Under the huge glass dome at Therme Erding visitors drift through a slow-moving river, receive water-jet massages and relax on bubble loungers. You can also swim to the outside thermal pool, watch the steam rise and gaze at the stars. Erding’s spring water has been tested and designated to have healing qualities. It is drawn from a 2,350 m deep well.
Immersion in the warm thermal pool is one of the most effective ways of relieving stress while restoring body, mind and soul. The pool’s sulphur spring eases arthritic and rheumatic pain. The brine grotto offers a gentle cure for respiratory and skin disorders. There are salt baths, an iodine pool and an oxygen garden, numerous tanning areas and an amazing Roman bath.
Therme Erding has won awards and was voted Germany’s best sauna in the online sauna guide. Guests can choose between 18 saunas with different themes and temperatures, from the cool 95°F (35°C) Tepidarium to 212°F (100°C) in the Erdinger Schwitzstube (“sweat lodge”). A rose sauna and a citrus sauna provide aroma therapy, the meditation sauna offers a place to retreat. The Finnish log cabin sauna has impressive kelo wood walls and a fireplace. Many themed showers and cold tubs help to cool down after all the heat and steam. One comes in the shape of a 15′ tall bundle of calla lilies spouting 80 gallons (300 liters) of water per second. The sauna section is an all-nude area. Walking from one sauna to the next guests carry their towels or robes. Swim suits are mandatory in the pools and in the water park.
A space channel connects Galaxy Erding, Germany’s largest water ark, with the thermal pools. This fun park offers 12 thrilling high-speed rides, including Europe’s longest water lide (320 m). Thrill seekers will enjoy the Speed Blaster, where you can go as fast as 72km/h (individual speeds are recorded!). There are many slower rides for all ages. In the summer months you can enjoy two outdoor slides and a lawn area with beach volleyball courts.
Therme Erding is a first-class health spa and provides the ideal ambiance for a day of relaxation. Snacks, drinks and meals can be purchased in several restaurants, at the pool bar and in the outdoor palm tree beer garden (summers only!)
Germans usually bring towels and robes and there is an extra fee, if you need to rent them. If Erding seems overwhelming, the thermal spa in Bad Aibling south of Munich is a good alternative. It is smaller, less crowded and not quite as expensive with stunning architecture. It does not have a water park and might be less attractive to families with children and teenagers.
Take the S6 train from Munich to Altenerding and follow the signs to the spit’s about a ten minute walk.
By car, take the B388 road from Munich.
You can buy an MVV Thermen-ticket (Munich Public Transportation) from any MVV ticket office or S-Bahn ticket machine for € 17, which includes four hours in the thermal paradise (no sauna!) and a round trip ticket. City Bus (Stadtbus) connects to the Therme Monday through Friday until about 7:50 p.m.