Its location on the banks of the Rhine, a mild climate and its proximity to the city of Zurich have ensured that this tranquil gem has gained in popularity over the years as a refuge of recreation and well-being that offers the region an outstanding opportunity to engage in active recreation.
Switzerland's largest open-air thermal baths – an oasis of joy
What attracts most visitors to Bad Zurzach is the famous spring from which the warm healing waters are directly pumped into the thermal baths. The spacious spascape comprises four large outdoor pools with a range of aquatic attractions including massage jets, a flowing water pool, whirlpools, a waterfall and neck jets. The highlight, opened in October 2008, is the "Wohlfühlbecken", which translates as "pool of well-being". This new thermal pool with its gentle jet massage technology, bubbling water grottos, whirlpools, massage seats, numerous massage jets and massage beds, as well as its innovative LED lighting are only some of the outstanding features that make this new thermal pool one of the most modern of its type. The LED lighting is an especially effective optical inducement to a feeling of well-being. Here, a multicoloured spectrum plunges the water into a sensuous sea of colour, giving bathers the feeling of floating in light. The Zurzach baths are in fact Switzerland's largest open-air thermal baths.
A pleasant yet gentle fragrance wafts through the directly adjoining SPA Medical Wellness Center. This complements the thermal area by providing a wide ranging programme of body therapy, beauty and wellness, active health care, fitness and medically monitored physical therapy. Those in need of recuperation greatly appreciate this top modern saunascape with its steam bath, Kneipp basin, adventure showers, "sanarium" and areas for relaxation and fresh air.
Active recreation for the senses
The boundless bliss of the baths is enough to whet your appetite for the stimulation and active recreation provided by such activities as window shopping through the medieval village centre and the market town with St. Verena's Cathedral, and a visit to the castle or to one of the art galleries.
The Thermalquellen Resort's three hotels as well as the Park Hotel all enjoy direct access to the thermal baths. So it's not a problem to wander down from your room directly across to the wellness oasis while still wearing your dressing gown. Visitors keep coming back to Bad Zurzach for more of the family-like atmosphere and warm hospitality that they enjoy in these hotels. Anyone strolling through the resort on a mild summer's evening and seeing the "water symphony" with its colours and music is going to want to linger a while or to start making plans for their next visit to this rather delightful little town.
The sports minded will find their pulse rates rising as they use our fully developed Nordic walking paths, cycling routes and hiking tracks – all in the full knowledge that there is a warm, relaxing soak in a bubbling thermal bath waiting for them when they return from their exertions.
The story of Bad Zurzach spa starts in 1914, when hot spring water was discovered by chance while drilling for salt. Nowadays, you can relax here in Switzerland's largest open-air thermal spa. Thermal water at 39.9°C gushes to the surface every day from the alkaline Glauber's salt spring. At Sal Aqua Natura, the new wellness complex opened in autumn 2013, you can relax in a natural swimming pool, non-nude saunas, a three-storey sauna rig and an intensive saltwater pool. A world of pure pleasure awaits you in the four large outdoor pools with wellness features such as massage nozzles, a flowing bath, crystal steam bath, waterfall and neck jets. Youngsters can splash about in the Papa Moll kids' pool. The wellness hotels at Bad Zurzach feature professional infrastructure, premium personal service and direct underground access to the wellness complex. You'll also find a varied range of health and wellbeing facilities: classic wellness massages, medical wellness and beauty treatments. All this against a lovely backdrop of rolling hills with countless enticing options for excursions, gentle walks or challenging sports activities. Let your body and mind relax as you savour supreme culinary delights in a serene ambience.
- Thermal spa - the biggest thermal spa in Switzerland is the perfect place to relax. Various treatment and wellness facilities help promote health and wellbeing.
- Klingnau Reservoir - a place for water birds to rest and spend the winter and a paradise for birdwatchers.
- Zurzach thermal spa with the new Sal Aqua Natura wellness world – perfect relaxation awaits in Switzerland's largest open-air thermal spa. A varied range of spa and wellness facilities promote health and wellbeing.
- Barrel-organ meeting with antiques and flea market - the traditional Bad Zurzach barrel-organ meeting attracts over 50 barrel-organists and a big audience (August).
- Spring market – a colourful event with a chance to try out new e-bikes and other cycles (April).
- Verena Miracle Play 2014 – a modern open-air theatre performance on the Chilebückli, Bad Zurzach, inspired by the figure of St. Verena (6 August to 6 September 2014).
SBB RailAway leisure shop
Combined offer: journey using public transport and leisure offer (also for existing tickets) to Bad Zurzach