Tucked away in the gorgeous hills of Innviertel, in northern Austria, Therme Geinberg is a must-see visit for local and international guests alike. Anyone looking for relaxing hot springs with hotel accommodations on-site should consider this spot.
This luxurious resort, located north of Salzburg in the rural countryside, offers a variety of attractions such as several spa offerings, saunas, and restaurants; however, the biggest draw for visitors is the 3000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) of water facilities available.
Therme Geinberg is built above one of the biggest thermal water springs in Austria. It was first discovered in the 1940s by an oil drilling company that decided to close up the borehole because they saw no use for the hot water.
It wasn’t until the late 1980s to 1990s that the potential for the spring was recognized, when a local interest group drilled into it with a vision of a massive project—a spa resort. In 1998, Therme Geinberg opened and welcomed guests from all over the world to dip into the mineral-rich healing waters of the spring.
Hot springs pools
With pools outside and inside, Therme Geinberg provides a year-round resort full of water to dip into. Guests can have their pick between five thermal, freshwater, and salt pools; there are outdoor, indoor, and cascading thermal pools, a saltwater lagoon, and a sports pool.
The saltwater lagoon is Caribbean-themed with sandy beaches and palm trees. There is also a Turkish-based hammam area, with Turkish baths to relax in. These pools offer a selection of plunge pools, whirlpools, and space for guests to find their spot to relax.
With the largest hot springs area in Austria, the thermal baths have a variety of temperatures for guests to enjoy. The outdoor thermal pools and temperatures include:
- Sports pool; 26°C (78.8°F)
- Cascade pool; 32-34°C (89.6- 93.2°F)
- Big thermal pool; 35°C (95°F)
These warm temperatures are perfect for guests in search of a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. The mineral-rich waters are well-known for their healing properties. While the sulfur is absorbed into the body, the skin and bronchi dilate small skin vessels. This leads to the skin and muscles relaxing. Spending time in hot springs is well-known to have benefits for the body, mind, and soul.
For the moments when you are out of the water, there are luxury loungers and water loungers available. Beyond the water, guests have an entire spa they can explore. With 11 themed saunas and steam rooms/baths, there are options available for every guest. Make sure you bring a swimsuit; in several areas around the spa, bathing without suits is encouraged and required to access the facilities.
Each spa comes with a selection of massages, body treatments, pedicures/manicures, and relaxation techniques. Uniquely, Geinberg offers several different types of healing rituals that can be accessed by guests in the comfort of their suites or in the spas.
There are aroma and ice cream scent ball rituals, crystal singing bowls rituals, herbal rituals, and smoking rituals. With the help of things such as essential oils and dried medicinal plants, guests can achieve light hearts, clear minds, and renewed souls.
There is a special area designated as the Silent Zone. With ergonomic loungers, located by the Caribbean sauna world, guests can close their eyes and relax in an entirely different way. Guests can choose from many options to find what will best help them relax.
Guests can also choose between the Private SPA Suites or the Vitalhotel. Both options provide guests with unique access to Geinberg.
For those wishing for extra privacy and access, with the added perk of having a personal butler, guests can reserve a Private SPA Suite for their stay. These 21 private rooms are situated next to two bathing ponds. All guests need to do is roll out of bed and step into the natural mineral water, which reaches the temperature of 36°C (96.8°F).
Each guest in a Suite will have their spa area, access to food, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, an open fire, and a Turkish bath. Each room can fit between 2 and 6 people. You never need to leave your room. These Suites are not for the budget visitors.
Those wishing for more of an integrated stay can choose the Vitalhotel. With gorgeous views of the rural countryside and Geinberg, guests can choose hotel rooms that fit their party’s needs. This modest hotel offers accommodations for everyone.
Guests can still access every part of the resort but the private bathing ponds, including the extensive food options available. As most spa resorts know, food is half of the fun. Therme Geinberg has an array of restaurants and cafes.
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There are six main restaurants for guests to eat at. Each offers a unique view and cuisine. Numbered below are the most prominent and well-known spots.
- The Aquarium is the most famous restaurant onsite. It is multi-award-winning for its delicious take on seafood. With an open-view kitchen display and views over the water lilies on a pond, it presents exotic and international food choices. With an in-house wine cellar, guests can choose a fine wine to enjoy with their dish.
- The Market restaurant is open all day long, from 8 to 21 (8 AM to 9 PM). This restaurant is directly adjacent to the thermal baths and offers breakfast foods, fresh fish, salads, and meats.
- The Panoramic Café, located just off the cascading pool and panorama lounge, specializes in delicacies such as ice cream, juices, coffees, and cakes. It is open from 11 to 18 o’clock (11 AM to 6 PM).
- The Caribbean Bar is located right on the edge of the pool, surrounded by palm trees. Come by and order some cocktails or access the grill station. When the weather is bad, step inside for the indoor cocktail bar located at the thermal pool, available between the hours of 12-21 (12 PM to 9 PM).
- The Sauna Bistro has well-known homemade ice teas, lemonades, infused waters, and coffees. Buy yourself a bagel or a bowl for a snack. It’s open between 12-21:30 (12 PM to 9:30 PM).
- Last, there is the Spa bar. With fine delicacies from the Aquarium, you can choose from an extensive menu with indoor and outdoor seating, open 9:30-21 (9:30 AM to 9 PM).
Address: Thermenplatz 1, A-4943 Geinberg, Austria
Phone: +43 011 43 7723 8500