Spa town in Austria
Bad Bleiberg is a market town in the district of Villach-Land, in Carinthia, Austria. Originally a mining area, especially for lead (German: Blei), Bad Bleiberg today due to its hot springs is a spa town.
It was purely by chance that underground thermal springs were discovered here in 1951. Miners were actually extracting lead as usual when they struck hot water, changing the fate of the mining village for ever. Today it is no longer miners who come here but people seeking to relieve stress, respiratory diseases and rheumatic complaints. Bad Bleiberg with its thermal springs in the valley west of Villach has now been turned into a renowned spa and health resort with top-class hotels and a therapy centre. Where the thermal water bubbles up.