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Explore Germany: Spa Towns

Spa TownsRelax and rejuvenate during your Germany vacation while staying in a spa town. A spa town, or simply spa, is a town frequented mainly for health reasons, to "take the waters". The word comes from the Belgian town Spa. In continental Europe a spa was known as a ville d'eau (town of water). The term spa is used for towns or resorts offering hydrotherapy which can include cold water or mineral water treatments and hot thermal baths. In Germany, the word "Bad" implies a spa town.

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    Baden Baden

    Baden Baden is a spa town built on thermal springs at the edge of the Black Forest in Baden Württemberg in southwestern Germany. This picturesque town is beautifully situated in a wooded valley, and is known for its casino culture and its Roman history.…  [ + ] More Details

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    Wiesbaden

    Wiesbaden is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe. Its name literally means meadow baths. At one time, Wiesbaden boasted 27 hot springs. Fifteen of the springs are still flowing today. In the north are vast forest areas, which cover 27.4% of the urban…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Rüdesheim am Rhein
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    Rüdesheim am Rhein

    Rüdesheim is a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge and thereby part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It lies in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany. It is officially known as Rüdesheim am Rhein. It lies…  [ + ] More Details

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    Aachen

    Aachen is a historic spa city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It was a favored residence of Charlemagne, and the place of coronation of the medieval Kings of Germany. It is the westernmost city of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Bad Reichenhall
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    Bad Reichenhall

    Bad Reichenhall is a spa town and an administrative center of the Berchtesgadener Land district in Upper Bavaria, Germany. It is located near Salzburg in a basin encircled by the Chiemgauer Alps (including Mount Staufen (1,771 m) and Mount Zwiesel (1,781…  [ + ] More Details

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    Bad Homburg vor der Höhe

    Bad Homburg vor der Höhe is located in Hesse on the southern slope of the Taunus, near Frankfurt am Main and Oberursel. The town is best known for its medically used mineral waters and spa (hence the prefix Bad, bath), and for its casino. Today, Bad…  [ + ] More Details

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    Bad Kissingen

    Bad Kissingen is a famous health resort located in the Bavarian region of Lower Franconia. For the ultimate spa experience, try the KissSalis Baths, one of the largest wellness baths in all of Europe. Kloster Banz, a Benedictine monastery founded in…  [ + ] More Details

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    Königstein im Taunus

    Königstein im Taunus is a climatic spa and lies on the thickly wooded slopes of the Taunus. Owing to its advantageous location for both scenery and transport on the edge of the Frankfurt urban area, Königstein is a favorite residential town. Neighboring…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Bad Soden am Taunus
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    Bad Soden am Taunus

    Bad Soden (also: Bad Soden am Taunus) is a town and spa in the Main-Taunus-Kreis, Hesse, Germany. It is known for its various springs, which contain carbonic acid gas and various iron oxides. Bad Soden am Taunus can be found in a charming setting situated…  [ + ] More Details

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    Titisee-Neustadt

    Titisee-Neustadt is a city in the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The town is a spa known for its Kneipp hydrotherapeutic and curative methods. Furthermore, it is a winter sport center.  [ + ] More Details

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Most Popular Destinations in Germany

Germany has numerous cities of interest to tourists; these are the top nine travel destinations:

Berlin - the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War - and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs, galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Bremen - one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town will be of interest to travelers who want a slice of history.

Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city. Cologne was founded by the Romans and is 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites. Cologne also well known for its carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the local beer, called "Kölsch".

Dresden - once called Florence on the Elbe, and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center which was destroyed during the war, the city offers more than what the average traveller can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known.

Dusseldorf - Germany's capital of fashion, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia offers a wide scale of fascinating new architecture. Right along the shores of river Rhine, the "Altstadt" and the "Medienhafen" are among the best places in Germany to enjoy a vibrant nightlife. Being one of the country's wealthiest cities, the atmosphere is very pleasant. Germans call it "the only metropolis ending with -dorf (German for village)".

Frankfurt - Germany's leading financial center, transportation hub, seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), international trade fair center (Book Fair, Motor Show), hub of multicultural activity (30% Immigrants), and site of numerous world-class museums and theaters. It is also Germany's only city with enough skyscrapers to have a skyline.

Hamburg - Germany's second-largest city, famous for its harbour as well as its liberal and tolerant culture. Don't miss the Reeperbahn with its night clubs and casinos. Hamburg is also popular for its many musicals.

Hannover - One of Germany's newer tourist cities, having hosted various international events in recent times.

Munich - Bavaria's beautiful capital city and Southern Germany's primate city. Third largest city in Germany, Munich is the site of the famous Oktoberfest and the gateway to the Alps.

Nuremberg - Second largest city in Bavaria, after WW2 over 90% of the old-town was destroyed. Today it has already been reconstructed, including the Gothic Kaiserburg Castle (Emperor's Castle of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation). You can also visit the Nazi party rally grounds, the Documentation Centre and Courtroom 600 - venue of the Nuremberg Trails.

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