Wiesbaden’s thermal spring with a long trade tradition…
The Bäckerbrunnen in Wiesbaden was built in the 18th century. It owes its name, which translates as the “Baker’s Fountain”, to the fact that bakers and butchers from the surrounding area used to fetch water from there for their businesses.
The hot water saved expensive firewood. At that time, a barrel of 50 liters cost three pfennigs, later five pfennigs. That made 20 pfennigs for a 200-liter bath. After January 1, 1909, the price was raised to seven pfennigs. Until 1975, the well poured 65 liters of water per minute from its own spring, which flowed from the tap at about 49° C.
The medicinal water is thought to have a stabilising effect on the body. However, it should only be ingested in small doses due to its low but measurable arsenic content.