The pretty town of Bad Wörishofen earned its lucrative status as a spa town in 1920, thanks to the legendary healing qualities of Sebastian Kneipp. A forward-thinking holistic practitioner, Kneipp created a monastery-based spa, and offered revolutionary treatments that included hydrotherapy, herbs, a nutritional diet, exercise, and spiritual insight. With a prime location in the lush green lands of Bavaria, few destinations can match the tranquil setting and still offer visitors plenty to do. Hiking, cycling, and pedalos are enough to get you physically active, whilst the amusement park has all the thrills and spills to shake you from the slumber you are in danger of whilst being pampered with luxury health treatments.
Location: A Bavarian oasis
Bad Wörishofen is situated in Wörthbach on the tributary of the Mindel River, wedged between Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, two of Germany’s most beautiful regions for enjoying outdoor pursuits. The nearest international airport is Memmingen some 35 kilometres away, although is also easily reached by rail from Munich 80 kilometres away.
Culture: The rise of holistic therapy
The cultural revelations in Wörishofen is centred around Stephan Kneipp, the spiritual herbalist that revolutionised holistic naturopathic with his approach to hydrotherapy treatments. Visit the Dominican Monastery where Kneipp fulfilled his spiritual beliefs and invited patients to try his healing methods. You can also learn more of one man’s salvation in the Kneipp Museum, which is dedicated to the life and times of the miracle worker for which the town was attributed the honour of being titled a spa town.
Activities: Indulge in spa treatments then let the fun commence
The dominating attraction in Wörishofen is the leisure oasis and spa where you can indulge yourself from a menu of rejuvenating treatments, massages and therapeutic experiences. Flanked by a large lake and boasting no fewer than three swimming pools, the impressive complex offers fun for all the family including slides and pedalos. Visitors are invited to take the free guided tour through the rose garden, where you will be surprised to learn there are 575 different types of rose. Even the walks are designed to be therapeutic, with the 1550-metre Osteo-Walk along the barefoot trail intended to aid mobility and breathing as well as encouraging you to enjoy the surroundings using all five senses. Once you have sufficiently indulged with the pampering, head to the Skyline Amusement Park, and literally let your hair flow on the rollercoasters and admire the views from the top of the Ferris wheel.