Saxon Baths museum Bad Elster

Already in 1880, the »Alte Bad« (old bath) became the »Baths museum Bad Elster«, which thereby became one of the first such institution of its kind in western Saxony. Since 1997, the museum has been located in the former "Salzquelle" or salt spring, in today's KunstWandelhalle, and was reopened as the »Saxon Baths museum Bad Elster« with a permanent exhibit. Today, the museum presents two groups of themes, which depict the impressive development of the most traditional Saxon state spa "From weaver village to world-renowned spa".

  • An adventure for big and small:
    the entertaining exhibit in the Saxon Baths museum

The exhibit of "Elster's splendour" on display in the bright rotunda illustrates the historical dimensions of this development within European spa culture. The heyday of the Sächsische Staatsbad are presented in a playful and impressive manner, and interesting stories of and about the famous spa location are told: prominent guests and patrons, architectural and cultural history, as well as municipal distinctions are told to visitors in a fascinating and modern museum production, which turns your visit into an adventuresome, historical discovery tour.

While conceptualising the exhibit, it was important to show guests and visitors the history of Bad Elster as an exciting, playful time travel journey. The Royal Saxon splendour of the history, paired with a "lovingly charming delusion of grandeur, were valuable aspects that contribute to the visit. With modern multi-media installations, a very successful "architectural reel" and an artistic garden game, historical and architectural features can be experienced within the exhibit. Visitors may also reflect famous guests and be entertained by sanguine episodes from the edge of society.

You have to experience it!

  • Natural remedies are fascinating:
    the mysterious world of swamps and water

In the new cellar of the exhibit, visitors dive into the mysterious world of swamps and water and proceed to search for the origins of this fascinating development. A view below the state bathhouse!

The 'health springs,' with their healing powers and geological origins, form the basis of one of the oldest swamp and mineral healing baths in the middle of the world-renowned bath region between Saxony and Bohemia. In addition to insights into the preparation of the moor mud and the healing applications, the geological aspects are presented clearly, and water, with its countless applications and healing effects, is presented. The visitor also has the opportunity to inform himself of the geographical and historical aspect of the spa region between Saxony and Bohemia in this "overwhelming underworld".