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Relax in the "badehaus masserberg", a health spa with clinic in Thuringia Germany


Contact Information:

badehaus masserberg
Kurhausstraße 8
98666 Masserberg
Germany
Phone: 011 49 36870 53380
Fax: 011 49 36870 53375

Opening time:
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Note:
We recommend to use e-mail or fax if you do not speak German

Introduction

Thuringia is blessed with many new built health spas. Whenever you feel tired from sightseeing, shopping, hiking or any other activities, take a break and relax in one of them. You will enjoy it.
The "badehaus masserberg" is part of a complex which consists of the spa and a clinic called "Prof. Volhard Klinik".
We only visited the spa and did not stay overnight.
When we arrived in Thuringia it we did not know about the upcoming heat wave. It was unusually cold and Elizabeth was shivering and looked forward to get soaked in the pools with hot water.
Because we were early we found a free of charge parking spot directly in front of the entrance.
The water in the various pools of the "badehaus masserberg" must be heated - it is not what they call a "Therme" which is fed by hot water coming out of the ground.

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
We found free parking directly in front of the health spa in Masserberg

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
Elizabeth is studying German information

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
Elizabeth reading German information

The spa has three levels:
• the lower level with all the saunas, the facilities for beauty treatments a dipping pool which should be used after using a sauna, showers etc.
• the main level with all the pools and a cafeteria
• the upper level for relaxation and interesting displays

In Masserberg the basic entrance fee includes the use of the whirlpools, all the fancy swimming pools, the outdoor pool with hot salt water (Solebad), the different saunas, the "Duftschränke" (scented candles burning in small cabinets) and "Schallliegen" (encapsulated lazy chairs in which you can listen to soft music).
Offered special treatments however must be paid extra and be booked in advance.
To find out more details about these special offers was the attempt of Elizabeth';s discussion. She already had put some money away in Canada to get pampered here.
It was immediately clear that you need days to go through everything offered in the "badehaus masserberg" and more money than Elizabeth had reserved for that.
Just follow us on a brief tour through this temple of health and relaxation that you know what to expect.

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After getting changed in swim wear I took this picture

I believe it is helpful to provide the following basic information because most people in Thuringia do not speak any English which means they can't give you any answers to your questions.

Entrance fee: is listed at the entrance. In Masserberg no time limitation applied when we were there! Please do not carry any cash with you.
Sauna: if you want to visit the saunas, bring some large towels with you to sit on for hygienic reasons. All saunas are shared between both genders and everybody goes naked!
Change room: after you have paid the entrance fee you will receive a little plastic card. Find a locker with an inserted key. Open the locker, insert the plastic card into the slot which you see and you can remove the key and use it at any time. Use the coat hangers which you may find in the locker or find some and use one of the cabins opposing the locker to get changed. These cabins have an easy to understand locking device for both doors. Store everything in the locker - don't take cash with you do not need any for payments. Make sure that the key is properly attached to you wrist - soon you will know why. Find your way to the showers for men or women.
Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
The change room

More hinds:

• bring some cheap plastic slippers with you. They make walking on the tiled floors much easier and they do not cost a fortune.
• be prepared to walk many stairs. If you are handicapped or using a wheel chair ask for assistance. I was told that each level can be accessed through the clinic which is equipped with elevators.
• as already recommended don't take any cash with you into the pool area. When you put it in the pockets of your swim shorts it may disappear when using the pools with the powerful jets. Just show your key and pay your food or drinks when you leave the facility.

The spa level

As many people do, we first went to the spa level in the "badehaus masserberg". I think it is a great advantage that you can reach all pools - with one exception - without climbing stairs or using an elevator.
We were already impressed by the architecture when we entered the building, but after we had changed our cloths and walked through the facilities we were stunned.
A leaning glass tower, art work, a gorgeous view and a smoke free atmosphere made us feel very comfortable.

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

It was early and the spacious pool area was not crowded. We tried all the individual pools including the outdoor pool with salt water and a temperature of 32°C.
Each basin is equipped with various water jets. It is always a surprise when they suddenly start. Either fountains in the center of a pool erupt, jets installed in the walls massage your body or they push your through a circular channel. It is fun to try swimming against the strong current.
We were so excited about everything what we experienced that we came back a few times.

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Water jets push you through this channel

It was always nice that the pools were not crowded and that the few kids behaved themselves very nicely.
Chlorine is not used at all or very carefully for the necessary disinfections of the water. It is replaced mainly by ozone. I saw nobody who's hair turned green or with swim wear falling apart.
In Masserberg we had also our first experience of a pool with under water sound. When you float on your back with your ears under water you can listen to relaxing music. You recognize this pool by the treble clef which is part of the floor mosaic.
I believe we could easily stay in this environment for at least two weeks and doing nothing besides relaxing, strolling through little Masserberg or the Thuringian Forest and breathing clean air and important - enjoying different food and drinking lots of local mineral water and occasionally something stronger.
Both of us used every chance between our sightseeing tours and working on the travel guide to do this.
Despite eating more and richer food than at home we lost a nice amount of weight - especially me.
Nothing would be left from Elizabeth except skin and bones if she would loose as much as I did.

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Canadian/German fun

As hotter as better! Elizabeth enjoyed the hot tubs. All language barriers disappeared when she met nice and very friendly people.
Some of them stayed here for a few days. They were guests in the adjacent "Prof. Velar-Klinik" a clinic for rehabilitation. It provides 130 comfortable rooms for accommodation which can compete with those of a luxury hotel.

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
The outdoor pool with hot salt water which is called a "Solebad"

To swim in the outdoor pool is great fun especially when the weather is nasty or in winter.
You swim directly from the indoor area to the outside and will not be exposed to the cold air.
Colored panels provide wind protection in winter, but during our visit in summer this was not required.
If a horn sounds a mighty eruption of water occurs in the center of the pool as you can see in the picture on the left side.
You will not get airborne if you are not afraid to swim into the center of this water storm but you may lose your glasses or eventually parts of your swim wear.
We liked the massages provided by that underwater fountain or by the various jets. We enjoyed them on our backs, arms, legs, necks or even hands.
We could not smell any chlorine. As far as know ozone is being used instead.

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
Ice cream with fresh strawberries, real whipped cream and a shot of Advocaat.

The cafeteria offers a great sight on Masserberg and the Thuringian Forest.
You must not pay in cash. You will be asked for the number on your locker key and you pay when you leave the "badehaus masserberg".
As already recommended, always be prepared to pay in cash in Thuringia. Credit cards are not widely accepted yet.
Advocaat is a sweet liqueur made with egg yolk. You can also drink it straight! It is not as a normal German snaps.

More hinds:

• bring some cheap plastic slippers with you. They make walking on the tiled floors much easier and they do not cost a fortune.
• be prepared to walk many stairs. If you are handicapped or using a wheel chair ask for assistance. I was told that each level can be accessed through the clinic which is equipped with elevators.
• as already recommended don't take any cash with you into the pool area. When you put it in the pockets of your swim shorts it may disappear when using the pools with the powerful jets. Just show your key and pay your food or drinks when you leave the facility.

Elizabeth told me later that the water temperatures seemed to be a little bit higher than in Bad Colberg which is a "Therme". Skinny as she is I had to believe her judgment. I never felt any difference.
Unfortunately, no information in English were available and the very friendly staff was not able to explain all the offered special treatments in this language. Elizabeth used all her German language knowledge and by laughing a lot the communication between Canada and Thuringia started.

The lower level

The lower level of the "badehaus masserberg" is designated to health and beauty. You have the choice of different kind of saunas, massages and beauty treatments.
Elizabeth was already in Canada saving money to get pampered. But then she realized you can only do so much in the two days which we came here. You should not have stress by doing all the relaxing treatments in too little time. I believe you need at least one week to unwind and enjoy everything.
As I already said in most European countries both genders use the sauna in the nude. Families come with their children and I never experienced that anybody stares as you. Old and young and many of the people you find there would not win a beauty contest.
It is a relaxed atmosphere and normally their is not to much talking. Everybody sweats and is careful not to overdue it.

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I waited until nobody was in this sauna

As soon as you feel uncomfortable leave and cool down in a basin with cold water. In winter some people got outside and roll in the snow. Beginners prefer to take a shower.
Please do not forget to bring large towels with you if you intent to go in a sauna. It serves to sit on for hygienic reasons. You also must take a shower before you enter the sauna. A house coat may give you more comfort when you relax after the sauna.
Wood of the Douglas fir tree is being used for this sauna. I still could smell the wood resin. The temperature is about 93° C (approximately 200° F). You will not get it hotter in Masserberg.
All equipment is state-of-the-art as you can see and the complete spa is kept extremely clean. Machines were used to pick up water from the floor.
Nevertheless, please wear plastic slippers. They also prevent slipping on the tile or hardwood floors.

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
A pool with cold water which is used after the hot sauna

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
Elizabeth did not dare to turn the shower on

There was no noise, no screaming kids running around, no smoking, no loud talking.
After a sauna you want to relax. You can read or sleep, discover art work everywhere or watch the Japanese fish in the large aquarium.
It is essential that you replace the water which you lost by sweating in the sauna. Some people do this with beer, but natural juices or mineral water are better for your health.
Naturally I avoided to show any naked people in my website.
For that reason you will find here a juice bar where you also pay by just showing your locker key.
If you feel hungry just climb up the stairs to the spa level und you can have a light meal in the "Ristorante MasserMonte".
Elizabeth could not try all the different saunas during our visits. We must come back.
For example there is a Finnish sauna with a temperature of only 80° C (Approximately 175° F), a so called"Biosanarium" with an almost &quut;freezing" temperature of 52° C (125° F) but a higher humidity. It combines various forms of treatments including the smell of herbs and exposure to specific light.

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Everything is there - cold and hot water treatment for your legs and feet

Have you ever been in a steam bath? I loved it. So did the people in ancient Greece and Rome as well as in Arabia. The air temperature is only 45° C (approximately 115° F) but you breath steam which helps when you have breathing problems or rheumatism. I found it extremely relaxing and pleasing. Please don't hesitate and try it!
I believe that a healthy skin makes you look younger and it protects your body. To take good care of it is better than plastic surgery.

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The juice bar of the spa in Masserberg

The "badehaus masserberg" offers a variety of treatments. With my sons family we were a group of four and used the special offer for all of us for a mud treatment called "Rasul" which is based on Turkish body cleansing.
"Heilerde" or healing earth is considered to be one of the first medical treatments used by humans. We practised this a children by laying in the mud, similar to some animals and jumping after in the little river in our village. We did not know anything about the antique Greek culture which used mud as a treatment against many diseases.

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

The treatment room for "Rasul" accommodates four people. Each person becomes a plate with five "dumplings" formed out of mud. They are used for peeling of dead skin. Each "dumpling" has a different color and a different grain. The lightest on for the face and the roughest one for the feet.

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After you have applied the mud you relax in the seats and breathe the scented warm air

You must first take all your cloth off and enjoy a warm shower. Than you apply mud from the different "mud balls" by rubbing it into the assigned parts of your body. Normally your partner assist you.
Then you sit down and relax and breathe scented air. After a certain time warm water comes out of the shower heads above you seat to clean most of the mud off. A hand held shower will do the rest.
When this is done scented oil will handed to you and you rub it into your body.
After the procedure is completed you should rest and should not use any of the facilities of the spa to allow your body to absorb the oil. For that reason we went to the "Rasul" in the evening before we went home to Siegritz.
Don't forget to bring some reading material with you. The spa offers some brochures, but they are all in German.
Masserberg offers naturally much more treatments. We did not try them but the next page gives you some brief information. Otherwise just ask if you are in Masserberg and hopefully somebody speaks English.

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Here you can relax after a treatment or a sauna

Naturally, almost everything I can think of to make women and man more beautiful and healthier is offered in the "badehaus masserberg". If we would not have had a tight schedule to work on our travel guide for Thuringia, Elizabeth certainly would have gone through the complete program and I could show more pictures. It would not be right to use images asking other people to pose for those.
I gladly admit that I would also enjoy many of the offered treatments. As already mentioned, we loved the "Rasul" treatment very much after having spent hours in the various pools and in the different saunas.

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Just a demonstration of the "Bal-Thai" treatment

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

"Bal-Thai" is an East Asian massage technique which uses specific herbal oils or essences suitable for the skin of the treated person.
All products needed for the therapy are internationally registered and comply to strict purity regulations.

The "badehaus masserberg" offers different "Bal-Thai" treatments. They are suitable for the whole body or for specific parts - like the legs - only. You should discuss details with the well trained and friendly massage therapists.
The principle of the therapy is to use the human skin - the largest organ - for transferring the healing power to the body.
Because we already had booked the ":Rasul" is was not feasible that Elizabeth also could go through the "Bal-Thai" massage the same day. However, it was briefly demonstrated to us.
The treatment starts with softening the skin by use of a moisturized pillow which is stuffed with rose and orange ingredients. After that the selected warm "Bal-Thai" oil will be applied.
For the massage hot packing's which are called stamps are used. They contain a special mixture of herbs and spices. In a fast sequence various spots of the body will be touched. When the packing's get cooler more pressure is applied and the massage begins. The ingredients which are responsible for the healing process will penetrate the skin. This procedure will be repeated several times.
Naturally the herb packing's will be prepared for each customer freshly.
The healing process is initiated by the heat of the massage packages
The exotic scents and the cosy environment are a stimulant for total relaxation and the effects of the "Bal-Thai" therapy.
As already said, the specialist from the "badehaus masserberg" gladly discuss all your needs with you and answer all questions - but please have a English-German dictionary with you. The English learning process has just started.
Please ask also for the other therapies which are offered, such as a hay bath or fango which applies volcanic clay mud to the body. Elizabeth was keen of having a real mud bath against her starting arthritis which is a result of the specific climatic conditions of the are where we live. We re talking about that for years. I am confident we will get us covered in mud the next time when we visit the "badehaus masserberg" again.

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After the massage you can rest here

A special foot massage for which you do not need an appointment and which is included into the entrance fee is shown in the picture on the left side.
Elizabeth tried it immediately following our very friendly and very knowledgeable guide.

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No extra charges for this special foot massage!

In addition to that many more treatments are offered. But those are not free!
To name only a few: treatments with algae, various kinds of peeling, sea water-oil bath, a Cleopatra bath, various cream baths
Please use the contact information which we have provided under "badehaus masserberg - Home" to address your questions or to get more details.
You will be surprised about the cleanliness and the relaxing atmosphere of this top of the line spa.
I wish that we would get such a spa in Southern Ontario. Despite the aging population everything is tailored for children.
Here in Thuringia children enjoy also the spas! They are not banned and many of the spas offer many things to keep them entertained and active.
Eventually, health care costs could be lowered by providing such a service. It is definitely better than a bingo hall or a new casino for the elderly on a fixed income.

The relaxation level

Please do not find any excuses for not visiting the upper level of the "badehaus masserberg". This level is purely dedicated to total relaxation.
If you have problems walking stairs, ask for help. I was promised that each level can be accessed by an elevator.
Walk first around to check everything out.
You will be surprised how much efforts had been spent to provide really total relaxation. We never have seen anything like this before.
If you have little kids with you be aware that this spa may be a little bit boring for them even when it contains a special pool just dedicated to the little ones.
There are no water slides and other things which keep them busy. It is more a place for an adult life style.
We visited other spas which are more suitable for active children.

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

You can oversee the spa level or the surrounding scenery. Take a book with you and read in a quiet environment or have a nap. Nobody will bother you.

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Even a desk for riding post cards or your diary is provided

The pictures show a view on the pool with the underwater sound in which I floated on my back for quiet a while to listen to sounds by touching sensors and one of the dinning rooms of the adjacent clinic which provides hotel services.
I was thinking to stay there during our next trip through Thuringia and to work on another update of our Internet travel guide under those conditions.
No interruptions by phone calls and all the daily duties which you have at home.
I believe I would return in much better shape to Canada by doing so. Elizabeth would certainly not protest -she only must make sure that she can stay so long.
Unfortunately the so called management of the clinic did not respond to my e-mail.

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

If you like aroma therapy as much as Elizabeth open the various cabinets,called "Duftschränke". Each one contains a burning scented candle.
Elizabeth also liked to listen to good music. You can select from classical music to jazz.

Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide
Masserberg, Thuringia, Germany, health spa, tourism, travel guide

The "relaxation level" of the spa even hosts little museum. It shows as a reference famous spas and equipment from the past.
It is always a surprise which kind of luxury life style the rich and famous had in antique times. The oldest information date back to about 3000 B.C.
Also information about the construction of the complete complex of the "badehaus masserberg" are displayed.
We did not realize how fast the time went. You really have to spend a few days in this environment to calm down and to really enjoy everything what is offered.
Forget about your normal life style and relax. Do some hiking in the surrounding Thuringian Forest.
Try "Nordic Walking" which is very popular in Europe.
Talk to the people - Elizabeth had great fun by doing so. Her German was at the end better than the English of most persons she met. Just don't be afraid or shy.
Please spend also some time to see and even touch all the art work which you will find all over the "badehaus masserberg". Many well known artists where involved to create the unique ambience. There is so much to discover, but please take it easy to do so - you should return to your home country as a healthy and relaxed person with many good memories.

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