Thermalbad and Spa Zurich: Historic Brewery Converted Into a Luxury Spa [Gallery]

NEW YORK | Monday, December 12th, 2011 5:12pm EDT

One of the most important Zurich’s industrial monuments, the Hürlimann Brewery, has been re-built into a luxurious spa called Thermalbad.

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Swiss are quite famous for many things and innovations. Besides an impressive banking they also have a great landscape. Located in the Alps that territory is filled with pure springs and rivers containing thermal waters filled with minerals best for beer and health.

Combining both these elements can only be found here, in Zurich. It is an old brewery that has been recently unlikely transformed and re-opened as the Thermalbad and Spa Zurich.

An excellent preserved building from the previous century called the Hurlimann Brewery is now being used for a different type of activity. The old infrastructure has been changed a lot and now guest can swim freely in and out of the old brewery.

One of the most dramatic changes has undergone the roof. This place is now converted into an angular shaped swimming pool with warm temperatures that can reach up to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or 41 degrees Celsius.

People now can enjoy their time spending it inside warm chambers with wooden paneling and low light decorated with extra comfortable sitting alternates with exposed stone walls with the original arches and access paths. In these chambers lighting is brighter and white tinted. Food and drinks can be served from the bar and its related areas.

 The center includes different types of pools, some of them in the old stone cellars as well as an all-year open outdoor area on the rooftop with a view over the city and towards the Alps. The spa offers to the people living in that relatively cold area an opportunity to get relaxed and swim at the highest comfort standards set up in a unique place full of history.

There are also a lot of positive reviews about Thermalbad: “In Zurich I want to relax and found this SPA. I just visited the warm pools and found it super. The pool on the root is the best ever. You can see half Zurich feeling like flying over the city and when sunset comes it is a unique atmosphere. Got out relaxed and happy inside there is also a nice bistro.”

“Deep inside the mountain, swim in a hundred years of barrel vaults in huge drums made of wood, according to the barrels to the former brewery and enjoy hot water in any form with massage jets, bubble seats, spa bath, massage-Strasse, whirlpools and a relaxation area with shallow water zone,” was written on some website, offering to visit this unusual place.

“Other highlights include the emerald-bath, a meditation pool with underwater music, steam bath and Kneipp zone. As an absolute highlight, enjoy outdoors on the roof of the brew house all year bathing in the open air with a breathtaking panoramic view over the city of Zurich and the mountains.”

Besides, the source provided some information about the services: Saunas, Steam Rooms, Pools, Children Allowed, Lap Swimming, Towel / Robe Rental, Private Rooms Available, Special Sauna Rituals, Massage, Body Scrub and Beauty Service. Besides the spa center, there are also many places in Zurich that also worth visiting.

You can also enjoy your time, spending it at Sihlcity, shopping and leisure center that provides restaurants or bars or, the “Asia Spa” wellness center with Japanese springs and a meditation pool. For a change of pace, there are also movie theaters and nightclubs to choose from.

And, in case your want to have a spirit rest, a must-be-visited place for you is Kunsthaus Zürich, in other words Museum of Fine Art.

This place houses the most important collection of modern art in Zürich and international works of significance painters such as Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Picasso, and leading Expressionists. There is also a group of works by Claude Monet and Marc Chagall.

In addition to modern artistic trends represented by Rothko, Merz, Twombly, Beuys, Bacon, and Baselitz, visitors can discover a wide choice of pop-art works. An audio guide gives background information on 200 “highlights” of the collection.

Well, it seems Zurich definitely worth visiting! Dear readers, have you ever been in Zurich?! Do you like it?! Tell us in the comments below. [Thermalbad and Spa Zurich via Zuerich and Knstrct]


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