Your next tropical destination should actually be Germany

  • Five-star service

    Planning a trip to Munich? If you’ve never flown into Germany’s Munich Airport, or haven’t done so for a few years, be prepared to land in a state-of-the-art facility that is Europe’s only five-star airport. It's located 23 miles from Munich’s center in the lovely Bavarian countryside, with convenient public transportation into the city. Before rushing off to Munich, though, you just might want to add a day or two to your itinerary to explore this lovely region of Bavaria.  

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  • Food for thought

    If you happen to arrive hungry after a long flight, you’ve come to the right place. The Munich airport boasts some 60 restaurants, cafes and bistros. From a Bavarian restaurant with its own brewery and beer garden to an entire Asian cuisine complex – and everything in between – the dining options at this amazing airport will satisfy any taste.

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  • One of the world's largest thermal baths

    Who knew that a mere 10 miles from the Munich Airport, you can luxuriate and relieve your jet lag at Therme Erding, one of the largest thermal bath complexes in Europe?  Its history is fascinating. In 1983, Texaco drilled outside of the Bavarian town of Erding in search of oil fields. What they found was sulphurous mineral water. So instead of an oil field, the phenomenal thermal spa was constructed and has become one of the region's biggest attractions.

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  • Under the dome

    No, it’s not a 5-star hotel in Italy. It’s the Italianate exterior of the impressive Hotel Victory, which is the hotel property within Erding's astounding spa complex. Most of Therme Erding is covered by a massive dome which allows a regulation of temperature and humidity throughout the year, obviously important in Bavaria’s cold winters. When you step from the hotel lobby into the spa complex, complete with a sandy beach and palm trees, you'll think you've arrived on an island in the Caribbean.

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  • Roman holiday

    There aren’t too many places in the world where you can soak away your stress in a reconstruction of a Roman-themed bath, just as the Romans did more than 2,000 years ago. All the pools in this complex boast therapeutic mineral water, so no matter which pool you choose to dip into, you'll be receiving the benefits of these healing waters.

    Photo courtesy of Therme Erding

  • Bavarian tropics

    Rest assured there are no plastic palm trees under the Therme’s roof. The controlled tropical environment and natural light transforms this thermal spa into a huge greenhouse where all sorts of plants and flowers thrive year-round.  Imagine watching snowflakes fall outside as you soak in warm mineral water and listen to parrots caw in the trees!

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  • Prosit!

    There’s nothing more relaxing than luxuriating in the mineral waters while sipping some of the local beer, wine and cocktails available at several pool bars throughout the complex.

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  • Take a train

    If you need some cultural stimulation after so much relaxing, the S-Bahn leaves the Erding station (a short walk through a lovely path from the Therme) every 20 minutes with arrival at the Munich station in the heart of the city. Enjoy the best of both worlds!

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  • Family fun

    If you have a family with kids, do think about spending some time upon your arrival in Germany in this family-friendly complex. The wave pools are a hit with the younger kids, but there are plenty of exciting slide opportunities for teens. No matter what their age, your children will be enthralled with the warm water and unlimited activities available here.

    Photo courtesy of Therme Erding

  • The great outdoors

    Bavaria normally has a mild climate from early summer to fall, so you won’t always be "under the dome" if you visit during these months.  There are many outdoor pool areas to enjoy during the warmer times of the year, all of which are fed by the same therapeutic mineral waters that rise from the deep underground sources.

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  • Local color

    The old town of Erding, which dates back to the 13th century, is within walking distance of the Therme. Explore the picturesque town square and charming side streets, and dine or snack at one of the many local restaurants and pubs.  The city is famous for its Erdinger Weissbier brew. A tour of the brewery, which includes a meal of sausages, pretzels and beer, is one of the town’s top visitor attractions.

    Photo courtesy of City of Erding

  • Cruise ship ambiance

    Hotel Victory is unique in its design. Its 128 rooms were built around a nautical theme that reflects the feel of sailing on a grand cruise ship.

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  • Breakfast extravaganza

    You won’t believe the breakfast buffet at Hotel Victory; the line-up of regional offerings defies description. You’ll even be able to sample the famous Bavarian Weisswurst pictured here. This delectable wurst is served around the clock in Bavaria and goes very well with a good local beer.

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  • Bird's-eye view

    It’s hard to describe in words and photos the expanse of the Erding mineral spa complex, but this aerial shot will give you a better idea of the size of this mineral water oasis and family fun center – all just a few miles from the Munich Airport.

    Photo courtesy of Therme Erding

  • Celebrate and rejuvenate

    Hotel Victory is a favorite place for couples to celebrate special occasions. This room was decked out with flowers and champagne to honor the 30th anniversary of a couple from Hamburg. They told us they couldn't think of any better place to celebrate their special event. The wide variety of health-oriented offerings, from thermal pools of all sizes and themes, steam and dry saunas, and an array of dining options make for a romantic and rejuvenating way to spend an anniversary or other special event.

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  • What a slide!

    If you love water slides, you'll definitely be in "slide heaven" in this massive slide complex – the largest in Europe. Sliders from 7 years old and up will enjoy the Rainbow Racer, where you can experience a thrill ride on your own mat. But that is just the start. Some 26 different slides await the visitor, which include the Magic Eye, the world's longest tube slide at 1169 feet.  

    Photo courtesy of Therme Erding

  • Unique entertainment

    Chances are you've never enjoyed relaxing on an inner tube in warm mineral water while watching a movie, listening to a DJ, or enjoying a live concert. The Therme offers some interesting special events, such as the unique Middle Ages "blast to the past" that includes a medieval folk band, a witches' theater, a bird of prey show, and a concert by the Salzburg Ensemble for Medieval music. Now that’s entertainment we bet you haven’t experienced before!

    Photo courtesy of Therme Erding

  • Spa heaven

    No matter what sort of thermal spa experience you're seeking, Therme Erding has it all! Want to imagine yourself back in Italy for a sauna or soak? No problem, as the Venetian spa area is just one of many themed thermal water experiences you can enjoy throughout your visit. Just a note of caution for visitors not used to nude bathing, which is a common practice in European countries: There are select times for bathers with swimsuits and without, so check the website prior to your visit to find the right slot for you.

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  • A place for romance

    Romance definitely blooms in this tropical paradise in the middle of Bavaria! It's a perfect place for lovers of all ages to reconnect, rejuvenate, and find liebe (love) in the lovely pools and alcoves of this amazing thermal pool enclave.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Bavarian sunset

    Vibrant sunsets such as this are not just unique to the tropics. You can enjoy this view over the Bavarian countryside from the terrace of Hotel Victory after a glorious and rejuvenating day in Erding’s remarkable thermal spa.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona