Germany's only Felke spa resort, which is set among vineyards, meadows and forests, attracts many visitors and spa guests to this holiday region.
Bad Sobernheim is associated with unspoilt nature, history and the arts but first and foremost it is known for its Felke treatments, which use curative loam and were discovered by Emanuel Felke. Away from the big-city hustle and bustle, visitors can replenish their energies in the newest official spa resort (1995) in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Active and holistic therapy
The Felke cure, an active, holistic therapy for joint pain, obesity and high blood pressure is used successfully to treat patients at three health and wellness centres. Based on the four Felke elements of air, light, water and loam ('healing earth'), it is combined with physical exercise and a whole-food diet rich in vital nutrients, or therapeutic fasting, to create an effective therapy. The treatments feature Bad Sobernheim's curative loam in the form of loam packs, loam baths and Rasul baths, which aim to detox, purify and restore balance to the body.
On the tracks of Felke
In between sessions, there are lots of places of interest to discover in the town. Felke's life story can be traced at the Priorhof local history museum and visitors can learn how cures were administered 100 years ago in the original Felke hut. In 1992 Germany's first barefoot trail – a 3,500m circuit – was laid out in line with Felke's ideas. Also worth a visit are the large sauna centre, the outdoor pool complex and the ruins of Disibodenberg abbey.
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