Baden-Baden's tradition as a spa resort dates back over 2,000 years. The Romans, who were the first to appreciate the health benefits and healing powers of its hot springs, established the first baths here as long ago as AD 69. There are a total of twelve thermal springs in Baden-Baden with therapeutic powers that remain undiminished today. The water bubbles up from 2,000 metres below ground and contains minerals such as lithium, caesium, silicic acid, boric acid, manganese and magnesium plus traces of cobalt, zinc and copper. Spa visitors bathe in the restorative water to alleviate a variety of illnesses including cardiovascular, rheumatic and joint disorders, although metabolic ailments and respiratory conditions also reap lasting benefits. During the belle époque Baden-Baden enjoyed a reputation as Europe's summer capital and its international renown continues to this day. Baden-Baden water is used in a variety of bathing, drinking and inhalation therapies. and two other thermal pools – the modern Caracalla Therme and the historical Roman-Irish Friedrichsbad – offer relaxation and invigoration. Baden-Baden is a quality-certified spa resort and has won awards for the quality of its drinking water. Whether it's a spa clinic, spa hotel or wellness hotel – all offer a wide range of exclusive treatments tailored to individual needs.