Af­ford­able spas and steam baths in Europe

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Liq­uidrom, Ber­lin

This spa in the trendy Kreuzberg area of­fers a lux­ury ex­pe­ri­ence at a bar­gain price. The cen­tre­piece is a salt-wa­ter pool with a domed roof; the salt den­sity high enough to mean float­ing is easy. There’s also a range of steam rooms, in­clud­ing a Hi­malayan salt sauna.

• liq­uidrom-ber­lin.de

Sauna Her­manni, Helsinki

“Rais­ing steam since the 1950s”, Sauna Her­manni is one of three pub­lic saunas in the Fin­nish cap­i­tal. Ex­pect clas­sic wood-pan­nelled saunas, with a mel­low, com­pletely re­lax­ing, at­mos­phere and vin­tage de­sign touches through­out.

• sauna­her­manni.fi Kılıç Ali Paşa Ha­mamı, Is­tan­bul Is­tan­bul is another city with great spa her­itage. Built in the 16th cen­tury and named af­ter an Ot­toman navy ad­mi­ral, this ham­mam re­opened in 2012 af­ter a seven-year restora­tion. It has the city’s largest ham­mam dome and a clas­sic ham­mam rit­ual ex­pe­ri­ence.

• kil­i­cali­pasa­hamami.com

Turk­ish baths, Har­ro­gate

Th­ese Turk­ish baths are an im­pres­sive 19th-cen­tury spec­ta­cle, fea­tur­ing lav­ish Moor­ish and Is­lamic ar­chi­tec­ture. Re­fur­bished in 2004, it now of­fer a con­tem­po­rary spa ex­pe­ri­ence, with steam room and a plunge pool.

• turk­ish­bathshar­ro­gate.co.uk

Cen­tral­badet, Stock­holm

Built in 1904 and right in the cen­tre of the city, Cen­tral­badet is an art nou­veau palace where visi­tors can un­wind in a mag­nif­i­cent set­ting. Along with bath and sauna rooms there is space for yoga and med­i­ta­tion, too.

• cen­tral­badet.se Will Cold­well See the full list of 10 bud­get spas on Mon­day at the­guardian.com/travel

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