Discovery of the Spring
In 1975, a German researcher reported to the mayor of Nieuweschans, stating: “There is healing water underneath Nieuweschans. This means Nieuweschans may become a Spa town”. This news came as a complete surprise to the Dutch, who took their time overcoming their scepticism. So it wasn’t until 1980 that a first test drill was carried out, upon which, at 633 metres below ground, the sought-after ‘Heilwasser’ was discovered.
A professor at the “Laboratorium für Wasseruntersuchungen” in Hannover, requested to examine the Nieuweschans water, awarded it with a very high score according to international standards. The water was characterised as follows: “Chalybeate and iodinated thermal spring water containing high calcium and sulphate levels.” The name of the water was taken from Germany, as no regulation concerning spring water existed in the Netherlands. In Germany, the Deutsche Bäderverband (spa association) establishes standards for spring water.
The Netherlands’ first spa
In May 1985, a public company was formed, and the construction of the Netherlands’ first spa took off. In December 1985, Fontana Bad Nieuweschans was officially opened to the public. Only to be followed by an outpatient’s clinic the year after, where patients suffering from psoriasis could receive treatment under dermatological supervision. By 1986 as many as eighty thousand people had visited Fontana Bad Nieuweschans; a fine reason to consider expansion. And so, by December 1988, a larger outdoor pool, including a reception area, cloak room and resting area was initiated.
In the following years Fontana Bad Nieuweschans expanded to include a hotel, a Sauna Pavilion and various spa studios. In addition to increasing its facilities, our spa centre has developed its service and expertise. Because of this, Fontana Bad Nieuweschans is now a leading and innovative spa centre.