Grand Hotel Bad Ragaz

In the mid-13th century, Benedictine monks discovered hot mineral water gushing from between the rocks of the Tamina Gorge at the foothills of Pizol Mountain, in what is now known as the St. Gallen Rhine Valley. Though the monks’ original bathhouse was a bit treacherous to access—bathers had to be lowered into the gorge by rope or be carried down in sedan chairs—by the 1800s, Bad Ragaz had become home to one of the top mineral-spring centers in Europe, and the site of the continent’s first indoor thermal pool.

Today, the Grand Hotel Bad Ragaz offers plenty of distractions for guests—from golf to gambling—but wellness is still at its heart. In addition to a full medical-health and dermatology clinic, there are two spas—one open to the public, another exclusive to hotel guests—that offer dozens of treatments, multiday itineraries, fitness programs, and thermal springs therapies. With Thermal Water World, Sauna World, bathhouses, and more, you’ll need a few days to explore it all.

Address:Bernhard-Simonstrasse, 7310 Bad Ragaz, Switzerland