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Mineral springs

Find the right mineral spring for your indications

A "mineral spring" is a spring that contains so-called "natural mineral water". This water emerges at a depth of several thousand metres and contains a considerable amount of dissolved minerals which have a healing effect. Because of this positive health effect, mineral springs can also be classified in the category of "health springs". Unlike its sisters, the thermal springs, the mineral springs do not necessarily have to be hot to be considered health springs. The essential factor is the mineral content.

In the health sector, cold mineral water is mainly used as part of a drinking therapy. The medicinal water is either transferred to a drinking fountain or poured into bottles and the patient is then prescribed to drink for several days or weeks.

In the following sections you will learn how mineral springs are formed, what their healing properties are, where the most famous mineral springs are located and how to book your trip to a mineral spring.

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Origin of mineral springs

Let us start with the origin of the mineral resources. The answer lies in the water cycle of the earth. Rainwater penetrates the earth as usual, then seeps through several rocks and finally accumulates minerals in deeper layers of the earth. Cracks in the surface of the rocks make the water reabsorb and we can collect it in drinking water springs, for example. There the water can unfold its healing effect during a drinking therapy. Ironically, many mineral springs were not searched for intentionally. In many places a certain spring was only discovered through test drillings for oil.

The curative properties of the mineral springs

In order to understand the healing power of mineral springs, their individual components, the minerals, must be considered. Like us humans, each health resource is very different and therefore should only be chosen with care. The frequency of chemical elements in the source indicates whether or not a water can be useful for a particular health condition. In the following, we will introduce the most common elements in mineral springs with their positive influence on the organism. Remember that these micro- or bulk elements do not always exist in such an undefined form. They often belong to other elements such as oxygen or chlorine and are then present in a chemical compound.


The mineral sulphur or its ionised form sulphate is mainly used to aid digestion. Sulphur helps with constipation, stimulates the liver, gall, and pancreas and prevents the development of certain urinary stones. Sulphur is also said to have a positive effect on rheumatism and joint diseases.


For problems with bones or muscle diseases, drinking patterns with mineral water containing magnesium are often prescribed. Magnesium can also help with stress, fatigue and/or migraines.


Like magnesium, calcium guarantees stable bones and teeth. It also counteracts osteoporosis.


Natrium is said to have a healing effect on rheumatism and skin diseases such as neurodermatitis or psoriasis. It also regulates the water balance and is therefore suitable for treating headaches and increased sporting activity.


You probably know fluoride from the dentist. And rightly so: it protects against caries and ensures strong teeth.


Calium is used to treat muscle problems. In addition, a sufficient potassium intake is recommended for high blood pressure. The patient's risk of stroke is significantly reduced.


The element iron is known for its healing properties for stress, migraines, and fatigue. But it is also often used to treat allergies and urological and gynaecological diseases.


For back pain, rheumatism, or joint diseases, a therapy with the right dose of radon can be a good choice.


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Iodine is mainly mentioned in connection with the treatment of thyroid diseases. But it can also relieve allergies and breathing problems.


Manganese is the insider tip for diabetes. Manganese deficiency is also associated with osteoporosis.


The healing power of boron has not yet been well researched. However, there is evidence that boron is involved in the body's own production of oestrogen, testosterone and vitamin D. Its medicines are mainly used to treat osteoporosis and gynaecological or urological conditions.


Silicon is known as a remedy for skin diseases such as neurodermatitis, psoriasis, or anti-aging. It can also be used for brittle hair or nails.

Carbon, carbon dioxide

Look out for carbonated or fizzy health water if you suffer from digestive disorders or diseases of the urinary tract and/or bladder.


Zinc heals muscles, skin, teeth and hair. It can also help with stress, tiredness, and lack of concentration.


Lithium is also known as a "super mineral" for the brain and soul. As a result, it can be used in stress, burnout, fatigue, and lack of concentration.

In the table you will find further references to the minerals mentioned:

Indicators for mineral waters

5 important mineral springs in Europe

Finally, we would like to present five important mineral baths in Europe.

The Donat spring in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia

The medicinal water from Rogaska Slatina in Slovenia is also called "genie from the bottle". 300 mg of magnesium are contained in 0.3 l of water from the Donat spring. This corresponds to about ten bananas! The spring reaches a depth of 600 m and contains calcium, sulphates and bicarbonates in addition to magnesium.

Geyser spring in Karlovy Vary, The Czech Republic

The Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary has a total of 79 health springs. However, one of the most famous mineral springs is the "Karlsbader Sprudel" (geyser spring in Karlovy Vary). The spring is located in the centre and pours an average of 2,000 litres of mineral water per minute. It reaches a height of up to twelve metres.

Mineral springs in Bad Kissingen, Germany

Many of the Bavarian spas and health resorts also have considerable mineral springs and an amazing history of drinking therapies. Visit Bad Kissingen, for example. Here you can enjoy the healing water in a magnificent foyer. It is based on seven mineral-rich healing springs, the waters of which have been used to treat various illnesses for over 500 years.

Medicinal waters in Bad Hévíz, Hungary

Bad Hévíz is one of the most famous places for mineral springs in Hungary and, just like the spa towns presented above, has a long tradition of drinking therapies. With Salvus, Parádi, Ferenc József, Mira and Hunyadi János, there are five different types of medicinal waters, which can be drawn from several wells in the Hévíz drinking hall. The most common treatments are liver diseases and digestive disorders.

Sulphur and thermal springs of Montegrotto Terme, Italy

The idyllic Montegrotto Terme was already known to the Romans for its important thermal and sulphur springs. There is a total of six springs here, which rise at a depth of up to 3,000 metres and supply nine thermal baths. Main indications are chronic rashes, gout and syphilis. The beautiful landscape and the mild climate also ensure a high degree of relaxation.

FAQ Mineral springs

How do I book my holiday near a mineral spring?

Do you like one of the 5 places and would like to book your holiday near a mineral spring? Then you are probably thinking about a drink therapy or a health spa therapy. In order to find the perfect offer, it is best to talk to your doctor, who can recommend the right length and treatment for your indications. You can also search for advice on our health condition overview Depending on the period of your trip, we can then give you individual suggestions. We look forward to your enquiry!

Where can I find mineral springs?

Mineral water often collects in wells. Even today you can meet your needs at one of the many mineral springs in Budapest or in the region around Stuttgart in Germany, where the largest mineral water springs in Europe can be found.

Is there a difference between healing water and mineral water?

Unlike mineral water, natural healing water is not an aliment but is authorised as a medicinal product. There is scientific evidence that the ingredients of the water have healing and preventive effects. This is also subject to very strict testing.

Where does natural mineral water originates from?

Natural mineral water is, as its name suggests, a natural product. It’s rainwater that penetrates into the ground and is filtered, and purified through various layers of rock and soil. The water collects under a protective layer and is then carried from the depths. The mineral water is drained directly at the source. It contains different compositions of natural minerals and micro elements.

Why is mineral water good for the body?

Besides the fact that the body needs the liquid, mineral water contains natural minerals that the body cannot produce itself. Because the minerals are already dissolved in the water, the body can easily use them.

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