The history of the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen.
1901 Foundation stone: Municipal spa and lodging house
In 1901 already, the foundation stone for today’s Ayurveda Parkschlösschen was laid. The only thermal spring of the Middle Moselle flows through Traben-Trarbach and so it was obvious to open a spa with exactly this thermal water. Specialised in the treatment of rheumatism, sciatica and diseases of the musculoskeletal system as well as the kidneys, the spa quickly established itself as a place of recreation. The spa house, built at that time in the “Swiss country house style”, was complemented with an extensive park with native and rare overseas trees and plants.
1907 Extension I: Art Nouveau extension by Bruno Möhring
The main house was extended as early as 1907 by a five-storey building designed by the important Art Nouveau architect Bruno Möhring from Berlin. Simple elegance and classicist features characterise the style of the building. Möhring had a lasting influence on the entire townscape of Traben-Trarbach, as he designed not only several villas but also, among other things, the buildings of the large winery Julius Kayser & Co. which today houses the Buddha Museum.
1923-78 Intermediate Station: Company Recreation Home
Due to the use of military hospitals during the First World War and the ensuing economic crisis, the spa business experienced a collapse. In 1923, the Mannesmann-Röhrenwerke company acquired the entire building complex and set up a recreation home for company employees. Locals could continue to use the facilities of the house, and concerts, theatre performances and club festivals continued to take place. In 1978, the buildings became the property of the town of Traben-Trarbach again, but then stood empty for several years.
1990-93 Vision: Conversion to an Ayurveda hotel
In 1990, the entrepreneur Wolfgang Preuß took his first Panchakarma cure and then decided to create a unique health hotel offering exclusively Ayurveda. In the same year, the Preuß family purchased the then empty property. The subsequent renovation took place under strict consideration of the principles of Vedic building biology and the protection of historical monuments. For example, only natural, breathing materials such as silk wallpaper, wool carpets and wood were used in the guest rooms. All current-carrying cables were also specially sheathed to protect against electromagnetic interference fields. The building project was consecrated in an impressive ceremony with Indian Ayurvedic scholars, so-called Pandits, who had travelled from India especially for the occasion. Afterwards, the construction work for a newly planned extension could begin.
1993 Opening: The Ayurveda Parkschlösschen
In December 1992, the keys were ceremoniously handed over to Wolfgang Preuß in the presence of the city council. With a team of almost 30 employees, the unique Ayurveda Parkschlösschen opened its doors in February 1993. Pure Ayurveda – this concept was implemented from day one.
2002 Expansion II: The Veda Spa
After an extensive renovation phase, the existing municipal spa building was connected to the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen. The Veda Thermal Spa with thermal swimming pool, saunas, cosmetic area and yoga and fitness rooms was created. The new Ayurveda medicine area and the in-house hotel shop also found their place in the new wing. Following the construction work, the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen was awarded 5 stars.
2008 Redesign: Interior design innovations
During a seven-week closure of the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen in summer 2008, the therapy area, the reception, the lobby, the restaurant as well as the rooms were completely renovated and redesigned using high-quality natural materials. The parallel four-week intensive training of the therapist team enabled a significant expansion of the range of treatments.
2017-2022 Generation change
Carina Preuß, daughter of the owner family, took over the management of the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen in 2017 from her mother Brigitte Preuß, who remained part of the management team. Carina Preuß led the fortunes of the house in collaboration with hotel director Kay-Uwe Brehm until 2022, when she trained as a healing practitioner and is now completing further training to become an Ayurvedic practitioner. Brigitte Preuß and Kay-Uwe Brehm then took over the management together again.
2023 Anniversary: The Ayurveda Parkschlösschen turns 30
Pure Ayurveda. With this concept, the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen is still the only 5-star Ayurveda resort in Europe that implements Ayurveda holistically and exclusively. Guests from all over the world use the first-class Ayurveda service to take care of their health and to draw new energy.
Even though many trends come and go, the focus at the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen is still on the holistic implementation of the Ayurvedic health teachings, especially the Panchakarma cures.