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One of the Alps’ signature traditions stretches back to the days of the Romans and even earlier: taking the waters at the mineral baths in the region. Here are seven stops on the route to wellness in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
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Rotteckring 16, 79098 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Ever since elegant spa resorts first began drawing travelers to Germany's Black Forest, the area has been a hotbed of hot springs. Following in that tradition, the luxury Colombi Hotel opened in the late 1950s and was named for a manor house on...
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Brugg 35, 6870 Bezau, Austria
The signpost hanging out front has the date 1830 written on it and speaks to the long history of this spa hotel. What started as an inn for postal coach passengers in the wooded Bregenzerwald region of Austria's western Vorarlberg province has now...
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Rechtmurgstraße 28, 72270 Baiersbronn, Germany
The German Black Forest town of Baiersbronn is famous for its remarkable number of Michelin-starred restaurants. The Engel Obertal health resort's visitors, however, likely include some who are looking to recover after too many rich meals. The...
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79215 Elzach, Germany
Eight different sauna zones are spread over Germany's Elztalhotel, which has more than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor pools, the latter with stunning views of the surrounding Black Forest hills and the town of Elzach below. Whether you...
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Oberlängenfeld 140, 6444 Oberlängenfeld, Austria
It may sound like something out of a super-hero cartoon, and indeed the Aqua Dome, covering almost 500,000 square feet in Austria's Tyrol region, has an otherworldly design. An indoor pool sits behind massive crystal windows, while outdoor...
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Dorfstrasse 46, 3778 Schönried ob Gstaad, Switzerland
Just outside the posh village of Gstaad in the "suburb" of Schönried, the Ermitage Wellness & Spa Hotel is located in several large Swiss chalet-style buildings. Saltwater pools right outside your door are perfect for soaking underneath...
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Via Johannes Badrutt 11, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland
The classic, grand Carlton Hotel St. Moritz lies in Switzerland's Engadine high valley near Lake St. Moritz, one of the first destinations to put the country on the map of travelers at the end of the 19th century. An apocryphal legend has it that...