Aachen has a long history with spa and wellness: the area’s hot springs and thermal water have been used for their healing properties since the Roman settlement, and today, the town is home to some excellent hubs of rest and relaxation. Here are the 10 best spa and wellness centres.
Feel like a new person after spending a few hours at the Carolus Thermen Bad Aachen. The 13,000m² (140,000-sq-ft) spa combines everything needed to relax and unwind under one roof. A regular entrance pass allows access to the thermal area with indoor and outdoor pools, steam bath and sundeck as well as to 15 themed saunas and steam rooms. Want to feel extra relaxed? Participate in meditation sessions or book massages and spa treatments on top of the pass. Fresh foods and drinks are available at the three in-house restaurants.
Carolus Thermen Bad Aachen, Passstrasse 79, Aachen, Germany, +49 241 182 740
Three saunas, an infrared light room and a steam bath comprise Saunapark Wuerselen while a pool, outdoor pond and handful of quiet rooms are also available to relax in. Standard treatments (such as anti-stress and foot reflexology massages) can be booked at the wellness centre and supplemented with colour light therapy, and the small bistro serves light meals, snacks and drinks. The sauna park in neighbouring Wuerselen can be reached in 10 minutes by car from Aachen.
Saunapark Wuerselen, Sebastianusstrasse 27, Wuerselen, Germany, +49 240 518 686
Behind the beautiful neoclassical façade is a modern hotel known for stunning rooms, excellent service and a great spa area. Good news is, a day pass for €40 (£35/$48) allows non-guests access to the spa, which features a Finnish sauna, steam room and ice grotto to cool off afterwards. If opting to book one of the wellness and beauty treatments (ranging from Ayurvedic massages to full-body sea salt peels), the price is offset against the entrance fee.
Wellbeing combines wellness and beauty. Book traditional spa and beauty treatments, or opt for a specialty massage: choose from Hawaiian lomi lomi full-body massages, Indian ear-candling treatments or Californian Esalen-style massages. Facials, peels, waxes, manicures, pedicures and more are on offer, as well as makeup. Go all out with a day packages (or create a customized one).
Wellbeing Aachen, Burtscheider Markt 4–6, Aachen, Germany, +49 241 9610 9602
This day spa offers standard treatments such as hot stone, Ayurvedic and aromatic oil massages as well as peels and rejuvenating ultrasonic facials. The name gives it away but, unique to Aachen and the entire region, is the spa’s float tanks. Floating – a method of inducing deep relaxation by suspending people in a darkened flotation tank filled with highly concentrated salt water heated to body temperature for a weightless, sensation-less effect, eliminating all distractions – has gained some momentum in the Western world in recent years.
Schwerelos Floating & Massage Spa, Schumanstrasse 18A, Wuerselen, Germany, +49 240 5645 71640
The beautifully decorated Sila is located in the town centre of Aachen. All staff are trained at renowned massage schools in Thailand and dedicated to creating an authentic experience that’s almost like a short holiday. In addition to a nail spa for hands and feet, the massage parlour offers traditional Thai massages (with or without essential oils) for individuals or couples and have packages created specifically for pregnant women.
Sila Thai Massage & Spa, Wespienstrasse 4–6, Aachen, Germany, +49 241 9977 2462
This sauna village bordering Belgium is a 25-minute drive south from Aachen and features seven different saunas, a couple of pools and a spacious outdoor area, making it a great getaway after a busy week. The on-site restaurant serves Mediterranean food, and the thermal bath follows a new theme every month, each dealing with a different country and featuring the culture’s signature sauna scents and local foods.
Saunadorf Roetgen-Therme, Postweg 8, Roetgen, Germany, +49 247 112 030
Within walking distance of the town centre, this small studio is known for its calming, relaxing atmosphere right from the start. The quiet music in the background sets the mood, and the staff greets guests with tea and a hot damp towel before guiding them into a treatment room. Book a traditional Thai, hot stone, herbal compress or stress relief massage, and leave feeling refreshed.
Aiyara Thai Massage & Spa, Seilgraben 16, Aachen, Germany, +40 241 9578 4354
On the city’s forested outskirts, four-star Art Hotel Aachen offers its guests a sauna, pool and quiet room. The spa isn’t exclusive to hotel patrons, though, and offers day packages that include a range of treatments from massages, facials and peelings, all 1–2.5 hours long.
Art Hotel Superior, Am Branderhof 101, Aachen, Germany, +49 241 6097 0
Ladies, get pampered at Babor Beauty Spa with a sea salt peel, aromatic oil massage and foot bath before getting day makeup done. Men also get their money’s worth as well with specially designed day packages to relieve stress and re-energise the body. On top of that, the spa offers medical beauty and anti-ageing treatments and takes care of everyone’s hands and feet.
Babor Beauty Spa, Schmiedstrasse 12, Aachen, Germany, +49 241 4013 244