The large number of mineral springs of South Tyrol are considered to have a healing impact on body and soul - an overview.
Image gallery: Healing springs in South Tyrol
- Upper Val Pusteria:
More than one healing spring can be found in Anterselva: In Anterselva di Mezzo, only a stone's throw from the parish church, there is the Hartmannsbrunnen fountain, in Anterselva di Sotto, there is Salomonsbrunn, which is considered healing for gynaecological disorders. In Santa Maddalena in the Val Casies, there is the "Gsieser Badl", its healing springs are effective against rheumatism, muscle and pain in the limbs. Five springs belong to the Wildbad in San Candido. Lavaredo is effective against stomach inflammations, the Kaiserwasser against gastric ulcer and kidney stones and is available in bottles as mineral water, the sulphur spring counters arthritis and gynaecological diseases and is used for inhalations against asthma, bronchitis and skin diseases, while effectiveness against debility, muscle cramps and gynaecological diseases is attached to the iron source of the Antonius fountain.
- Val Pusteria valley:
Another healing spring is located in Villa Santa Caterina near Brunico. In Issengo, there is a little chapel that was built on a healing spring against eye complaints.
- Valli di Tures and Aurina valleys:
In Gais, there is also an ancient bath of the 1930s, with a drinking water spring and a bathing spring, to counteract stomach trouble, nervous affections and ulcer. The mineral spring can be found in the forest behind Neuhaus Castle.
- Alta Badia:
Two healing springs are located in Badia and Marebbe.
- Valle Isarco valley:
The healing spring of Bagni di Brennero near the Brennero pass was first mentioned in 1400, the local ruler Sigismund, Archduke of Austria, and his spouse Eleonore from Scotia sojourned in this place in 1460. Also illustrious guests such as Henrik Ibsen, Richard Strauss, Franz Lehar and Leo Fall stayed here. In the surroundings of Bressanone, there are the Plose spring, as well as the "Elvner Badl", to which curativeness with upset stomach is attached.
- Alpe di Siusi:
Bagni di Razzes in Castelrotto originally comprised four springs that used to be combined according to the deficits: cold sulphurous water, warm sulphurous water, cold and warm chalybeate water, as well as the peculiarities of the spruce needle baths, practised until 1962.
- Bolzano and surroundings:
At Santa Geltrude near Bolzano there's another healing spring.
- Merano and surroundings:
The thermal water of the spa town of Merano comes from Mt San Vigilio near Lana and has been pumped since 1966. The thermal water is a clinically tested mineral water, which is proven to have a curative effect. The water is collected in a 1,200 m long tunnel between 1,503 and 1,483 m asl and arrives at the Merano Thermal Baths: thanks to its properties and ingredients, the thermal water is particularly suitable for the treatment of chronic respiratory diseases and rheumatic joint problems, furthermore it is used for thermal inhalations and thermal baths.
- Val Venosta valley:
In South Tyrol, there are also mineral springs that protect against vermins and pests, that is to say in Stelvio at the healing springs of St Ulrich parish church. A healing spring against high temperature is located at the Medarus church in Tarces, Val Venosta. Widely known is the sanctuary Tre Fontane (Three Fountains) in Trafoi, considered to be effective against storm damages, eye complaints and gynaecological disorders. Relief is only achieved if you drink from all three springs.
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