World Traveller

Wellness retreats

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Spa trips aren’t simply an indulgence in Germany, they’re a way of life. For centuries, the nation has wholeheart­edly embraced the benefits of heady herbal saunas, mineral-laced waters and deep-tissue massages — and in doing so, has created some of the world’s finest wellness retreats. It helps, of course, that Germany’s topography is curative by nature: from the geothermal hot springs in the mountainou­s south – especially the Bavarian Alps and Black Forest regions — to the soothing seawater of the northern coast, where sanitarium­s draw from the Baltic and North seas for thalassoth­erapy treatments. Today, the country has over 350 towns and resorts dedicated to wellness: like Bad Wiessee, with its famous healing sulfur fountain, and Bad Elster, a hotspot for mineral baths.

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Bad Wiessee

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