Despite the fact that we had only three days allotted to Radstadt, we managed not only to plunge into the history of the city, but also into the warm pools of the Therme Amade spa complex located in the nearby resort of Altenmarkt. From the stone walls of the Radstad fortress to the glass walls of the thermal center you can get in just 8 minutes on one of the local buses, so that on the second day of our stay we went to test the next terms.
This fairly new complex, designed for the whole family, was opened in 2010. Almost all of its pools, with the exception of children’s, sports and artificial waves, use water saturated with salt, which is mined in the famous mines of Bad Ischl. The salt concentration in them is either 1.5% or 2.5%. Such water has a beneficial effect on the skin and on the respiratory system, and since it is also heated to comfortable temperatures, it generally has a relaxing effect.
The first thing that struck us when we were inside the complex was the abundance of children: from very young babies who, together with their parents, moved from one pool to another, to older guys who conquered the swirling cobra in the “paddling pool” or played here with watering cans, ducks and water pistols. At the same time, little surfers waited for a wave in the lagoon pool, armed with a swimming board or a bright aquapalka, which is also noodle (macaroni). Another group of kids snacking at a restaurant next to the paddling pool. The outdoor pool was also not empty, despite the rain drizzling outside: while the mothers enjoyed the underwater massage in the open air, their children honestly fought against the artificial flow in one of the barracks. In general, the amazing atmosphere of a large family, which is so difficult to achieve in such places, reigned.
The second thing that pleased us in Therme Amade is a nice looking design using wood, mosaic and mineral stones, as well as comfortable sun beds, which are easy to fold and easily fold, and therefore it is easy to find a free one among them (it usually stands folded form), but also a competent layout that allows parents from almost all pools and even from the restaurant to watch the kids splashing in the water.
The hottest zone of the complex deserves special mention, access to which must be paid additionally (a ticket for two hours with a visit to the saunas costs 3 euros more than the usual one). Of course, the European bathing culture, with its maximum openness, can shock a shy Russian person who is not used to the demonstration of a naked body – neither his own nor that of others. But if you close your eyes to it, and wrap yourself in a towel, then in the seven local saunas, among which there is a dry centigrade, and a hammam, and a steamy grotto, you can properly sweat – and not only from excitement. At the end of our bathing tour, we even decided to throw off towels from us and climb naked into the jacuzzi.
Yes, in addition to saunas, there are some swimming pools, including outdoor ones, in which everyone swims naked. Do I need to clarify that the shower is common to all? So, at some point, shyness will still have to get rid of, as well as towels (swimsuits are generally prohibited here). Well, those who, in principle, are not afraid of such overt enjoyment of bathing procedures, can get it in full: for example, in the panoramic Alpine sauna several times a day are offered free rituals – “Vitamin” and “Surprise”, in the salt sauna they make honey and salt scrubs, and for an additional fee, mud baths can be ordered in the double grotto (they use healing black silt from the bottom of the Dead Sea, the price is 12 euros). By the way, children are also allowed in the sauna area if they are accompanied by one of the adults. But just in case, we left Tim and Luka and dads.
Therme Amade is open from 9.00 to 22.00 from Sunday to Thursday and from 9.00 to 23.00 on Fridays and Saturdays. The cost of a two-hour visit to the spa area is € 12.50 for an adult, € 8.50 for children (6-15 years old) and € 2.50 for children under six years old (regardless of the number of hours spent inside the hotel). The price of the ticket, which includes a two-hour visit to both zones, is € 15.50, € 11.90 and 6.50 €, respectively.