Checking into a wellness hotel is one of the best ways to de-stress, especially when you’re trying to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
In my opinion, there is nothing better than giving yourself the gift of rest and relaxation. And at these wellness hotels in Germany that is exactly what you can expect to get and more. That is why booking into a wellness hotel is exactly what I do when I need to de-stress.
7 Tip to Make the Most of Stay at a Wellness Hotel in Germany
Make sure to choose the right wellness hotel in Germany for you. Each of them offers something unique. If you’re looking for a sauna experience then note that German sauna’s usually required nudity. If you arent comfortable with that then look to see if the hotel offers clothing-optional section.
How Far Do You Want to Go?
I tend to choose wellness hotels within a 2-hour drive from Munich. The whole point of the weekend is to relax – which means as little travel and traffic as possible. You should also consider your budget beforehand. You can easily get treatment after treatment, but that isn’t exactly budget-friendly. And you wouldn’t want to leave after a retreat and be stressed about your bills right? Look over the spa menu in advance and choose one or two treatments that you’ll enjoy the most. I do this on every wellness getaway and thoroughly enjoy the treatment that I do receive.
The Early Bird Catches the Treatment
Wellness Hotels are very popular in Germany, so make sure to book specific treatments in advance. I’ve lost out on massages several times by trying to make an appointment when I was there for the following day and they were booked out.
Choose a Wellness Hotel that Speaks to Your Needs
While all wellness hotels have their similarities each offers something different. Is it important for you to have a rooftop view of a city? Mountain or lake views? A large comfortable area for lounging and reading? A city to explore or an idyllic place in the country? Figure out what you need the most, then search for hotels accordingly.
Bring a Book You Love
I love reading, but life tends to get in the way and all too often I don’t get down to starting those bucket-list books. So on a wellness weekend, I always bring that book I wouldn’t usually finish any other time. It’s an ideal time to treat yourself to a book you’ve been wanting to read forever but never have the time to do so.
You deserve a break. Don’t bring work with you and try to really disconnect by putting your phone on Airplane mode. By doing this every so often, you’ll be able to get more done when you’re back at work. None of us can be on all the time.
Pay attention to what you’ve enjoyed about the wellness hotel and try to replicate it at home.
Once you’re at the hotel pay attention to the little things. What makes you feel relaxed? Is it the lavender scent? Soft music? Candlelight? Cozy chair? See which ideas you can implement in your own home to inspire wellness there – not just when you’re away.
Now, that you know how to make the most of your time, let’s check out some great
Wellness Hotels in Germany:
Wellness Hotels in Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Baden (110 km west from Stuttgart)
Baden-Baden is one of the most scenic spa towns in the Black Forest not far from the Frech border. At Brenners Park-Hotel you’ll find well-manicured gardens and two Michelin star restaurants in one of the town’s top-rated locations. It’s a great place to pamper yourself and go for leisurely strolls through the pretty town.
Wellness Hotels in Bavaria
This gorgeous 5-star designer hotel overlooks the Botanical Garden. Art lovers will enjoy the original paintings from Franz von Lenbach, a Munich artist. You’ll find a sauna, steam room and a variety of beauty treatments at the Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel. This is a great place to stay if you want to combine wellness with some sightseeing due to its convenient location in the heart of Munich.
Grainau (93 km from Munich, or an 8-minute drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen)
This cozy hotel is decorated in country-style rooms. The spa area offers fantastic mountain views. It’s a great place for a combination of an active wellness weekend with hiking, cycling, and skiing at your doorstep. At the Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein, you can enjoy panoramic views, gourmet food, and a beautiful indoor pool.
Wellness Hotels in Hesse
While Frankfurt wouldn’t be my first choice for a wellness break, the Jumeirah Frankfurt is a good option for combining business with pleasure. The hotel is centrally located and offers breathtaking views of the skyline and the Tanus Hills. You’ll find tropical rain showers, two saunas and an indoor pool in the neighbouring building. The hotel also has a great atmosphere that is relaxing and luxurious.
Wellness Hotels in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Binz on the island of Rügen (311 km north from Berlin)
Located on the Baltic Sea, you’re just a 1-minute walk to the beach. You’ll stay in classic beach-style accommodation and have your choice of Finnish saunas, steam rooms and a pool that’s heated the whole year. The Travel Charme Kurhaus Binz is a great idea as a wellness retreat near the seaside, not to mention that the accommodations are really beautiful.
Ahlbeck, on the island of Usedom (231 km north from Berlin)
Germany’s islands are one of the country’s best-kept secrets among locals. Located on the Baltic Sea, you’re just a 2-minute walk to the beach and close to the Polish border. You’ll love the historic facade that dates back to the 1890s and the extensive spa area. The SEETELHOTEL Ahlbecker Hof is a great choice if you’re looking for quiet and great seaside views.
Wellness Hotels in Lower Saxony
Lüdersburg (68 km SE from Hamburg)
Schöss Ludersburg is your chance to stay in an artfully restored manor dating back to 1776. Set in the idyllic countryside near the Elbe River, it makes a great wellness getaway from Hamburg, especially for golfers. It offers two 18-hole golf courses. This beautiful hotel makes for a perfect wellness retreat in Germany as it offers luxury and relaxation.
Friedrichsruhe (139 km east from Hamburg)
This 5-star hotel offers Michelin-star cuisine. Choose between the 27-hole golf course or a walk in the private forest. It also offers both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a tennis court. Schlosshotel Friedrichsruhe also offers a variety of saunas, a fitness room, a hairdresser and beauty salon with 13 treatment rooms. This wellness hotel in Germany is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing weekend, or even a week if you have the time.
Wellness Hotels in North Rhine-Westphalia
This 5-star hotel complete with a steam room and pool also offers gorgeous views over the Old Town. It’s a great place to stay when you want to combine sightseeing with wellness. The Breidenbacher Hof also offers a great gym and even offers a personal assistant. This Wellness hotel in Germany offers a unique style and decor.
Isselburg (90 km north from Düsseldorf)
This was the first castle that I stayed in and I LOVED it. The Romantik Parkhotel Wasserburg Anholt is on 103 acres giving you lots of room to go for leisurely walks or practice your best princess walk in the Baroque gardens. You can also drop all pretenses and try your swing on the golf course. This is a great place to stay when you want a wellness break with a bit of sightseeing. Moyland Castle is nearby and the historic town of Isselburg is worth checking out.
Winkhausen, Schmallenberg (160 km east from Düsseldorf)
Spa lovers will enjoy this 5-star hotel’s 3,200 m² spa area complete with five saunas, indoor and outdoor pools and views of the hotel gardens. The Hotel Deimann is the ideal spot if you’re seeking wellness, regional cuisine, and light hiking. I especially love that it is picturesque in summer and winter.
Wellness Hotels in Berlin
This hotel is conveniently located near the shopping boulevard of Kurfürstendamm making it a great choice if you’re seeking a wellness/shopping weekend. The Waldorf Astoria Berlin is also home to Germany’s first Guerlain Spa and an indoor pool. Besides the fantastic spa facilities and obvious luxury, you can also enjoy the best views of Berlin on the 15th floor.
Wellness Hotels in Saxony
This stylish hotel offers a Sky Bar with great views as well as free use of the wellness area that includes 2 saunas, a steam bath, beauty treatments, and relaxing massages. INNSiDE offers a chic, high-ceilinged restaurant and a cocktail bar where you can relax and enjoy the great atmosphere.
Hartenstein (103 km SW from Dresden)
If you’re seeking nature this is the place for you, set in the Erz Mountains and surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Guests at the Romantik Hotel Jagdhaus Waldidyll enjoy the spa area, traditional furnishings and sampling cuisine from the Saxony region. Bikes can be rented at the hotel. This is a great place if you’re looking for wellness with a touch of great outdoor activity.
Something to Fit your Budget in Munich
If none of these are within your budget right now or you need a more impromptu trip then you should consider a day pass at one of the wellness hotels near you. Some hotels such as the Therme Erding near Munich (which is one of the largest spas in the world) offers passes from 2 hours starting at around €17 per person.
You could also try out Muller’sches Volksbad. I love this public swimming pool located in Munich. It’s one of the most beautiful swimming pools in Europe designed in art nouveau. Besides the swimming pools, there’s also a Roman steam bath. You can have full use of the sauna and pools for around €18 for 4 hours.
Most cities in Germany offer thermal baths and public swimming pools so you’re sure to find affordable ways to take a wellness break.
With all the luxury and relaxation, you’ll get back to life revitalized and energized. Do you have any Wellness Hotel recommendations in Germany?
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