Bad Ragaz

There’s more than just healing water therapy to be enjoyed in this small Swiss town.
By Wibke Carter
Photographs Courtesy Wibke Carter

Mankind has been experimenting with water and its healing powers for centuries. In various cultures such as that of the Egyptians or the Romans, thermal water was utilized for its beneficial properties. Bathing was a ritual and social experience; large and beautiful public baths were built with the finest materials as temples to bathing and the sacred waters within. One place with such a history based on wellness through water is Bad Ragaz.

Ever since the discovery of the thermal water in the Tamina Gorge in 1242, when two hunters from the Benedictine monastery of Pfäfers came across warm water bubbling out of the rocks, guests have been coming to this small Swiss town to take advantage of the healing properties of the water. In 1535, a naturalist and philosopher called Paracelsus was the first doctor to testify to the healing power of the thermal springs. “Originally, patients were lowered into the gorge on ropes in wooden bath houses built across the roaring Tamina,” said Astrid Hüni of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz which runs the Tamina Therme pools, open to the public. “The first people wanting to be healed had to stay in the water for seven days.”

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