Feeling weightless in a Tyrolean spa

I like autumn, I really do. It’s the most beautiful of seasons. It’s just that we’ve had such a wet summer up here in Scandinavia this year. Warm summer rain has simply turned into cold autumn rain. As days are getting shorter and work busier than ever, I think back on an all-too-brief stay at Aquadome, Tyrol’s biggest – and, dare I say it – most creatively designed spa. A few days here would go over nicely right now. Unplugged days!

View from room, Aquadome, Längenfeld, Ötztal

The buildings look like they have sprung from the ground, clerverly blending into the surrounding valley..
Aquadome Spa, Längendeld, Ötztal

Floating pools

Aquadome Spa, Längendeld, Ötztal
The coolest feature of this Alpine spa is the three thermal pools shaped like floating bowls. You’ll feel weightless.

Amble to the spa in your bathrobe

Aquadome, Längenfeld, Ötztal Aquadome, Längenfeld, Ötztal
Aquadome is a local favourite, a fun day out for the whole family. But if you’re from further afield, you may want to stay at the adjoined hotel, connected with tunnels, so you can walk all the way in a bathrobe.

Of course, Central Europe means nude spas and Aquadome is no exception. No worries, there’s a special little section for the more modest amongst us. There’s a large gym, too. Exercise machines have individual TV-screens, just in case the views don’t interest you.
Aquadome, Längendeld, Ötztal

If gymnastics of the mind is more what you’re after, Aquadome offers a library as well.
Library, Aquadome, Längenfeld, Ötztal

And a Stilleraum, a silent room for quiet contemplation.
Room of silence, Aquadome, Längendeld, Ötztal

Indoor and outdoor dining with a view.
Aquadome, Längenfeld, Ötztal

Aquadome, Längendeld, Ötztal

Afterwards, it’s easy to work off a few calories with these fun eBikes.
Aquadome, Längenfeld, Ötztal - eBike

Practicals

  • Aquadome is in the Ötztal Valley and Innbruck is the nearest airport. There are trains or a bus going directly from Innsbruck to Längenfeld.
  • Three hours in the spa cost €18 on weekdays, or €20,50 on weekends. Day passes are €24,50 or €26,50, respectively. Half price for children 3 – 13, and family tickets are available.

How about you? Does a quick spa break right about now sound all right to you?

Disclosure: I stayed at Aquadome as a guest of the Austrian Tourist Board. As ever, all opinions are of course my own.

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17 Responses to “Feeling weightless in a Tyrolean spa”

  1. Julie McNamee 3 October 2012 2026 #

    Ha ha – read your headline and tried to imagine feeling weightless anywhere. I can’t. ;o)

    That looks like a treat and a half – think I would use the modest section, though.

  2. Ana O 3 October 2012 2114 #

    Those pools look so cool!

  3. wow! That’s some pretty amazing architecture. I would go there in a heartbeat. And don’t tempt me with a spa break! I am in dire need of one…

    – Maria Alexandra

  4. ItalianNotes 4 October 2012 0943 #

    I’ve never stayed at a spa, but at least now I’ve got an idea of what it’s like.

  5. Muza-chan 4 October 2012 1517 #

    A great place for relaxation

  6. Lisa 4 October 2012 2202 #

    That place looks amazing – I don’t think that I would ever want to leave again! I particularly like those floating pools!

  7. I am from Kodaikanal 5 October 2012 1313 #

    You must experience Ayurvedic Spa from Kerala.

  8. Leigh 5 October 2012 1623 #

    Would absolutely love a break like this – though at least we had a glorious summer. Hope your work load lightens a tad.

  9. Sherry 6 October 2012 0203 #

    Well, I don’t know if I can stand the feeling of weightlessness, but the surroundings looks like a definite plus to go. But this is another country I skipped out on when I was touring Europe. I keep having regrets. Nice to keep tabs for next time.

  10. Michael Figueiredo 6 October 2012 0738 #

    I’d love to take a dip in those floating pools. How cool!

  11. Christina 7 October 2012 0107 #

    I love spa breaks! Look at those floating pools. And the dining with a view… big fan. My next spa break will be at the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua, NZ! Looking forward!

  12. Cathy Sweeney 7 October 2012 0342 #

    I really could use a few unplugged days at this spa! Very cool place, especially the thermal pools.Am I ready for the nudist section? Not sure. I’ll decide when I get there. 🙂

  13. Steve 7 October 2012 0350 #

    The grounds and the buildings look amazing, but when you say “unplugged days”, you mean your choice right? It’s not enforced at the spa is it, because that would be a deal breaker.

  14. Mark Hodson 8 October 2012 0916 #

    I’ve stayed somewhere similar in Austria, but the setting wasn’t as dramatic as this one. Those mountains rising out of the valley floor look amazing. My only slight reservation is the full nudity – fine in the spa, but slightly disconcerting on the sun decks!

  15. Gigi 8 October 2012 2139 #

    Wow! I’ve been there in Tirol skiing, it’s such a beautiful country! Innsbruck is one of my favorite cities in Austria, with its historical and high-tech mixed architecture!

  16. Travelwriticus 20 October 2012 1533 #

    In the last months I spent many nights at hotels with small spa areas of their own. A good alternative if there is no complete spa nearby.

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