The Rhein-Main Therme had two delightful log-cabin-style outdoor saunas. Photo (cc) flickr user Romain Cloff
I’ve written about it before, and I’ll write about it again. I can’t get enough. I’d do it every single week if I could. Every day even. I’m talking about visiting the sauna. And for anyone who loves the steamy tradition, Germany is a great place to be.
German saunas: I love ‘em! Photo (cc) flickr user Matti Mattila
Summer has come to Mainz, Germany in a big rainy mess. Days are warm (ish). It rains. It’s gray for weeks. Then suddenly it’s hot as hell. But since it’s mostly just cool to cold I have reinstated my sacred sauna tradition. (Tuesdays and Fridays, four hours for 10 euros at Taubertsbergbad! Holla!) It has become critical to my sanity. Without it I am less patient, can tolerate less frustration. But give me four weekly hours of steam, and I am a saint. Or as near to one as I will ever be.
This is a preview of Expat Life: German Sauna Culture.
Germans take their relaxation seriously, and the sauna is an important part of their culture. The sauna is more than sitting in the heat for 15 minutes and calling it a day; it’s an event that can take hours.
I confess I’m a total convert to the German sauna experience. I wish travelers would put this at the top of their list when visiting Germany, because I think it’s a way to gain insight into Germany’s culture as well as one’s own. If you open yourself to the experience, you may just find you learn about your own relationship to your body and what your culture says about your body. Plus, it’s a refreshing way to kick the jet lag after a long flight.
This is a preview of The German sauna survival guide.