Travel & Leisure India & South Asia


An energetic four-year-old boy takes off his arm floats and swims to his dad, who looks at him proudly. Next to him, a small girl splashes around. The nod of approval from her grandmother, who is relaxing on a sun deck in the indoor swimming pool, is just the encouragement the child needs to swim with renewed gusto. I am a silent spectator to these family bonding moments at Thermalbad Aukammtal—a thermal bath facility in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Paying homage to Roman sweat baths, Aukammtal has indoor and outdoor pools, a variety of saunas, and a spa. Well-being gets a fun twist as you swim in 32° Celsius hot-spring water, loaded with sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and hydrogen carbonate. As I swim from the indoor pool to the outdoor pool via a channel, the cold air above and the contrasting warm water below welcome me.

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