Discover Germany | Special Theme | Focus on Zurich – The City’s Highlights of 2019
The thermal bath Thermalbad & Spa Zurich: the roof bath.
Mountain panorama or Zurich city flair
Relaxing at Switzerland’s most beautiful spots Ancient civilisations already knew about the healing and relaxing properties of water. The mineral bath and spa Rigi Kaltbad, in the middle of the Swiss Alps, and the thermal bath Thermalbad & Spa Zurich, relate to this tradition and offer guests a relaxing bathing experience in exceptional surroundings. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN I PHOTOS: AQUA-SPA-RESORTS
The origin of the Thermalbad & Spa Zurich lies deep down below the city: here, the legendary ‘Aqui’-well springs from the earth, which supplies the bath with warm water full of minerals. The mineral water was once the basis for the locally brewed Hürlimann beer and the brewery’s centuries-old vaults are today part of the spa. Here, guests can bathe in large wooden barrels. The journey takes guests from the vaults right up to the top of the roof: from the emerald bath, over the meditation bath, steam bath and Kneipp zone, up to the roof bath under the open sky with a spectacular view over city and mountains. 44 | Issue 70 | January 2019
One of the highlights is the ‘Irish-Roman’ spa ritual. “Here, different ancient bathing cultures have been combined in a unique, relaxing cleansing ritual,”says Merve Kutay, director of marketing and communication at AQUA-SPA-RESORTS AG, which runs both spas. A certain sequence of rooms and treatments first warm up the body, then clean it and finally cool it down again. Subterranean bathing with a mountain view An alternative to the city bath lies in the middle of the Swiss Alps: the mineral bath and spa Rigi Kaltbad. It has ties to a
600-year-old tradition, according to Merve Kutay. “In the past, the mineral springs of the cold bath attracted guests from all over the world.” In 2012, the bath with a view over the mountain range was completely refurbished by the internationally renowned architect Mario Botta. The Rigi Kaltbad lies underneath the village square, and glass skylights, formed like crystals, bring in light during the day and lighten up the square at night. The 35-degrees-warm bath, with its large alcoves, is fed by a local spring, the ‘Drei Schwestern Brunnen’. The connected spa area contains, among other things, a herb sauna and a unique crystal bath: the 50-square-metre-large, completely flooded room lies nine metres below the village square. When floating on one’s back, through one of the 3.5-metre-high crystals, guests can look right up to the surface.
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