Especially enjoyable during the winter months when there’s snow on the ground outside, a sauna is the perfect way to relax, unwind and sweat out toxins from the festive months. Austria is renowned for its spa culture and Vienna’s saunas have become a popular meeting place for locals.
This Art Deco/Art Nouveau masterpiece, a time capsule of 1920’s ‘Red Vienna’, is by far one of the city’s most photogenic pools. Based in Vienna’s working class district, the women’s sauna, decked out with a stained glass roof and mosaic tiles, is a fabulously retro venue in which to sweat it all out.
This tranquil oasis is located in a former bank vault in Park Hyatt Vienna. The spa was created using luxury materials, such as gemstones, mother of pearl and gold, giving the atmosphere a truly luxurious feel.
Opened in 2010, this sprawling complex covering 75,000 msq (making it Europe’s biggest modern city spa) is a calm oasis, perfect for a one-day holiday. The Brine World (access available at an additional charge) has a variety of saunas of varying temperatures and a ‘Floatarium’ for weightless relaxation.
If staying at the gloriously indulgent Sacher Hotel (named after the world-famous decadent chocolate cake) you should be sure to take a visit to the spa. The luxury Finnish sauna is state of the art, perfect after a hard work out in the spa’s gym.
One of the first Asian spas to open in Vienna, located in the heart of the city nearby the Stephansdome Cathedral. As well as the fabulous sauna, there is a range of beauty treatments available, including massage and facials.
Constructed just before the beginning of WWI, Jörgerbad is among the oldest indoor swimming pools in Vienna. Tastefully adorned in Art Nouveau decor, with rusty orange and sky blue tiles and a swooping oval glass roof – this impressive building in the low-key 17th district is one of the most attractive places to get your daily exercise. As well as the sauna, be sure to check out all the modern additions that have been added to the original 1914 design, including a water slide that runs partially outside the building.
This unique, male-only spa is one of the oldest in Vienna, with a long legacy behind it. A favourite with the city’s gay community, it is discreetly tucked away in the back streets of the 1st district.
This fabulously classy spa is located in one of Vienna’s finest boutique hotels on the Ring Strasse. The sauna’s temperature ranges between 176° F and 194° F and is state of the art. Other facilities include a steam room and heated relaxation beds.
Located on the outskirts of the suburb of the 13th district Hietzing, home to the well-known Schonbrunn Palace and the city zoo, this low-key sauna offers you the chance to rest and relax in a local setting. A humble pool – surrounded wonderfully tacky palms and sunny yellow tiles that turn a kind of neon deep blue hue at night – is also available to use.
Located inside a luxury hotel, inspired by European seasons and decorated in the impressive colours of the Ottoman Empire, this spa has everything you could dream of for the ultimate R&R weekend, including a few fabulous saunas.