The Stadtbad opened in 1916 after 3 years of construction. It offered a place to relax and feel home. At that time men and women indulged in bathing in seperate swimming pools. The largest pool was reserved for the men. It measured 32 x 12 meters, had a three-meter springboard and could even come up with a wave system that generated up to a meter high waves.
The Stadtbad also attracted a large number of medical and therapeutic offers, such as baths and sweat baths, orthopedic gymnastics. You could relax in the relaxation rooms of the saunas. The heart of the bathhouse was the moorish-style ladies sauna which is today a listed building. Magnificent columns and arches, filigree patterns with gold ornaments and decorative wall mosaics sprayed an oriental flair of the Arabian Nights. The ornamental tiled fountain in the center of the relaxation room suggested the love of the Moors for water features and fountains.
A sauna session of a special kind could be experienced in the woman’s saunas: in the midst of picturesque horseshoe arches, gilded pillar capitals and the walkways, it was easy to leave everyday life behind and immerse yourself in another world. A similar sense of lightness and sweet idleness reigned hundreds of years ago at the Moorish Sultan’s palace in Granada.
Despite extensive reconstruction work in the 80s which among other things, let the oriental ladies sauna shine in the new splendor, the building fabric has become increasingly dilapidated in recent years. In July 2004, the bathing operation had to be stopped because of the poor structural condition. Since then, the future of the oldest indoor swimming pool in Leipzig has been more than uncertain.