Spa Soak

Something I discovered in Switzerland is the spa! The Swiss sure do know how to relax. Here is your guide to (some of) the bathhouses here.

There are two near me in cities:
Bernaqua: Rates for 1.5 hrs, 3 hrs, or all day. Pay to park. Waterpark included in admission (and they have some great slides!).
Yverdon-les-Bains: 3-hr entrance. Free parking. The saunas and the outdoor jacuzzi are extra (but the jacuzzi is worth it at sunset if there aren’t a lot of people).

For the most part, thermal baths are found in the Alps, near hot springs. Here are the ones I like or have heard good things about:
Anzere Spa and Wellness: Can pay for a 2-hr or 3-hr entrance. Aquagym included in admission (sessions M-F 5pm, Sat 1pm).
Bains de la Gruyeres at Charmey: 3-hr or half-day entrance. Free parking. Saunas and hammams included in admission. Best after a day of sightseeing in Gruyeres (Cailler chocolate factory, Gruyeres cheese factory, castle, town).
Lavey-les-Bains: Can pay for a 3-hr or 4-hr entrance. Free parking. Saunas and hammams included in admission. This thermal center has bragging rights; its water comes from the hottest spring in Switzerland.
Leukerbad: There are actually two spas here, Leukerbad Therme (+waterslides) and Walliser Alpentherme & Spa. I’ve only been to Walliser Alpentherme, which has a 3-hr or all-day entrance. Pay to park. Aquagym classes included in admission. It has my favorite mountain view from the outdoor pool. If you want more privacy, top-knotch hotels here also have thermal baths just for their guests.
Ovronnaz: Bathing time is unlimited (as long as you don’t leave). Famous for their ski/spa package.
Saillon: Bathing time is unlimited (as long as you don’t leave). Saunas and hammams included in admission.
Therme Vals: Reservation required. Total relaxation.
Val d’Illiez: 3-hr entrance. Pay to park. Sauna and hammams included in admission. The building itself is beautiful; if they had oriented it differently, the view could have been spectacular.

Go relax!

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