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What It's Like Inside the Largest Spa Complex in Europe

Bucharest Wellness
by Katie Scott Aiton Apr 5, 2024

The largest spa in Europe is located a ten-minute drive from Romania’s capital Bucharest. The sprawling complex of Therme Bucharest welcomes an average of 3,500 visitors daily who come to unwind in this otherwordly tropical oasis. And these numbers may well grow. With Romania joining the Schengen, vacationing in the country just became a lot more straightforward. If you’re planning a trip to Romania, or if you’re just a little curious, here’s what Europe’s largest spa complex looks like.

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First things first, Therme Bucharest is huge. The complex has 44,000 square meters of wellness, leisure, and spa space spread over two floors of a colossal glass-and-steel structure. It continues outside, where you’ll find the biggest urban beach in Europe, outdoor pools, and a botanical garden.

Plan on spending a full day here to make the most of your visit. To navigate the different areas, you’ll choose between zones upon arrival. The Galaxy zone is the family-friendly heart of Therme Bucharest, featuring water slides, an indoor wave pool, a sandy beach (open during summer), and whirlpools. Adults can unwind in saunas, relaxation areas, and even a swim-up bar.

In the Elysium zone, there are various saunas with Aufguss therapy sessions (specialized infusions for an enhanced sauna experience) and thermal baths. Therme Bucharest extracts water from a depth of more than 3000 meters (around two miles,) which feeds into ten indoor and outdoor pools. Rich in salts, copper, zinc, selenium, calcium, and magnesium, the water is constantly maintained at a comfortable 86°F, making this a great place to visit in the colder months.

The Palm zone is adults-only. Here, you’ll find three mineral pools with varying temperatures and therapeutic properties, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a detoxifying steam room, hydro-massage beds, sun loungers, hammocks, and a health-conscious restaurant.

There’s also a saltwater pool and a beautiful botanical garden to explore. The botanical garden is home to over 800,000 plants. This includes over 1,500 palm trees, a variety of orchids, and many other exotic species.

Tickets for Therme Bucharest are available for different durations, typically ranging from three hours to a full day. Prices start around $10 for adults for three hours and go up from there.

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