2008 - Sauna World Cup was born

Vision of Sauna World Cup

The Sauna "infusion" World Cup was invented by us in 2008 and performed for the first time the 2009th Since this year the festival is held annually for sauna lovers. With great success, thanks to great guests, great infuser and a team that pulls together.

In 2008 the idea of enriching the topic wellness with sauna and steam room and promoting it, was born. With variety, cultural differences and a strong focus on aesthetics, we would like to open up the topic to a new target group and give “SAUNA” a more positive spin.

We are motivated to keep our quality standards high, invest in improvement and bring up more creative and new ideas.

The customer is king

Key points of the Sauna World Cup are neutrality and objectivity. It is important, what the sauna guest likes, not what the organisation sees as priority.

Therefore we have the following rules:

  • Focus on guests decision, what they like not what we prefer.
  • Neutrality of the organiser. We do not own a spa or produce saunas.
  • Location stays neutral. Own employees will not participate
  • Internationality and multicultural aspect is important
  • Aesthetics- the cultivated sauna experience is key
  • Professionalism- an experienced, dynamic team
  • Safety- a doctor’s team on location

History of Sauna World Cup

World Cup 2009 -Fohnsdorf (A)

In September 2009 the first world Cup took place in Austria. 20 saunamasters from 5 different countries celebrated together with 200 saunafans this first sauna wellness event. After 2 days and 30 "aufguss" shows the first world champion was founded. Hubert Luckner from Styria (AUT).

World Cup 2010 - Fohnsdorf (A)

In 2010, the Sauna World Cup was hosted in Fohnsdorf in the Therme Aqualux again. In a league of its own Andreas Kofler from South Tyrol (ITA), who impressed with a 100% darkened chamber and black light.

World Cup 2011 in Graz (A)

2011 moved the Sauna World Cup in the state capital of Styria, Graz. In the newly built sauna complex "Die Auster" had been 15 nations at the start. The title again went to South Tyrol (ITA) to Helmut Haller.

World Cup 2012 in Graz (A)

In October 2012, the sauna fans from around the world crowned Dirk van Offel from Belgium to the Sauna World Champion. He won against participants from 20 nations.

World Cup 2013 in Bad Hofgastein (A)

On October 26 to 27 by 2013, was the fifth Sauna World Cup, this time in the Alpen Therme Bad Hofgastein. Dirk van Offel defended his title successfully. His "Journey to Atlantis" convinced the sauna fans.

World Cup 2014 in Bad Hofgastein (A)

24-26. October 2014 the 6th World Cup will take place in Bad Hofgastein. This time with some things. There will be team competition and a individual competition. Guests jury (70%) is supplemented by a panel of expert judges (30%).

Saunafans worldwide


Our criterion is not the length of the Sauna Aufguss or how long you can stay in the Sauna.

Pleasure is the main goal, the enjoyment and indulgence, and the technique of waving the towel in the sauna. The best fragrance, the right dosage, the matching comment, maybe also a good joke at the right moment - all this and much more can create the best Sauna-Aufguss. We are looking for the most enjoyable Sauna Aufguss, the best "Wachler" (waver) or most talented Saunameister, we are looking for the Sauna world Champion.