01 February 2013

Bad Saarow

Back in November, my whole institute went to a retreat. We were all loaded into a bus, and we went to this tiny little town in the state of Brandenburg, called Bad Saarow. Bad is the German word for "bath", which means that this is a spa town. Of course, I went and brought my camera with me.

First of all, there's a nearby lake, the Scharmutzelsee. That being said, nobody seemed to be sailing that time, just the ducks.

When I took a walk, I passed through lots of green and open spaces. The town was quite deserted, and so there weren't plenty of people that I bumped into.

This is the spa. There were plenty of clients parking their cars and heading into the building. Most of them were old people.

Look! There's even someone who drove all the way from France just to take a bath!

This is the main train station. There's only one train that arrives every half hour. And there is only one carriage.

This is a statue I found in front of the train station. I don't know what it is called.

Finally, this is a building that has some shops. There are a few others like that, bakeries, markets, and so forth. Most people seem to have a car here. I guess it is needed because there aren't a lot of variation when it comes to shops. One perhaps goes to another town to buy groceries.

Anyway, I was here for an overnight stay. The next day, we rode the train and went back to Berlin.


  1. No just France... Paris! The last two digits on the license plate are "75", which is the d├ępartement of Paris ;-)

    Lovely fall scenery... feels so far away now!

  2. Zhu,

    Oh I didn't know! I guess the baths are just that famous!

  3. Where's your pic in the bath?? :)

    It's interesting how this ritual of cleansing has turned from personal to social. Men in Moroccan & Turkish hamams often enjoy this moment getting scrubbed while talking about anything.

  4. TNP,

    I guess it was actually the other way around: it was social first, that turned personal. Only when houses had personal plumbing then people didn't have to go to bathhouses to get a shower.

  5. Lovely photos! And it must have been great to get away from the hustle and bustle of Berlin to the quiet remoteness of this relaxing spa town for a weekend!

    1. Jack,

      Yes, it was quite a change. A few minutes in the Autobahn and the atmosphere is totally different from that of Berlin!