Oceans, rivers and lakes aren’t the only beautiful natural water formations that we can plan our vacations around. Many travel destinations also feature incredible natural hot springs. These springs are not only located in gorgeous locations, but they are also deeply relaxing and can provide you with a host of health benefits.
A few weeks ago, we took a look at some of the best natural hot springs in America. This week, we’re going to cross the Atlantic to explore some the five best hot springs in Europe. When you plan your next big vacation, keep these breathtaking hot springs in mind.
Terme di Saturnia – Tuscany, Italy
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Tuscany boasts one of the most idyllic hot springs in the world. With 500 liters of therapeutic water being pumped out of a volcanic crater every second, this spring water is completely pure. Thanks to the 99.5 degree F water and the gorgeous Italian landscape surrounding it, there’s no doubt you will slip into a deep state of relaxation at this spring.
Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad), Czech Republic
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This quaint Czech town is not lacking in hot springs. It is home to over 300 springs that have been enjoyed since the 14th century. Various spa hotels in the small town use the spring water during traditional spa treatments to give their guests additional health benefits. You can soak your troubles away in baths around the town that use only thermal spring water. This water is naturally heated at 161 degrees F, but it is cooled for bathing.
Aqua Dome – Tyrol, Austria
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Since the 16th century, people have been visiting Tyrol to benefit from the healing properties of its hot springs. Now you can enjoy massive baths and thermal pools filled with 90 degree F to 97 degree F warm thermal water. What makes this spring unique is its levitating thermal water bowls, filled with lights, massage benches and whirlpools.
Thermae Bath Spa – Bath, England
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If you are looking for a relaxing as well as historic experience, you may want to book a trip to Thermae Bath Spa in England. Though modernized, this spa was enjoyed by the Celts and Romans over 2,000 years ago and continues to be home to Britain’s only natural thermal waters. Receive the ultimate relaxation experience with the award-winning day spa’s mineral-rich waters warmed at 92 degrees F and carefully-designed spa treatments.
Széchenyi Thermal Bath – Budapest, Hungary
Budapest has been officially recognized as The City of Spas since 1934 because of its abundant amount of thermal springs. The most popular place to soak in the city’s spring water is Széchenyi Baths, which features 15 indoor pools and three outdoor pools. For a hot tub-like experience, dip into the indoor thermal water pools, which are heated to up to 104 degrees F.
For a historic, relaxing and cultural European experience, make a visit to these hot springs the next time you’re across the pond. If you’re not going to be in Europe any time soon, you can still enjoy the therapeutic properties of warm water every day in your own backyard. Learn more about how you can receive warm water therapy in a hot tub here. Make every day feel like a relaxing vacation with your own ThermoSpas hot tub.