Spas & health resorts in Destination Germany
Bad Elster is a veritable fountain of youth with its three potable springs. For more than 160 years, people have been coming to this beautiful, scenic resort for their health.
The idyllic, state-approved spa resort of Bad Elster, one of the first places in Germany to harness the benefits of mineral-rich mud, enjoys a location in the scenic Vogtland region. Health treatments involving drinking and bathing in spring water focus on the Moritzquelle and the Marienquelle springs, which are close to Badeplatz square. The Moritzquelle spring was referred to as the 'Elstersäuerling' as early as 1531 and is, as such, the oldest spring in the resort.
The town's ensemble of spa buildings is typical of the grand architectural style popular in late-19th century Germany. The Royal Kurhaus and the King Albert Spa are particularly exquisite. Built between 1888 and 1890, the two-storey Kurhaus is flanked by two pavilions. This magnificent example of neo-Renaissance architecture invites comparison with Italian Renaissance palaces. The King Albert Spa is an elegant art nouveau affair which offers no end of mineral baths, jet baths and drinking cures. From here you can walk to the temple of Flora, whose statue of the goddess of springtime and flowers complements the gardens around the boating lake.
Bad Elster is also an ideal base for excursions to the surrounding area. Discover the Saxon Silver Mines Route – Europe's largest open-air museum – or take a trip to Plohn theme park, a great family attraction with a log flume, saloon and Wild West train. Further adventures can be found at Saxony's only natural dripstone cave, tucked away in the Vogtland hills.