With only a 100 km drive from Windhoek Gross-Barmen Hot Springs Resort is a popular retreat for health and beauty conscious travellers and well as independent travellers on their way to the coast or Etosha. The main attraction is the large thermal swimming hall which is fed by hot springs bubbling at 65 C. The water is known to be highly beneficial for people suffering from rheumatism and related ailments. Gross Barmen was originally a Rhenish mission station founded in 1844. Today some of the ruins can still be seen. Apart from the hot springs the resort offers tennis courts pools and playgrounds for children and many peaceful walks in the area. The area is home to about 150 bird species so ornithologists should remember their binoculars. Accommodation is provided in luxury rooms or bungalows. Gross-Barmen Hot Springs Resort is located close to Okahandja 100 km northwest of Windhoek. The resort is currently being renovated and will soon be reopened.