Therme Geinberg is a little way off the tourist track in the north of Austria, about an hour by car north of Salzburg. A glance at the website or brochure and you might think that Geinberg is a very nice thermal spa but nothing spectacular. However, when you get there, you find that it far exceeds it promises. The spa bath are based in a modern complex, that while no architectural masterpiece does create an extremely calm and attractive environment which to relax.
All thermal pools are kept at a good temperature of upto 36degC. When you enter you’ll find the indoor pool to be surprisingly large with no shortage of in pool massage seats facing out through the curved glass wall to the outer pool, which is directly linked via a channel through the wall. It’s a similar story in the outside pool with a variety of different water jets and seating to help you relax and watch the clouds go by. There is also a really good whirlpool inside by the main pool and a non-thermal tub to cool off in. If no one told you otherwise you would think that although extremely well designed and maintained there was really thing more to Therme Geinberg. Start exploring though and you’ll discover that it is actually very substantial complex. There is a thermal salt-water lagoon with a poolside bar and artificial beach lagoon for lounging around in summer months.
There is also outdoor sports pool for more energetic swimmers, but the highlight is the Thermen Kaskade, hidden away at the far end of the complex. The beautifully crafted stainless steel infinity pool, split on two levels is quite simply stunning, with plenty of space to drift around and enjoy the views of the pleasant green surroundings. For a really surreal experience, stop under the bridge in the channel entering the Thermen Kaskade at night, and look out into the darkness with the steam rising from the top of the deep blue glow of the infinity pool. It’s a truly memorable sight.
Therme Geinberg has a restaurant within the bath complex, as well as one in the adjacent Vitalhotel that is open to the public. There is also a sauna welt that you can enter for an extra fee and you can also get an enormous range of massages and treatments, within the centre, ranging from alpine therapies to Indian Ayurvedic massages. All of this comes at an extra cost to the main thermal bath ticket, which literally lets you access the baths. It is however very good value for money and if you go in the evening after 5pm (or again after 7pm) the tickets are reduced and allow you to stay until closing time.
Therme Geinberg is a real dark horse in the world of thermal baths, with an extremely well presented and substantial complex, delivering far more than you expect and much more than you feel you’ve paid for. If you want to get away from it all and relax both body and mind, then there can’t be many better places than Therme Geinberg.
Look at the map of the complex. It will be easy to visit the two main pools and go away thinking you’ve seen everything when in fact you’ve missed some of the best bits like the lounge and Kaskade. There are same maps dotted around in the corridors and it’s in the brochure that you get for free from the reception.
Without a doubt the Thermen Kaskade infinity pool is a masterpiece, and even more spectacular after sundown.
There really isn’t anything bad about Therme Geinberg, but if we must find a glitch then the communal showers may be a little uncomfortable for anyone not used to the customary continental nudity.
Rating:Setting: 4/5 Architecture: 4/5 Ambience: 5/5 Facilities: 5/5 Value: 4/5 TOTAL: 23/25 (5stars)
Where to Stay
Luxury – Vitalhotel Therme Geinberg ****
Midrange – Hotel Bayerischer Hof ***
Budget – Geinberg Suites
For more information, visit: www.therme-geinberg.at
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