Austria’s spa culture is one of the reasons why the country is bearable in the winter months and if you’re turning a year older during your trip, then you should be sure to visit the spas, as some offer entrance free of charge for guests celebrating. Take your ID, slip into your birthday suit and head into steamy waters for a rejuvenating experience.
With an outdoor pool with thermal temperatures, the backdrop of the Styrian mountains to enjoy, and a cosy indoor ‘massage pool’, it shouldn’t take too much convincing to stop by Therme AQUALUX on your birthday if visiting the surrounding areas. Various treatment packages are available and there is a children’s area if you have your family in tow.
Aqualux, Thermenallee 10, 8753 Fohnsdorf, Austria, +43 3573 20780
An attractive sauna area and ‘dead sea brine pool’ are just a few features that make this spa in Lower Austria a winner. Guests can also enjoy the outside restaurant, serving regionally sourced food.
Ybbstaler Solebad, Oberkogelsbach 21, Austria, +43 7484 253530
This haven of relaxation offers special evenings with extended opening hours, including a ‘midnight sauna’ event – perfect for birthday celebrations. The surroundings are picturesque, with views of the epic mountains of the Lechtal and the Allgäu Alps.
Parktherme Bad Radkersburg
The thermal water at this spa travels 2km up to the surface of the earth with a temperature of 80°C and contains many health-boosting minerals. Another attractive quality of Parktherme is its location in one of the best wine regions in Austria, meaning you can treat yourself to a birthday glass of red or white after your visit.
Therme Nova Köflach
Located just outside the unique city of Graz, this chic and modern spa contains just over 1,000 square metres of water surface, and a sprawling sauna landscape, which is split over two levels, offers awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Lipizzanerheimat’s hilly landscape.
Therme Nova, An der Quelle 1, 8580 Köflach, Austria, +43 3144 701000
Located near the city of Salzburg, Bad Vigaun owes its healing powers to the St. Barbara spring, which gushes out of the ground at a temperature of 34°C. Be sure to visit if you’re celebrating your birthday during your visit to the city.
Bad Vigaun, Karl-Rödhammer-Weg 91, 5424 Bad Vigaun, Austria, +43 6245 8999646
Steaming outdoor pools, reviving steam rooms and cosy sauna cabins – this spa in Salzburg is a haven that whisks you away to a world of relaxation, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
This romantic luxury spa contains a total of 14 saunas and 14 relaxation pools, all set against a lush landscape. There is also the unique addition of a ‘salt cave’ containing 250-million-year-old salt bricks from the Himalayan mountains that are said to contain healing properties and help to cleanse the airways, refresh the skin and stimulate the metabolism.
Therme Loiperdorf, Thermenstraße 152, 8282 Loipersdorf bei Fürstenfeld, Austria, +43 3382 82040
Therme Laa (Silent Spa)
Also known as the Silent Spa, this sprawling complex contains a range of different saunas, each designed for various ailments, including a bio-rustic sauna and a classic Finnish-style sauna. Various massage and cosmetic treatments are also available, for a truly pampering birthday experience.
Therme Las, Thermenpl. 1, 2136 Laa an der Thaya, Austria, +43 2522 84700770
Considered one of the best spas in Lower Austria, Sole-Felsen-Bad offers a huge range of sauna treatments, from one with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, to a ‘crystal sauna’ with extremely high temperatures. As well as the many swimming pools, you also have the opportunity to swim in the natural lake.
Sole Felsen Bad, Albrechtser Str. 12, 3950 Gmünd, Austria, +43 2852 202030