Fancy leaving the everyday routine behind while pampering yourself with exceptional wellness offerings? Only 25 kilometres from Salzburg, the Tennis Wellness Garden in Bavaria’s Waging am See offers just that, plus great restaurants, sun terraces with panoramic views over the beautiful landscape and probably the most popular tennis camp in Germany.

“People that visit us can look forward to relaxation and activity at the same time,” the resort’s owner and tennis star Sepp Baumgartner smiles and adds: “People, who look for sport, wellness and culinary adventures during their holidays, will find their perfect destination here.” What exactly this means at the Tennis Wellness Garden becomes clear when entering its vast premises. Immediately, one is greeted by friendly employees and a calm, relaxing ambiance. The spa and wellness area is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is connected to a modern hotel and tennis facilities of the highest quality.

Relax to the max

A comprehensive sauna landscape with eight saunas invites visitors to a top-class spa day. Whether one wants a facial, a pleasant massage, special wellness treatments with high-quality ingredients, a meditation with a singing bowl or a bath with aromatic fragrance essences in the floating Soft Pack recliner, the Tennis Wellness Garden offers it all and more. Rest and reading rooms, heated beds, swimming ponds that are surrounded by 500 different trees, plants and flowers or by candles at night, as well as a Japanese Zen garden with a cosy tea house are further relaxation places. Located directly next to the extensive garden, two restaurants pamper visitors with a sundeck, beer garden, sumptuous breakfast offerings and regional and international delicacies.

After a relaxing day, the modern Wellness Garden Hotel, which opened its gates in 2014, offers everything from elegant rooms to suites that all follow the motto ”escape the everyday routine and inhale relaxation”. In total, 15 modern, lovingly decorated rooms are available – each one a generously sized oasis with a private character. Highlights in the hotel are surely the fully integrated, glazed showers and bathrooms, the big terraces with heated beds, as well as the garden rooms with direct access to the swimming pond. Or how about a romantic room with a whirlpool and panoramic views across the picturesque, surrounding landscape.

Training with the world champion

For the active ones out there, right next to the wellness garden and the hotel one can find probably the most famous tennis camp in Germany. Located in the pre-alpine landscapes, the beautiful location is not the only reason why tennis enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the area. Beginners to professional tennis players can experience a rather rare opportunity here: personal training sessions with none other than Sepp Baumgartner, the German champion of tennis instructors with four trainer licences, the European Senior Champion, the World Champion of Ski and Tennis combination and the International German Champion.

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Through week-long, half-day or full-day courses, courses for children, tennis weekends, tennis enthusiasts of all levels can substantially increase their know-how, gain physical fitness and improve their tactics and techniques. Sepp Baumgartner’s training camp is known for its high learning factor and its philosophy to create high-quality and intensive training with fun. The team of trainers is equipped with comprehensive tournament experience and at the start of the training, a competent analysis of the tennis skills of every individual guest is conducted to take individual needs into account. Based on this, a special training concept is developed, which fosters individual strengths in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Visitors can look forward to four hall courts with ball-collecting machines, eight sandy outdoor courts and a speed measurement machine. Sepp Baumgartner also relies on video analysis and even offers a special course for improving mental strength. Apart from the courses, which are offered all year around, small group trainings or individual lessons can also be given to improve condition, technique and tactics. Of course, the courts can also be used for fun games in the visitors’ free time. After an exhausting tennis training session, what better way to relax is there than to head to the nearby wellness garden?

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TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | PHOTOS: TENNIS WELLNISGARTEN WAGING AM SEE

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