Löwensprudel - Bad Zwesten, HE, DE
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member André de Montbard
N 51° 02.824 E 009° 10.885
32U E 512717 N 5655074
Quick Description: Wooden round spring house in the Spa of Bad Zwesten in Northern Hesse.
Location: Hessen, Germany
Date Posted: 2/27/2018 2:09:47 AM
Waymark Code: WMXTX6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
The Zwestener sources are a closely spaced group of five mineral springs and two fresh water sources in Bad Zwesten in Schwalm-Eder-Kreis in northern Hesse. They form the basis for the upswing of the town as a spa and health resort. Nationally they became known through the marketing of the "Zwestener Löwensprudel" from 1922 to 2010.

The fact that mineral water from several sources came to light in a swampy area southeast of the village on the road to Niederurff had been known for centuries. The water was used less as drinking water, but rather as a watering place for sheep and geese. Also, the source area served in earlier centuries as a popular rest stop on the old trade route Kassel - Frankfurt, which today passes as federal highway 3 between the source area and the nucleus of Bad Zwesten. It is reported that the Grimm brother Ludwig Emil Grimm in 1824 on "Suerborn" (Zwestener dialect for "sour well") was. A first documentary mention of the source can be found on a map from 1769.

In 1912/13, the first holes were drilled at the source, which had dried up due to faulting, and the first analysis of the spring water. In 1914, the first stone source was created to a depth of 20 meters; at the same time, at a depth of 8 meters, the remains of an earlier enclosure of hollow oak trunks were encountered. Also a first spring cover on four columns was established. From 1922, this source was used economically. The municipality leased it to the newly created by Hans Schäfer Zwesten and the pharmacist Georg Albes from Treysa for this purpose company "Zwestener Löwensprudel GmbH". Named the "lion source", the company and the products of the bottling plant based on the name of the nearby castle ruins Löwenstein.

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