Thermal spas and hot springs aren’t all located in the countryside—this one lives just outside the capital city of Vienna. With water temperatures ranging from 18°C (64.4°F) (the plunge pool—for the brave and fool hardy) to 36°C (98.6°F) (the grotto pool) as well as a huge range of fantastic facilities, it’s all too easy to relax. The outdoor areas are best visited after the sun has set, the crowds disperse, and the pools’ neon lights come up. A ‘one day holiday’ ticket costs around €80 ($95.08), and there is a discounted price in the evening.
AQUA DOME, Tyrol
A futuristic looking spa set over the breathtaking Alpine landscape, reap the benefits of the ‘sulfur healing springs’ that were rediscovered from an area known as ‘Längenfelder Baths’ in the 16th century. Emitting deliciously pure and warm water (with a temperature of around 40°C (104°F) ) from far beneath the Ötztal Valley, facilities at this magical park also include numerous swimming pools, bathing pools and Jacuzzis, and a centre offering wellness treatments such as massages and facials.
AQUA DOME—Tirol Therme Längenfeld, Oberlängenfeld 140, Längenfeld, Austria, +43 5253 6400 6001
Extremely popular with the local skiing crowd due to its proximity to various winter sports resorts in Salzburg, the Alpentherme Gastein is a haven for aching muscles and sore winter skin. Comprising of 18 ‘radon-rich springs’, the pool inside merges with salt caves and saunas, and the outdoor area contains stunning panoramic views of the distant mountains. The town has long been associated with health and well-being—the town’s name refers to the local thermal spring water.
Rogner Bad Blumau
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the architect behind this beautiful yet bizarre spa, once said ‘for me, water is a kind of refuge, a shelter I can always escape to.’ The waters at the Rogner Bad Spa in Styria are certainly worth escaping to. From the steamy, bath-like temperatures of the sports pool, to the refreshingly chilly waters of the cold-water pool, visitors will find themselves soaked, soothed, and restored in no time. The highlight is ‘a pool containing highly mineralized water, for romantic bathing in the open air.’ There is also a variety of facilities available to use including a herbal sauna and a Turkish steam room.
Rogner Bad Blumau, Bad Blumau 100, Bad Blumau, Austria, +43 03383 5100-0
Located in the heart of Upper Austria, this extensive spa contains three different types of water—salt, fresh, and thermal. A ‘Caribbean winter garden’ complete with soft white sand and palm trees is also available; a particularly dreamy experience when there is snow on the ground outside.