Mining had been going on in Bleiberg for centuries when a thermal spring was struck in 1951. It was not long before the mining village then became a health spa.The best hotel in the area was always the Bleibergerhof, which was completely renovated and taken over a year ago. It is now called the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Bleibergerhof and belongs to the Falkensteiner hotel group. Since autumn 2003 Bad Bleiberg has a new spa centre with a 4-star hotel. It caters in particular for patients who suffer from circulatory disorders and respiratory diseases or have problems with their muskuloskeletal system. The 183-bed four-star hotel has now been extended to another 140 beds. No description of the facilities at Bad Bleiberg would be complete without mentioning the two health mines. There the temperature is a constant 8 degrees Celsius at 99 percent relative humidity. That and the complete absence of dust and pollen underground make the mines ideal for allergy sufferers and in general anyone with respiratory problems.