People who go on wellness retreats generally go to relax and re-energise. But the spa towns in Bavaria have so much more to offer than just rehabilitation programs. You will definitely not be bored. Surprise yourself.
Bad Kissingen is located at the edge of the Naturpark Bayerische Rhön (Bavarian Rhön Nature Park) and is one of the most important spa towns in Europe. Thanks to its mineral springs and therapeutic baths, it has been drawing in tourists and anyone seeking some relaxation to the little Lower Franconian town for over a century. The KissSalis thermal bath is stunning to look at, as well as a magnet for visitors, featuring walls made of glass, halls bathed in light, and an outside area with a panoramic view. In addition to various sauna facilities, there is also a Turkish bath and a wellness pavilion which offers peat therapy, cosmetic treatments and massages. Sport fans can also feel at home here: you can work up a sweat with a view of the pools in the thermal spa’s own fitness studio. Even getting to the facility is stress free, as The thermal bath is only about a 15-minute walk from the station.
You can easily spend a long time in Bad Wörishofen without feeling bored. The attractions of this Bavarian spa town include the Kneipp museum in the Dominican priory, the Allgäu fish museum, the wellness park and the Skyline Park theme park. You will be especially comfortable with accommodation from the “Yoga und Ayurveda Hotel Bayernwinkel”. The hotel specialises in yoga and has a comprehensive range of offerings, from a weekend course all the way to a seven-day seminar, and everything in between. Therapeutic fasting, Kneipp water treatments, massages and vegetarian meals at Green’s, the hotel-restaurant, round off the itinerary.
With the Zugspitzbahn to Germany's highest peak
Although Garmisch-Partenkirchen is not a traditional spa town destination, it is home to some renowned clinics and rehabilitation establishments. The Bad Kohlgrub spa town, which features the highest peat bath in Germany, is only an hour away with the Regionalbahn train service. That being said, a special type of train experience awaits you in Garmisch-Partenkirchen – the Zugspitzbahn. It is one of only four rack railways in Germany, and has reliably transported tourists up Germany’s highest mountain – from altitudes of 705 to 2588 metres – since 1930. On the journey up, you can enjoy the view of the crystal-clear Eibsee lake and experience the power with which the little train makes its way up the steep mountain. The journey starts right behind Garmisch-Partenkirchen station.
The Obermain Therme: Bavaria's warmest and strongest thermal brine
There are many good reasons for visiting Bad Staffelstein in Upper Franconia, for example, the Staffelberg mountain, the Banz Abbey and the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. That being said, the Obermain Therme thermal baths are worth a trip all on their own. Bavaria’s strongest thermal brine provides soothing warmth and a real ocean-like feeling. The high salt content in the water means you float and can enjoy the feeling of weightlessness. The Bad Staffelstein brine can help to stabilise blood pressure, strengthen the heart and circulatory system, and improve joint, muscle and breathing problems. Allow yourself to be pampered with masks and thermal salt massages and do something good for your skin in the wellness and beauty area. Obermain Therme thermal bath is only about a three-minute walk from Bad Staffelstein station.