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Baden-Baden
Baden-Baden is an exclusive spa town in the foothills of the Black Forest and is famous for its thermal baths and elaborate casino. Book with Fred.\ today!
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  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 35 min
  • Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport: 13km from the city centre; transfer time about 18 min
  • Currency: Euro

Baden-Baden is an exclusive spa town in the foothills of the Black Forest and is famous for its thermal baths and elaborate casino. The city offers a townscape of palatial villas, tree-lined avenues and beautiful gardens. The Old Town is perfect for elegant shopping while the famous Lichtentaler Allee, with its many museums, is a must for art lovers. The natural gift of the city's thermal waters has been appreciated since Roman times. Today, you can enjoy the healing effects of these in the historical Friedrichsbad or in the Caracalla Thermal Bath.

Best Things To Do In Baden Baden

Caracalla Spa and the historic "Friedrichsbad"

The thermal waters, whirlpools, baths and saunas of the 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 you 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.

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.

Lichtentaler Allee

The perfect place for a summer stroll, this mile-long public park features tree-lined pathways and beautiful fountains. The path runs beside the serene River Oos and offers a relaxing escape for joggers, cyclists and walkers.

Gönneranlage

Already a sculpture garden named after former Lord Mayor Albert Gönner, coffee entrepreneur Hermann Sielcken added a beautiful rose garden in honour of his wife in 1952. There are over 400 different varieties growing here, as well as other blooms.

Schwarzwaldhochstraße (Black Forest Road)

This famous scenic highway starts in Baden-Baden and leads to the town of Freudenstadt. As well as the breathtaking views, you can stop at a cuckoo clock factory, visit open-air museums and taste some of the local specialities.

Brenner's Park-Restaurant

This is Baden-Baden's only two Michelin-stared restaurant and the perfect place to indulge in a fancy meal. Located within the Brenner's Park-Hotel and Spa, the food is a modern take on classic dishes and features cuisine from around the world.

Le Jardin de France

With the city being so close to the French border, there is plenty of influence from France and Alsace in its cuisine. This is clear to see in the beautifully crafted dishes from this Michelin-stared restaurant - food from the heart, they call it.

Rottele's Restaurant

The location of this restaurant (inside the Castle Neuweier) definitely add to the atmosphere, and with a Michelin Star-shaped feather in its cap, you know the food is going to be good.

Geroldsauer Mühle

This expansive beer garden is perfect for relaxing by the peaceful Grobbach Stream on a sunny day and is the ideal place to try some local cuisine.

Confiserie Rumpelmayer

If you fancy something sweet as you explore the city, this is the best place to go. There is a wonderful array of delicious cakes and the pralines are amazing.

Local Specialities

Flammkuchen

A very thin pizza topped with cream cheese, onions and bacon

Maultaschen

Large portions of ravioli filled with minced meat.

Baden-Baden Venison

Roasted venison saddle served with steamed pears and red current jam. Try it with spaetzle (traditional German pasta) on the side.

Black Forest Gateau

You've not tasted a true Black Forest gateau until you've eaten one in the Black Forest.

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.

Geroldsau Waterfall

A short way along the Black Forest Road, close to the village of Malschbach, you will find a picturesque trail leading to the Geroldsau Falls. The area is particularly beautiful in the summer when the Rhododendrons are in bloom.

Horse and Carriage Tours

For a more relaxing view of the city, you can take a horse and carriage tour from outside the theatre. Passionate guides will inform you about all the major sights as you make yourself comfortable.

Hohenbaden Castle

The ruins of this 12th-century castle stand high above the city, offering fantastic views all around. Once the seat of the Margraves of Baden, the ruins have been restored and are visited by thousands of people every year.

Roman Bath Ruins

The historic Roman Baths have recently been reopened and now feature an immersive exhibition. With archaeological finds and computer animation, you will be taken back in time to experience what this popular place would have been like for the Roman community.

Paradies

The Paradies is a public park which features a man-made cascading waterfall. It slopes up above the city and provides sweeping views to everything below.

Stourdza Chapel

The top of the Michaelsberg is crowned with the Stourdza Chapel, a memorial to Moldavia’s last ruling family. It follows the designs of Munich architect Leo von Klenze.

Russian Church

After many rich Russians moved to Baden-Baden during its Belle Epoque heydey, they built their own church. The extravagant interior is definitely worth seeing.

The Fettquelle

The Fettquelle is a hot spring located between the two main public baths. It is said that the monks from the nearby abbey would use the water so that they didn't need to waste time heating their own. Visitors are free to drink the water from the fountain (it comes out at about 68 degrees) and experience its supposed healing powers.

Overview

Baden-Baden is an exclusive spa town in the foothills of the Black Forest and is famous for its thermal baths and elaborate casino. The city offers a townscape of palatial villas, tree-lined avenues and beautiful gardens. The Old Town is perfect for elegant shopping while the famous Lichtentaler Allee, with its many museums, is a must for art lovers. The natural gift of the city's thermal waters has been appreciated since Roman times. Today, you can enjoy the healing effects of these in the historical Friedrichsbad or in the Caracalla Thermal Bath.

Best Things To Do In Baden Baden
Attractions

Caracalla Spa and the historic "Friedrichsbad"

The thermal waters, whirlpools, baths and saunas of the 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 you 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.

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.

Lichtentaler Allee

The perfect place for a summer stroll, this mile-long public park features tree-lined pathways and beautiful fountains. The path runs beside the serene River Oos and offers a relaxing escape for joggers, cyclists and walkers.

Gönneranlage

Already a sculpture garden named after former Lord Mayor Albert Gönner, coffee entrepreneur Hermann Sielcken added a beautiful rose garden in honour of his wife in 1952. There are over 400 different varieties growing here, as well as other blooms.

Schwarzwaldhochstraße (Black Forest Road)

This famous scenic highway starts in Baden-Baden and leads to the town of Freudenstadt. As well as the breathtaking views, you can stop at a cuckoo clock factory, visit open-air museums and taste some of the local specialities.

Things to do
Dining

Brenner's Park-Restaurant

This is Baden-Baden's only two Michelin-stared restaurant and the perfect place to indulge in a fancy meal. Located within the Brenner's Park-Hotel and Spa, the food is a modern take on classic dishes and features cuisine from around the world.

Le Jardin de France

With the city being so close to the French border, there is plenty of influence from France and Alsace in its cuisine. This is clear to see in the beautifully crafted dishes from this Michelin-stared restaurant - food from the heart, they call it.

Rottele's Restaurant

The location of this restaurant (inside the Castle Neuweier) definitely add to the atmosphere, and with a Michelin Star-shaped feather in its cap, you know the food is going to be good.

Geroldsauer Mühle

This expansive beer garden is perfect for relaxing by the peaceful Grobbach Stream on a sunny day and is the ideal place to try some local cuisine.

Confiserie Rumpelmayer

If you fancy something sweet as you explore the city, this is the best place to go. There is a wonderful array of delicious cakes and the pralines are amazing.

Local Specialities

Flammkuchen

A very thin pizza topped with cream cheese, onions and bacon

Maultaschen

Large portions of ravioli filled with minced meat.

Baden-Baden Venison

Roasted venison saddle served with steamed pears and red current jam. Try it with spaetzle (traditional German pasta) on the side.

Black Forest Gateau

You've not tasted a true Black Forest gateau until you've eaten one in the Black Forest.

Shopping
Hidden Gems

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.

Geroldsau Waterfall

A short way along the Black Forest Road, close to the village of Malschbach, you will find a picturesque trail leading to the Geroldsau Falls. The area is particularly beautiful in the summer when the Rhododendrons are in bloom.

Horse and Carriage Tours

For a more relaxing view of the city, you can take a horse and carriage tour from outside the theatre. Passionate guides will inform you about all the major sights as you make yourself comfortable.

Hohenbaden Castle

The ruins of this 12th-century castle stand high above the city, offering fantastic views all around. Once the seat of the Margraves of Baden, the ruins have been restored and are visited by thousands of people every year.

Roman Bath Ruins

The historic Roman Baths have recently been reopened and now feature an immersive exhibition. With archaeological finds and computer animation, you will be taken back in time to experience what this popular place would have been like for the Roman community.

Paradies

The Paradies is a public park which features a man-made cascading waterfall. It slopes up above the city and provides sweeping views to everything below.

Stourdza Chapel

The top of the Michaelsberg is crowned with the Stourdza Chapel, a memorial to Moldavia’s last ruling family. It follows the designs of Munich architect Leo von Klenze.

Russian Church

After many rich Russians moved to Baden-Baden during its Belle Epoque heydey, they built their own church. The extravagant interior is definitely worth seeing.

The Fettquelle

The Fettquelle is a hot spring located between the two main public baths. It is said that the monks from the nearby abbey would use the water so that they didn't need to waste time heating their own. Visitors are free to drink the water from the fountain (it comes out at about 68 degrees) and experience its supposed healing powers.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know?

Mark Twain once said of the Baden-Baden spas – “after 10 minutes you forget time, after 20 minutes the world.”

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