There are plenty of ways to cool down during the German summer. Splash around in the city's Wasserspielplatz (water playgrounds), take a dip in the lake or in one of Germany's best beaches or you can even go the other way and steam it up in the sauna. But the most fun you can have in summer is to go to a water park.
German water parks (Freizeitbad) are a new development, but these spectacular sites are the best place to enjoy the waves. Usually some combination of indoor and outdoor pools for year-round enjoyment, they feature massive slides for the kids and spa facilities for the adults.
Slide your way through the 10 best water parks in Germany.
01 of 09
The largest indoor water park in Europe is located just outside of Berlin. Housed in a mammoth dome you can see from miles away, visitors truly are transported somewhere altogether more tropical when they step inside. It features warm temperatures year-round and attractions for the entire family:
The park is the size of eight football fields - enough to fit the world’s biggest indoor rainforest, man-made sandy beach, tropical spa and sauna complex over 10,000 square meters, four water slides (Rutschen) with speeds up to 70 km/h, and even an indoor balloon that floats 60 meters in the air.
Visitor Information for Tropical Islands
02 of 09
Europe's biggest water slides and the country's largest spa combine for 145,000m² of perfect water park in Germany. Its size is needed as Therme Erding draws in nearly 1.5 million visitors per year!
With slides totaling 2,500 meters of ups-and-downs, this is state-of-the-art water park action. Highlights include the Magic Eye, a 360 meter closed tube slide, reportedly the longest in the world. In summer, the garden, outdoor pool and pool bars open up with sports facilities for beach volleyball, table tennis and playgrounds. Two more water slides also open in season.
In VitalOase, visitors can take a break under calming palm trees. Visit areas like the Royal Spa that is styled after a Venetian palazzi. And unlike some of the other sites on this list, the sauna is kid friendly, even offering the world's biggest infra-red family sauna.
Visitor Information for Therme Erding
03 of 09
The thrilling water park has 18 water slides and a massive wave pool to simulate all the fun of the beach. There are attractions fit for every level of swimmer, including Germany’s longest 4-track mat-slide for the adventurous. Also keep an eye on their blog as they regularly feature themed events, like Magical Fairy Tales.
Had enough fun in the sun? Chill out in the Palm and Wellness Oasis area with multiple saunas.
Visitor Information for Badeparadies Schwarzwald
04 of 09
Not limited to water attractions, Europapark is a full-on amusement park. There are themed lands, roller coasters and stage shows.
If you go in winter, note that most of the water rides are closed due to below freezing temperatures. But you can still take a dip in the hotel pools year-round.
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05 of 09
Located near Stuttgart, this luxurious bathing city consists of a wave pool, lazy river, lap and outdoor pools plus exhilarating themed slides. The Black Hole slide encloses sliders in darkness while the jump slide has swimmers leaping into action.
After the thrills, sit back and relax in the sauna. There are aroma and meditation facilities with everything from a panoramic to fireplace sauna. The German Sauna Association has even awarded the site five stars. Fancy!
Visitor Information for Fildorado Filderstadt
- Address: Mahlestraße 50, 70794 Filderstadt
- Hours: Daily 9:00 - 22:30
- Admission: €15.50; €16.70 sauna for 3 hours
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06 of 09
Aqualand branded its 150 meter long slide Aquaconda, but it is not the only themed mega-slide. Try the Aqua Canyon, Red Star and Bommerang with various free falls, twists.and plunging dives.
Visitors should also explore the park's grottoes which feature steam mist and 10 themed saunas plus a hammam.
Visitor Information for Aqualand Cologne
- Address: Merianstraße 1, 50765 Köln
- Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:30 - 23:00; weekends 9:00 - midnight
- Admission: €16.90; €21.90 sauna
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07 of 09
This spa and resort on the Baltic coast takes all of the wild elements of the sea and tames them for visitors of all ages. The park features 18,000 square meters of thermal saltwater pools, tropical landscape and over 300 metres of slides. For the babies, there is a separate baby-pool with a consistent water temperature of 34 degree Celsius. The therme is within sight of the Bay of Lübeck so visitors can access the beach.
The adults-only area includes a variety of saunas from eucalyptus to bio. There are also relaxation oases, sports studio, solaria and massage treatments. To cater to your other needs, visit the restaurant, bar and shop. The Gran Belveder Spa & Golf Resort also has direct access to the thermal spa.
Visitor Information for Ostsee-Therme Scharbeutz
- Address: Strandallee 143, 23683 Scharbeutz
- Hours: Water worlds: 9:00 - 22:00; Sauna landscape: 9:00 - 23:00
- Admission: €18 Adults; €10 Kids
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08 of 09
This colorful park features twelve slides like The Green Kick (tube slide with a catapult launch) plus surfing experiences from the beginner Sauerland Surfer to the 100 meter Crazy Surfer for professionals.
Decoration fits the watery theme with a pirate ship and the children's adventure pool. In the sauna section, enjoy the organic Tree Sauna with Amazonian showers.
Visitor Information for AquaMagis
- Address: Böddinghauser Feld 1, 58840 Plettenberg
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- Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 - 22:00; 9:00 - 11:00 and 18:00 - 22:00
- Admission: €14.95 Adults; €12.95 Kids
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09 of 09
An impressive 101-meter-long slide is beautifully styled as a lighthouse, appealing to both kids and adults. Portholes on the climb up reveal the lay-out of the park before you careen down among the waves. Soothe any sore muscles in the tropical area with saunas and steam baths.
Visitor Information for Ocean Wave
- Address: Dörper Weg 22, 26506 Norden-Norddeich
- Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Admission: €10.50 Adults; €8.50 Kids (up to 1 meter only 1 euro)
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