If you're looking for the ultimate health and spa retreat, look no further than Austria for the perfect wellness break. Replete with natural hot springs, Alpine-fresh air, sweeping mountainous views and warming hospitality, Austria lends itself to a thriving wellbeing scene. Visit for deliciously warming outdoor pools, revigorating steam rooms and quaint sauna cabins nestled in the most picturesque backdrop and take advantage of an impressive treatment menu and indulge in the most delicious and hearty gourmet delights during your spa stay.
Austria's spas look back on a long tradition, and many of its modern spas now sit on sites which were popular as far back as the Roman times, with the ancient Romans fully appreciating the medicinal and relaxational benefits that spas (or, as they called them "Terme") offered.
What's more, a trip to the spa is perfect for any time of year. During the wintertime, why not spend some time relaxing and unwinding after an active day on the slopes. Throughout the summer, hike in the mountains or take a scenic cycle bike around the lake before luxuriating in open-air pools, unwinding taking in the gorgeous panoramic views.
Tempted? Read on for a pick of some of the most notable spas in the country.
The thermal spas in Burgenland have some of the oldest and richest traditions in the whole of Austria. Set in the stunning steppe landscape in the east of Austria, its climate is warm and the whole area lays claim to being Austria's sunshine state, ideal when wishing to luxuriate some of the luxury outdoor pools or lounge at the side of the water. It boasts a number of thermal spas which are replete with healing spring waters.
Amongst Burgenland's most popular are St. Martins Therme & Lodge, which enjoys a favourable location near to the Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park, its four-star offerings including a spacious wellness and thermal spa complex, five different saunas and steam baths. Loipersdorf Spa is home to a family spa and sauna village, recreation area for sports such as volley ball, sandpits and climbing features, whilst the Stegersbach Allegria Thermal Spa has 14 pools at different depths and temperatures, including separate pools for babies, toddlers and children.
More than 60 curative spas located in the vicinity of Villach and Bad Kleinkirchheim lend the traditional winter sports region of Carinthia a superb added extra.
Even the ancient Romans agreed and were enthusiastic visitors over 2,000 years ago of the site where the Thermen Resort Warmbad-Villach now sits. This is Austria's southernmost thermal spa, and nowadays the healing waters which are particularly suitable for things like musculoskeletal therapies come from more than 6 sources, and the spa basins have more than 40 million litres of water flowing into them from various spa basins.
The Thermal Spa Römerbad is one of Europe's most beautiful Alpine wellness oases. Designed by the renowned architects Behnisch who have worked on buildings all over the world, its interior and outdoor spaces draw inspiration from its panoramic mountainous surrounds.
Upper Austria's spas are fed from deep springs. All year round the thermal spas offer up hours of relaxation, tranquillity as well as a deep sense of well being but during the winter particularly they are a particularly enticing choice offering the perfect place to unwind and soothe sore limbs in warming comforting water.
The EurothermenResort Bad Schallerbach is only 35 kilometres away from Linz and houses an extensive thermal complex and water park and is complete with a Pirate World for the kids. The 4-star Hotel Royal is where the imperial Viennese court used to spend their summer holidays, close to the health-giving waters in Bad Ischl, and this hotel is now part of the EurothermenResort Bad Ischl, with its salt and brine treatments and attractive day trip opportunities in the vicinity of the resort. There is a particularly wide range of spa and health offerings at the EurothermenResort Bad Hall, also near Linz. It is here as well that you will find the most concentrated iodine-spring in Central Europe, the ideal water for a number of health complaints.
Therme Geinberg in the Inn Valley boasts an exotic theme. Come here for an extravagant and luxurious treat with cocktails, starlit coconut-scented saunas, cabana bed massages and Tui-Na massages.
Styria is a fantastic choice when in search of rest and relaxation. The area's spas take advantage of the region's natural assets, and a lot of the local treatment use peat and salt in them. Be massaged with fragrant oil, visit a herbal sauna or simply luxuriate in the area's thermal springs.
The Healing Thermal Baths Bad Waltersdorf were completely renovated in 2015, with its open fireplace and light-flooded relaxation oasis. The spa takes full advantage of some 1.9 million litres of thermal water that flow into the area every day.
The Roger Bad Blumau bears the distinctive design of the eccentric architect Hundertwasser, and its waterscape is a fascinating mishmash between the ancient (with large impressive columns, rooftop gardens and domes) and modern, a colourful meadow landscape. There's a dead sea salt grotto and two hot springs, the Melchior and Vulkania, and you can choose from exotic treatments such as sound meditation and elderberry wraps.
The Asia Spa Leoben is nestled beside the River Mur and boasts impressive architecture. Using feng shui and a holistic philosophy, it employs Asian infusions and various bubbling attractions to enable its guests to achieve balancing of body and soul.
Tirol has long looked back on a rich spa history and its beautiful landscape offers itself to hours of rest and relaxation, the benefits of natural springs aided by its Alpine-fresh air. The area is a fervent embracer in the practice of Kneipp Water Therapy, the application of hot and cold water to boost the immune system, balance the circulation, be rejuvenated and find a sense of inner balance.
As far back as the 16th century the area known as the “Längenfelder Baths” was well known for its curative properties. Today, the largest and most modern thermal spa in Tirol is the Aquadome in Längenfeld, whose spectacular glass structure was transposed upon the 50,000 square metre plot in an outstanding architectural fashion. Resembling gigantic flying saucers, the three pools (one with salt, one sulphur and the other a massage pool) almost seem to float weightlessly above the resort, constituting a true architectural wonder. The "textile-free" sauna village is a treat to visit with its loft sauna, canyon sauna with the odd thunderstorm, an ice-cold grotto and "experience shower" where you can choose from different settings, including mist, tropic rain and a waterfall.
Then there's the health resort of Bad Häring with its sulphurous mineral spring water and idyllic setting, nestled between the Kitzbüheler Alps and the Wilder Kaiser, to name but a few of Tirol's spas.
The mountainous surrounds offer the ideal opportunity to carry out yoga against the most impressive backdrops. Take an Alpine retreat where you can take week-long yoga and meditation retreats, or choose from activities such as QiGong and Pilates and Energy Coaching in the Kufsteinerland region.
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