In many European countries, nudity inside spas is the rule and not the exception. Of course, you can wrap yourself in a towel or wear a robe when walking around, but you’re not allowed to wear any kind of swimming suite. So forget your swimwear and jump into one of these naturist thermal spas!
1. The Friedrichsbad, Baden Baden, Germany
The Friedrichsbad is a Roman-Irish bad which opened back in 1877. It is situated in Baden Baden, a thermal town less than 1,5h by train from Frankfurt. Here you can enjoy a special circuit of 17 different stations with precious soothing thermal water to regenerate your body and soul.
Some of the facilities are: a warm-air bath (54°C), a hot-air bath (68°C), thermal steam baths, (45°C or 48°C), a thermal full bath (36°C), a thermal whirlpool bath (34°C), a thermal kinotherapeutic bath (28°C), a cold-water bath (18°C), a relaxation room, and a reading room.
If you are too shy to be naked in a mixed environment, you can visit the Friedrichsbad on Monday, Thursday or Saturday: during these days men and women can enjoy the spa facilities separately.
The thermal water of Baden Baden originates on the slopes of the Florentinerberg. The water reaches the surface at temperatures between 56°C and 68.8°C. The springs discharge about 800,000 liters of thermal water a day. Thanks to its extremely high concentration of minerals, the thermal water of Baden Baden regenerates and stimulates the entire body, while helping to alleviate the stress.
2. Thermes des Spa, Spa, Belgium
If you want to purify your mind and retrieve harmony while visiting Belgium, there is no better place to go than Spa. This city is where the concept of spa originated. Spa is located in the heart of the Ardennes region (southeast Belgium), around 2h away from Brussels by train.
The Thermes des Spa is a magnificent 800 m2 thermal complex. It offers a special area only dedicated to nudists. The area is open only from the age of 16 years old. There, wearing a bathsuit is prohibited. This naturist area includes a panoramic sauna enclosed in an area made of wood, with temperatures ranging from 70° C to 100° C. The naturist section also includes a hamman, which is a hot steam bath with a temperature of 40/45° C and a humidity level of 70/75%. You’ll also find a Jacuzzi (36°C), a hot bath (38°C), a cold bath (20°C) and 3 foot baths. The spa center organizes also numerous water games and activities such as the aquagym with different levels of intensity and difficulty.
3. Rogner Bad Blumau Spa, Bad Blumau, Austria
Bad Blumau is a spa town located in the heart of the Styria region, Austria. The town has many attractions and hospitality facilities, including luxury hotels, exquisite food and wine, pristine nature, creative architecture and, above all, a 13-hectare large spa park.
The Rogner Bad Blumau thermal Spa was designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The thermal baths includes a unique 8.500 m2 spa area, a bathing area, a fitness room, a sauna area, and Vulkania hot springs (21-37°C). The Vulkania springs are made of a special composition of groundwater, with an extremely high mineral content: it is, indeed, the highest mineralized curative thermal water in the Styrian region.
Other than thermal water, Rogner bad Blumau offers many other activities, like therapies, massages, beauty treatments etc.
The Rogner Bad Blumau Spa is a quiet place; therefore, the number of customers is limited. Make sure to reserve your admission to the spa well in advance!
4. Badenparadies, Schwarzwald, Germany
Badenparadies Schwarzwald is a paradise located in the heart of the Black Forest region (Schwarzwald), in the city of Titisee-Neustadt. It is a huge complex of 60,000 m2 which includes saunas and swimming pools for kids and adults.
“Palais Vital” is the clothing-free area of the spa, which can be accessed from the age of 16 years old. It comprises an area of more than 6000 m2, with 12 saunas and 6 pools. Some of the most attractive themed saunas include “Alhambra” (oriental style at approximately 75°C), the “Caribbean Dream” (with a view of green palms and blue water at 80°C), and the “Rustic Parlour” (with black forest wood at 70°C).
Inside “Palais Vital” there is also a ladies-only area called “Venus Sky Lounge”, where nudity is mandatory as well.
The complex includes also other areas open to kids where nudity is forbidden. Such as the “Galaxy Schwarzwald” with 25 water attractions, and the “Palm Oasis”, a huge blue pool surrounded by palm trees.
5. Thermae Boetfort, Belgium
Thermae Boetfort is a wellness center located in a 400-year-old castle. Here, there are two separated sections: Moenia is the area for nudist, while Curia is dedicated to anyone who prefers wearing a swimwear. With the entry ticket, you have access to both sections. Each of them has unique saunas and wellness facilities.
In total, the center has nine different saunas, numerous swimming pools, jacuzzis, wellness baths, a terrace, a restaurant, facial treatments and massages. Children are allowed from 6 years old.
It is even possible to stay overnight at the Thermae Boetfort hotel.
Moenia is the nude area, in which the swimming suite is strictly forbidden. The area includes 7 saunas with a temperature ranging from 50°C to 90°C. There are also two jacuzzis, a swimming pool, a relaxation bath, various relaxation rooms, and a cold plunge pool. Every day, the center offers a rich program of activities to be performed naked, such as scrub sessions or Aufguss.
The “Curia” is the bathing suite part; however, for hygiene reasons, only short and tight-fit swimsuits are allowed. The area includes 3 different saunas, a Laconium, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and much more.