- Flight time from London: 1 hour 35 min
- Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport: 13km from the city centre; transfer time about 18 min
- Currency: Euro
Fusing a highly contemporary lifestyle with a deeply rooted history, Baden-Baden brings Belle Époque bliss to the 21st century. This jewel in southwest Germany is well-known to tick all the boxes: natural hot thermal springs and soothing spas, quality hotels, gourmet restaurants, tempting shops, plenty of stunning events and a great cultural offer. All in a relaxing green environment, where everything is only an easy walk away.
Seldom is it easy to find a cosmopolitan city in the heart of the countryside that offers both tranquility and excitement. Yet, that is exactly what Baden-Baden is: an idyllic international spa town in Germany’s Black Forest. Offering a wealth of stylish things to do and places to stay - discover the luxury of living the good-good life in Baden-Baden.
Baden-Baden’s hot springs are its raison d’être - not only a rite of passage, but also very relaxing. Daily 800,000 litres of warming waters at a temperature of up to 68 degrees work wonders for body and soul. The city’s two thermal baths are the healing properties of the warm, natural spring water combined with a range of high-quality beauty treatments. The modern Caracalla Spa with more than 43,000 sq-ft of bathing and wellness space, creates an exceptional ambience for relaxation in the thermal water. The historic Friedrichsbad looks back on more than 140 years of bathing history and brings traditional Roman bathing culture and Irish hot-air bathing to the modern day.
Baden-Baden boasts with a diverse and exhilarating gastronomic scene. From Michelin-starred restaurants, trendy roof top bars to charismatic local taverns, the culinary options are endless. Enjoy world-class fine dining at the elegant, Michelin-starred Le Jardin de France and Maltes hidden kitchen, which switches from an elegant Kaffeehaus by day into a gourmet temple by night. There is also more casual dining at tucked-away taverns, where regional as well as Alsatian flavours, such as Flammkuchen and braised pork cheeks are matched with local wines. Wine lovers rejoice as they can venture out to the city’s wine region, the Rebland. It is one of the best-known Riesling wine regions in Germany, with a whole host of excellent wines.
The city centre of Baden-Baden is car-free and home to numerous parks and gardens, ideal for starting off with a gentle stroll and perfect for soaking up the fresh countryside air. The Lichtentaler Allee, a 3 km long green oasis, invites for relaxing walks or horse carriage rides. This stretch leads past villas, palais and hotels - all reminders of the glorious Belle Époque at the end of the 19th century. It is also a great destination for outdoor sports, hiking tours and stunning vistas. The most beautiful view and the best spot for lovely sunsets offers the Merkur Mountain – the highest point of the city. At 2,191ft at its peak, it can be easily reached via a funicular railway. Along with stunning views onto the surrounding Black Forest, there are hiking paths for all abilities as well as encounters with local wildlife, such as deer.
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.
"The most beautiful Casino in the world", designed in 1824, entices you to try your luck at the roulette table.
Europe's second largest opera and concert hall offers cultural pleasure at the highest level.
Built by New York star architect Richard Meier, the museum shows selected works of Classical Modernism.
Just six kilometres outside the city centre, the Rebland region is our 'insider's tip' for connoisseurs of good wines and culinary delights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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