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Discover the Aufgass: the Revitalizing World of the German Spas

Germany is home to a wide variety of spas and wellness centers, offering a range of experiences and treatments to suit every taste and preference. From luxurious thermal baths to rustic retreats in the countryside, there is something for everyone in the world of German spas.

One of the most popular types of spas in Germany are thermal baths, which are often set in beautiful natural surroundings and offer a range of thermal pools and saunas. These spas are a great way to relax and unwind, and many also offer massages, facials, and other treatments to enhance the spa experience.

In addition to thermal baths, Germany is also home to many wellness centers and retreats that offer a range of health and wellness treatments and activities. These spas may focus on areas such as yoga and meditation, fitness and nutrition, or natural therapies such as herbal remedies and acupuncture.

No matter what type of spa experience you are looking for, Germany has something to offer. Whether you are seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, or a holistic approach to health and wellness, you can find it in the spas of Germany.

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Germany is home to some of the most impressive and unique spas in the world. From the massive indoor water park at Therme Erding to the historic charm of Müller’sche Volksbad, there is something for every taste and preference. Vabali Spa in Berlin and Essen offer ornately decorated facilities with friendly staff and regular Aufgass rituals, while Liquidrom in Berlin boasts a futuristic atmosphere and a variety of sensory experiences. No matter what type of spa experience you’re looking for, Germany has something to offer.

Grab you robe, towel, and slippers and los gehts (here we go).

Therme Erding – Erding

Out of all the spas we have visited in the world for this review, Therme Erding is undoubtably one of the most impressive.  Touted as one of the largest indoor water parks in Europe if not the world, Therme Erding is beyond imagination.  This huge spa complex located and easy train ride just north of Munich, and features an enclosed spa space which feels like a biodome completely protecting its inhabitants during the harsh German winters.  This massive glass structure provides an unparalleled refuge from the harsh German winter, creating a tropical almost sunny feeling inside even on the harshest days.  The massive waterpark is perfect for children of all ages, while the sauna area is a world class attraction on its own. The sauna facility is so massive, and the offerings are so extensive, that their Aufgass program would take several full day visits for one person to experience each Aufgass ritual that is offered.  At SH&W we all agree that this is one place we could stay for a long time, and a day goes by very quickly. Luckily you can book a stay in the on-site hotel, eat at the several restaurants on site, and never have to leave the comfort of the massive building throughout your entire stay.

Müller’sche Volksbad – Munich

A day trip to this relatively small historic spa, is like stepping into a time machine on a trip back into the distant past. The Müller’sche Volksbad is the oldest public indoor swimming pool in Munich, having provided its services since 1901.  Through both world wars, this beautiful Art Nouveau building has been enticing visitors to bathe and sweat it out in a sauna.  Located in a central easily accessible part of Munich it is surprising that the little spa and sauna section attached to the pools is not constantly booked in advance.  Upon walking up to the building, the age and grandeur of a different era is immediately apparent.  Details in the grand architecture and décor are straight out of a museum.  The entire space feels relatively untouched since pre-world war one and seems to hold the original charm that was intended when it was built.  The spa facilities are not overly extensive but do offer a range of temperature saunas, a mineral water soaking pool, a super intense cold-water full body blasting station (you have to try it to understand), as well as a cold dip.  We here at SH&W highly recommend melting yourself into a trip back into history by visiting this antique gem for a few hours.

Vabali Spa – Berlin

visiting the Vabali Spa in Berlin and was thoroughly impressed by the facility. From the moment I arrived, I was struck by the beauty and layout of the spa. The ornamental Indonesian wood carvings and art throughout the facility added to the overall ambiance of relaxation and tranquility.

One of the standout features of the Vabali Spa was the regular Aufguss rituals offered in the indoor and outdoor saunas. These rituals, which occurred every thirty minutes, added an extra element of relaxation and rejuvenation to my spa experience.

The staff at the Vabali Spa were a joy to interact with. They were friendly, engaged, and enthusiastic about the service they provided and the environment they worked in. It was clear that many of the staff members had been with the spa for a decade or longer, which spoke to the high level of job satisfaction and stability within the workforce.

In summary, the Vabali Spa in Berlin is an exceptional spa experience. From the beautiful layout and decor to the attentive and friendly staff, every aspect of my visit was top-notch. I highly recommend the Vabali Spa to anyone looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day.

Vabali Spa – Essen

Vabali Spa Essen is a sister spa to Vabali Berlin and though they are very similar in decoration and feel.   After our experiences at this gorgeous lakeside Essen location, with swans flying overhead as we soaked in blissful mineral water baths and sweated out our impurities with the locals. We feel that Vabali Essen deserves its own mention.

Liquidrom – Berlin

Tucked neatly on the side a of huge urban park, this small city spa is a Berliner experience if there ever was one to be had. 

The facility is small but still manages to be packed with a decent series of saunas and steam rooms with regular Aufgass rituals offered in the main sauna.  The main courtyard has a soaking hot tub which is clothing optional. 

The main attraction to this spa other than the saunas is its namesake, the “liquidrom,” which is a large circular pool filled warm water and buoyant noodle floaties you can use to float on the water and get lost in relaxation under the giant dome ceiling.  The room is massive the dome creates a sort of reverberation, lighting and music are played to support the effect.  Keep in mind you will need a bathing suit to enjoy this area while the sauna section is textile free with no bathing suits allowed.

Taunus Therme – Bad Homburg

This sauna facility has a lot to offer, and the saunas appears to take the main stage.  The facility is large and has many nooks and crannies one can get lost in.  The newest addition seems to have been hastily made and doesn’t seem consistent with the theme.  The Aufgass rituals offered were great and the staff engaging and friendly. However, when visiting Taunus Therme, please beware that there are no water fountains available at this facility to refill water bottles, and one must purchase tap water from the bar by the glass for roughly the same price as a glass of beer of the same size.  This was a major issue for us, and we found it to be a massive detraction from our visits and the overall wellness experience that the facility can offer. 

Meridian Spa and Fitness – Frankfurt

Visiting the Meridian Spa and Fitness in Frankfurt, we were thoroughly impressed with the facility and the services offered. This is not your typical gym.

The spa itself is spacious and beautifully designed, with a variety of saunas, steam rooms, and relaxation areas to choose from. The staff were all friendly and professional, and were able to recommend treatments and services based on my specific needs and preferences.

One of the standout features of the Meridian Spa is the outdoor pool area, which is surrounded by a beautiful garden and offers a peaceful and serene setting. The pool itself is heated and perfect for a refreshing dip, and there are also plenty of comfortable loungers for relaxing in the sun.

In addition to the spa facilities, the Meridian also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, with a wide range of cardio and strength-training equipment. The gym is well-maintained and offers plenty of space to work out, and there are also group fitness classes available for those who prefer a more social workout experience.

Overall, I had a fantastic experience at the Meridian Spa and Fitness in Frankfurt, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day or a top-notch fitness center. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, the Meridian is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to relax, unwind, and get in shape.

Wellneuss – Neuss, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Upon arrival Wellneuss in Neuss, I was greeted by a friendly and professional front desk staff who were able to answer all of my questions and help me to plan my visit despite my language barrier. The spa itself is beautifully designed and impeccably clean, with a range of saunas, steam rooms, and relaxation areas offered.

One of the standout features of Wellneuss is the outdoor pool area, which is surrounded by a lush garden scattered with various outdoor saunas and offers a peaceful and serene setting. The pool itself is heated and perfect for a refreshing dip. Half indoors and half outdoors there are also plenty of comfortable loungers for relaxing in the sun, or in the warmth of the inside pool on a cold winter day.

In addition to the spa facilities, Wellneuss also offers a range of treatments and services, including massages, facials, and body wraps. The staff were all highly skilled and professional, and were able to tailor the treatments to my specific needs and preferences.

Overall, I had a fantastic experience at Wellneuss and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, Wellneuss is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to pamper themselves and escape the stresses of daily life.

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