The Claudius Therme is a favourite among spa and wellness lovers. The centre offers some unique experiences, including a Siberian Banja sauna and a Dead Sea salt pool. Massages and beauty treatments can be booked upfront or as part of a day package. Once you are done, the terrace with views over the Rheinpark and Cologne’s skyline is a great spot to relax.
Claudius Therme, Sachsenbergstrasse 1, Cologne, Germany, +49 (0) 221 9814 40
Behind the Art Nouveau façade of the Neptunbad, a fitness zone and two differently themed sauna areas spread across 16,400 square feet. The Japanese-themed area is comprised of seven herbal saunas and steam baths and several soothing onsen pools. In the historical section, a hammam offers traditional spa treatments and a beautifully tiled pool with underwater music creates a space to relax. Whichever you prefer, the fact that the Neptunbad is so centrally located makes it ideal for an after-work wellness stop.
Neptunbad, Neptunplatz 1, Cologne, Germany, +49 (0) 221 7100 71
Just outside Cologne, the Mediterana Spa and wellness oasis in Bergisch Gladbach transports its guests into a world of 1,001 nights. The Oriental theme runs like a common thread through the entire facility: a Persian mosaic-tiled steam bath, a Moroccan candlelight sauna, Indian gardens and a quiet room in the shape of Berber-style tent decked out with fluffy carpets and cushions. You can easily fill a day with spa treatments and time spent at the dozens of steam baths and saunas, the hammam, several pools and quiet rooms and a handful of restaurants and bistros.
Mediterana, Saaler Mühle 1, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, +49 (0) 2204 2020
The centrally located Mauritius Hotel has a spa and wellness area for guests as well as day visitors. Íf you don’t plan on staying the night, you can either buy a day pass that gives you access to six differently-tempered Finnish saunas, a steam room, indoor and outdoor pools and the treatment area. A whole range of massages is available. Themed packages include a welcome drink, massage and a snack.
Mauritius Hotel & Therme, Mauritiuskirchplatz 3 -11, Cologne, Germany, +49 (0) 221 9241 30
The public swimming pool is located right in the city centre in walking distance from Neumarkt. Besides large indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides, a diving tower and a paddle pond, the Agrippabad has a spacious spa area with a steam bath and several saunas. Unique in Cologne is the new sauna with a built-in oven that is used to bake fresh bread, which is then distributed to visitors. Another highlight is the log house sauna on the roof terrace with views over Cologne Cathedral.
Agrippabad, Kämmergasse 1, Cologne, Germany, +49 (0) 221 2791 730
The Aqualand waterpark offers not only indoor swimming fun with pools and slides for the entire family but also a quiet spa area away from the noise. For an additional fee, adults can access 11 saunas, a Turkish hammam, pool, an ice grotto and more. Treatment rooms for traditional and exotic massages are also available, as well as a restaurant and beer garden in case you get hungry.
Aqualand, Merianstrasse 1, Cologne, Germany, +49 (0) 221 7028 0
Similar to the Agrippabad, the Lentpark facility has both a public swimming pool and a spa area with steam room, a herbal and a Finnish sauna. But the Lentpark scores with an on-site ice rink making it the perfect attraction for a day of fun winter activities. The only downside is that you need to purchase individual tickets for each area – swimming, sauna and ice rink.
Lentpark, Lentstraße 30, Cologne, Germany, +49 (0) 221 2791 8010