Once inside this nearly 27,000-square-foot facility (a two-hour admission runs around $33), it doesn't take long to realize this isn't your average day spa. There are no lavender-infused spritzers, no jasmine candles - this place is all about curing what ails you. While all the usual spa suspects are offered at an extracost (hot-stone massages, Thai reflexology, and the like), it's the unique all-inclusive facilities, ranging from hopelessly relaxing to pleasantly trippy, that beat a visit to the doctor's office anyday.

You can hop from the Sand & Light Bath, designed to simulate a full day on the beach (sunrise, sunset, and sand included) through sound and visual effects; to the Wave Dreams room, with a constant temperature of 86 degrees, funky music, and a somewhat psychedelic light show; to the Roman Caldarium, a steam bath that will leave you feeling like the Pontius Maximus. There are eight such treatments to choose from, including the communal Saltwater Relaxation Pool, heated to a soothing 93 degrees. It's a two-hour spa experience like no other. And although it may not actually cure your problems, it sure does make you forget about them.

Those looking for a more - how shall we put this? - revealing day at the spa should head across the Kurpark to the Taunus Therme. This Asian-themed water landscape employs the elements of water, fire, air, and earth to create a 15,000-square-foot aqua playground. Clothing is optional in a large portion of this coed park, including the entire second floor, which houses tanning solariums, several pools and Jacuzzis, and even a bar - giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "Belly up!" If you're European, this will come as no surprise, but Americans will never feel, er …more American than when hitting the Jacuzzi here.

By now, you oughta be feeling like a million bucks, so hit the town. Bad Homburg is rife with medieval castles, half-timbered homes, and historical churches, all of which are easily navigable on foot. From almost anywhere in town, the 157-foot White Tower, part of the baroque Landgräfliches palace built for Count FriedrichII in the 17th century, soars above the landscape. Head that direction via the pedestrian-only Louisenstrasse, packed with high-end boutiques and charming cafes. Strolling just off the street's western end, you'll stumble upon the Hexenturm.

A guard tower built on medieval fortifications, it stands sentinel over the Ritter-von-Marx Bridge, which connects modern Bad Homburg with its Old Town, an original settlement known as Dietigheim and first mentioned on a deed in 782. Here, tiny half-timbered homes seem to defy foundation laws along narrow, twisted streets, making for a fascinating neighborhood walk.

All that walking, of course, can be a bit straining on the ol’ steppers. You won’t need the peppermint foot cream here, though. Rest assured: Tired feet are well taken care of at a spa just around the corner.