At the end of the 2 weeks of teaching in Bad Urach, the girls and I decided to check out the thermal pools that the town was known for. The “Alb Therman” is natural thermal mineral water/hot springs that are used for medicinal and/or health purposes.
The natural thermal-mineral water rises up from 770 meters (2526.25 feet) depth straight into our pool. A bath in pure spring water – a daily output of 1 million liters(264 172.05 gallons) ensures continuous renewal of the 32°C(90F) to 38°C(100F) hot water. (information found on their website…I could never remember that)
As you walk in the door you can instantly smell the warm water in the air. It smells pure, and fresh. There is a fountain at the door that you are supposed to be able to drink from because it is so pure…but the water is warm…and the thought of it grossed me out.
Many people come to these hot springs in order to relax, but some come to treat conditions such as:
- Chronic inflammatory and degenerative joint disease
- Diseases of the spine and back muscles
- Accident treatment and rehabilitation after joint surgery
- Vegetative dystonia and prophylaxis vegetative irritable disorders
- Cardiac, vascular and circulatory diseases
- Neurological diseases
I found these conditions listed on the spa website: http://www.albthermen.de/html/the_thermae.html
There are massage areas, saunas, indoor pools, outdoor pools, hot tubs, relaxation rooms, etc. I remember one of the rooms had really low lighting and smelled of lavender steam.
An interesting fact is that these pools also offer nude bathing, and ‘romantic evenings’.
They also had a snack bar with delicious latte macchiatos
The water was definitely refreshing, and it was a relaxing and at times interesting experience. If you have never been to thermal springs before I would definitely recommend you give it a try.
As with many things that you can enjoy and experience in life and travel the hot springs are worth the visit. The discoveries are endless…..