History of Spa
From the early days of holiday-making to a today's modern spa
The first holidaymakers came to Bevensen-Medingen at the end of the 19th century. Especially visitors from Hamburg enjoyed the quiet "spots" on the eastern edge of the Lüneburg Heath for relaxing and invigorating summer holidays.
The town of Bevensen, as it was known then, made great efforts to expand and develop tourism and the quality of services and facilities. This lead to the certification of the town as an official health resort in 1929. In the same year, Bevensen was officially given his town privileges.
After Word War II, and especially in the 1950s, tourism was developed further and Bevensen set out to become an official state-approved Kneipp health resort. No one knew then that below the local heaths there was a much more significant asset for the future of Bad Bevensen and the whole region.
In 1964, DEA, a German oil company (now part of Shell) was drilling for oil on the outskirts of Bevensen when they suddenly struck a hot spring. Exciting days and weeks began for Bevensen's mayor and the administration. Major decisions had to be made.
These decisions were made with great foresight and laid the path that lead to unprecedented and rapid growth from a small village for summer holiday excursions to one of northern Germany's leading spas.
In 1968 the foundation was laid for to the development of an iron and iodine saline thermal spring in today's spa center. In that same year the construction of the spa began.
Spa since 1975
An important milestone was the year 1975. In that year, the town achieved recognition by the state as an official spa. A year later, the name of the town was changed from Bevensen to Bad Bevensen.
Surrounded by extensive spa gardens in the floodplains of the Ilmenau River with its old trees, the spa is at the heart of all spa and holiday events. Since its opening in 1970, the spa has been expanded and adapted to meet the changing needs of its guests.
In addition to spacious meeting and recreation rooms and a cure facility, guests can enjoy the Iodine-Saline Spa. The water temperature of the two nearly 1000- square-meter outdoor pools is 32 degrees Celsius. The large indoor pool and therapy pool have water temperatures of 32° and 34° C. The balneum is a sauna complex that meets all desires. The main focus here is the health and well-being of its guests.
Following its comparative analysis of health resorts in 2003, the European Tourism Institute in Trier (ETI) gave Bad Bevensen highest marks in the field of medical competence and spa facilities. Along with Bad Zwischenahn, Bad Pyrmont and Bad Harzburg, Bad Bevensen ranks top among health resorts in Lower Saxony.