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Beat winter’s chill at a German spa or tropical park

Although the darkest days of the year have passed, there still is plenty of winter to get through. Those without the time or money for a tropical vacation can console themselves with a quick getaway into another world. A visit to a German spa, thermal bath or indoor water park often can feel like a mini-vacation and do wonders to perk up a case of the seasonal blues.

The search for a facility that suits the interests of the entire family might begin by visiting therme-sauna-freizeitbad.de.

Even those with poor knowledge of German can glean info by clicking their state of residence on the interactive map that appears in the top left corner of the site’s homepage. A close-up version of the state then appears, with locations of spas and indoor swimming halls pinned. Click on one of the pins to learn more about the facility, and if it sounds promising, conduct an online search for it by name and location. Larger spas’ websites’ often provide information in English.

Wondering what spas and water parks are rated tops in Germany? Some names that often appear on lists of the best facilities include Alpa Mare in Bad-Tölz; Caracalla Bad and Friedrichsbad, both in Baden-Baden; Toskana Therme in Bad Sulza; Tropical Islands, south of Berlin; and Therme Erding, northeast of Munich.

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About the Author

Karen Bradbury has lived and worked in Europe for more than fifteen years. She has called Moscow, Copenhagen, Rome and now a small wine-producing village along the Rhine in Germany home. When she's not working, whatever the season, she's probably traveling.

Email: bradburyk@estripes.osd.mil