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Here are the 100 best thermal baths in Germany

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The best time to visit at thermal baths in Germany is all the time! You get to warm up in the sauna or whirlpool. Take a look below at the 100 best thermal baths in Germany – now that we are ready for post-lockdown R&R.

There are more than 400 thermal baths and wellness baths in Germany  – but which ones are really worth visiting? This reveals the large thermal baths and wellness pools comparison for the year 2021. All thermal baths in Germany are currently closed – the reasons are the restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions in lockdown. If the baths are allowed to open again, then a day of relaxation is just the thing! 

Several factors were compared for the “ Travelcircus ” ranking : Awareness (mean value from Google ratings and monthly search volume), popularity (customer rating on Google), equipment (number of saunas plus range of applications) and entry price.

Thermal baths and wellness pools in comparison

For a short break in the thermal baths, you sometimes have to dig deep into your pockets, a day ticket (bath and sauna) for one of the more than 400 wellness baths costs between 11.50 euros (Malter water reservoir) and 59 euros (Erding thermal baths).

By the way: Wellness fans everywhere have a good chance of extended opening times – on average, the thermal baths in Germany are open 13.16 hours a day. However, as part of the Corona regulations, many baths introduced time-limited tickets last year in order to equalize the flow of visitors. It is questionable whether visitors will be able to visit the thermal baths again indefinitely in 2021. Some thermal baths have already announced that they want to continue to use the time slot tickets.

By the way, the federal states for relaxation are in the south – with 63 thermal baths in Bavaria  and 64 in Baden-Württemberg , the south of Germany accounts for  almost 30 percent of the nationwide thermal baths. If you only look at one federal state, NRW is ahead with 83 thermal baths and wellness pools (as of 2019). We’ll introduce you to the ten best thermal baths in more detail. 

Map: The 100 best thermal baths and wellness baths in Germany

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10th place: Mediterana in Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia

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Spain meets India in the Therme  Mediterana  in Bergisch Gladbach. The theme visually extends over the entire site.

Thermal water:  Magnesium and oxygen pools pamper the skin, they have a temperature between 27 and 31 degrees. There is also a sunbathing pool, the 35 degrees warm water is enriched with sulfur.

Sauna:  Guests can sweat in 13 Spanish-Moorish and Indian-Arabic saunas. In the candle sauna (80 degrees), for example, visitors can see numerous Moroccan lamps and the lake landscape.

Mediterana | Address: Saaler Mühle 1, 51429 Bergisch Gladbach | Opening times: daily from 9 a.m. to midnight | Entrance fees: Sauna and thermal bath day ticket: 40 euros (42 euros on Saturday and Sunday) 

9th place : Carolus-Thermen Bad Aachen

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Relax like the ancient Greeks and Romans – that is the motto of the Carolus-Thermen Bad Aachen. Inside there is a large thermal pool, the outside area scores with lots of nature, a rock grotto and a sun terrace. A total of 15 saunas and steam baths are available in the Carolus Therme.

Thermal water: The main pool is located in a hall supported by 18 columns. The visitors swim in Bad Aachen mineral thermal water from the rose spring. The bath can support rheumatism, degenerative diseases, gout, dermatoses and rehabilitation after accidents.

Sauna: The sauna world is divided into three themed areas: The Baltic sauna world attracts visitors with its infusion sauna, colored light sauna, feminine room and an organic herbal sauna. There are five other saunas in the sauna garden, and hammam, balneum and more in the oriental sauna world.

Carolus Therme | Address: Passstrasse 79, 52070 Aachen | Opening times: daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Entrance price: between 14 and 20 euros (depending on the hours and day)


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8th place: Niederrhein-Therme in Duisburg

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The palm garden, salt grotto, graduation tower, wellness and wave pool beckon in the Niederrhein-Therme  in Duisburg. Visitors can choose from 15 saunas and steam baths. A highlight is the salt grotto: there, guests can inhale minerals and trace elements.

Thermal water: The 32 degrees warm thermal brine water stimulates the circulation, relieves tension, has an anti-inflammatory effect and relieves pain.

Niederrhein Therme | Address: Wehofer Straße 42, 47169 Duisburg | Opening times: daily from 8.30 a.m. to 11 p.m., salt cave from 9.45 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. | Entrance price: between 14 euros for two hours and 20 euros for a day ticket

7th place: Miramar in Weinheim

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The  Miramar  in Weinheim was not even among the top 10 of the best thermal baths in Germany last year, in 2019 it increased primarily in terms of awareness and achieved the full number of points. Here, too, the operators rely on a mix of fun pool, wellness break and sauna world.

Thermal water:  Visitors can relax in the amethyst and rose quartz pools , the thermal area extends over 1,500 square meters.

Sauna:  In the Miramar, visitors can choose between ten saunas – including the mill wheel sauna, a hammam or the bio sauna.

Miramar | Address: Bürgermeister-Haupt-Straße 4, 23966 Wismar | Opening times: Monday to Thursday from 9.30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday until midnight, Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight, Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., naturism every Tuesday | Admission: Day ticket 27.40 euros

6th place: Kristall Palm Beach in Stein

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Palm Beach is the ideal thermal bath for families and wellness fans who need some action between massage and sauna: In addition to 15 indoor and outdoor saunas and high-quality thermal springs, visitors can also expect 14 slides.

Thermal water: bathers can use the crystal-designed rock crystal pool (34 degrees), the aroma steam bath (45 degrees), the lithium-amethyst whirlpool (35 degrees), the magnesium / potassium therapy pool (35 degrees) or the pastor’s pool. Use the Kneipp outdoor pool (33 degrees). Lithium in particular promotes stress reduction. Magnesium has a purifying and revitalizing effect, potassium supports relaxation and regulates the body’s acid-base balance.

Sauna: There are 17 saunas in two areas: The outdoor sauna world has a Bavarian village atmosphere, the interior is reminiscent of the Orient. A special feature is the gondola sauna with 80 degrees, which climbs every hour to a height of almost twelve meters: sauna with a view. 

Crystal Palm Beach | Address: Albertus-Magnus-Straße 29, 90547 Stein | Admission prices: between 24 euros (two hours) and 31 euros (day ticket)

5th place: Aqualand in Cologne

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The Aqualand leisure pool in Cologne offers brine pools, a Himalayan salt grotto and wellness treatments, 13 saunas and steam baths. It also has seven slides, so there is some action for children. In the Aquaconda it even goes uphill at 150 meters.

Thermal water: The Aqualand does not have thermal water, so it is not a thermal bath in the narrower sense, but a wellness bath. However, there is a sea salt grotto – a stay here can help with allergies, inflammation of the airways, rheumatism, skin diseases and tiredness. It costs five euros extra. 

Sauna: There are eleven saunas and two steam baths – including a mill sauna (90 degrees), the Colonia event sauna and the rock crystal sauna (100 degrees).

Aqualand | Address: Merianstraße 1, 50765 Cologne | Admission prices: Between 15.90 euros (two hours) and 22.90 euros (day ticket)

4th place: Bali-Therme in Bad Oeynhausen

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A piece of Bali in North Rhine-Westphalia: relaxation with an Asian touch awaits you in the  Bali-Therme  in Bad Oeynhausen. You will look in vain for action here, the focus is on classic wellness in several oases of calm.

Sauna:  The pagoda sauna in the garden of the thermal baths comes from Bali, wooden paths also lead to other sweating rooms such as the earth sauna or the steam bath. There are various ceremonies and beauty treatments such as chalk applications, a chocolate spa or healing earth. There are a total of 13 saunas.

Thermal water:  The thermal water of the Jordan Spring has flowed underground through limestone and dolomite rocks for 39,000 years, today you can swim in it. The iron healing pool, which has a reddish color due to the high iron content, is special.

Bali thermal baths | Address: Schützenstraße 2, 32545 Bad Oeynhausen | Opening times: thermal baths daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday until midnight, sauna daily from 9 a.m. | Admission: Day ticket for sauna and thermal baths 28.50 euros, four hours 14.50 euros, two hours 11.50 euros

3rd place: Therme Bad Wörishofen

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The Bad Wörishofen thermal baths are just under an hour away from Munich. 15 saunas and steam baths, palm trees, orchids and turquoise thermal water create that South Sea feeling in Bavaria.

Sauna:  In the large Kelo-Stadl, guests relax sitting or lying around the blazing flames of the fireplace.

Thermal water:  The healing water is extracted from a depth of 1100 meters, it is state-approved and has a total mineralization of 2200 milligrams per liter. The temperature in eight different pools is between 34 and 37 degrees. 

Bad Wörishofen thermal baths | Address: Thermenallee 1, 86825 Bad Wörishofen | Opening times: | Admission: from 18 euros for two hours

2nd place: Obermain-Therme in Bavaria

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In the Obermain-Therme in Bad Staffelstein, Bavaria, guests can use 3000 square meters of water, a large sauna area and 25 indoor and outdoor pools as well as a natural swimming lake.

Thermal water:  Twelve percent Bad Staffelsteiner Ursole and 36 degrees water temperature make it Bavaria’s warmest and strongest thermal brine.

Sauna:  On around 15,000 square meters, there are eleven themed saunas with sweat rooms between 45 and 105 degrees in Saunaland.

Obermain-Therme | Address: Am Kurpark 1, 96231 Bad Staffelstein | Opening times: Thermenmeer daily from 8 am to 9 pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 11 pm; Sauna area from 9 a.m. | Entrance fees: Thermenmeer and Saunaland cost between 17 euros (two hours) and 26 euros (daily rate)

1st place: Therme Erding in Bavaria

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The  Therme Erding  is as in previous years number one in the ranking. 300 real palm trees, 34 pools and water basins as well as 28 saunas are spread over around 180,000 square meters. When visitors have had enough of relaxing lying around, they can work out a total of 27 slides with a total of 2.7 kilometers of slides. The thermal bath is considered to be the largest in the world.

Thermal water:  The bath near  Munich  is fed with water from the Ardeo mineral spring below the thermal bath, which was discovered there in the 1980s. The water is 63 degrees and contains fluoride and sulfur. 

Sauna:  In the infusion saunas, visitors can expect a Russian banya, a Celtic throne sauna, a lake sauna, peelings and masks. There are also three Roman saunas and two steam baths in the Roman Villa.

Therme Erding | Address: Thermenallee 1, 85435 Erding

The best thermal baths in every federal state in Germany

In the following we will show you the best thermal baths for every federal state – with the exception of Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg:

Federal StateTop 3 Thermal Baths
Baden-Wuerttemberg1st place: Miramar
2nd place: Fildorado
3rd place: Badeparadies Schwarzwald
BavariaPlace 1: Therme Erding
Place 2: Obermain-Therme
Place 3: Therme Bad Wörishofen
Brandenburg1st place: Kristall-Therme Ludwigsfelde
2nd place: Tropical Islands
3rd place: Kristall-Therme Bad Wilsnack
Hesse1st place: Weser-Therme
2nd place: Taunus-Therme
3rd place: Kurhessen-Therme
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania1st place: Wonnemar Wismar
2nd place: Ahoi Rügen
3rd place: –
Lower Saxony1st place: Badeland Wolfsburg
2nd place: Nettebad
3rd place: Soltau-Therme
North Rhine-Westphalia1st place: Bali-Therme
2nd place: Aqualand Cologne
3rd place: Niederrhein-Therme
Rhineland-Palatinate1st place: Rheinwelle
2nd place: Emser Therme
3rd place: Panorama sauna Grafschaft
Saarland1st place: Saarland-Therme
2nd place: Calypso
3rd place: – 
Saxony1st place: Aqua Marien
2nd place: Actinon health bath
3rd place: Aquavita
Saxony-Anhalt1st place: Maya Mare
2nd place: –
3rd place: – 
Schleswig-Holstein1st place: Holsten-Therme
2nd place: Holstein-Therme
3rd place: – 
Thuringia1st place: Crystal Sauna Wellness
Park Bad Klosterlausitz 2nd place: Saalemaxx
3rd place: Toskana Therme Bad Sulza
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