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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