In winter thermal spas are wonderful places for warming up on cold days. I love floating outside in the hot pools while surrounded by snow. Some thermals are all about relaxation and others are focused on keeping kids happy and have slides & baby pools. In summer many have additional outdoor pools for cooling off on hot days, lots of green space to relax and outdoor play areas for kids.
Blumau is my favourite thermal spa for relaxation, peace and quiet. It’s famous for it’s Friedensreich Hundertwasser architecture and is a unique experience. It is on the expensive side but after 5 pm is the cheapest time to visit. They limit the number of visitors (ensuring it never feels overcrowded) so best to book, especially on weekends. You’ll be given a white bathrobe and then are free to wander around all the indoor and outdoor pools and spa areas linked by long corridors and relax on lounge chairs or beds. I particularly enjoy the silent relaxation room. My favourite experience is swimming in the Vulkan outdoor pool on a winter evening with bonfires lit around the edge. Children are allowed and there is a small baby pool but there’s not too much for children to do here so best more for adults.
Loipersdorf is my favourite place with kids. They have so many fun areas – slides, water playground, baby pool with a real sand beach and day care! They also have special child free spa zone for those looking for peace and quiet. Lots of of outdoor space and pools for summer fun too. There’s a small discount if you have a Styrian family pass (ZweiUndMehr).
H20 is another kid friendly thermal spa and is cheaper than Loipersdorf. A giant pool with slides, baby pool, daycare and more all under one roof. It can get loud and crowded on weekends! In summer they have an outdoor area with a playground and bouncy castle.
The following therme have also been recommended by some of my spa loving friends.
Heiltherme Bad Waltersdorf is a smaller cozy terme best suited for adults looking for peace & quiet.
Nova therme Köflach is small family friendly terme and probably the least expensive (especially in the evenings) and the closest to Graz.
Terme Olimia is across the border in Slovenia (1hr 40mins) but has also been recommended to me as a fun weekend destination. It’s a big complex with hotels, thermal spas and summer water park, Like many spas it can get crowded on weekends.
Wellness Orhidelia is the thermal spa and limits the number of children so is more for relaxation, peace and quiet.
Family wellness Termalija is the kid friendly thermal spa
Thermal Park Aqualuna is a summer water amusement park with a wave pool, jungle gym and lots of slides (some terrifying!).