Relax, rejuvenate and restore in Bad Reichenhall

Relax, rejuvenate and restore in Bad Reichenhall

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

Daily stressors and life, in general, can get overwhelming. Sometimes you just need to get away but don’t have the time to jump on a plane and fly to an exotic, secluded destination. For some peace and tranquility in Germany, drive south to Bad Reichenhall, a spa town in Berchtesgadener Land. Here you’ll find an amazing hotel with amenities you didn’t even know you needed, beautiful landscapes, fantastic food and a garden that will make you aspire to have a green thumb.

One of the things that can make or break a good vacation is the hotel. With so many to choose from and endless websites to search, it can be stressful trying to find the perfect location. Take the guesswork out of where to stay and book directly with the Klosterhof, Premium Hotel and Health Resort. This recently renovated 4-star location has it all, from spacious rooms to a delicious breakfast buffet.  When you arrive you’ll be pleased to find that you’re just outside of town and mostly secluded with plenty of room to park your car. The lobby greets you with a wood-burning fireplace, a welcome drink and a bar in case you want to really start relaxing quickly. The receptionist will escort you to your room and even offer assistance with your luggage.

When you arrive in your room you’ll be pleased to find that it is spacious with an open bathroom with optional doors that slide into the walls to create an enclosed bathroom area. You’ll find a toiletries box on the vanity that includes a nail file, q-tips, cotton pads, a shower cap and a sewing kit, just in case. Since this is a spa, the shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion bottles provided smell like heaven and won’t make you wish you had packed your own. The provided hair dryer is particularly powerful and allows you to dry your hair in record time. The beds are typical German hotel style and are a little hard, but certainly clean with white fluffy pillows and duvets. There is plenty of room to hang your clothes and store your suitcase. There is also a bottle of sparkling water and wine and a mini-fridge for your convenience. The best and most important things you’ll find are bathrobes and a straw pool tote filled with two towels specifically for the sauna area, flip-flops and a fleece blanket.

Located on the bottom floor is the Artemacur Spa area which includes an indoor pool, a wood sauna, Finnish sauna, brine steam room, an outdoor whirlpool, private massage rooms and a fitness center. Yoga classes are also offered for those who are looking for organized activities. Unfortunately, there is not a hot tub, but the spacious saunas make up for the lack of heated water. In the large sauna and pool areas, there are plenty of lounge chairs and even cushioned nooks for reading and relaxing. With snacks, fruit infused water and a tranquility that floats through the air, you’re sure to find your inner peace here. Fair warning, this area of the hotel is clothing optional.

Take your relaxation to the next level by booking an appointment with the Artemacur Spa. Instead of booking a certain type of massage or facial, you simply book a time frame of either 50 or 80 minutes and arrive in your provided bathrobe. Your massage therapist or facialist will determine the best treatment for you after a brief interview. These treatments are a definite do, as the facialist makes you feel like you are getting butterfly wing kisses all over your face whilst she delicately applies cleaners, toners and lotions. She’ll then give you the most delightful facial massage ever by applying the perfect amounts of pressure to all those stress points. The massage therapists are attentive to your needs and very discreet with draping. The 80-minute full body massage is so relaxing that you’ll think you’re floating on a cloud. All in all, this spa experience is an 11/10 and is only enhanced by a visit to the sauna area afterward.

Though you may be tempted to seclude yourself inside the hotel and pretend the outside world doesn’t exist, venture out instead to take a look at the Royal Spa Garden. Located in the heart of the town, this garden was originally designed by royal Bavarian court gardener Carl von Effner in 1868 for its visitors to find peace and comfort. With colorful flowers, a bubbling fountain, fresh air and the towering mountains, you’re sure to leave here with a sense of wonder at just how incredible natural beauty can be. In addition to the astounding scenery, you are also in an AlpenSole brine open-air inhalation facility, meaning the air that you breathe while wandering around the gardens is supposed to help your respiratory passages. The surrounding stately architecture is also spectacular and includes the Circular Concert Hall, the Königliches Kurhaus and the Lobby building.

For the best overall view of the surrounding area, visit the Predigtstuhl Cable Car, the world’s oldest originally preserved cable car. Per the Bad Reichenhall website, it is “considered a model for the ideal cable car and the epitome of elegance in ropeway construction” since 1928. This car will take you 105 feet into the air with views from the summit that will knock your socks off. Once at the top, there are hiking trails that are stroller friendly and even a gourmet restaurant. What a treat!

After taking in the beauty of the Royal Spa Garden and the surrounding landscape, visit Ludwig and Post Strasses for some leisurely shopping in a pedestrian-only area. Over 200 shops call these streets home and are just waiting great you with a warm welcome. Here you’ll find items like Mozart chocolates and beauty products among numerous cafés, bakeries and beer gardens.

There are so many activities and ways to relax in Bad Reichenhall that you don’t even need to drive to another location. Grab your significant other or a group of friends and head to this spa town to find your own little slice of heaven. Who knows, you may decide to never leave!


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