Polish autumn is a beautiful, colorful period to explore all the corners of Poland – yet autumn has another side. The somber time of darker skies, shorter days, colder nights, and cloudier weather after summer fun can cause autumn blues. Bathing in thermal waters not only improves well-being but may be a perfect solution to the blues problem – and Poland has plenty of options! Thermal bath complexes are not just pools of hot thermal spring water, but also extensive recreation centers with water-based attractions for the whole family, bath and sauna zones, spa and wellness services, and hotel facilities.
Thanks to its balneological and geological properties, the southern Podhale region is a hub of such facilities. Take advantage of large thermal complexes there, such as Chochołowskie Termy in Chochołów, Terma Bania in Białka Tatrzańska and Terma Bukovina in Bukowina Tatrzańska, or cozier Termy Szaflary and Gorący Potok thermal baths in Szaflary. In Zakopane itself, visit the Aqua Park Zakopane. In turn, in the Polish region of health resorts in southern Silesia, you can enjoy thermal water bathing in Cieplickie Termy in Cieplice-Zdrój.
In the exact center of Poland, in Łódzkie Voivodeship, are Poland’s first thermal health resorts, in Uniejów, with the Termy Uniejów complex’s inviting hot waters. At the health resort in Solec-Zdrój in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, visit Baseny Mineralne Solec-Zdrój, with thermal water obtained from Malina Spring.
Thermal baths are also located in the big cities: Poznań has a quite large thermal complex and aquapark Termy Maltańskie; near Warsaw, in Mszczonów, Termy Mszczonów, is a small complex of thermal pools and an aquapark. In this region, it’s impossible not to mention the largest roofed water park in Poland and in Europe: Suntago in Wręcza near Mszczonów.
A big thermal water facility is also located in northern Poland in the Warmia and Mazury region. It is called Termy Warmińskie, in Lidzbark Warmiński. Yet another facility worth adding to this list: Termy Rzymskie (“Roman Thermal Baths”) in Czeladź in Silesia. Although there are no spring water pools, there is an impressive sauna, bath, spa, and wellness zone. Try out the largest sauna in the world here, the Colosseum Sauna Arena.
Medicinal properties of hot baths are invigorating not only for local health resort visitors but are destinations for foreign tourists. Thermal baths and saunas are particularly helpful in the autumn period when they become the perfect place to shed the autumn blues and warm up on cold, rainy days. Thermal complexes are ideal for families with children, and the separate sauna zones are a perfect oasis to fully wind down and relax.