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Say “Spaah!” in Germany

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Anytime is a great time for a relaxing spa escape, and what better country in which to experience it than Germany.

From Bavaria to the Baltic Sea, the Thuringian Forest and other regions, you can find a wealth of spa options to rejuvenate you mind, body and soul. Here are just a few to get you on your way:

 

Bavaria

Stunning natural landscapes, iconic landmarks and luxe spa hotels make Bavaria a great choice for your next wellness escape. Choose the Bavarian Alps to recharge in beautiful mountain scenery, or stay at 5-star Hotel Schloss Elmau or its sister property Schloss Elmau Retreat.

While in the area, don’t miss a visit to the fairytale castle Schloss Neuschwanstein. Or, head to the nearby Berchtesgadener Land which is part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve and offers such unusual treatments as a hay or whey baths and warm mud treatments.

 

 

North Sea 

Located in Northern Germany’s Wadden National Park, St. Peter-Ording has been a leading spa resort for over 150 years. Take a long walk on the beach to soak up the pure, salty air, or explore the extensive pine wood forests that were laid out over a century ago. Then, spend a relaxing and romantic evening at Restaurant and Bar “54,” which is located in the North Sea, connected to the mainland by a walkway.

To round it off with the right overnight stay, stay at the upscale Aalernhuis Hotel & Spa, which uses products with natural, local ingredients such as amber and algae for its stress relieving treatments.

 

Baden-Wuerttemberg 

Glamorous Baden-Baden has been a favorite destination for vacations that combine wellness, culture and luxury since the Belle Époque. Stay at hotel “Der Kleine Prinz,” a cozy, romantic property dating back to 1890 or opt for a suite overlooking the park at Brenners Park-Hotel and Spa, whose restaurant Brenners-Park Restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star.

Many hotels offer their own spa facility, alternatively you may visit one of the public thermal baths, such as the Roman-Irish Friedrichsbad, which opened in 1877 and guides visitors through its 17 stages to well-being.

 

 

Baltic Sea

The islands and the mainland around the Baltic Sea offer the perfect combination of seaside resorts, a healthy climate, and plenty of wellness facilities. Beautiful small cities with romantic spa hotels such as Schlossgut Schloss Schwansee (a beautiful countryside manor with a spa located in the former horse stables), or the Neptun Spa and Hotel in Rostock, featuring an expansive, 25,000 square foot spa including a pool with fresh Baltic sea water, are more reasons to visit the region.

Thuringia

The region in and around the Thuringian Forest in Eastern Germany welcomes R&R-seeking visitors to towns such as Bad Salzungen, where SOLE (salt) treatments have a long history due to the natural saltwater springs, making it one of Germany’s oldest saltwater spas.

Located on a peaceful fresh water reservoir, Bio-Seehotel Zeulenroda is Germany’s first organic resort offering a variety of treatments as part of the guests’ carbon-neutral stay.

 

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