• Bad Reichenhall: Many spa lovers head for this remote corner of Bavaria to "take the waters." Europe's largest saline source was first tapped in pre-Christian times, though the place now has a 19th-century aura. Some of the hotels in the town are better than others, but all have equal access to the spa and lie about a 5-minute walk away.
  • Bad Tölz: On the Isar River, this resort town became a spa in 1946 when its iodine-rich springs were discovered. Its water park, Alpamare, is one of the largest in Germany, and it's filled with saunas and solariums. Even if you don't take the spa waters, the well-preserved Old Town is worth a stopover, with many houses dating from the 17th and 19th centuries.
  • Bad Wiessee: Within easy reach of Munich, only 53km (33 miles) to the north, this spa town opens onto the beautiful lake, the Tegernsee. It is known for its mineral springs rich in iodine and sulfur. Bad Wiessee, with its advanced medical facilities, is a year-round resort, with swimming and boating in summer, and skiing on the nearby Bavarian Alps in winter. While having a holiday at this spa, you can also take day trips to Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.