Bodden-Therme Water World
After walking along the coastline of the Baltic sea in freezing conditions we stopped in to the Bodden-Therme sauna and pools to warm up. The centre is fairly new, very modern and clean. It has two main areas, an indoor water park and an indoor-outdoor sauna. Entrance to both is 11.50 for 3 hours which is enough time to try everything on offer.
The main indoor swimming hall has a pool divided in to two sections length-ways, one side for laps and the other for diving from either the tame one metre board or the extremely scary 3 metre platform (I'm not sure why but this was actually scarier than sky-diving). Slightly taller and much more fun was the twisty water slide which spat you out into a small bath tub sized pool. On the half hour, the kids pool made small waves for five minutes before returning to the safer still mode.
The sauna area included indoor saunas, damp baths, foot baths, cold bucket showers, a bar and deck chairs for relaxing. It is FKK, so no clothes unless you are just attending the bar in which case it would be weird not to wear something. If you're shy, as I am, bring a big towel to wrap yourself in. Of the four saunas the amber one was the mildest and the Finnish one, located in a cottage out the back, was the most intense. On the hour, an aufguss is performed in a designated sauna (check the clock beside the door). One of the staff will enter, pour water on the rocks and wave the towel around the room, moving the hot air over the inhabitants/audience. It's extremely intense so if you're not used to the heat, sit on the bottom rows where it' a little cooler.
After a few saunas, it's recommended to relax and do nothing. The deck chairs face the window with a view onto the outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Although neither baths are really very hot they are both warm enough to protect you from the -5 degree temperatures. It is still very cold when you get in or out though so do so with caution. Also, bring thongs or flip flops to use when walking between the main building and the Finnish sauna as the freezing, icy ground can really burn.
I'm not sure of the medical benefits of the sauna experience but it was a lot of fun and very relaxing. It's an ideal activity on a cold winter's day, even just for the novelty factor of being nude outside in below 0! [more]
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