Gradierwerk, Bad Kosen: Address, Phone Number, Gradierwerk Reviews: 4.5/5

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48 reviews
Very good

Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany177 contributions
Very impressive installation
Jun 2017 • Couples
If you are interested in historic (still working) technology, visit the mill, the mechanical "energy transport" system, the connected natural brine pump and, finally, this installation, with aims at increasing the salt concentration and assists people becoming healthy / during a cure. By the way, nice view over the river Saale.
Written June 30, 2017
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Wauwatosa, WI149 contributions
Experience the true meaning of the word "contraption"
Sep 2015 • Friends
One of the most remarkable mechanical devices I have ever seen using a river to drive a screw to bring up salt water to drip through a structure of branches so that people can breathe salt-air in the middle of nowhere. I suspect a couple guys drinking too many beers on lonely nights after the wives threw them out and said they were Taugenichts. They should get a Nobel Prize (posthumously, of course). I think such places (and there are many in Germany) are worth a visit.
Written April 26, 2016
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Pembrokeshire, UK1,325 contributions
Still working & Improbable Structure from years gone bye
Jul 2015 • Couples
You can read about them on wiki otherwise called "Graduation Tower" in English. There appears to be just over 30 of these strange contraptions in the world to simulate sea air for inland spa resorts. Sea air = good, so obviously you needed it. You sat in the park below the towers and enjoyed being covered in salt particles from condensing underground salt water on branch twigs in the towers.

The Bad Kosen's one is hydro powered by a strange passing of mechanical energy up a hill from the dam below with blanks of wood strapped together that wiggle. This then pumps the saline solution up from the ground into the twigs. This saline solution then dries and you get salt spray plus anything else blown around from the towers.

Best to keep your photographic equipment shielded from the particles. I didn't get up close but I see from TripAdvisor pictures someone did and that shows the dried salt on the twigs.

You don't actually have to pay to see all of it, you do see enough of the workings of it for free. The paid tour / access you get to see more of the pumping station by going inside and you get to climb a salty tower although you can walk through one for free, accepting the rot that you may get on high value photographic equipment. The paid options were closed when we visited (pump and tower tour).
Written July 28, 2015
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Steve D
Roseville, MN3 contributions
Unique working historic mechanism that spans hundreds of meters!
Jul 2011
I stumbled across this system for concentrating salt for extraction back in 1995 and took my family back to see it this year. It shows the cleverness of engineers from centuries past and it still works! Both the condensing tower and the pump house can be visited, along with viewing the water wheel-powered beams that drive the whole system and come up from the river. The hostess in the pump house had a very nice presentation in English too.
Written November 15, 2011
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