About wellness with children and other adventures
Nowhere else in Switzerland the thermal water is so rich in minerals as here. More than 900,000 liters bubble out of its 18 springs every single day. The public thermal spa was demolished. Now, the quarter along the Limmat is being upgraded. A new thermal spa is to be opened in 2021. Until then, however, it is still a great place to have a bath.
On this Sunday, we pack our swimsuits and set off to enjoy an outdoor family wellness day in the spa town. With healthy thermal water, “foot baths”, punch, and all… A spa day for all ages, open to everybody and completely free of charge.
Our first highlight is the “Promenadenlift” that takes us down to the Limmat. We stroll along the river in direction of the baths district Bäderquartier. On the go, we collect large pieces of tree barks, (and later give them to our imaginary friend, the beaver), we play fetch with a small dog and feed the goldfish at the “Tränenbrünneli” (Fountain of Tears).
Notice: The cozy outdoor café “Kajüte” is open from May to August. Tip: Try the Flammkuchen (tarte flambée) – it’s delicious!
Free thermal baths in the heart of the town
A little later, we arrive at our first destination: the Bagno Popolare, a pop-up spa on Kurplatz, next to the building site. The bath is a highlight – especially on cold days like today. At that’s why we aren’t alone.
Tip: Preferably come early in the morning or after sundown. It’s particularly beautiful under the starlit sky.
We find a spot in the 38°C-warm water. It’s worth mentioning that I, who is always freezing, almost always find it too cold for a dip. But 38°C is – even for me – the absolutely ideal water temperature. I’m surprised how long the kids stay in the water. To be honest, they would still be there, if we hadn’t eventually lured them out. In the changing room, where you’ll also find a toilet, we do a quick towel-dry, get dressed and set off to our next destination.
Since recently, there is also a hot pot in front of the legendary Hotel Blume, which is open to the public and completely free of charge. It’s in operation during winter.
Tip: Be sure to admire the Atrium, make a wish at the wishing well, and plan a dinner here. The vibe is wonderful and the food simply delicious.
We’re lucky, we have the hot pot to ourselves for a whole hour. Conclusion: The kids have the time of their lives in this beautiful wooden tub filled with thermal water, and flood everything within a radius of two kilometers. We adults enjoy our time here, too. With a little “bell”, we can place our order at the hotel, and a little later, punch, coffee, and a snack are brought directly to the tub. Wonderful.
Later, much, much later, we dare to get out of the warmth and into the cold. For CHF 2.- we can use the showers and the beautiful changing rooms of the hotel.