The first natural healing institute
The son of a Swiss factory owner, Arnold Rikli (1823-1906) had studied the healing power of nature since his youth. He came across Bled entirely by coincidence, following the advice of some friends after recovering from a severe illness. Even during his first visit in 1852, he was impressed by the fresh air, the clear lake, the mild Alpine climate and the views of the Julian Alps, all of which helped him recuperate and get his strength back. Making the most of the local healing properties, he established a natural healing institute, where he later took care of thousands of patients. He also used to institute to develop his own hydrotherapy methods – natural methods of healing, which he trusted more than traditional drugs and modern medicine.