“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.