The heathland town is best known its Jod-Sole-Therme spa, served by a mineral spring containing iron and iodine. This is used exclusively for inhalation and bathing. Patients with musculo-skeletal illnesses, rheumatic diseases, (Link zu Medizin -> Herz- und Gefässerkrankungen)cardiovascular disorders (/link) and degenerative diseases of the spine and joints come to the spa to reap the therapeutic benefits of its waters. In the 1970s, an outstanding complex of hotels, spas and clinics grew up around the iodine-rich saltwater spring of the only mineral spa in the Lüneburg Heath. Clinics in Bad Bevensen specialise in fields such as neurology, orthopaedics, geriatrics, coronary diseases, psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy, and enjoy an excellent reputation across the whole of northern Germany. At the same time, the town fairly buzzes with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, with artisans, bric-a-brac markets and (Link zu Musik -> Jazz) jazz concerts (/link)galore. It's also worth checking out the surrounding area: why not visit bustling Lüneburg with its delightful narrow alleys that cast visitors back to the Hanseatic town's salt-producing heyday, take a boat down the Ilmenau river for myriad views of the heathland's ever-changing scenery, or even take things up a physical notch on a Nordic Walking trail through some of the sprawling mixed woodland that surrounds Bad Bevensen? It's the perfect way to combine health and recreation in a single holiday.