As a romantic destination on the edge of the Black Forest, the town has attracted plenty of aristocratic tourists including Queen Victoria, Emperor William I, Napoleon III and Dostoyevsky. Today, whether you spend a day at the spa or go sight-seeing in the town, you’re sure to have a great time.
Most visitors arrive in Baden by car. Personally, I would suggest that you park your car either by the Friedrichsbad and Caracalla Baths (Rotenbachtalstrasse, 76530 Baden-Baden – Badergarage), or by the Casino in the town centre.
If you’ve chosen to visit the baths, you’re bound to have a whale of a time. Both will be pleased to welcome you and will encourage you to make full use of their facilities. The 4,000 m² Caracalla Baths, harking back to Roman bathing traditions, combined with the Irish hot air hot baths of Friedrichsbad are prime examples of the focus on good health through water.
Beneficial for the mind and the body
Water is everywhere in Baden Baden. You can’t miss it in a series of naturally-occurring springs which you’ll come across as you explore the town.
My favourite is the Fett spring which flows between two pools below a sandstone staircase. You can drink its 63°C water, which is said to be good for the mind and the body.
The old town offers both tradition and modernity. When you leave the baths, I recommend enjoying a slice of Black Forest gateau at Café Koenig.
In the mood for something more filling? There are plenty of restaurants. What about Rizzi – a fashionable place for fans of fine dining; it’s advisable to book here. If you want something more typical, try
the Lowenbrau tavern, where waiters and waitresses wear traditional costumes.
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The day’s not over yet. You should definitely take a stroll down Lichtentaler Allee, both to explore the town and its gardens but also to enjoy drink at the bar in Brenner’s Park Hotel. One of the most luxurious hotels in town, its bar offers exceptional cocktails at affordable prices.
Once you leave, you can visit the Casino… Men, don’t forget your ties before experiencing one of the most beautiful casinos in the world. Enjoy it – the place is unique. Place your bets!
You won’t manage to see everything in Baden in a single day. You’ll want to come back for its opera, its Burda and Fabergé museums – next time. However much you see, the town is bound to charm you.