A life of thermal baths, concerts and rose gardens

Flowerbeds blaze with colour, fountains splash gently, and spa guests stroll around the grounds. Picture-perfect parks and elegant spa architecture make Germany’s spas and health resorts exquisite places to be. Traditional baths have preserved their heritage and enhanced it with innovative thermal facilities and spas. These are places to pamper the body and indulge the mind: culture and health spas go together like beaches and the sea. Concerts and timeless tea dances have been fixtures in the calendar of events ever since emperors, tsars and aristocrats began flocking to these parts to take the waters over 200 years ago. Today, you can enjoy theatre performances, readings and art exhibitions, too. Take it all in!

Park and spa facilities

Some of Germany’s most beautiful parks and gardens were created in connection with the country's up-and-coming spa industry. In the 19th century, renowned landscape gardener Peter Joseph Lenné designed spa parks in towns including Aachen, Bad Homburg, Bad Oeynhausen and Bad Neuenahr. Ornamental gardens, fountains, paths for strolling, venerable old trees and bandstands make parks and spa gardens everywhere into green oases with cultural appeal, not to mention ecological value.

Spa architecture

During the 19th century, in particular, spa facilities and bathhouses, promenades, spa theatres, spring water outlets and concert pavilions sprang up along the German coastline and inland. These opulent, often gleaming white buildings offered spa guests from the nobility and the bourgeoisie a suitable place to while away their holiday. To this day, exquisitely beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and elegant, classic villas bring a very special charm to spas and health resorts.

Spa concerts and other cultural events

Cultural events are just as much a part of spa resorts as pure air and invigorating water. Not everything takes place outside, but in spring and summer such venues make the most of the warm weather, with plenty of concerts, theatre performance and art projects transforming the spa garden or park into an open-air cultural hub. Readings, exhibitions and music and theatre evenings provide plenty of variety and excitement all year round.

Tea dances

English-style tea dances were the highlight of the social calendar at the glamorous spa and bath resorts of the 19th century. Today’s version is all about enjoying the music and a novel form of exercise. Held in the afternoon or evening, these dances are another example of the love of being active and enjoying the moment that so typifies the spa experience.

Grand hotels and historic places to stay

Grand hotels boast glamour, history and prime locations. Many of them stand majestic overlooking a beach, while others are beautifully set amid well-tended parkland. Lovingly restored, historic grand hotels still hark back to those early days of spa tourism in Germany. Back then, they were a playground for monarchs and aristocrats; today, they delight spa guests with their comfort and atmosphere.

Holiday destinations: from the coasts to the mountains

The natural remedies offered at Germany’s health resorts and spas are as varied as the landscapes in which they are set. Whether you’re hankering after sand dunes and seas, forests and lakes, or breathtaking mountain panoramas, you’ll find a selection of over 350 certified spas and health resorts here.

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