My husband and I have gone here numerous times during our stay in Germany. Our first visit was on a Thanksgiving, when it was slowly snowing outside. We went to the outdoor pools and found that our bodies were warm in the water even though we could feel the snowflakes falling on our faces. It was magical. There are a bunch of different pools at various temperatures, and they all have jets that go on and off at timed intervals so that no one stays in the same place forever hogging a spot. There are a few jets outside that are so powerful that I literally fixed a shoulder problem I was having by using them. I find the room with the noodles particularly relaxing because you can just float there peacefully for several minutes. There really just is not anything that I know of that is like this in the States; three hours of total relaxation for a very affordable price.
Using the chip on your wrist, you can purchase food while you are inside, thus eliminating the need to carry cash with you, which is very helpful. There is also a spa, so you can schedule massages and other treatments in addition to the mineraltherme pool experience. I never used this service since the prices were a bit steep for me, but they are somewhat competitive for the area.
Another reviewer wrote that there is a separate charge for the steam rooms and saunas and so therefore you will not accidentally walk in on the nude areas. I have to correct that reviewer; my experience was that this was not the case. If you wish to avoid being in the swimsuit free area, you just need to stay upstairs. If you are feeling adventurous and would like to try the swimsuit-free area, I would recommend trying it in a different town if you are affiliated with one of the local military bases; there is a very high likelihood of running into someone you know here and well, that is just too much awkward for me.
The only downside for me was that small children (under 5 years old) are not allowed in the Mineraltherme. So it made it quite a bit harder to go after having our baby since we needed a baby sitter. It is too bad, but I understand because the atmosphere inside is peaceful and calm.
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