Aachen Hot Springs

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Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral

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The town of Aachen (Aachen vacation rentals | Aachen travel guide), which is located in North Rhine-Westphalia, about 70km west of Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide), offers a long history of cure methods with healing thermal springs. The town has been visited for this purpose since Roman times, and the guest list is impressive. Charlemagne and Casanova both bathed in the Aachen springs, along with many royal guests, leading the town to be called the ‘Spa of the Kings’. Royal or not, these springs are sure to be enjoyed by all.

The name of the town, Aachen, is derived from the word water, or ‘aquae’. The role of water has always shaped the culture of town, which holds true to this day. It is believed that the Celts first discovered these hot springs, which range in temperature between 45°C und 75°C. In Roman times the thermal baths were likely filled with visitors, as they enjoyed an intensive bathing culture. In addition to the healing properties of the springs, the baths were used as a social meeting place. Bathing in these thermal waters, and also drinking cures, was a standard remedy for skin and joint disorders, strokes, and gastrointestinal disorders. The tradition also sparked a new travel culture amongst the wealthy of visiting the spas and partaking in the healing benefits of thermal water. Today the bathing is mainly associated with medicine or sport.

The modern spa facilities offer a variety of treatments, such as medical baths, therapeutic massage, and mud wraps. Through these treatments conditions such as rheumatic disorders, degenerative disorders, and conditions following accidents can be treated naturally. These treatments can also ease the pain of MS, cancer, tuberculosis, etc. Aside from the healing properties of the hot springs, they can also be used to simply relax and take away the stress of a busy life.

The Carolus Thermen in Aachen offers thermal treatments, sauna, and a gourmet restaurant. The town of Aachen is quite lovely, with quaint streets to wander and take in the sights. Aachen is also home to an impressive cathedral, city hall, and two city gates.

How to get there: Aachen is located about 70km west of Cologne by car. There are also bus and train connections available.

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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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