The Healing Power of Water: Tirol’s Best Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities

Last updated 11.08.2020MarionMarion
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There’s much more to water than just drinking it. From finding sleep to waking up, from skin tightening to stimulating circulation – Sebastian Kneipp, father of modern hydrotherapy, has created over hundred useful techniques to combat a variety of diseases and blemishes: hydrotherapy can have refreshing, soothing, calming and harmonizing effects. Here we have rounded up Tirol’s best Kneipp water therapy facilities.

„Water contains healing; it is the simplest, cheapest and – if used correctly – the safest remedy.“

– Sebastian Kneipp

1. “Frauenbrunnen” Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities in Tarrenz

Located directly on the scenic Gurgltal Cycle Path, “Frauenbrunnen“ (literally ‘women’s well‘), is best known for its well water rich in radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. Formed from the natural radioactive decay of uranium, radon occurs in small amounts in spring water, streams, and the air. The healing effects of radon’s Alpha radiation include reducing skin conditions and rheumatic disorders and alleviating chronic inflammation and pain.

Radon well water has been known to help with skin conditions. © Rudi Wyhlidal

The water treading basin at “Frauenbrunnen” Kneipp Facilities in Tarrenz. © Rudi Wyhlidal

The “Frauenbrunnen” Kneipp Facilities are located on the cycle path and make a perfect rest stop for weary cyclists. © Rudi Wyhlidal

2. Scharnitz Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities

At the gateway to Karwendel Mountain Range, between Isarsteig and Kreidegraben, is where you will find the Kneipp Facilities of Scharnitz. An arm bath and relaxation loungers are just the right places to relax after a demanding hike. The water treading pool is filled with Isar River rock stones that were retrieved from the Inn River. Erosion went to work and over millions of years wore the Isar rock stones, shaped by glaciation and the tumbling waters of the primeval sea. If the stones are wet, they show layer upon layer of brilliantly colored sedimentary rock – which is a feast for the eye.

With each step, take one leg completely out of the water for 30 to 60 seconds – like a stork’s gait. © Olympiaregion Seefeld

3. Kronburg Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities

The newly designed Kneipp Maze is situated between Kronburg Inn and Klösterle Building. The Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities are filled with fresh water from their own source. After water treading in the Kneipp pool, take a walk on the reflexology footpath in the maze to massage and stimulate acupressure points on the soles of the feet. Walking barefoot ensures reflexive strengthening of the abdominal organs, strengthens the muscles of the feet, tendons and ligaments, prevents fallen arches and flat feet and helps relieve stress. A cold arm bath is strongly recommended, too: This water therapy can also be referred to as the healthy cup of coffee as it stimulates without over-stimulating.

The Kneipp Maze with water treading pool at Kronburg. © Barmherzige Schwestern Zams

4. Salzbach Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities in Leutasch

The Salzbach Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities are focusing on the health-promoting power of water. The water in the walking pool does not exceed 18 degrees Celsius. Water treading stimulates the circulatory system, promotes circulation, strengthens the immune system and helps combat migraines. In addition to the Kneipp water therapy facilities, there is also a Barefoot Trail that offers a sensory experience. The benefits of walking barefoot include improvements in balance, proprioception, and body awareness and the strengthening of the muscles of the feet, tendons and ligaments. For little ones, there is a cool water play area with water wheel, pump and fountain.

The Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities run through Salzbach Stream. © Olympiaregion Seefeld

For little ones, there is a cool water play area. © Olympiaregion Seefeld

5. Zammer Lochputz Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities

Lötzbach Creek plunges over cliffs of limestone, laid down many million years ago. It takes a half day for the water from its source high up on the mountain to cascade down over the weather-scarred rocks of the Zammer Lochputz Gorge into the Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities. Walking through the cold water in the wading pool with a railing down the middle leaves you refreshed and full of energy.

6. Kufstein Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities

The Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities are located at the heart of the Kufstein greenbelt recreation area, close to Wilder Kaiser Nature Reserve. Enhance the benefits of the hydrotherapy that the large Kneipp water pool provides and experience various sensations and textures while giving your feet a massage along the Sensory Path. Suited for all ages, from toddler to grandparents, the Motorik Park on premises features 18 stations that seek to develop motor skills in 33 creative exercises. Plus, there is a designated area for non-locomotor skills like bending, reaching, stretching, and balancing.

The large Kneipp Water Treading Pool in Kufstein.

The Motorik Park was designed to improve motor skills for all ages. © Michaela Seidl Photography

7. The Kneipp Bath in Telfs

The Kneipp Water Therapy Facilities lie next to quaint Ropferstubm Inn in Buchen near Telfs and are fed with cold water from their own source. With four water treading pools, two arm basins and a floating relaxation platform surrounded by lush forest, this is an improbably gorgeous place to revitalize and relax.


Herbalist Priest, Water Doctor…Who was Sebastian Kneipp?

Sebastian Kneipp’s successes and naturopathic philosophy are closely connected with his life story. Kneipp was born on May 17, 1821 as the son of a weaver in Bavaria, Germany. Early on, Kneipp developed a desire to become a priest. While a theology student, he contracted severe tuberculosis, a disease thought to be incurable. Applying the principles of the healing powers of water, as discussed in a book by Johann Sigmund Hahn, Kneipp cured himself of the disease. He did so by immersing his body in the ice-cold water of the Danube River for a few seconds several times a week. Completely cured of tuberculosis, Kneipp completed his studies at the age of 31 and shortly thereafter, he became a priest. After he had managed to heal his illness with cold water hydrotherapy, his spirit for research was kindled. He deepened his knowledge and administered his forms of treatment to patients for the first time. Using his water applications, he even cured an entire herd of cattle of foot and mouth disease. Kneipp dedicated the remainder of his life to expanding his knowledge on the healing powers of water and medicinal plants and began forming his systematic set of beliefs. One of the forefathers of naturopathic medicine, Kneipp, created a holistic life concept which sees the human being, his life habits and his natural environment as an inseparable and well-balanced unity.

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