Tarasp, Trinkhalle,1843. Photo: Wikipedia.

Spa in Scuol-Tarasp

Bath and drinking cures are among the oldest known healing practices, already known to the Romans.

More than 20 springs bubble from the rocks in Tarasp and Scuol (canton GrauSünden). Tourist development began in 1841 when two entrepreneurs leased the springs of Tarasp and were allowed to build a park and prepare the springs for consumption on a large scale.

Around 1843 the Büvetta drinking hall (Trinkhalle) was built. The Kurhaus was completed in 1864 and wealthy guests came to the spa in large numbers.

The hotel had 300 beds with the most modern comfort and beautiful rooms and lounges. A drinking hall with shops, salons, large vaulted windows, a massive rotunda with columns on high marble pedestals was completed in 1876.

However,  guests stayed away after 1914 and the decline of the spa and bathing facilities could not be stopped.

The representative architecture still bears witness to the splendour of the heyday of spa tourism in Engadine. (Source: Verein pro Büvetta, Tarasp, 2015).