Home to the towering Alps mountain range, Austria features a slew of natural hot springs. Resorts around the country are open year-round for visitors looking to relax. From secluded mountain hideaways to luxurious spas, there’s something for everyone in this European destination.
List of Thermal Springs in AUT
Austrian hot springs will sometimes have “Therme” or “Thermal” in the name of some of the resorts. These resorts feature natural mineral water rich in beneficial minerals. Experience the best of Austria’s thermal baths at one of these top destinations.
Map of Thermal Springs in AUT
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Guide to Austria’s Natural Hot Springs
There are some very luxurious hot springs and thermal bath experiences in Austria, better known for its castles and royal history. The country, sandwiched between neighbors Switzerland and Hungary, has a long tradition of therapeutic bathing.
It is here that “bath academies” reached their zenith, meaning that the baths were so popular in the summer the gathered crowds would also be treated to lectures. This was a way for the populace to increase their education without decreasing the capitol of their households. Now, the thermal baths at the spas offer visitors a cultivated leisure adventure.
The Spa Experience
At Alpentherme Gastein in west Austria, the spa menu is extensive. The thermal pool is the draw, and the water contains scant amount of minerals but notable amounts of radon. While gleaning the benefits of this unique aquatic phenomenon, you can also receive beauty treatments, massages, or nutrition counseling.
Similarly, at Rogner Bad Blumau in central Austria, the spa experience is expansive, covering indoor and outdoor real estate on hotel grounds. The baths here are of the Roman, Finnish, and Turkish traditions. Other thermal spas, emphasized by fine lodging and relaxation therapies include-
- Therme Geinberg
- Therme Wien
- Felsentherme Bad Gastein
- Aqua Dome
- Heiltherme Quellenhotel Bad Waltersdorf
- Aigner Thermal Bad
- Thermal Spa Loipersdorf
- Therme Laa – Hotel & Silent Spa
- EurothermenResort Bad Schallerbach
- TAUERN SPA Zell am See – Kaprun
- Kurzentrum Therme Warmbad
- H2O Hotel-Therme-Resort
- Alpentherme Ehrenberg
- Hotel & Therme NOVA Köflach
A More Natural Experience
There is also more rugged, less urbane options for those who want to commune with nature as well as take the waters. At Maibachl Villach Warmbad many people hike first and then settle in the hot water to ease any resultant aches and pains. However, the water does recede as Autumn approaches. Similarly, Alpentherme has large outdoor mineral baths as well as waterslides and other recreational areas for children.
At the Grins Well, located in a perfectly preserved alpine village, seats are built into the rock lined divet, allowing waders to slip off thick socks and boots in order to feel the effervescence of the healing waters. Another small village houses Aigner Badl, a wooden clad bathhouse that has served local farmers from time immemorial. Here, even the bathtub is made of local hardwood and filled with the calcium rich spring water.
Hot springs tourism is alive and well in Austria, which makes sense when you think of how punishing the winters there can be. It’s no wonder people have sought the warmth of thermal baths when their world is covered in snow. However, mineral bathing is still popular in summer, months that tend to be both hot and humid in this European country.
Every section of the nation has thermal spas on offer, and the relaxation seeker will benefit from this aquatic embarrassment of riches.
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