Kneipp water-treading Schwandlift | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Oliver Farys

08 Jul. 2019 · Summer Activities
Katharina Kleiter

The power of Walser water


The Naturkneipp areas in summer are coveted resting areas on the trails. Cool your feet and head on hot days and get the circulation going!

It's here, the summer. and a great one at that For days it has spoiled us with sunshine, blue skies - dream conditions for any outdoor conditions. From the sunrise walk to the Gehrenspitze, the biker round-trip through the Bärgunttal to the cozy evening trip on the Upper Mountain Trail - we can not get enough of the fragrant meadows and flowers along the way, the breathtaking mountain panoramas and the endless summer days.

Kneipp water-treading Schwandlift | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen |Photographer: Oliver Farys

Sometimes, when the temperatures seem to rise again to those hot summer days, we don't immediately think of the next mountain tour, but of a way to find that next soothing cooling. An integral part of our daily routine is therefore - in addition to ice creams and cool drinks - a visit to one of the four Naturkneipp areas in Kleinwalsertal.

After all, what better way is there to cool down than by stepping into the ice-cold Kneipp basin after a hike or cooling your arms after a strenuous bike ride in the crystal-clear mountain water - the pleasant cold feeling lets us relax and recharge our batteries. Kneipping is healthy as well and our absolute tip for the Kleinwalsertal summer.

Forget the last steep ascent and the sweat of the last hours, taking your first steps into the pleasantly cool Kneipp basin let us breathe deeply and come to rest. So that the soothing and invigorating effect of the fresh mountain spring water can be fully experienced, we have a few Kneipp recommendations.

Kneipp water-treading Schwandlift | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen |Photographer: Oliver Farys
  • Take a seat and rest when you are still slightly out of breath from the ascent.
  • Roll up your pants or sleeves and walk slowly through the hips - lift one leg out of the water with each step (stork step!). When cooling the arms, dip to about the middle of the upper arm.
  • Adjust the duration to your coldness - stop when it hurts. Then just wipe off the water - the heat of evaporation will prolong the stimulus.
  • After the bath, re-energize by running, walking, or swinging the arms.

Important: Water treading and an arm bath should not be undertaken within a short time period of each other, since this leads to a sensory overload of the body. It is not recommended for cold feet or hands, bladder and kidney disease, organic heart disease or severe arterial circulatory disorders.

Kneipp water-treading Schwandlift | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Oliver Farys

If that were not enough enjoyment and relaxation, the views of the Naturkneipp areas and the cozy wooden loungers next to the Kneipp area make the whole thing perfect. Depending on which mountain view you want to enjoy, you can choose between the following four areas:

  • Naturkneippbereich Schwandlift
  • Naturkneippbereich Rohrweg
  • Naturkneippbereich Kesselschwand
  • Naturkneippbereich Kurpark

And while we are still stuck with our feet in the Kneipp basin, we ask ourselves: Can this summer actually get any better? Hardly ... 😊

Walser Omgang Breitachweg  | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Fotograf: Stephan Wild

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