The Sächsische Staatsbäder GmbH has 10 state-recognized healing springs in Bad Elster. These include the Marien and Moritz springs, the salt spring and the Elstersäuerling.

Benefit from the numerous minerals and trace elements that are contained in our healing springs in dissolved form and can therefore be absorbed particularly well by the body. The characteristic combination of minerals and the naturally occurring carbonic acid, which is unique to each healing spring, determine the effect on the organism.

Opening hours

Marian spring

November – March: 

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / 13.30:17 p.m. – XNUMX p.m

April – October:

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / 14 p.m. – 18 p.m

Moritz source

April – October

Mon. – Fri. 12 p.m. – 17 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 17 p.m

Interesting facts about the creation of healing water

Natural healing water is created by the slow percolation of rainwater through different geological rock layers. It is cleaned, filtered and enriched with minerals and trace elements. In this enriched deep water, carbonic acid is released by solidified magma from past volcanic activity.

The following table gives you an overview of the most important ingredients of the Bad Elster springs and their positive effects on the body:

carbonic acid

  • Promotes blood circulation to the skin and other organs, thus ensuring a better oxygen supply to the body
  • Stimulates stomach and intestinal function and thus promotes digestion
  • Increases the production of gastric juices
  • Has a blood pressure regulating effect


  • Promotes relaxation and thus helps reduce stress
  • Prevents muscle cramps
  • Relieves headaches
  • Supports cardiovascular functions


  • Important for insulin production
  • Involved in the formation of bones and cartilage
  • Supports cell protection, metabolism and energy supply


  • Has an acid-neutralizing effect and therefore helps with heartburn
  • Anti-inflammatory in combination with magnesium and calcium
  • Increases uric acid excretion and thus prevents gout and kidney stones


  • Strengthens bones and teeth
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • Involved in the conduction of muscle impulses and in blood coagulation
  • Regulates cardiac activity
  • Helps with chronic inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract


  • Supports the digestive system, gently stimulates the intestines and naturally eliminates constipation
  • Detoxifies the liver and stimulates bile
  • Recommended for the treatment of urinary tract infections


  • Is essential for the construction of red blood cells (hemoglobin), for the transport of oxygen and thus for the entire energy metabolism and the immune system
  • Increases performance and general well-being


  • Regulates the water and acid-base balance
  • Has a blood pressure regulating effect
  • Involved in the excitation of nerve cells


  • Strengthens bones and tooth enamel
  • Prevents tooth decay

Application of mineral healing water

Due to their chemical composition and physical properties, Bad Elster's healing springs are suitable for drinking and bathing therapy. When using the medicinal water for bathing and drinking, strict regulations under the Medicines Act must be adhered to. Among other things, medicinal waters must contain dissolved substances in a concentration of at least 1.000 mg per 1 kg of water. The healing water in Bad Elster, for example, contains a lot of natural carbon dioxide (more than 2.000 mg/l).

Even in ancient Rome, bathing was not only cultivated for reasons of body care, recreation or relaxation, but was also said to have healing effects back then. For example, the buoyancy of the water significantly relieves the strain on muscles and joints, thereby alleviating pain. In addition, warm healing water generally promotes relaxation and ensures general well-being. Carbon dioxide baths have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and naturally reduce elevated blood pressure. Mineral baths support metabolism and help with deacidification. The high levels of carbonic acid in the Elsteran mineral springs also make bathing a bubbling experience. Try it!

During the drinking cure, the healing water is drunk regularly over a longer period of time for therapeutic purposes. This form of treatment was prescribed for numerous illnesses until the 20th century. Drinking regularly, medicinal waters can prevent a mineral deficiency or compensate for an existing deficit. Depending on their mineral composition, St. Mary's, Moritz, salt spring and Elstersäuerling alleviate problems of digestion, metabolism, kidneys and urinary tract, promote recovery and compensate for mineral deficiencies.

The combination of minerals and the naturally occurring carbonic acid, which is unique to each healing spring, have a positive effect on the organism. Due to their chemical composition and physical properties, Bad Elster's healing springs are suitable for drinking and bathing therapy. When using mineral healing water for bathing and drinking, strict regulations under the Medicines Act must be adhered to.

Marienquelle 1Marienquelle 3Moritzquelle 1Magpie soursopSalt spring
Sodium sulfate chloride bicarbonate sourdrinking source/bathing sourceSodium sulfate chloride bicarbonate acid drinking source/bathing sourceIron-containing sodium-sulfate-chloride-bicarbonate acid drinking source/bathing sourceIron-rich sourdough drinking spring/bathing springSodium sulfate chloride bicarbonate acid drinking source/bathing source
Sodium (Na+) in mg/l63022185040,5965
Potassium (K+) in mg/l16,97,720,41,825
Magnesium (Mg2+) in mg/l30,918,342,619,545,1
Calcium (Ca2+) in mg/l42,229,554,47,658,4
Iron (Fe2+) in mg/l16,712,424,53218,6
Manganese (Mn2+) in mg/l0,620,550,830,670,60
Ammonium (NH4+) in mg/l0,150,160,05<0,050,06
Fluoride (F-) in mg/l0,340,310,210,210,29
Chloride (Cl-) in mg/l42915355821,9632
Sulfate (SO2-) in mg/l64325490339,11017
Nitrite (NO2-) in mg/l<0,005<0,005<0,005<0,005<0,005
Nitrate (NO3-) in mg/l<0,5<0,5<0,5<0,5<0,5
Hydrogen carbonate (HCO3-) in mg/l458214603223682
(including undissociated substances) in mg/l230794030593863446
Carbon dioxide (CO2) in mg/l1832737203618242165
< = cannot be determined quantitatively using the specified method, below the associated limit of quantification. These analyzes were carried out at the Laborunion Prof. Höll & Co. GmbH Bad Elster institute.
Bad ElsterMarienquelle 1Marienquelle 3Moritzquelle 1Magpie soursopSalt spring
Stomach dysfunction
Heartburn, bloating, belching
Stimulating digestion
Stimulating the bile and pancreas
Blood lipid metabolism disorders, diabetes melltus, gout
Kidney and urinary tract
Prevention and (follow-up) treatment of urinary stones (except cystine and urate urinary stones)
Chronic urinary tract infections
Flushing of the kidneys
Iron balance
Iron deficiency and increased need

Mineral healing water treatments

Benefit from the wide range of health offers. Whether with a mineral or carbon dioxide bubble bath, you can use the combined medical expertise for your health.

Carbonated bubble bath

You bathe in natural, carbonated mineral healing water that is up to 34 degrees warm, in an original copper tub, where you absorb the natural carbon dioxide through your entire skin.

Duration: first application 15 minutes, from the second application 20 minutes + rest time

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Daily offer of healing water

Experience pure relaxation and health with our “Daily Offer Healing Water”.

Included: 1 x carbonic acid bubble bath, 1 x AquaThermoJet (overwater massage) and much more

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Mineral bath

You relax in an original copper tub filled with warm mineral healing water at up to 38 degrees.

Duration: first application 15 minutes, from the second application 20 minutes + rest time

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Whether as a daily package, a short trip or a feel-good vacation – rest and relaxation are already guaranteed. The natural remedies are already perfectly coordinated and put together for you.

As part of an outpatient spa treatment, you will receive the medicinal water baths as prescribed by one of our spa doctors or with prescriptions from your family doctor or specialist. You can also purchase the mineral or carbonic acid baths privately as an individual treatment or included in one of our offers of your choice. Experience the invigorating effect of therapy with our natural carbonated mineral healing water as part of a health and vitality week or with our classics.

History of the healing springs


First documented mention of the village of Elster


Analysis of the Elster sourling (Moritzquelle)


Discovery of new mineral springs when laying the Elster stream bed


First warm mineral water baths in a simple wooden shed


Elster becomes the Royal Saxon state bath, the first bathing season opens


Opening of the first massive bathhouse and the bathing colonnades with the King's, Albert's and Mary's springs


Construction of the foyer with the Moritz and salt springs


Development of a further eight mineral springs (moor meadow springs)


Completion of the new foyer with salt and Moritz springs


New version of the Marienquelle


Reopening of the salt spring, which has been closed for decades, after the renovation of the Wandelhalle


Re-opening of the historic Marienquelle

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