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Thermal resorts with wide price differences

An Austrian consumer protection group has discovered a clear price difference in tickets for thermal resorts.

The Chamber of Labour which highlighted the price differences checked the prices at 13 thermal and wellness resorts and said the results meant that there needed to be clear improvements especially with regards to the prices for families.

The Watzmann-Therme just over the border in Berchtesgaden (Germany) had by far the best offer for a combi ticket with a price of just 18 euros per entry to the swimming pool-  including the sauna.

The best price simply for a pool was offered by the Therme Aqua Salza in Golling (Tennengau) with a price of just 11 euros. But anybody that wanted to add a sauna to that would need to pay 24 euros.

The most expensive for a trip to the swimming pool and the sauna was the Tauern Spa in Kaprun (Pinzgau) which wanted 34.50 euros.

In all of the thermal resorts checked there were special offers for families but very big differences in for example what page was categorised as a child. In some for example 13-year-olds were classified as adults. Others regarded children is being 16 or younger.

Consumer Association spokesman Andrea Kinauer said parents should check the age when buying the tickets - families in general consisting of parents and one child could pay as little as 27 euros or as much a 61 euros depending on where they went.

The best value was the Aqua Salza in Golling, but the most expensive the Alpentherme in Bad Hofgastein (Pongau).

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