauerbrunnen

Am Sauerbrunnen 5
 
61231 Bad Nauheim
Fountain information

Source designation: Calcium-containing sodium chloride hydrogen carbonate acidulous spring

Indications & mode of action: Functional gastric and intestinal disorders, also for prophylaxis

Worth knowing:

— pH value: 5.84
— Source temperature: 12.1° C

Long-term use: Not suitable, only for use as a cure!

Opening hours

The Sauerbrunnen is currently closed for renovation work.

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Contact us

Tanja Aretz | © Magistrat

Tanja Aretz

Healing springs

+49 (0) 6032 343-641 +49 (0) 6032 343-650 tanja.aretz@bad-nauheim.de Hohe Straße 19

Opening hours

Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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