Sometimes, I wonder if apart from me others also have the desire or get the feeling of taking off for a couple of days during the cold winter. Going somewhere where its hot, preferably with a beautiful beach and white sand ? Well, I had one of these moments and the therme in Erding caught my attention when I recently picked up one of their flyers, stating:
“The holiday resort with that summer feeling” — “Welcome to Paradise.”
Pretty tempting huh ? At this moment in time here in Germany we are still currently fighting with cold winter days and under the motto ‘going on a break‘ where it‘s hot and somewhere nearby with the focus on fun and to chill out at an affordable price, the Therme Erding was the selected choice.
Antonia (a friend from New Zealand) and myself recently visited the Therme Erding *sponsored* near Munich in Germany and to be honest with you, we really enjoyed our short getaway. This encouraged us to rejuvenate from the daily happenings and can be summarised into key highlights: water slide action and fun, recreation in the therme and spa area and the incredible interior design. I will touch into more detail throughout the article, so it‘s worth reading it.
How to get there ?
Starting point was @Marienplatz in Munich‘s city centre, which is one of the highest sought after hot spots in Munich and therefore a must visit. Soon, you can read more about it in my Munich post !
The best and easiest way is to catch the S-Bahn S2 Erding, which takes about 45 minutes. Get off at Altenerding from where you can catch a bus (550, 560, 570) that takes 5 minutes or choose the scenic walk across the field and reach the Therme Erding within 10 minutes. To find out the best connections from your location, check out: https://www.mvg.de and I would recommend to download the app because it really does help to get updated directions within and outside Munich. Renting a car may be the other option.
Upon arrival, we were ready to relax and so excited.
From the station we ended up taking a Taxi, which costs a couple of euros and so we arrived at the Therme Erding around 7pm.
Why it was incredible ?
When arriving on the site the lady at the cashier (Shavonne) was super welcoming and friendly, I even remembered her name and I’m usually terrible with names. For an additional charge we received a towel and a bathrobe (its very convenient if you forgot yours at home, don’t have one or just too lazy to take it there). We then received some information about tonights event (Mediterranean spring, VitalOase / VitalTherme & Sauna open until 1am) and entered into what I would call:
An incredible getaway resort with all-around carefree pack !
First thing we did was change into our swimmers and lock our stuff away. The changing rooms and other facilities seemed very clean, which is important to know right? We then wandered around in order to discover what the different areas had to offer. However, before we immersed ourselves in them we found one of those cozy day beds where we stayed for some time. Haha oopsyyy.
Water slide action
After rejuvenating in the cozy day bed we entered Europe’s biggest water slide world with plenty of slides for all ages, separated into different levels: Family, Action and X-treme. When we first walked up the stairs the people around seemed very happy and like they enjoyed the slides. I also noticed that the area wasn’t just covered by kids, no, it was full of people of different ages. I have the strong opinion that water slides takes everybody back to being a kid again, which I blame nobody and is awesome !
Naturally being spontaneous, we went straight for the slides with no cues and left the most popular ones for the end.
Floating down the slides was fun, we conquered all of them, some of them even twice or three times. It’s great with a single or group tube. I don’t know if you can imagine but we even got wet – hated that fact. I hope you get sarcasm !
Our selected and famous slides were: Kamikaze, Wild River and Magic Eye
For more detailed information or to watch the trailer, click: Galaxy Erding Water Slides
What a pity that the outside slides were still closed at this time of the year but I’m sure that there will be another getaway occasion to come back in summer and try them too. Probably with my little nephews.
Therme & entertaining
The Tropical Spa area was our next stop to cool down after the water slides excitement and tiredness. We slowly made our way to the outside pool (Perlbad / Massagedüsen) where we enjoyed laying in the jets whilst enjoying a beautiful full moon – very romantic !
A little while later we headed back inside and ordered a drink at the Poolbar, which was really relaxing. Being surrounded by all the palm trees actually made us feel like we were on vacation. Whilst there, two Mexicans with their sombreros turned up behind us playing some traditional Spanish songs on the guitar, which made it just perfect. A couple of minutes later a Spanish dance group performed Flamenco on a stage on the other side of the pool, which caught everyones attention. Antonia, myself and some others even started dancing in the pool, which was a lot of fun.
Sauna, spa & relaxation
Before we then entered the spa and sauna area VitalTherme & Saunen (which was a big highlight for us), we had a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.
Walking from one hot spring, sauna and steam room to the next, the use of the bathrobe came in handy. By this time we were more than ready to step into the sauna (the wooden chalet Kelohaus) and the sweating commence. This particular sauna gave me the feeling and memory of being in a Swedish sauna.
The unusual thing about this sauna was that we were the only two sitting in there, to our surprise. Any ideas why ?
Yes, we happened to have walked into the hottest sauna in Therme Erding. Being almost 100° in Erdinger Schwitzstube it makes you melt away like chocolate. Go and check it out, it gets super hot in there !
After this hot experience, we decided to lay down in the relaxation room right next to a fireplace where it was then really hard to get up again – meaning so relaxing to almost fall asleep haha.
For a proper cool down then tho, we headed back to my favourite area with:
Incredible interior design that offers the feeling of being back in time
The Römische Villa was an outstanding designed part of the Therme Erding with stone statutes, columns, roman mural paintings and the spacious bathtub in the back, as you can see in the photo underneath.
In this bathtub and being in there with a couple of women could actually transform the feeling that I would imagine Ceasar would have had during his time
These areas that provided the flair of being back in time is the perfect match for a world traveller and is a great multicultural hit.
By this point the Therme Erding was almost closing for the day, although it had seemed that we were the only ones in there for the past hour. We just had enough time to visit an aromatic steam room, which they provided salt for you to rub on your body.
Then it was already 1am when we had to go and shower, give back the towels and bathrobes, etc. where we were lucky enough to bump into Shavonne again to say one last thank you and goodbye – time to head back to the hotel. At the end we realised that we had missed out on some other parts that Therme Erding offers at their large facility but we didn’t want to rush it and leaves more things to discover for another time.
As in most parts of the smaller cities in Germany transportation does seem to slow down considerably on the weekends and that you might find it hard to get around as easily as in Munich for instance.
The next morning after we had a buffet breakfast in the hotel, we headed to the historic old town. Where we discovered the beauty of Erding whilst spotting some beautiful coloured buildings in the traditional style of German architecture. Walking around on a Sunday in a small village like Erding was very enjoyable, especially when coming from a bigger and louder city like Munich. At the square of ‘St. Johann’s church we stopped for a yummy coffee and some delicious cake at Pano Kaffee & Brot – definitely worth stopping by.
With the sun shining bright into our necks and already working on our tan it was time to head back to Munich. After a relaxing weekend I had a 29km run scheduled in preparation for the upcoming Düsseldorf Marathon – lucky me.
I TRAVEL FOREVER’s VIEW & RECOMMENDATION
To sum up our short getaway trip and to give you some recommendations / tips to make your time worthwhile at the Therme Erding, I would suggest to go on a weekend like we have done because they offer events and sometimes later hours. In this case, Therme Erding offers great accommodation facilities with their onsite hotels such as Hotel Victory or the Erding located Hotel Linner *sponsored* where we had been staying with nice spacious rooms, friendly staff and delicious variety of dishes for breakfast. If you do decide to take your love or a beloved person on a surprising trip to the Therme Erding, you could always consider booking one of the private rooms equipped with one of the cozy day beds where you can leave your things and is a nice place to have a quiet moment to yourselves !
A relaxing time at the Therme Erding, a beautiful day wandering around in Erdings’ historic town made us leave with good memories, super happy and with a big smile. Perfect weekend ! Cheers.