The Salinental valley: breathe freely in the fresh salty breeze
Breathe in the refreshing salt air as if you're at the seaside. Feel the benefits for your airways, bronchial tubes and skin. Experience a unique cultural landscape. This is Salinental.
The Salinental valley between Bad Kreuznach and Bad Münster is a unique cultural landscape steeped in history. One graduation tower after another, each 9 metres high, cover a total of 1.1 kilometres. Salt water trickles down these imposing blackthorn structures which form Europe’s largest open-air inhalatorium. A stroll around here is not just good for your health, it also takes you through the history of salt extraction.
On this very spot where the River Nahe winds through a towering massif, salt was already being extracted 400 years ago. The Nahe valley has numerous salt springs. The salt water here has a salt content of around 1.5%. Salt extraction was profitable until the development of potash mining. The extraction process required the salt content in the water to be increased to 26%, and the graduation towers were a vital step in this process. Baron von Beust invented the salt extraction process in the 18th century. The salt water ran down large frames covered with blackthorn and natural evaporation increased the salt content. Water wheels were used to pump the salt water back up seven times to trickle slowly back down. A salt content of 15 to 20 percent could be achieved in a week using this method. The salt water was then transferred to the boilery where salt was extracted.
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