Steve and I have had a pretty stressful few weeks since we got back from the US. Leaving your normal life behind for 3 weeks means it can take a while to get back into the swing of things. Even though we only got back about a month ago – our trip feels more like a beautiful dream.
Since I’m leaving my current job and I need a little R&R from life – we’re taking a long weekend to pop over to Germany for one of our favorite pastimes – Thermal Baths!
They are sort of like amusement parks mixed with massive swimming pools mixed with korean spas – and even that isn’t a great definition. Let’s just say they’re awesome. Whenever we go to Germany to refill on beer and other european goodies, we always take a day to go spaing. This trip we’re having 2 so we can explore 2 new spas.
On Saturday we are going to Ahr-Thermen in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler. Its a smaller spa then we normally go to, and its about 45 min from where we are staying, but its in a traditional old spa town so we are excited to spend some time exploring.
On Sunday we are heading to Thermen & Badewelt Euskirchen which is in the town where we are staying. This spa is huge – I couldn’t find any details about the building if it was built for this or its an older structure. But this spa has everything- including a swim up bar!
One of the best part of these spas, but can take some getting used to, is the sauna portion. (It’s an optional add on, so if what I’m about to tell you about isn’t your cup of tea dont worry. You can still enjoy these places!) The sauna portion of the spa has one major rule – no swimsuits. Towels, robes etc are fine and encouraged as a big part of them are outside and chilly, but the swimsuit rule is firm. The first time we went I was horrified – Steve essentially had to dare me to go in (and promise if I hated it we could leave). I went it, and I’m not sure I’ve ever held a towel so tight! Steve had to go rent a robe for me to feel comfortable, but the longer I was there the more used to it I got.
I know you’re wondering if its hard not to stare and the answer is yes. It’s odd, as many guests are VERY comfortable in their bodies and only carry a towel to sit on. I’ve caught Steve gawking a few times, but it is what it is. Guests just go about their business as since it’s not a very sexual environment, it all just seems normal after a bit. If you try it but aren’t super comfortable lots of people wear robes/towels the whole time – no shame!
I’ll post later this week about the sort of things I pack for this kind of trip and my must haves to bring to the spa.