© Achim Meurer

Spa and Health resorts

A National Park region with spa tradition

© Achim Meurer

There are four health resorts in Saxon Switzerland that combine classic spa traditions with modern health and well-being ideas.

Wonderful nature, clear air and the discovery of healing sources led to a rapid development of the spa industry in Saxon Switzerland in the 19th century. This great health resort tradition still today ensures the guarantees for the high quality treatments offered here.

Bad Gottleuba-Berggießhübel

© Marko Förster

The traditional twin health resort Berggießhübel-Bad Gottleuba lie where Saxon Switzerland and the Eastern Ore Mountains merge and are embedded in the idyllic valley of the Gottleuba Stream. The original mud spa of Bad Gottleuba and Saxony’s first Kneipp health resort Berggießhübel united in 1999 to form the town of Bad Gottleuba-Berggießhübel. To this day, there are two traditional rehab clinics and spas providing everything for a fast and sustainable regeneration and rehabilitation. Hiking, for instance on Forellensteig Trail or to a nearby water reservoir, provides active recreation. Regular cultural events or a session in the salt barn or at the underground lake in Marie-Luise-Stolln Museum Mine wrap up your time-off in this twin health resort.


Bad Gottleuba-Berggießhübel

Bad Schandau

© Felix Meyer/ Elberadweg

Bad Schandau, a health resort in the Kneipp tradition is located in the heart of Saxon and Bohemian National Park region and is surrounded by bizarre cliff tops, unspoilt woods and romantic natural brooks. State-approved as an official health resort as early as in 1800, Bad Schandau is the region’s oldest spa. Even during Sebastian Anton Kneipp’s lifetime (1821-1897) a spa facility here provided treatments according to his methods. In 1920, Schandau was allowed to add the official title “Bad” (bath or spa) to its place name and in 1926 the town was awarded the official title of a “Kneippkurort” (Kneipp Health Resort). Today, Bad Schandau boasts of two rehab clinics and excellent spa hotels. With its idyllic location at the Elbe River it is considered a hotspot of health and spa applications in Saxon Switzerland.


Bad Schandau

Kurort Rathen Health Resort

Kurort Rathen© Achim Meurer

Kurort Rathen Health Resort is situated below the famous Bastei Bridge right in the centre of Saxon Switzerland National Park. This traffic-calmed town of 400 inhabitants is just the right place for those searching for a respite from everyday routine in unspoilt nature. Countless certified and perfectly maintained hiking trails run between sandstone cliffs and wild romantic gorges and address the needs and desires of all visitors. There are lots of great views to be discovered by hikers and walkers, not only from the famous Bastei Bridge.


Kurort Rathen

Gohrisch Climatic Health Resort

© Yvonne Brückner

Gohrisch, Saxony’s first approved climatic health resort, is situated on an elevated plain above the Elbe Valley. Its low-irritant climate provides ideal conditions for an optimal recovery and a retreat from the stressful everyday routine. A unique phenomenon in all of Europe are the isolated table mountains typical for the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. There is a whole lot of them - Gohrisch Mountain, Kleinhennersdorf Mountain, Lasensteine Mountains, Spitzstein and Katzstein Mountains - surrounding the community of Gohrisch and its districts  Cunnersdorf Village, Kleinhennersdorf Village, Gohrisch Health Resort and Papstdorf Village.


Gohrisch Climatic Health Resort

Hohnstein - “State approved recreation place”

Hohnstein© Achim Meurer

This place, with its castle and old town centre is steeped in ancient history, borders directly on Saxon Switzerland National Park and offers optimal conditions as a starting point for hiking and climbing tours in the National Park. Embedded in the unique beauty of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains’ wood, rock and water scenery, the town of Hohnstein with its cultural offers provides many options for hiking, exploring and recovering.


Sebnitz - “State approved recreation place”

Sebnitz Blick von der Finkenbaude© Bernd Grundmann

Its diverse surrounding landscape makes the town of Sebnitz a particularly attractive leisure and recreation place. The town districts located around Sebnitz are especially suitable for athletic as well as relaxing outdoor activities. A well-waymarked and extensive network of hiking and cycling trails invites the visitor to explore the close surroundings of the city. The main visitor magnet is Saxon Switzerland National Park with its bizarre rock formations. Sebnitz town district Hinterhermsdorf Village is Saxon Switzerland’s first place to be certified as “family-friendly holiday resort”. One of the most popular trip destinations is a punt ride on Obere Schleuse Dam Lake. In addition, there is the Kirnitzschtalbahn Tram which has been transporting passengers from Bad Schandau to Lichtenhainer Wasserfall (water falls) since 1898. It is the only tram in use that carries passengers into a National Park. Sebnitz is Saxony’s biggest state-approved recreation place.




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