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18. October 2017

Roman Nights

once and today

Roman bathing culture has a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Bathing played a major role in the Roman Empire as early as the 4th century BC. At the Swiss Holiday Park you can enjoy this bathing ritual every day. And in the monthly event "Roman Night" in the winter season, the glorious Roman times come to life again.

Meeting place and body cleaning

The ancient Romans already knew that bathing is good for the body and the soul. Thanks to Greek influence, where an active bathing culture prevailed even earlier, the first large water conduit, the Aqua Appia, was built in 305 BC and at the same time the first public bath. In the 2nd century BC, the use of public baths was already commonplace. People bathed and recovered in hot vapours and thermal springs. In the huge bathing palaces, however, not only bathing was celebrated, but the opportunity was also used to exchange news, to intrigue and bribe, or to exchange village gossip. A typical Roman bathhouse had changing rooms (apodyterium), the sweat room (iaconicum), a warm bath (caldarium), a moderately warm room (tepidarium) and a cold bath (frigidarium). The procedure of a bath was fixed. First the bathers warmed up on a kind of sports area (palästra). Then, wearing wooden shoes, bathing utensils and a towel, the visitors first went into the cold bathing room to clean themselves. This was followed by a warm bathing room with a room temperature of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, where there were benches and water basins. Here one could also be oiled and massaged by servants. This was followed by the use of the laconicum with dry heat or the hot and humid sudatorium. Since this facility was a Greek invention, which is evident from the name laconium, among other things, it was not an integral part of a Roman bathing facility and the visit was purely optional. The central room was the warm bath (caldarium) with a temperature of approximately 50 C. Because of the underfloor heating, visitors often wore wooden shoes to avoid burning their feet. The end of the bath was again the cold bath (Source: Wikipedia)

What is Irish bathing culture?

An Irish bath is a mixture of ancient Roman bathing culture, consisting of parts from the oriental hammam and Irish hot air baths. In the 19th century it was used by an Irish doctor, and his patients loved it when he prescribed these bath cures for them. Thus, the Irish bath became more and more widespread and also had success on the European mainland.

Anyone who has experienced the Roman-Irish bathing ritual knows how beneficial it is for body and soul. Not only those who find the temperatures of a Finnish sauna too high are in good hands here. The circulation is stimulated, the body is purified and the immune system is strengthened. After a visit, you feel as if you have been reborn. Now that the temperatures are lower again and fog and cold prevail, a tour of the Roman-Irish thermal baths is a special treat. It is best to book a soap brush massage at the same time. This cleanses the skin, softens it and opens the pores. Every last Friday of the month from October to March (except December) you can enjoy a Roman Night at the Swiss Holiday Park in the Roman-Irish thermal baths. This successful event has been running for 5 years. Guests are dressed in a toga and transported back in time to the glorious ancient Rome. Caesar is also not missing on this evening. The ceremony begins with the opening of the sumptuous Mediterranean buffet. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early.