In Germany, the Sunday sauna trip is practically a religion. No wonder then, that Germans are so obsessed with wellness – a sort of active relaxation where brisk mountain walks, dips in frigid water and fantastic but healthy meals are packed in alongside sinfully luxurious time in sauna and on the massage table. Of course, since this is Germany, the sauna bit is all done naked. Here are our favourite health resorts in Germany.
“The house of superlatives,” as the marketing material has it, Sonnenalp in Osterschwang, Bavaria is a pioneer when it comes to wellness vacations. With a 10,000 sq.m wellness area, indoors and out both incorporating Alpine elements, relaxing in the mountains is all but a done deal. The usual massage and skin care services are available as well as medical beauty and special anti-aging treatments. The view isn’t bad either.
When you don’t have time for a full week immersion, try one of Germany’s small but full-service city spas. Neptunbad in Cologne is a gem. Built in chocolate, salt or honey peels in the steam room, a warm, Roman-inspired relaxation pool, saunas ranging from 65 to 90 degrees and the obligatory cold splash pool. The roof top terrace is ideal for lounging around naked in the sunshine with a good book.