Wiesbaden's first orthopaedic recuperation facility opened way back in 1836. The city's long tradition as a centre of healing has much to do with its 26 hot springs,
which earned the regional capital of Hessen international fame as a spa resort in the 19th century. At the turn of the century there were already several clinics operating in the former ducal town, carrying its reputation as a spa town out into the wider world. Today the hot springs are an essential element of medicinal and balneological treatments for patients with various complaints. As a result there are numerous specialist hospitals and rehabilitation centres in Wiesbaden, and the city is a recognised centre for the treatment of rheumatic and orthopaedic diseases. In addition to Wiesbaden's range of medical treatments, many hotels boast access to their own thermal springs and offer a varied range of relaxing wellness therapies. Spa complexes such as the Kaiser-Friedrich and Aukammtal thermal baths offer visitors the chance of some serious rest and relaxation. The high standard of healthcare, combined with outstanding wellness facilities, has made Wiesbaden a superlative holiday destination. Moreover the Hessian capital, situated as it is in the heart of Germany, is particularly easy to reach with a well-developed infrastructure. The city can also be proud of its entertainment and leisure activities that cater to every desire.