Bad Düben spa resort
Welcome to Bad Düben, the southern gate to the Düben Heath nature reserve, right on the bank of the Mulde. This pretty spa town lies between the cities of Leipzig, Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Torgau, roughly 30 km from each. All the roads and paths come together at the foot of Düben Castle, where you take some time to enjoy a stroll through the historic old town. Lovingly renovated buildings and small, elegant shops, cafés and restaurants will tempt you to linger. You can find a treat for your eyes and your stomach with an ice cream, coffee or tasty snack on the terraces in the old town. What's more, the town hall on Marktplatz, which was only recently renovated, has an entertaining feature: every hour on the hour, two billy goats butt heads beneath the clock. The tower of the 12th-century church of St. Nicholas rises well above the rooftops of Bad Düben and can be seen from far and wide. An unmistakeable landmark of Bad Düben is the 1000-year-old Düben Castle, which both the town and the surrounding region are named after. This historic building is closely associated with names such as Hans Kohlhase, Heinrich von Kleist, King Gustav Adolf II of Sweden, and Napoleon. The castle now houses the Düben Heath Landscape Museum and features a restored ship mill in the former moat. Alongside the usual tourist and nature reserve information, the new nature reserve visitor centre hosts a multimedia exhibition created by the Düben Heath nature reserve on the topics of "Experience Wild Animals/Beavers", "Home and Nature" and "Climate Change".
Over 100 years ago, the discovery of a rich deposit of moor mud led to the establishment of a mud bath here. The therapeutic properties of mud are still recognised at the HEIDE SPA Hotel & Resort spa & wellness centre today. Here, you can immerse yourself in Saxony's world of wellness, be pampered from head to toe and enjoy spa culture in a sophisticated atmosphere. It's just a short walk in your bath robe from the four-star wellness hotel directly to the different relaxation and treatment areas. You can learn all sorts of fascinating facts about this natural remedy on a tour of the moor discovery garden. Take off your shoes and socks and step into the moor wading pool to feel the beneficial effects for yourself.
On a stroll through the adjacent spa gardens, you can tread historic paths and enjoy the outdoors in peace. The spa gardens were established in 1848 and were among the first public pleasure grounds in Germany. With their fountains, flowers and rhododendron plants, small treatment facilities, a barefoot path and a wonderful variety of trees, the gardens are an idyllic oasis of relaxation. They encircle the Waldkrankenhaus (forest hospital), a specialist orthopaedic hospital and rehabilitation centre with its specialist cardiology, neurology and orthopaedic clinics. Since its renovation, the traditional Kurhaus Hotel & Restaurant in the middle of the gardens is an inviting place to linger over culinary delights and enjoy the spa's summer concerts.