Berlin: Europe’s Wellness Capital

When one thinks of Berlin, the museums, history, restaurants, shopping and nightlife come to mind — not to mention the Christmas market — but Germany’s capital is also home to amazing spas, indoor and open-air public pools and wellness options — everything from Turkish Hammans to Thai massages to Ayurveda centers. Wellness is front and center in Berlin.
   The city has more than 60 indoor and open air public pools, which are used even in the winter, including 10 that are heritage buildings, such as Charlottenburg, Spandau and Neukolln. Berlin is also home to Europe’s largest lakeside beach — the Strandbad Wannsee — as well as the largest swimming pool, Europasportpark. For those who want to hang 10, try Wellenwerk in Lichtenberg, Berlin’s first indoor surfing area with the world’s highest artificial surf wave, or relax at the Liquidrom, which offers four saunas and a dimmed cupola hall with a pool where you can unwind to classical or electronic underwater music.
   Every neighborhood has a sauna, but we suggest Saunarivm in Pankow, which offers a Finnish sauna, a tepidarium and a Roman salt steam bath. If you’re looking for that special sauna feeling, then check out the Sauna Floß, a sauna raft on the River Havel with space for four people. The raft not only offers a sauna, but also the chance to putter along as far as the Wannsee lake.
   Of course Berlin’s many luxury hotels also offer spa treatments as well as exclusive products. Among those recommended is the Adlon Spa by Resense, the Club Olympus Spa & Fitness in the Grand Hyatt Berlin and the Hotel Oderberger’s Midnight Swim.

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