Heiltherme Bad Waltersdorf Spa in AustriaThe world famous Heiltherme Bad Waltersdorf Spa has been around for 20 years and is known as one of the most powerful mineral springs in Austria.  

Its main attraction is the subterranean healing thermal waters that bubble constantly and spring fresh out of the ground from 1,600 feet below. The waters steam out at 143.60 F (62 degrees Celsius). The spa chills the waters to a comfortable 82.40 F (28 degree Celsius) and then pipe feeds the thermal waters into the spa’s seven pools.

The waters are known to help rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative rheumatism, enhance the function of the immune system, and help revive people who are stressed and feeling exhausted. It also good for the skin, strengthens muscles, tones connective tissue and activates the body’s self-healing powers and its own protective mechanisms in the face of numerous illnesses.

During my whirlwind trip to Austria, My friend, the Austrian singer and actress Dalal Buchmann and I swam in each pool. Each pool has a slightly different benefit. Quite honestly I wanted the pool with the least old men in it. 

Besides the waters, there are also other “healing” services, like the Alpha lounger room with vibrating chairs (keep your mind clean folks). It uses a combination of blue color, shape and light with alpha sound waves, to create ultra-deep relaxation.

Apparently Dalal and I “slept” through two cycles. We woke up to a page: “Will the two ladies in the pod get out. Others need to use it.” OK, not quite like that but we needed to skedaddle out of there, because we were hogging all the good vibes.

Revealed as a New Yorker

After our “out of consciousness” experience we went to the giant outdoor pool that had several water massage stations. Each station sprouted out water that would massage a different part of your body.

You’d stand in front of one station and when a bell rang, everyone (there were about 50 of us) moved over a few feet to the next massage station, like well-trained robots. No one talked.

Of course, it struck me as funny, so I tried to suppress my laughter. The couple across from me just smiled as if to say, “Please control yourself, lady.” But the man next me saw me trying to stifle a snicker. “You must be from New York.”

“Yeah, how can you tell? I didn’t say a thing.”

“Your carefree attitude. I do business in New York and I can spot a New Yorker from a mile away.” So there I was labeled and marked in the healing pools.

Next stop on my whirlwind trip to Austria: Getting to know Dalal’s family, learning about beekeeping and celebrating Labor Day and climbing a castle wall.