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Spa and Wellbeing in Austria

Austria is famous the world over for its top-class spas. Visit any one of them to benefit from an impressive treatment menu, from massages to beauty treatments, and luxuriate in thermal water in an arena of Alpine-fresh air.

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.

Vienna

Austria looks back on a long spa history, evidenced by the fact that its capital city is home to a wide range of facilities in and around the city. Austria's spas have long been prized as social meeting hubs, so it's perfect to combine fine Viennese wining and dining with friends with a stop off at one of the city's many fine spas.

Vienna is the only capital city in the world that can lay claim to its own thermal spa. Therme Wien to the south of the city is Europe's biggest and most modern city spa. Its waters are heated by sulphur springs, which were popular even as far back as the Roman times. First opened in 1974 as Therme Oberlaa, it was converted to Therme Wien in 2010 with 26 pools, 24 sauna and steam rooms, 2,500 loungers and a 6,000m2 health and fitness area. 

A number of day spas are dotted around the city, each of them as unique and diverse from each other but all them offering the opportunity to enjoy some pampering and indulgence away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From the Asian luxury Boutique Spa Aisawan just a stone's throw from St Stephen's Cathedral where you can choose from a range of massages, water treatments (hamam) or cosmetic procedures to the City Wellness Medical behind City Hall with an impressive list of treatments on the menu, all of them at very affordable prices, you're bound to find the perfect venue for you.
 

Burgenland

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.  

  • The St. Martins thermal Lodge in the Burgenland next to the nationalpark Neusiedlersee Seewinkel © St. Martins Therme & Lodge / Rudy Dellinger The St. Martins thermal Lodge in the Burgenland next to the nationalpark Neusiedlersee Seewinkel © St. Martins Therme & Lodge / Rudy Dellinger
  • The family spar Sonnentherme in Lutzmannsburg © Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg The family spar Sonnentherme in Lutzmannsburg © Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg
  • Familial athmosphere in the thermalworld Burgenland © Thermenwelt Burgenland Familial athmosphere in the thermalworld Burgenland © Thermenwelt Burgenland

Carinthia

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.

  • Ease off in the thermal spa "Kaerntentherme" in Villach © Kärnten Therme Warmbad Villach / no  name Ease off in the thermal spa "Kaerntentherme" in Villach © Kärnten Therme Warmbad Villach / no name
  • The outdoor pool of the KaerntenTherme in Villach © Kärnten Therme Warmbad Villach /  Schellander The outdoor pool of the KaerntenTherme in Villach © Kärnten Therme Warmbad Villach / Schellander

Lower Austria


A true highlight in Lower Austria is the Therme Laa, a beautifully designed thermal complex of around 60,000m2, complete with its own health centre and luxurious spa, with ambient lighting and underwater music. This true delight has four separate pools, all of which are fed by a natural spring full of sodium chloride iodine. This water has long been recognised for its health-promoting qualities and people with all manner of complaints from cardiovascular disease to neurological disorders have long flocked there to reap the natural benefits. 

"Baden" is the German word for to bathe, so it stands to reason that Baden bei Wien was a popular spa choice of the Romans. Surrounded by vineyards during that time, they were drawn there to the health-giving thermal sulphur waters, as were Beethoven and the Hapsburgs. To this present day, the sulphuric water at the Römertherme health resort draws the visitors, a session in the Thermalstrandbad outdoor pool almost guaranteeing healthy skin and a glowing complexion.  Ideally located near to Vienna and with a selection of pools, saunas, steam rooms and treatments, this spa is the ideal place to visit on a trip to Austria.

A particularly quirky choice is the Linsberg Asia Spa in Bad Erlach which combines Far-Eastern Philosophy with Asian Design.
  • The thermal bath "Römerbad" in Bad Kleinkirchheim © Bad Kleinkirchheim Tourismus / Johannes Puch The thermal bath "Römerbad" in Bad Kleinkirchheim © Bad Kleinkirchheim Tourismus / Johannes Puch

Upper Austria

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.  

  • The Mediterrana thermal Spa © Eurothermen Resorts The Mediterrana thermal Spa © Eurothermen Resorts

SalzburgerLand

The province of SalzburgerLand has a total of six thermal spas and water parks, concentrating on smaller boutique offerings rather than large thermal spas, making them it the ideal place to visit for some tranquil rest and relaxation amongst friends and family. 

The area of Bad Gastein is renowned for its therapeutic properties, with the Swiss physician Parcelsus spending time here in the 16th century. It was also a favourite haunt of Emperor Franz Josef I and his wife Sisi in the 19th century. They spent many a summer holidaying in the area to take in the healing powers of the thermal waters. These contain the noble gas radon, known for its curative properties and the presence of this in the water helped the area rise to acclaim and prosperity. Today you can take curative therapies in the Gastein Heilstollen Healing Caves, a healing centre in the centre of the mountains in humid, warm conditions which harness the natural powers of radon gas. Proven to help things such as rheumatic-inflammatory complaints, skin diseases and musculoskeletal disorders, the effects of one treatment can last up to nine months.

Just down the road, a combination of its rocks, architecture and waters at the height of 1,100 metres make the Bad Gastein Felsentherme into an oasis of relaxation. Its jet stream panel, adventure slide and rock grotto offer up fun for all ages, whilst a special highlight is the Panorama Wellness Area with spectacular views out over the Alps. 

The Alpentherme Gastein is Europe's most modern Alpine health and recreation resort, blessed with tremendous views of the giant glaciers of the Hohe Tauern National Park. Built primarily from wood and natural stone, it blends harmoniously into its tranquil surroundings. There's plenty to keep all ages amused, and an extra-special experience for the kids is learning the art of swimming like a mermaid during the summer holidays, complete with tail and all.

The TAUERN SPA in Zell am See-Kaprun is spread out over approximately 48,000 sqm, and is worth the visit if only for its panoramic views of the snow-capped summit of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain, best enjoyed from the glassed skyline pool on the top floor. Enjoy freshly baked bread rolls at the "baking oven sauna" after your steam session, or indulge in an array of pampering treatments, from soothing massages to body wraps and soothing baths in the beauty area.
  • Отдых в Скальных термах © Felsentherme Gastein Отдых в Скальных термах © Felsentherme Gastein
  • Вид на Альпийские термы © Alpentherme Gastein / Wolkersdorfer Вид на Альпийские термы © Alpentherme Gastein / Wolkersdorfer
  • Relaxing in the thermal spa © Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH Relaxing in the thermal spa © Gasteinertal Tourismus GmbH
  • Inside Tauern SPA, Zell am See-Kaprun © Tauern SPA / no  name Inside Tauern SPA, Zell am See-Kaprun © Tauern SPA / no name

Styria

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

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

  • thermal spring Aqua Dome, Ötztal © Ötztal Tourismus thermal spring Aqua Dome, Ötztal © Ötztal Tourismus

Vorarlberg

Wellness and well-being hotels combine health remedies from nature in Vorarlberg, such as peat in the health hotel Bad Reuthe. Glass, wood, and a view to nature are the distinctive features of the countless well-being oases in the style of modern Vorarlberg architecture.

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