Back in 1881 the writer Theodor Fontane recognised the value of this state-approved thermal and mud spa and enthused over its enchanting location. Set on Scharmützel Lake amid the Rauen and the Dubrow hills, the oldest spa resort in Brandenburg has a long and distinguished tradition. Schon seit dem 19. Ever since the 19th century, visitors have been taking health breaks in Bad Saarow to enjoy the excellent air quality and the thermal salt water from the Catherinenquelle spring. After becoming an officially recognised spa (Bad) in 1923, the town further expanded its outstanding healthcare infrastructure. Alongside the SaarowTherme thermal baths, the focal points of a health and fitness break are the spa treatment centre, the resident spa doctors and the renowned HELIOS-Klinik hospital. Visitors to the SaarowTherme can enjoy the thermal salt-water in various pools at 34°C to 36°C and take advantage of physiotherapy and wellness treatments. Another therapeutic treatment using the health benefits of natural mud is an outdoor lakeside moonlit mud bath complete with massage and romantic candlelit dinner. Bad Saarow caters for sports lovers with professional and amateur golf courses, while culture vultures can take day trips to nearby Berlin. The idyllic scenery in the Oder-Spree lakeland region within the Scharmützel Lake conservation area and Dahme Heideseen nature reserve will make visiting this fascinating spa resort an unforgettable experience.