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Quellness. History of bathing in Graubünden

Special exhibition on Graubünden bathing culture


27.04.2024 to 15.09.2024 from 10:00 to 17:00 o'clock
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Raetian Museum

Early on, sources were shrouded in myths and places of religious practice. The oldest evidence of this in Graubünden is the Bronze Age spring of St. Moritz. Since the 16th century, naturalists have described the healing properties of mineral-rich springs and analyzed the composition of the water. Spa doctors prescribed extensive drinking and bathing cures for a wide variety of ailments. The first spa guests had to climb into gorges and bathe for up to ten hours a day. In the 19th century, therapies became shorter and modern spa houses were built, which also advertised leisure activities.

In the course of the 20th century, the healing springs and baths lost their former importance due to new methods of treatment with medicines. On the other hand, bathing played an increasingly important role in everyday life for hygiene and personal hygiene. The private households were equipped with running water and bathtubs. Public bathing establishments were established to promote health through the sport of swimming. For several decades now, thermal baths and mineral baths have once again become popular tourist destinations. Wellness and lifestyle offers promise relaxation for body and soul.




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