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Kneippen in Saale-Unstrut or how to find refreshing springs

Kneipp with watering can (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial

Kneipp and refresh in Saale-Unstrut

Health is always a topic for everyone. It's nice that Saale-Unstrut also has something to offer in this regard. In addition to several graduation works including the saline facilities, we have several Kneipp facilities and score points with our hiking recommendations to refreshing springs that bubble up from the earth or rock. We present soothing Kneipp walks and hikes to cool springs as an alternative to the hot summer. Kneipp is the order of the day!

Who was Sebastian Kneipp?

 

You have certainly heard of Sebastian Kneipp - at the latest if you have ever passed a Kneipp treading pool.

With his writings on the healing power of water, the therapist, who was actually a Roman Catholic priest, triggered a veritable spa boom in the 19th century. This was also the case in Saale-Unstrut.

We have three spas and other places where Kneipp is practised.

Bust of Sebastian Kneipp in Bad Bibra (c) Verbandsgemeinde An der Finne
Bust of Sebastian Kneipp in Bad Bibra (c) Verbandsgemeinde An der Finne

Kneipp in Bad Bibra: treading water and a city walk in one

The small town Bad Bibra in the Saale-Unstrut-Triasland Geo-Nature Park was already appreciated by the Dukes of Saxony-Weissenfels. The dukes were attracted by the ferruginous spring water. They regularly travelled here for spa treatments. Health-promoting springs still exist today and are encountered all the time. The Kneipp Association and the Tourist Information Office are happy to pass on their knowledge about Kneipp (and how to do it properly).

Alternatively, an individual city walk takes you to springs, fountains and Kneipp facilities. It is about three kilometres long. At the beginning of the tour, an exhibition in the Old Town Hall provides information about Kneipp and the former fashionable baths of the Dukes of Saxony-Weißenfels. The health fountain is already bubbling at the bathing area. It cannot be overlooked because a pavilion covers the town's oldest ferruginous spring. The spring feeds the neighbouring water treading and arm bathing pool - here Kneipp is possible at any time. Just a few steps further, in the Bärenpark, you will find another Kneipp facility with a water treading pool. The tour ends in the romantic Stadtwald Aue, where two more historic springs refresh everyone passing by.

Extra tip
From May to October, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m., guides welcome you to Kneipp walks starting at the Tourist Information Centre. Or how about a Bookable arrangement around the topic of Kneipp?

Kneipp in Bad Bibra (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
Health Fountain in Bad Bibra (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
Resting at the health fountain in Bad Bibra (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
Hiking trail along the Heilandsbrunnen in Bad Bibra (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
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See, hear, smell: with the audio guide to the Bad Kösen graduation house

Natural healing springs attracted Edvard Munch, Theodor Fontane and Franz Liszt to the spa town. Bad Kösen. This is all thanks to the salty brine that was once used for salt production. The historic saltworks are still preserved and are still used medicinally today. Particularly recommended is a visit to the Gradierwerk. Anyone walking along it can smell and feel the brine: The small droplets of brine that trickle over the blackthorn brushwood refresh the skin and smell like the beach and the sea because the air is enriched with salt. Patients with respiratory diseases especially appreciate inhaling outdoors. And below the graduation house, the Saale river rushes over the weir... it all has something of the sea about it.

Extra tip
Für individuelle Rundgänge durch die historische Altstadt und das Gradierwerk verleiht die Tourist-Information Audioguides. Auch Führungen für Gruppen zur Ortsgeschichte und Salinetechnik werden angeboten. Noch mehr thematische Führungen finden Sie auf unserer Webseite unter dem Suchbegriff „Bad Kösen“.

The Bad Kösen graduation works offers a special brine experience (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
The Bad Kösen graduation works offers a special brine experience (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
Gradierwerk Bad Kösen, aerial view with neighbouring Saale (c) Alex K. Media
Gradierwerk Bad Kösen, aerial view with neighbouring Saale (c) Alex K. Media
Saltworks in Bad Kösen (c) Alex K. Media
Saltworks in Bad Kösen (c) Alex K. Media

Here everything revolves around the brine: graduation house, vines and Bad Sulza drinking hall

Brine mist, drinking brine and brine sweets: Also in the Bad Sulza brine spa you will encounter the healing power of salt and water again and again. Today, the health resort attracts the health-conscious. The eight-kilometre Bad Sulza Wine Trail combines the most important brine stations. Just behind the Thuringian Wine Gate, the trail leads to the Louise graduation house. Here you can take a deep breath while walking along the trickling water.

The associated atomiser hall is exciting. Very fine brine mist blows through it - and while you fill your lungs with salty air, you have to be careful not to lose your bearings: The brine mist is so dense that you soon can't see your hand in front of your eyes. But don't worry! No one is really lost in the room...

You will reach the spa park via the vineyards. We definitely recommend stopping at the Trinkhalle and being brave: In the Trinkhalle you can try a glass of Trinksole - who dares? The Tourist Information offers another local speciality: brine sweets made from Bad Sulza brine and sugar from Zeitz, produced by the Zeitz sweets man. It doesn't get more regional than this.
Kneipp is also possible in Bad Sulza. Just before the historic Inhalatorium, which now houses the tourist information, you will find the Kneipp pool. Cooling down guaranteed!

Extra tip
If you would like to know how the Bad Sulza brine and the Zeitz sugar found each other, take a look at handmade Saale-Unstrut over.

Bad Sulza Trinkhalle c sut Transmedial
On the way to the drinking hall in the spa gardens of Bad Sulza (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
Brine drinking cure in the drinking hall of Bad Sulza (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
Brine drinking cure in the drinking hall of Bad Sulza (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial

Hiking from the Geiselquelle to the Geiseltalsee and taking a little dip

Mining shaped the Geisel Valley for almost 300 years. Where once a gigantic open-cast hole gaped, today lies the Lake Geiseltalsee. The namesake watercourse winds through the village as it once did. Mücheln and the Geisel Valley. leads from the source of the Geisel in St. Micheln to where the Geisel flows into the lake in Mücheln, a relaxed five-kilometre hike. The Geisel spring is at the start of the tour and offers refreshment on hot days: there is a water treading pool around it so you can Kneipp to your heart's content.

Cooled down and energised in this way, the journey continues. The destination is reached via the moated castle of St. Ulrich and the freely accessible baroque garden and landscape park of St. Ulrich. In the Marina Mücheln, the day can end in a café or with a boat trip.

Extra tip
From the Marina Mücheln, you can easily get onto the Geiseltalsee circular route. It is perfect for cycling around the lake. In Mücheln and the neighbouring town of Braunsbedra, there are several bicycle rental shops.

View of the Marina Mücheln (c) Sven Runkelt
Geiselquelle in Mücheln (c) Sandra Reinicke
The Apostle's Spring in Mücheln is discovered on the hike (c) Sandra Reinicke
The St. Ulrich Baroque Garden and Landscape Park is part of the Garden Dreams in Saxony-Anhalt network (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Walk at the Geiseltalsee (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
The MS Geiseltalsee offers round trips (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Between Mücheln and Braunsbedra lies the Urpferdchen maze (c) Saale-Unstrut-Rourismus e.V., Falko Matte
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Cooling off at the Klopstock Spring near Schulpforta

Nothing for Kneipp, but to wake up the weary spirits. In the Middle Ages, the Cistercian monks of the Pforta Monastery near Naumburg created the Little Saale River. The monastery later became the famous Pforta State School. However, the spring on the rock just before the entrance to the monastery grounds was only uncovered in the 17th century to supply the school with drinking water. The poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock also studied at Schulpforta between 1739 and 1745. So far, however, no one has been able to find out why it was given his name. In the 19th century, however, it is already known by this name.

If you want to get to the Klopstock spring, we recommend the Bismarck Tower circular trail. The path, which is just under four kilometres long, leads through wooded and mountainous terrain. If you start in Schulpforta, it is easy to park your vehicle in the car park at the visitor reception. Once through the monastery grounds and then through the round-arched portal in the former monastery enclosure, off onto the path through the greenery. The Klopstock spring is not far away. Then continue up to the Bismarck Tower, which invites you to take a break in its beer garden and enjoy the view. The way back is downhill to the Pforta State School.

The hiking trail to Schulpforte goes along the Kleine Saale (c) Saale-Unstrut-Triasland Geo-Nature Park
The hiking trail to Schulpforte goes along the Kleine Saale (c) Saale-Unstrut-Triasland Geo-Nature Park
Inscription at the Klopstock spring near Schulporte (c) Saale-Unstrut-Triasland Geo-Nature Park
Inscription at the Klopstock spring near Schulporte (c) Saale-Unstrut-Triasland Geo-Nature Park
A rest is possible at the Klopstock spring (c) Falko Matte
Hiking trail near Schulpforte, rest area at the Klopstock spring

Schönburg geological trail: from the spring to the castle 

Downstream from Naumburg, a 50-metre-high red sandstone rock rises above the Saale with the late-Romanesque Schönburg. A scenically varied nine-kilometre geological trail leads active hikers past meadows and vineyards, across fields and through deciduous forest up to the castle. Right at the beginning of the hike, it is worth taking a look at the Moses Fountain from 1626, where the water flows directly from the rock. At the end, the unforgettable view over the Saale valley and hearty dishes in the Burgschänke for the steep climb up to Schönburg Castle.

From the tower of Schönburg Castle, hikers can enjoy a magnificent view of the Saale Valley between Naumburg and Weißenfels (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
From the tower of Schönburg Castle, hikers can enjoy a magnificent view of the Saale Valley between Naumburg and Weißenfels (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
Rest on the geological trail around Schönburg Castle opens up fascinating views from all directions (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
Rest on the geological trail around Schönburg Castle opens up fascinating views from all directions (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
It is also possible to stop for refreshments in the courtyard of Schönburg Castle (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial
It is also possible to stop for refreshments in the courtyard of Schönburg Castle (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Transmedial

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