The Claudius Therme is closed from August 14th until approx. September the 10th!
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Experience the wonderful world of sauna in the three large sauna areas of the Claudius Therme. Whether a mild herbal steam bath, the panorama sauna with a view of Cologne Cathedral, the Finnish saunas, the Seraglio Bath with beauty treatments, the Russian banya or the particularly hot earth wall sauna with fireplace, every visitor to our sauna area will find the right form of relief that will do them the power of good.
The range of services on offer is rounded off by various rituals and infusions being poured on hot stones (Aufguss = literally "onpouring") e.g. the salt and honey Aufguss, the banya ritual, the fruit Aufguss and a whole lot more. For the well-being of women, we also offer an exclusive programme, such as the ladies only sauna, the wellness Aufguss for women, or the exclusive Ladies Day, which takes place in the indoor area of the sauna facility every Monday (apart from on public holidays and during the Christmas holidays).
The healthy effects of regularly going to the sauna are widely known these days. The heat gets the circulation going, improves the circulation of the blood in the skin and stimulates the body’s immune system. But above all, the changing stimuli have a relaxing effect and foster mental well-being. To ensure that every visitor feels completely at ease here, we have drawn up a small guide on sauna etiquette for when you visit the Claudius Therme.
In our kelo sauna, we offer visitors to enjoy a salt and honey “Aufguss”. This means that essential oils are poured onto hot rocks. The honey Aufguss pampers the skin. After a brief pre-warming phase, you rub honey into your skin. The honey has a cleansing, firming and nourishing effect and stimulates the metabolism. If you go for the salt option, the body is rubbed down with coarse Dead Sea salt. This rubbing has a disinfecting, sweat-inducing and detoxifying effect. The coarse grains of salt exfoliate your skin. After the Aufguss, you can refresh yourself by rubbing yourself down with ice.
Place: kelo sauna (Sauna Village) | Duration: 15–20 min.
Healthy, fruity refreshment is provided after water has been poured onto the hot rocks (the “Aufguss”, which literally means “onpouring”). Vitamins and trace elements give you a new energy boost. Afterwards, if you like, you can rub yourself down with cooling flake ice to invigorate yourself.
Place: Rose Sauna (Rose Terraces) | Duration: 12 min.
The wellness Aufguss for our female guests is gentle and relaxing. At a moderate 70°C, chiefly sweet, fresh fragrances are poured onto the hot rocks (the “Aufguss”). The gentle flapping of towels accompanied by quiet and soothing music accentuate this mild Aufguss (for organisational reasons, a male member of staff may have to carry out the wellness Aufguss).
Place: Rose Sauna (Rose Terraces) | Duration: 10–12 min.
With a bundle of birch twigs known as the “venik”, birch water is sprinkled onto the hot stones (this is known as the “Aufguss”). This releases the wonderful aroma of the birch leaves, filling the banya with their typical fragrance. Thanks to the high level of humidity and the relatively mild temperature, this Aufguss is an exceptional experience.
Place: Banya (Sauna Village) | Duration: 15 min.
In the 1st phase of the banya ritual, warm air is fanned towards you with a bundle of birch twigs known as the “venik”. This is followed by a cooling-off phase with Siberian tea. When you go back into the sauna, your body is gently beaten with the venik. A refreshing rub-down with ice rounds off this phase. The final phase is then meant to relax you: you will be gently rubbed down with the venik. Finally, you walk around outside to cool off, take a cold shower and then rest for a while.
Place: Banya (Sauna Village) | Duration: approx. 60 min. | Daily at 8 p.m.
Price: €16.00 p.p. incl. provision of a sauna towel
The Oil Magic is a small group ceremony held in in the Seraglio Bath. At the beginning, you will be given various oils, which are quickly absorbed by the skin when you rub them in. While you enjoy a hot cup of tea, you will be enveloped in aromatic steam. After 10-15 minutes, you will start to slowly sweat the oil out again, thus gently cleansing and nourishing your skin. Several rounds of towel flapping and a refreshing Kneipp shower at the end of the ceremony remove the remaining traces of oil and get your circulation going.
Place: Seraglio Bath (indoor area) |Duration: approx. 20 min. | Price: €4.00 p.p.
Registration is only possible at the bar of the restaurant in the bathing area
Experience this unique Aufguss (or “onpouring”) in the stunning Seraglio Bath. After a few bouts of beneficial steam with essential oils (the Aufguss). our member of staff will give you some coffee cream, which is an intensive exfoliating and moisturising mixture that you rub onto your body. Several rounds of towel flapping and a refreshing Kneipp shower round off this Aufguss. The skin is supplied with minerals and oxygen, while at the same time being exfoliated; the body’s immune system is given a boost.
Place: Seraglio Bath (indoor area) | Duration: 15 min.
Registration is only possible at the bar of the restaurant in the bathing area.