History of Ramlösa
On June 17th 1707, King Karl XII turned 25 years old. Fate had already decided where he would be then, but on this day the Ramlösa Hälsobrunn was inaugurated in his honour. The man responsible for opening the health spa was district medical officer Johan Jacob Döbelius. During his visits to the region, Döbelius had found out that the water from Ramlösa had worked wonders on the sick.
Marketing the healing waters of Ramlösa Hälsobrunn began early on. In 1708 Johan Jacob Döbelius had a brochure published, which described the park at the spa. Readers could then get an idea of the beautiful natural surroundings, the district´s many sightseeing opportunities and read an objectiv account of the resort´s excellent postal service.
In the brochure it was explained that the water from Ramlösa had a very good effect on the health. According to Döbelius, the water could be used to cure scurvy, vertigo and gout, as well as trembling limbs. He also considered that the water was a first-class treatment for upset stomachs as well as shortness of breath and bad-smelling breath.
The health spa of that time had a very serious attitude to the medicinal powers of Ramlösa. Drinking the spa waters was not just an amusement, it was a way of regenerating energy and curing illnesses.
The health spa's guests were farmers, manual workers, lawyers, tailors, noblemen and soldiers. For the very poor, their visit to the health spa was free of charge. Thanks to generous donations from the rich, they were able to drink the water and receive proper health care. For the rich, their stay at Ramlösa was in many respects a pleasure trip. They drank the water and were treated by the spa doctor, but the social life and entertainment were the most important.
Drinking of the spring water began at 4 o'clock in the morning. The poor were first in line. When they had finished, it was the turn of the farmers and manual workers. At about 11 o'clock in the morning the rich came down to the spring to fill their crystal glasses.
For almost 200 years, people drank the water that came out of a sandstone rock in Ramlösadalen. But the natural Ramlösa mineral water was accidentally discovered at the end of the 19th century.
At the time, a team of workmen was drilling for coal near Brunnsparken. Luckily they never found what they were looking for. They only found large quantities of water. Drilling was therefore stopped, and the sad team went home.
A few years later, in 1895, the superintendent of the spring was having trouble with his steam boilers. Scale was continually forming in them, and better-quality water than that being taken from the nearby stream was needed. The Managing Director at that time, Baron Uggla, suggested using water from the borehole. The boiler scale disappeared.
Surprised by these results, he had the water analysed, and the reply was more positive than he could ever have hoped. The water was just as pure and rich in minerals as the famous Neuenahr's health water of the time.
A new era had begun. The water that we know today as the natural Ramlösa mineral water had been discovered.