Badl: South Tyrol's Hay and Water Baths
Bathing culture has a long tradition in South Tyrol. Relaxing farmers’ baths and spas were particularly popular, much loved by locals and visitors alike around the turn of the century.
South Tyrol’s numerous natural springs yield mineral-rich water. Depending on the composition of the minerals, the effect of the baths can be relaxing, soothing to the skin or pain relieving. The 32 recognized mineral-water springs are a true source of health. Even today, South Tyrol’s Badln represent a unique and authentic regional and alpine spa treatment.
Hay baths also have a rich tradition in South Tyrol. Sources report that as early as 140 years ago, formers would lay in the hay to help them recover from heavy work. The hay bath was a source of energy and had a beneficial effect on joint pain. The special hay used for baths contains a wide array of herbs and wild flowers. When hay is heated up, the intense fragrance of the mountain herbs within is exuded into the hay bath.
The following specialized companies offer baths with hay and mineral water:
At the Hotel Aqua Bad Cortina, you’ll find the first bath of silver quartzite rock with elements from soothing Swiss stone pine. The mineral water for the baths comes from the hotel’s own spring, which is located 400 meters from the hotel.
The water used at the Hotel Bad Schörgau is derived from a source that contains iron and sulfur, located at the mouth of a nearby gorge. The baths are enriched with Sarner Dwarf Pine, a good old South Tyrolean farmers’ remedy.
Bad Salomonsbrunn Hotel has offered baths containing radon since the year 1559. This special water comes from a source 50 meters behind the hotel.Bad Bergfall
At the historical Bad Berfall the tradition of bathing in sulfurous water dates back to 1720. The bathhouse adjacent to the hotel is a wonderful place to relax.
The sulfurous mineral springs the Bad Moos Hotel baths have been known since 1650. The source is located at an elevation of 1,950 meters, and the water has especially good mineral content.
The health benefits of farm-fresh Alpine hay, medicinal herbs and special essential oils from the surrounding area provide for relaxing baths in a quiet and idyllic location.
Verleierhof is located in a quiet spot overlooking the Sciliar/Schlern Massif. The untreated alpine hay, from Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm, promotes wellbeing and supports the immune system.
The Bad Schüsslerhof in the Aurina/Ahrntal Valley specializes in hay baths. The hay used comes from the farm's own alpine meadow at an elevation of 2,200m.Naturhotel Moosmair
Naturhotel Moosmair, a hotel steeped in history, offers hay baths using hay from the alpine pastures. The main herbs here are gentian, yarrow, arnica and St. John’s wort.Hotel Heubad
Fiè allo Sciliar/Völs am Schlern
This hay bath station was established back in 1903 with the help of the local municipal doctor. Today the Heubad is a modern hotel.
The Jochgrimm Inn is one of the oldest Heubadln in South Tyrol. Hay therapies, which are particularly good for rheumatism, have been offered here since 1860.
The family-owned Alphotel Stocker ***s focuses on health and relaxation. Here you will find South Tyrolean hay baths, an exclusive hotel spa with an indoor pool, herbal baths and much more.
At the “Alpenbadl Oberfraunerhof” you can enjoy an original hay bath in the freshly cut hay or a conventional hay bath in special bath tube. The hay derives from alpine mountain pastures at an altitude of 1.600m until 1.950m.
A historical source says: „It ist he most original and most traditional bath“ in the Alps, one of the most effective baths in its area. The bath-structure was built in 1820 in the heart of the Dolomites.
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