Well-being through natural treatments

Plunge into the water and feel the power of nature – sheer delight! When times are tough, it’s more important than ever to maintain and boost your health. The classic Kneipp cure gives you an energy boost and increases your body’s resistance to diseases with cold water applications and infusions. Thalassotherapy harnesses the healing effects of the sea through baths and inhalation treatments. Sulphur or brine baths and mud packs also have therapeutic effects, as do massages. Germany's health resorts and spas offer a wide range of treatments that improve guests’ health and well-being in a sustainable way.

Baths and bathing

Water is the elixir of life. Whether we’re talking a sparkling mineral or medicinal herbal bath, or a full-body or half-bath à la Kneipp, water is extremely versatile in its healing powers. You’ll find seawater cures, exercise baths and medicinal bathing treatments involving sulphur, brine, minerals and herbal infusions such as hay-flowers and spruce. Showers and water jets can also prove to be therapeutic.

Heilstollen therapy

The humidity in the Gastein Healing Gallery (‘Heilstollen’) is high and the temperature low. As such, guests lie wrapped in warm blankets for the duration of this climate therapy and simply breathe in and out. This is because the air is especially pure deep down in the Earth. Caves or healing galleries that enjoy a micro-climate free of pollutants, dust and pollen are a massive boon for people who suffer from allergies, asthma and respiratory diseases such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Kneipp treatments

Wading, water jets and contrast baths: taking a Kneipp cure boosts your circulation, gives you a new sense of vitality and boosts your body’s resistance to infection. Sebastian Kneipp, a Bavarian priest, developed his holistic healing system after recovering from tuberculosis himself. Kneipp’s health concept, which comprises the five elements of water, exercise, nutrition, medicinal plants and lifestyle, is aimed at strengthening the immune system in a highly effective way and stimulating the body’s own healing powers.

UNESCO has included the Kneipp cure, which is based on cold water treatments, in its German Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Kneipp devotees celebrated the 200th anniversary of Sebastian Kneipp’s birth in 2021.


Thalasso is the Greek word for 'sea’. Unlike the Kneipp cure, thalassotherapy is based on treatments with (untreated) seawater. Treatments include baths, inhalations and algae, sea silt and sand packs. Thalassotherapy can only take place near the sea. It helps alleviate skin and respiratory diseases and rheumatism and is offered on the German North Sea and Baltic coasts.

Mud and peat baths

Mud and peat are used in baths, and applied in a more concentrated form in packs. Natural peat is heated to over 40 degrees Celsius. Thanks to its heat-storing properties, the high temperature feels wonderfully pleasant, while the mud works its anti-inflammatory and circulation-boosting effect. Mud baths also relax your muscles and joints, alleviate aches and pains and stimulate your metabolism.

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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