Erding near Munich is home to Europe’s largest spa complex. The spa includes a myriad of different areas across its generous 185,000 m² of floor space. The healing thermal water, which was discovered in 1983, fills almost all the pools within the spa. The water is procured from the Ardeo spring, transported up from a depth of 2350 metres, and contains both fluoride and sulphur. Since 2015, guests have been able to enjoy an extended stay at the spa thanks to the accommodation provided in Hotel Victory. The design for this “hotel ship” was inspired by the HMS Victory and it is moored next to the Venetian Palazzo, which also offers rooms to guests.
The spa – R&R in tropical surroundings
The spa is decorated with numerous tropical plants, giving a day at the leisure centre the feel of a long-haul holiday. And thanks to the glass dome crowning the main hall, the interior of the spa is generously flooded with daylight. If outside temperatures allow it, the dome can even be opened up. In the central area of the spa, a large indoor pool dominates the hall and this is a great place to unwind. It boasts numerous features including bubble loungers, a flow channel and a waterfall. The area around the main pool is also populated by a kids pool, a Kneipp pool, a brine grotto, mineral pool and much more besides. The spa garden, with its large sunbathing lawn and sandy beach, is a real favourite in summer. The open-air pool here boasts massage jets and bubble loungers.
Galaxy Erding – Slide on down
26 slides with a total length of no less than 2500 metre offer up some aquatic white-water action at Galaxy Erding. Featuring 3 degrees of difficulty – Family, Action and X-Treme – everyone is sure to find the right slide for them. The youngest guests can get in on the action on six family slides. Children aged six and over can also try out the Magic Eye, which measures in at 360 metres in length, making it the world’s longest enclosed pipe waterslide. On the speed racer slides you can challenge your friends to white-knuckle duels and compare your speeds. Meanwhile, the Black Mamba has already hosted world championships, while the kamikaze slide is a favourite with adrenaline junkies thanks to its 60° gradient. The outdoor area boasts an additional eight slides during the summer months.
Wave pool – Go with the flow
The wave pool opened its doors in 2014 and is accessible via the Galaxy area. In the Wave Laguna, mellow "fun waves" are punctuated with 2 metre "big waves", and given the 300 palm trees surrounding the pool, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the tropics. The bubbling spring nourishes body and soul with 34°C thermal spring water. The daily itinerary also includes various activities like a quiz and aqua-cycling to keep things interesting throughout the day. In summer, you can ride the current of the crazy river into the open-air area with a whirlpool, bubble loungers and a large sunbathing lawn.
VitalOase – A retreat for mind and body
For an additional fee, visitors can also enjoy some time in the Vitality Oasis. It is open to all guests over the age of 16. This area is a haven of peace and tranquillity away from the hubbub of the rest of the spa. You can enjoy the nourishing thermal spring waters in three different pools here, each enriched with various minerals, treat yourself to a beauty treatment or simply unwind in the relaxation area. In addition, this part of the spa also hosts regular activities such as relaxation courses and aqua workouts. The service is rounded out by two non-nude saunas and the Culinarium restaurant, which serves healthy and light dishes such as salad and fish.
VitalTherme – Relax and unwind
What better place to take a break from everyday life than in the VitalTherme and saunas amongst the palm trees, inviting turquoise water and impressive glass dome. This area is reserved for guests over the age of 16 and is available at a supplemental fee. It is also worth bearing in mind that this area is intended to be enjoyed without a bathing suit. Aside from 25 different saunas (see below), this area also offers guests the opportunity to unwind in the health-giving thermal spring water. Vitalpool is at the heart of this area of the spa, and features floor jets, massage loungers and a flow channel as well as a champagne pool bar. If you’re looking to take some time out, head for the meditation pool which features a soothing musical accompaniment. The open-air area also boasts an additional pool with whirlpool zone and massage loungers. Moreover, the Vitalgarten is a great place to catch some rays and enjoy the views over the lake. There are also a number of options available should hunger or thirst strike. The VitalTherme has both a vitamin bar as well as a pool bar. There is also the Crêperie Parisienne, the Thai restaurant Kaimug as well as access to the nude area of the Culinarium. The VitalTherme is also home to the Royal Day Spa, where you can book your very own relaxation space or suite as a place of private retreat.