The concrete jungle can get oppressive at times, and whether you are in New York or Berlin, there’s always room for a little breather from the abundance of cultural activities that may be occupying your days. Particularly in Berlin, where extreme winters keep bodies bundled and outdoor exercise to a minimum, it’s nice to know that a number of downright classy spas and wellness center await the local and the tourist at every turn. Peel off those layers and see how Berliners take to a relaxing day at the spa.
Thoroughly hip and far from your grandma’s day spa, the Liquidrom Berlin is where relaxation takes on a whole new definition. You’ll find that this ultra modern venue, catering to the younger crowd, has just what the doctor ordered, either in the form of trippy projections or locally grown DJs who provide the soundtrack to this unique getaway. Seeking an out of body experience never felt so healthy. While you soak in baths of salt water, the ambient lighting and full sensory experience will remove you from the cold and concrete of the city faster than you can hum ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’.
Though the city comes in an array of grays, there’s no need to let the color get you down. In fact, why not plan an escape to the ONO Spa, a relaxation center decorated in all white, and a lift from the eyesore of concrete. Indulge in an all-day treatment lasting anywhere from four to eight hours, or spend time taking advantage of the fitness center and saunas. Whether you’re seeking a moment to contemplate the contemporary German Artists that left you dumbfounded, or the heavy nature of the Berlin wall, this oasis in the city provides an ideal venue to let your mind go.
Nestled in the lesser-known Berlin neighborhood of Neukölln, you’ll find an opportunity to indulge in a neo-classical Roman bathhouse. If you ever wondered what those ancient emperors must have felt like as the relaxed in thermal baths while their portraits were being carved of marble, this may be the closest you’ll get. Taking time out from the tourist attractions and seeking Zen in one of its many forms is something the Berliners seem to be perfecting, complete with an International and a Historical flare.