Abtenau healing water

A real fountain of youth

Abtenau healing water

The deeply cut Lammertal, the numerous caves in the Tennengebirge, countless streams, rivers and lakes: the abundance and primal power of water can be seen and experienced at every step in Abtenau.

In 1863 a thirsty hunter discovered the two Abtenau springs. At that time the hunter was quite surprised by the salty, bitter taste. It quickly became clear that this was a very special type of water.

It is an inconspicuous rock crevice, almost five kilometers from the center of Abtenau, from which the Rupertus and Anna springs gush. Their water is particularly rich in sodium, potassium, chloride and sulfate.

The people in the Lammertal knew about its healing properties over 100 years ago. In 1871 what was then the "Zwieselbad" was built around the spring, whereby the healing water was mainly used for inhalations, drinking cures and baths.

From 1930, the healing water was then even bottled, labeled and sold and could thus also be used outside of Abtenau for drinking cure applications.
But then the Abtenau bath was increasingly forgotten. As part of a clinical study by the Institute for Ecomedicine at the Paracelsus Medical Private University Salzburg the Tennengau health treasure is now being brought back to life.

The results of this study show that the sodium-calcium-chloride-sulphate mineral spring acts like a real fountain of youth. The combination of exercise on the mountain and bathing in Abtenau's medicinal water strengthens the immune system and increases physical and mental performance over the long term.

Abtenau thus offers the best conditions for a health holiday with a long-term effect.

Bathing like in 1890

Abtenau wants to use the old mineral spring for tourism and get into health tourism. It shouldn't be one of the many wellness offers, but a real health offer. The primary goal is to convince people that they are doing something good for their health when they go on vacation in Abtenau. "You shouldn't come when you are already sick."

Unfortunately, there is currently no adequate infrastructure for bathing in Abtenau's medicinal water, but a holistic and sustainable concept for a fountain of youth competence center is already being planned.

The healing water from the Rupertus spring is to be channeled into the town center and thus made more usable for tourists.

A new healing water fountain is being built in the town center so that in the future the special water can not only be taken away from the center.

A fountain of youth holiday in Abtenau should be possible for everyone from 2022!

The healing power of water
A study with the PMU (Paracelsus Medical Private University) proves the health benefits.

140 elderly people between 65 and 85 years of age completed a program with certain mountain hikes for a week and then bathed in the water of the Abtenau spring, says the scientific director of the PMU study, Arnulf Hartl.

"We found out that a combination of exercise and daily bathing in Abtenau's medicinal water strengthens the human immune system and improves the sense of balance, which is particularly important in old age," says Hartl.

Fountain of youth hike

In combination with exercise in the fresh air, the healing water has a positive effect on the immune system.

This can be experienced on a guided “Fountain of Youth Hike”. On a slightly demanding hike, you can already learn a lot about the healing springs, their history and effects. The final point of the hike is the healing springs in the Abtenau district of Hallseiten, where the water is tasted and bottled in small bottles. The Hike takes place in summer, as part of the weekly Hiking program instead.


Im Summer 1863 head forester Hermann Ringel was busy with some assistants at the foot of the "Zwieselalm" with surveying work. They came to a spring, the water tasted salty-tart. He suspected a healing spring and informed the duke of Baden's valet, a certain Herr Heuss, about it. This believed in an economic use and requested an investigation of the water. He took out a loan and acquired the meadows and forest, including the barn, from "Oberschwaighof". 

Already 1871 a hotel with baths, the so-called "Zwieselbad" before "Handelhof" was built. The healing waters of both the St. Rupertus spring and the Annen spring are particularly suitable for inhalations, drinking cures and baths (sodium, calcium, chloride and sulphate mineral springs - the first balneological report from April 7, 1893 provided information about the healing effect). The first successes were confirmed as early as 1891. The quality was rated even higher than that of Karlovy Vary springs. Due to the high capital investment, however, economic success failed to materialize and the property was auctioned off. Since the predicted frequency of use did not materialize either, there were several changes of ownership. 



1913 Peter Robert Badrutt, pioneer in the development of St.Moritz, took over the property. He arranged for the house to be adapted to the most modern standard (52 rooms, electrical lighting, central heating, tennis court, telephone connection, 6 bathing cabins).

1926 The "Deutsche Eisenbahnergewerkschaft" acquired the property, which resulted in a considerable economic upturn.

Ab 1930 the healing water was also bottled and sold. 

1956 The "Kurhaus Abtenau - Bad - Ges.mbH" took over the property, in 1963 it passed to the "Salzburger Jugendferienwerk".

1965 a drilling for salt was carried out by order of the saline. Since the result was negative, the work was stopped after almost 700 m. The geologist involved in this, however, suspected thermal water at a depth of around 1.000 m.

Already 1967 the owners negotiated with the municipality about the construction of a drinking fountain or a drinking room in the town center.

The development plan from the year 1973 provides a sanatorium in the center.

With sales contract dated 16.12.1997 the municipality of Abtenau has acquired both healing springs (daily pouring 148 m³, officially recognized as healing deposits in 1961).

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