Therme Erding is situated in southern Germany close to Munich airport in the attractive town of Erding. It claims to be European’s largest thermal spa complex, and on arrival its size certainly is impressive. The complex centres around the thermal baths but has three main attractions – Thermal Paradise, Sauna Paradise, and Galaxy. All three are interconnected but you’ll need an additional pass to be able to enter Sauna Paradise.
The main spa area is housed inside a large glass dome, making it extremely light and the opening of roof takes the indoors out in good weather. There is a large indoor pool that is nice and warm and has a series of powerful jets hidden around the edges. If you are looking for a good time with friends then the indoor bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails is a nice touch, even if it is a bit overpriced. If you’d rather do something healthier, you can work off your cocktail at one of the regular aqua aerobics classes in the main pool.
The indoor pool leads directly through to a large out door pool, which keeps warm even in the very cold weather. While you’re outdoors you must check out the Schwefelquelle, a slight smelly and milky looking hot tub with water temperatures ranging from 0 – 45degC. You should only stay in a few minutes, but when you get out you’ll feel warm standing outside in your swimmers even when it’s snowing. It’s claimed that the heat and minerals have therapeutic qualities, particularly for conditions such as arthritis. Even though its relatively new complex, its architecturally nothing special and feels more like a theme park than a spa with its artificial rocks and palm trees, but it is very well maintained and has a very relaxed atmosphere.
There is a whole more to Therme Erding than just a couple of good pools. There are two thermal hot tubs hidden inside artificial caves, both with different mineral contents, aswell as a cave adjoining the main pool with powerful waterfalls that are perfect for head back and shoulder massages. There is also a 100% humidity steam room, a footbath with hot and cold water, and a couple of good whirlpools and a decent lazy river.
The baths can get extremely busy even on a mid week in low season, but if you want a quieter more relaxing spa experience you can pay a premium to enter the VitalOase with its own thermal pool and a range of treatments available. Just be aware that the VitalOase pool is designated for nude bathing after 6pm.
The sauna paradise has a range of good sauna facilities as you’d expect for the extra entry fee, but the real unexpected highlight is the adjacent Galaxy water-park included in the main entry fee. Inside you’ll find what is probably one of the best water parks in Europe, with a huge range of waterslides to suit absolutely everyone. You can enjoy small gentle slides, try to set a speed record at over 65kph or get yourself an inflatable ring and ride a slide that actually goes uphill in places.
Therme Erding is an excellent thermal bath with plenty for everyone to enjoy. It may not be the most relaxing or classy thermal bath, but it probably is one of the most fun and really stands out as different from other thermal spas with its wide range of pools and activities to keep the whole family entertained for hours.
The outdoor Schwefelquelle at a roasting 40-45degC
There’s no getting away from the fact that it is a bit tacky.
Check your timings before you go. At time of writing, the Galaxy water-park opens at 2pm, the VitalOase is nude after 6pm and the main thermal pool is reserved for ladies only on Tuesday afternoons, coupled with the fact that it can be a very busy even off-peak, some advanced planning can help you get the most out of your visit.
Rating:Setting: 3/5 Architecture: 4/5 Ambience: 4/5 Facilities: 5/5 Value: 5/5 TOTAL: 21/25 (4 stars)
Where to Stay
Luxury – Hotel zum Erdinger Weissbräu ****
Midrange - Hotel Nummerhof ***
Budget - Ama Apartmenthotel
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