Nearly every town and city in Germany has its own swimming pool either outdoor or indoor. These facilities range from municipal pools for families to luxurious water parks. If you live in Munich, the best way to find a facility that meets your needs is to consult Stadtwerke München (Tel: 01802 796 796, www.swm.de) to find out where to take a dip in one of the several pools in the metropolitan area. Stadtwerke München also maintains lists of the many day spas and relaxation retreats in the Munich region. The two best public swimming pools are the Olympia-Schwimmhalle (Tel: 089 306 722 90, Olympiapark) and the Art Nouveau-style Müllersches Volksbad (Tel: 089 236 134 34, Rossenheimer Straße 1) in the Haidhasuen district. If you’d rather swim in a more natural setting, there are dozens of lakes (Badeseen) across the region.
During the gray winter season there is nothing better than spending a day in thermal springs. The thermal tradition in Germany dates back to the Roman era, and the concept of a healthy body and soul is still very much valued here. Along with the more traditional therapeutic baths, there is also a growing market for bigger wellness complexes that offer countless activities for the whole family. Several spas and thermal baths are currently being modernized and many are being turned into huge complexes that encompass everything under one roof: outdoor and indoor pools, whirlpools, water parks, saunas, spas, thermal baths, etc. Note that the spa culture in Germany is practiced naked meaning that you cannot enter the sauna area wearing your bathing suit. Some, but not all spas have separate facilities for women. The Müllersches Volksbad has women-only sauna days on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Bikers are in their element in Munich. Because parking can be so difficult, most city dwellers use their bicycles everyday as their main method of transportation. There is an extensive network of bike paths throughout the city. If you want to take a weekend tour, Bavaria offers a range of possibilities. Every major river in the region, or so it seems, has a protected bike path. Bicycle excursions along the Danube near Passau are extremely popular in the summer time. A trail starting on the Main in Aschaffenburg winds its way down through the Spessart hills and the vineyards of Klingenberg, past the cobble-stoned streets of Miltenberg. If you are interested in exploring Munich and Bavaria by bike, visit www.fahrradtouren.de for more information. The other organizations worth contacting are the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad Club (Tel: 089 773 429; www.adfc-muenchen.de) and DAV Mountainbike München (Tel: 089 551 700 0; www.m97.de).
Inline skating has become very popular in Germany, and Munich is no exception. Every Monday night, from May through August, thousands of skaters roll through the streets of Munich for the Munich Blade Night. The meeting point is near the Hackerbrücke by the Circus Krone (on the Wredestraße between Arnulfstraße and Marsstraße) at 7:00 p.m., and the fun begins at 9:00 p.m. In 2007, more than 100,000 people took part in the 18 Monday night sessions. Occasionally, the Monday night skate must be canceled due to inclement weather. Each week a different tour takes place; most are about 10 kilometers in length. Once each summer, there is also a family night. A note of caution: the Munich Blade Night is not for novices.