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Destinations » Germany » Baden-Baden Travel Guide
Beautifully situated at the foothills of the Black Forest, this elegant thermal spa resort and international cultural metropolis, Baden- Baden offers a wellness at the two thermal baths. Combine this with the many art and cultural pleasures, at the "Festspielhaus" - Europe's second largest opera and concert hall - and at the Museum Frieder Burda. Germany's oldest and according to Marlene Dietrich, "the most beautiful casino in the world," rounds off a perfect day in a playful manner.
The springs have been known for more than 2000 years and attracted the rich and famous. Known worldwide as the "World Spa Resort in the Black Forest" the exclusive oasis for spa, beauty and wellness is a paradise for those who cherish life's pleasures and wish to recharge their batteries. The casino is over 200 years old and was the inspiration for one of the more famous visitors, Dostoyevsky, to write 'The Gambler'. The city offers a backdrop of palatial villas, tree lined avenues and beautiful gardens.
4 nights for the price of 3! (valid for stays at the Leonardo Royal Hotel 3* between 1st July - 28th August 2015)
Things to do
Lichtentaler Allee: Enjoy a stroll along the west bank of the river Oos from "Lichtentaler Allee" - this splendid park and gardens, is over 355 years old.
Mount Merkur: Take a ride on Europe's oldest and steepest funicular railway up to the peak of the Mount Merkur, named after Mercury, the Roman god of trade.
Festivals: Don't miss out on the various festivals happening throughout the year such as the 39th International Vintage Car-Meeting (10th-12th July 2015) and the International Horse Races including; the "Spring Meeting" (3rd-7th June 2015), the "Great Festival Week" (29th August-7th September 2015) with the Grand-Prix Ball on 5th September 2015, and the "Sales & Racing Festival" (16th-18th October 2015)
Guided Walking Tour: Find out all about Baden-Baden's rich history on a Sunday afternoon walking tour. Please ask for more details.
Places to see
Caracalla Spa and the historic "Friedrichsbad": The thermal waters, whirlpools, baths and saunas of modern Caracalla Spa, and the traditional bathing temple of Friedrichsbad provide endless soothing opportunities to regenerate your body & soul.
Casino: "The most beautiful Casino in the world", designed in 1824, entices to try your luck at the roulette table. The Festspielhaus: Europe's second largest opera and concert hall offers cultural pleasure at the highest level with performances such as the Easter Festival with conductor Sir Simon Rattle (playing 27th March-6th April 2015).
Museum Frieder Burda: Built by New York star architect Richard Meier, the museum shows selected works of Classical Modernism.
The "Rebland" (Baden-Baden Vineyards): Just six kilometres outside the city centre, the Rebland region is our 'insider's tip' for connoisseurs of good wines and culinary delights.
Our Baden-Baden Hotel Recommendations
Holiday Inn Express Baden-Baden 4*This modern hotel is located next to the 'Festspielhaus'.
FKB Karlsruhe/ Baden-Baden (10 minutes to the city centre of Baden-Baden), Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Basel and Zurich
All the designer brands are sold on the main shopping streets, Lange Strasse and the pedestrian precinct of Sophienstrasse and Gernsbacher Strasse. Antique stores, jewellers and little shops selling exclusive arts and crafts can be found on the different small side streets.
Elegant boutiques, exclusives jewellers, premium antique stores and small shops with extraordinary presents and décors may be found in the historical colonnades in front of the famous 'Kurhaus'.
The worth-seeing alleys in the old town make Baden-Baden to a wonderful shopping paradise.
Leo's is located near Leopoldplatz and is a trendy and hugely popular bistro and wine bar.
This restaurant is located in a 16th century building and is rustic furnished. It offers various local Baden cuisine.
At the traditional Café König in Baden-Baden one finds delicious homemade cakes and chocolates.
The Confiserie Rumpelmayer is an exquisite and traditional confectionary along the arcades, offering fancy chocolates, truffles and the famous Baden-Baden chestnuts made of nougat and almond paste.
One star Michelin with Chef Paul Stradner, elegant atmosphere with view to the famous parks and gardens "Lichtentaler Allee".
Le Jardin de France
Gourmet restaurant awarded with one Guide Michelin star. Elegant ambiance and a terrace in the courtyard.
Sophisticated dining with a beautiful view of the Kurpark Garden.
The in-restaurant in town with a wonderful terrace. Mediterranean cuisine, exclusive wines - an elegant and hip gourmet restaurant.
A very cosy wine tavern wit regional cuisine of Baden and a romantic terrace and courtyard.
Schneider's Restaurant und Weinstube
In the heart of the city, cosy tavern with Badenian cuisine.
The casino in Baden-Baden is the oldest in Germany and is definitely worth a visit. It has been a great favourite for countless people from all over the world for 200 years. "The most beautiful casino in the world" entices to try your luck at the roulette table
This historic bath was build between 1869 and 1877 under the order of Grand Duke Friedrich von Baden.
This park is one of the most famous in the world. It was designed as an English garden in 1850 and is visited by many tourists every year.
The Stiftskirche is located in the Old Town and is one of the top landmarks in Baden-Baden.
Museum Frieder Burda
Situated in the Lichtentaler Allee and in an outstanding building designed by Richar Meier. Works of art featured include Picasso and Pollock.
A great ambience for soothing relaxation in curative thermal water, guarantee the modern Caracalla Spa and the historic Roman-Irish Friedrichsbad.
Baden-Baden Vineyards - Only six kilometres outside the city centre and an insider tip for the gourmet and connoisseur of good wines.
Enjoy cultural pleasure at the Festspielhaus, Europe's second largest opera and concert hall, and experience an unforgettable night
Museum Frieder Burda
A visit at the Museum Frieder Burda, outstanding jewel splendiferous parks and gardens "Lichtentaler Allee" and built by Richard Meier
Over 350 years old splendiferous park and gardens Lichtentaler Allee invites to a relaxing walk.
Festivals throughout the whole year don't miss out on the outstanding festivals throughout the whole year from romantic philharmonic castle concerts to the International Vintage Car Meeting with chrome shining stars from bygone days.