Spas and wellness holidays (very similar to a British "spa break") have a long history in Germany. The Romans visited the hot mineral springs, and in the 18th and 19th centuries, aristocrats and European royalty would meet at prestigious German spa resort towns such as Baden-Baden. Today, health and spa resorts are still en vogue, and many hotels offer deals specifically geared toward relaxation and wellness.
If a town meets strict air and water quality standards and establishes the necessary medical staff (physical therapists, asthma specialists, etc) and infrastructure, the German government will grant permission to add the prefix "Bad" (German for bath) to the town name. Some examples are Bad Sooden (Hesse), Bad Füssing (Bavaria) or Bad Pyrmont (Lower Saxony).
A very popular wellness option in Germany is "Thermen" (thermal baths). Thermal baths are similar to day spas. These typically offer relaxation in a natural atmosphere, and can include pools with healing water, salt grottos, saunas and more. Our Munich office recommends the Therme Erding, Europe’s biggest thermal spa and water park. It’s about 35 minutes from Munich by car or by train.
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