ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT A DOUBT MY FAVORITE SPA EXPERIENCE SO FAR! Hard to beat SQ! I lived in Stuttgart for 5 yrs and this was my little slice of heaven. I'd come here with my BFF at least every two months for an entire day of relaxation and leisure! We always went on a Wednesday for Happy Tage (if you get in before 10 am it's a low flat fee for the entire day!!!! They close at 11 pm and many times we left around that time! Yes it's THAT AMAZING that you never want to leave! The restaurant offers good food for a reasonable price.
The tilework in the saunas and steamrooms is exquisite. The decor throughout the facility is absolutely stunning with many quiet "themed" rooms (african, asian/zen, amazon, etc). There is such a wide selection of steam rooms and saunas (LOVE THE AUFGUSS - at determined hrs personell comes into the sauna and releases water and essences on the heating elements creating scented steam. He/she then waves a towel in the air, that creates a vortex of super heated, steamy, fragrant air that ingulfes your entire body like a wave!). Check the dry erase board at the entrance for times/aufguss aromas.
Nothing will ever or has ever compared to this place!
I love each and every single room, with the different temperatures, humidity levels and aromatherapy scents. I love going into the swesish sauna outside, being all super heated and then dunking into the icy cold water of the pool beside it! Oh heaven!
This is THE place i miss the most in Stuttgart.
I soooooooooooooo wish Americans were not such prudes and would create a similar place to enjoy stateside!
If I could I would give this place 10 stars! No joke!
Spa is next to Kelly Barracks. They have a summer special for an all-day ticket if you would prefer to spend the whole day at the pools and saunas. Although I haven't tried the food here, they do have a bar/dining area in the facility. Everyone walks around wrapped in a towel and they have several places to seclude yourself and sit down in-between sauna sessions.
This place is absolute paradise!
It's like a wellness wonderland. So many fantastic baths, saunas, steam rooms, and relaxing areas to explore and indulge in. That is all included in the entrance fee. Plus they offer so many additional services including fitness, massage, tanning and much more. When you leave here you'll feel like a million bucks.
Nobody should live in or visit Stuttgart without experiencing this place.
*Note to tourists: The SchwabenQuellen is a fully nude bathing area. You cannot wear a bathing suit. You can bring or rent flip-flops, towels and robes to use when you walk around and visit some of the covered-up areas but otherwise everyone is naked. If you are not comfortable with that, or unwilling to give it a go, you will be missing out on one of the most fantastic sensory experiences imaginable.
The other reviews have described this place well. It can be a little confusing at first if you don't speak German, as virtually all the signage is in German once you,'re inside. Bring a towel, or rent it before you go into the dressing room! The themed rooms are a little cheesy but the variety of steam rooms and saunas feel fantastic, and as someone who can't take super-hot steam rooms I appreciate they have them in a variety of temperatures. Check out the webpage via Google translate or ask for a brochure in English if you want to familiarize yourself with the layout and different types of rooms and pools before you go because the place feels pretty maze-like, especially at night.
My only complaint is that there's no pool with water temperature even close to what we consider "hot tub hot" in the States (i.e. above 100 degrees F). I like my whirpools to be around 102-3, and their large one was under 96, so it's more like warm bathwater than super-hot. But everything still felt fantastic!
There are special deals, such as a morning rate if you enter before 12:00 for four hours, or if you enter after 21:00. Taking advantage of these is a lot better than paying the regular price.
Schwaben Quelle is an amazing sensory experience. At first blush, it is kind of tacky; a little over-the-top turkish bath theme. However, once you really settle in, it is everything a body can want. There are endless pools of varying temperatures, as well as steam and dry saunas, some infused with fragrance, others not.
Need a break? Grab a snack or drink. Then return for more soaking.
Take note: except for one weekend per month, this is a nude spa. Not only are bathing suits not recommended, they are not allowed. But take heart, no one really cares what you look like naked and no one is judging you. In fact, the locals are quite comfortable in their skin and won't even notice you. So relax, undress, and enjoy the water!
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