Love Wellness? The 5 Best Cities for Relaxing in Germany
The culture and nature of Germany are distinguished by one feature in particular: diversity. Not many nations offer Alpine panoramas, sandy beaches, low mountain ranges and so much in between. With relaxation at the forefront, a flurry of exceptional wellness hotels have been established in Germany in recent decades. Premium swimming pools, talented masseuses and first-class pampering atmospheres round off unforgettable views.
The opportunities to recharge your batteries in a variety of settings, without even having to leave the country’s borders, are endless in Germany. We have handpicked our favourite wellness hotels to make unwinding as easy as possible. Plan your next time-out from everyday life for body and soul. According to the quote by J. Standard “Healthy is a state of body, Wellness is a state of being.” We subscribe to that!
Wellness in Baden-Baden
A look into the past proves that a visit to Baden-Baden inevitably stands for relaxation. Even the Romans enjoyed spending their free time in the natural thermal baths that seem to bubble up everywhere here. Subsequent generations have done the same, and so the picturesque town in Baden has well earned its title as one of the eleven most important spa towns in Europe. Baden-Baden even achieves a place on the list of international world cultural heritage.
A hotel where every guest feels like Caesar himself is the Maison Messmer. The pretty building is opposite the glamorous Kurhaus and Casino. For those who love gourmet cuisine as much as wellness treatments, the luxury hotel is home to the à la carte restaurant JB Messmer. For those who prefer something more hearty, the Wirtshaus Theaterkeller in the Masion Messmer is just the thing. Local specialities and home-style dishes are enjoyed here in a cosy ambience.
The wellness area at the Maison Messmer is just as extensive as the culinary offerings. You can book massages, facial treatments, luxury pampering sessions, hand and foot care, cosmetic eye treatments and face make-up. A special recommendation from us is the wonderful “Harmony” aromatic oil massage. This holistic full body massage lets you dive into a world of deep relaxation.
For anyone who wants to learn even more about the region in which Baden-Baden is located, we recommend a day on the Baden Wine Route. The starting point for the tour is Strasbourg, 45 minutes away. From there, you begin an exciting drive through a stretch of countryside that unites France, Switzerland and Germany. This triangle of countries is rich in culture and locally produced delicacies are unparalleled, according to inhabitants. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local, this tour is conducted in a comfortable minivan with air conditioning.
In addition to a wonderful view of the Black Forest, the tour group will visit Oberkirch, where a wine tasting will be organised just for you. The tour then continues to the village that was voted the most beautiful in Germany, namely Sasbachwalden. After tasting a delicious Black Forest cake, you will go to another wine tasting, which will take place at sunset. Various grape varieties such as Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer or Grauer Burgunder are served.
Wellness on Sylt
Our second hotel is located on an island that is a true place of longing for Germans. Sylt is unique and for many the perfect place for a dream holiday with wellness at the centre.
If you are wondering which wellness hotel in northern Germany is worth a visit, we can give you a very clear answer: The Hotel Stadt Hamburg in Westerland. Founded in 1869, the hotel has 70 individually furnished rooms and is famous among regular guests for its personal and unobtrusive service, its feel-good atmosphere and the modern bar.
Spend your holiday here with a perfect balance of adventure and cosiness. After a long walk, golf lesson or tennis session, visit the 500-square-metre Qiara Spa. Make the most of the Finnish sauna, the extensive pool or the modern gym. A highlight of the spa at Hotel Hamburg is that it not only feels good to be there, but is also an aesthetically pleasing experience, as it is decorated in Asian colonial style. So if you didn’t see the typical backdrop of the North Frisian island from the conservatory, you might think you were in a paradisiacal place much further south in our globe.
Wellness in Münster
Münster is a green city. On the one hand, you can find little patches of green in small alleys and hidden squares. On the other hand, because absolutely everyone from the bank manager to the mother of twins travels by bicycle, there are 500,000 bicycles for 300,000 inhabitants. The cosmopolitan university city is therefore perfectly suited for a weekend of wellness in NRW.
To be in a relaxing area during your stay, we recommend the Seehotel Krautkrämer as one of the best wellness hotels in North Rhine-Westphalia. This hotel is located on the shore of Lake Hiltrup in the middle of meadows, fields and forests.
The wellness concept of the Seehotel is based on the harmony of body and mind.
A special recommendation from us is a relaxing aromatherapy oil massage. After this treatment, every holidaymaker is reborn. Alternatively, trained professionals offer excellent facial treatments. The pampering programme is rounded off by the swimming pool, sauna and sun terrace, which will make you forget your everyday life.
For anyone who is not only looking for an exquisite SPA in NRW, but is also interested in a new environment, Activitygift offers a guided tour of Münster. This guided tour allows you to get rid of all the questions you have about the Westphalian city. Whether it’s about St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Pablo Picasso Museum or the Peace of Westphalia, which was decided here.
Satisfy your curiosity with this individualised tour and learn all the fun facts about Münster that you can brag about once you’re back home. Did you know, for example, that Münster was a member of the Hanseatic League?
Wellness in Munich
The listed hotel building takes you back to the glorious days of King Ludwig and is perfect for a wellness weekend for two in Bavaria. The interiors are also magnificent. Not only is the hotel’s famous Nymphenburg Banquet Hall exceptional, but all of the hotel’s rooms are also rich in design and comfort. From the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, visit all the landmarks of the Bavarian capital on foot. The hotel is so close to the main train station that you can easily walk 3 minutes from your arrival platform to the hotel lobby.
The Sofitel perfectly combines the metropolis and relaxation because the wellness offer is unsurpassed. The SPA focuses on self-care, multidimensional health and holistic beauty. The facials are performed according to French cosmetology guidelines and promise an instant French glow. Complementing French skincare, the hotel offers Asian massage techniques that promise to be invigorating and soothing at the same time. All the senses are stimulated at this hotel.
If you want to add even more opulence to your stay, take a trip to Germany’s dream castles. Neuschwanstein and Linderhof are less than 2 hours away, and the departure for the linked tour is in Munich. It is now common knowledge that the heavenly estates served as models for the castles of Disney princesses. Learn more about the historical and architectural significance of the estate at the first stop at Lindenhof Castle and enjoy the guided tour.
The tour then continues to Oberammergau, where more splendour and pageantry awaits you. The crowning glory afterwards is the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, built in 1869, based on an idealised idea of a knight’s castle from the Middle Ages. Take a romantic slide to the castle entrance or begin a 20-minute hike to the front gate, either way, you’ll feel like your own life is suddenly a fairy tale come true during your time of wellness in Bavaria.
Wellness in Travemünde
Our final destination takes us all the way north again. The harbour town of Travemünde welcomes Scandinavian ferries every day, is home to the best fish restaurants in the state and has an adorable old lighthouse dating back to 1539. Known for its historical flair, big boats, sand and sea, Travemünde is the easternmost district of Lübeck. In addition, the town and its title as a Baltic Sea spa make it an unbeaten destination when it comes to wellness in Germany. As early as 200 years ago, lung patients noticed that the fresh air and seawater in the fishing village of Travemünde had a healing effect. The fine sandy beach and sheltered bay provided ideal conditions, and so in 1802 Travemünde became the first spa in Schleswig-Holstein.
Nowadays, those who want to discover Travemünde are spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels. Our recommendation for you is the Maritim Strandhotel, one of the best addresses for spa holidays in northern Germany. You can reach the famous beach promenade in just a few minutes and the view from the hotel is simply unbeatable. This also applies to the hotel’s restaurant and café, “Above the Clouds”, located on the 35th floor of the hotel. If you feel like going outside, just borrow a deck chair from reception and switch off while listening to the waves.
If you prefer to stay within the hotel walls, the Maritim Spa & Beauty Care is perfect for relaxation. At 1,100 m², this spa is definitely not a small wellness area. It has an 8 x 12 m swimming pool, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath with dimmed lights, four treatment rooms with top modern, high-quality equipment including a Sanotherm softpack treatment bed, multi-sensory shower baths and a whirlpool with a starry sky.
Landscapes and mentalities change depending on whether you are in the north, south or west of the country. What remains the same, however, is that there are new things to discover in each of the cities, and everywhere they will do everything they can to give you a good time.