Waterfalls, lakes and Kneipp facilities in Bruck Fusch

Enjoy an adventure-packed holiday in an impressive mountain setting.

In our holiday region of Bruck Fusch nature is clearly to the fore. The element water accompanies you with each and every step you take.  There are plenty of relaxing excursions on the water available to you here. Let the sun shine on your skin and listen to nothing other than the gentle babbling of the water. Hike to turquoise mountain lakes, thundering waterfalls, along crystal-clear mountain streams and rivers, or to one of the many Kneipp facilities. Immerse yourself in nature and let the invigorating effect of the crystal clear babbling mountain water wash over you. The main facilities are located in Bad Fusch, a former spa town in a mysterious Alpine valley. Water sources to aid various indications feed the old and recently set-up Kneipp pools. Stretch your feet in the ice cold water, let the fresh mountain air blow around your face, discover relaxation and joie de vivre.

Kneipp facilities & snack station in Bad Fusch

If you hike from Fusch on the Badstraße for about an hour, slightly ascending into the Weichselbachtal, you will come to the formerly famous high altitude health resort of Bad Fusch (1,188m). The mystical high valley is a very special place - see for yourself!

 

Today, the former health resort is a popular destination for locals and guests because of its worldly seclusion and lovely landscape.

Various pools for invigorating Kneipp treatments, a small mountain lake, short forest hiking trails that are perfect for exploring the area, a natural maze and a playground for young and old and the "Feel free" viewing platform with a relaxation swing invite you to spend relaxing hours in Bad Fusch. In addition, the snack station spoils you with homemade, regional dishes and cool drinks. 

Bad Fusch #goexplore

The history of the mountain health resorts in Bad Fusch

The "Bad in der Fusch" was already known in the 15th century among the Pinzgauer population. The first people seeking healing were probably farmers from the strongly marshy Oberpinzgau, who at that time often suffered from the "alternating fever". Bad Fusch known as farmer bath attained more and more importance at the end of the 18th century. The 2nd half of the 19th century can be described as the heyday.

 

A great supporter and patron was the Salzburg prince archbishop Friedrich Schwarzenberg, after whom the strongest spring is named "Fürstenquelle". He regularly visited the spa from 1829 to 1843 and owned a house here. He was also an enthusiastic alpinist. Fatal were the avalanche catastrophes that repeatedly struck the health resort. In the 17th century an avalanche from Mitterkar destroyed the church and several other buildings. Therefore the church was rebuilt in 1705 in a safe place. It is consecrated to St. Wolfgang. This can be explained by the fact that Wolfgang cultural sites are often found near medicinal springs. Pilgrimages were also made here.

 

In 1844 an avalanche damaged the church and destroyed the Schwarzenberg house. The damage was repaired. The destroyed equipment of the church was replaced by charitable spa guests. Later, the buildings received natural protection through extensive forest planting. Despite the heavy blows of fate, the health resort gained more and more prestige at home and abroad. At the end of the 19th century, 1,500 spa guests came here during the summer months.

 

The painters of the romantic period soon discovered Bad Fusch as a charming motif. That is why there are also a number of copper engravings and paintings of the "Fuscherbad" from the 19th century, among others Georg Pezold, Friedrich Loos, Heinrich Reinhold, Jakob Alt. The famous poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal also visited Bad Fusch several times in his younger years.

The town experienced a new upswing with the construction of the Badstraße in 1893, and further modernization was achieved by improving the quarters in the two hotels, building a swimming pond, a bowling alley and a tennis court. From Bruck to Bad Fusch, a parking garage service was established and a seasonal post office was opened in the village.

 

Of the eleven healing springs, the Fürstenquelle, which is the most productive, the Augenquelle and the Theresienquelle, whose water fills the pond, can still be found today. In the last few years the Liver Spring dried up. The springs contain only a few mineral components, such as sodium sulfate, magnesium carbonate, silicic acid, etc. However, they are rich in natural carbonic acid and have a constant temperature of about 6.2 degrees Celsius. The water has a refreshing and revitalizing effect. It stimulates the appetite, promotes digestion and blood circulation. The springs were also said to have a healing effect against women's ailments. Patients whose complaints were due to weakening of the nervous system found relief or cure for their ailments here. Drinking cures, baths and mountain air were part of the spa physician's therapy.

 

Soon after the First World War an unstoppable decline began. The unfavorable traffic situation and the strong competition became noticeable. The owners changed several times. Fires ravaged the spa. After the Second World War an attempt was made to revive the spa. Unfortunately, a generously planned project fell hopelessly by the wayside due to financial mismanagement. 

 

Today, the former health resort is a popular destination for excursions because of its seclusion and lovely landscape. Since the construction of this Kneipp facility in 2010, the healing springs have been put to good use again.

Kneipp

Sebastian Anton Kneipp (*17 May 1821 in Stephansried; died 17 June 1897 in Wörishofen) was a Bavarian priest and hydrotherapist. He is the name giver of Kneipp medicine and the water cure with water treading etc. which had already been applied earlier, but also became known through him.

To this day, Kneipp's water treatments are also very popular because of their ease of use. In 2015, the German UNESCO Commission even decided to recognise "Kneipp as traditional knowledge and practice according to the teachings of Sebastian Kneipp" as an intangible cultural heritage.

 

There are several Kneipp options in Bad Fusch: There are two leg and one arm Kneipp basins in our Kneipp basins directly in the facility built in 2010. Furthermore, the Herzal fountain a little above the facility is ideal for invigorating treatments. On site you will find a detailed description that informs you about the correct procedure for Kneipp. 

Grill & Craft Beer Station

Since 2020, Andy and Jonnie have been looking after the physical well-being and best entertainment in the kiosk in Bad Fusch. The two of them spoil you with traditional and homemade dishes from surrounding farms and cool drinks. Famous are the tasty ribs (best enjoyed with refreshing Pinzgau Bräu craft beer from Bruck) and the incomparable bownies, best enjoyed with a delicious Familie-Schärf coffee. 

 

The guys also ensure a varied weekly programme, where you can look forward to guided hikes, yoga or painting courses. You should definitely try the newly installed game "Fusch Ball" - even free of charge with the Holiday Bonus Card!

Kids book "Reggie Mouse"

Jonnie, one of the two tenants of Bad Fusch, is originally from Yorkshire, England and has lived in Pinzgau since 2009, where he worked as a tour guide. A great lover of nature, Jonnie developed a passion for the surrounding stunning landscapes that he now calls home. In 2020, Jonnie finally discovered a place called Bad Fusch, which inspired him to start writing and illustrating his children's book series. As Covid-19 travel restrictions prevented Jonnie from seeing his family in England, he wanted to find a means to share his new discoveries and lifestyle in Austria with his nephew and sister. His book was the perfect medium for this. Jonnie's books tell the story of four animals who live in the forest of Bad Fusch and have many adventures. A light-hearted, humorous but also educational read. 
 
Follow the story of Reggie Mouse and his forest friends Malin the monkey and Sedric the marmot, who discover two strange bipeds in their Bad Fusch forest. To find out what they are doing in their forest, Reggie Mouse and his friends head to Frog Lake to see if Laura Frog might have an answer, because she always knows everything. As they all search for clues, they learn more about the steam and water pools and flowing mountain springs of their forest. Eventually they find the bipeds doing funny stretching exercises and the friends jokingly decide to imitate them.

 

The book "The new yoomans" can be purchased for EUR 10 directly at the Jausenstation Bad Fusch or at one of the two Tourist Infos in Bruck and Fusch. 

In and around Bad Fusch

Bad Fusch has long been more than just a Kneipp pleasure and snack station. Rather, the area is under the motto #goexplore!

 

Where does Reggie Mouse, the protagonist of Jonnie's self-written and illustrated book, live? Who do you meet at the "Music Night" and who shakes a leg best? Discover the surrounding forest, the paths, the history. Visit the small church and the chapel of St. Wolfgang. Listen to the tranquillity in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park while looking at the fish in the pond. Enjoy the children's activity at the playground - or become a child again yourself. Let the effect of the eye spring water work its magic on you and enjoy this special, magical place. 

Versatile reachable

It would be an exaggeration to say that all roads lead to Bad Fusch. But the ways HOW you get close to Bad Fusch are almost limitless.

 

The road to Bad Fusch begins in the centre of Fusch, immediately after the Oberreiter guesthouse. This can be comfortably negotiated by car (no continuous asphalting), (e-)bike or on foot. There are parking facilities on site. Bad Fusch is therefore not only an ideal excursion destination, but also the starting point for hikes, e.g. to the Schwarzkopf (2,764m). This saves mountain enthusiasts the first few metres before heading for higher ground. 

Kneipp facility in Käfertal

There is an impressive Kneipp facility on the Nature Adventure Trail in Käfertal, with a small mountain lake and crystal-clear tributaries. Enjoy your Kneipp treatment along with views to six, three-thousand metre mountains in the Glockner group and let the enchanting natural surroundings take effect.

For the children there is a play area with sand and water, along with a spider's cave, the 'Hexenhaus', hidden water channels and a bird observation tower. Next to the play area, the educational nature trail invites you to head out on a thirty minute stroll – explore this special conservation of larch woodland together with your little ones.

A hike to the waterfalls in Fusch and in the Käfertal, with their ion showers, provides additional well-being for your lungs. Enjoy a day in complete tranquillity, away from the tourist throng. Close your eyes, let your thoughts wander, think of nothing, just be in the here and now and be invigorated by the gentle waters from the waterfall.

'Nepomuk's Path of the Senses'

Nepomuk's Path of the Senses begins in Fusch town centre, from the tourist information office.

It passes the 'Five Pillars of Kneipp', continuing through the idyllic Isidor Griessner Park. The highlight is crossing the bridge at Hirzbach Waterfall. At the foot of the waterfall, lounges tempt to stop for a while and breathe in the water ions. The finish point is 'Holz- und Schausägewerk Mühlauersäge' with its wood museum and information about Bad Fusch. Enjoy an unforgettable day, with wonderful views of our holiday village of Fusch.