While most Americans usually associate days spas with massages and facials, in Germany they are freestanding mega-enterprises built mostly around “Badekultur” or bathing culture that includes a regiment of saunas, steam baths and plunge pools where massages are minimal and facial are non-existent.
Designed by local architects GMP, this state-of-the-art day spa offers visitors a 2-hour to full day experience in a stunning design space of swooping concrete, chunky green limestone and red cedar wood decks that en-wrap a series of steam rooms, Finnish sauna, ice cold plunge pool, outdoor Japanese-inspired hot springs and private treatment rooms with cranial or Balinese massages.
But the best part is yet to come, as At the center of Liquidrom is a dome-shaped saltwater thermal spa with circular neon-lit roof and arched walls where guests float away their worries to live music fueled by an underwater sound system that pumps in gentle electronic, acid jazz, opera and classical music by a calendar of local artists and DJ on hand during the evening.
Visitors should be aware that most German day spas are co-ed and require full nudity with a towel or bathrobe to assist the more modest. The crowd varies from Riefenstahl worthy torsos that show no inhibition to more liberal shapes that sneak their way to the back of the steam rooms or private treatment areas.
For those that don’t like the idea of mingling nude in a co-ed thermal spa listening to dance music, there’s also a café and bar that serves healthy salads and snacks with full espresso and cocktail bar to lighten the mood.