Selters – the legend
Around the year 1000, mineral springs were discovered on the northern slopes of the Taunus mountains. Their refreshing mineral water soon became known far beyond the Lahn valley. For centuries, Selters, which bore the seal of the Nassau springs, was enjoyed at the most distinguished tables, including those of kings and emperors. Even though the source of the famous water dried up in the early 19th century, legends continued to grow up around the “liquid treasure”.
Almost a century later, a group of enthusiastic citizens of Selters organized exploratory drillings to get to the bottom of the legend of the mineral water springs. There was jubilation in 1896 when, during one of the drillings, a huge fountain of crystal-clear water sprang from the depths below Laneburg castle.
A first well was built, and was named “Selters-Sprudel-Augusta-Victoria” after the wife of the last German Kaiser. The precious mineral water was shipped around the world in unique, heavy earthenware jugs – and Selters became a byword for premium mineral water. From Saint Petersburg to New York and from London to Florence, delicious Selters soon became popular in the highest circles. Even today, mineral water is often simply known as “Seltz suyu” in Turkish, “Selterskaja” in Russian and “Agua de seltz” in Portuguese.
Today, the original from Selters belongs at every table, because Selters stands for enjoyment at the highest level.