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By Elite Traveler | January 9 2020
Located in the Black Forest, Baden-Baden is the ideal destination for recharging batteries. This stylish international spa town ticks all the boxes: natural hot thermal springs and soothing spas, quality hotels, gourmet restaurants, tempting shops and great cultural offerings. All in a relaxing green environment, where everything is only an easy walk away.
What makes this small but impressively cosmopolitan city so appealing?
First and foremost: it’s always had a strong appeal. Baden-Baden was established over 2,000 years ago as a place for people to relax and reconnect with themselves. Water, light, earth and air are the city’s precious resources. Over the centuries, Baden-Baden has evolved into an enchanting destination, offering a spectacularly diverse range of opportunities for both relaxation and excitement. The city’s 19th-century heydays have left a lasting mark, but while a grand past can sometimes overshadow a place’s present, this certainly isn’t the case here. The city was built to sustain and enrich life, and that tradition continues today.
For people seeking wellness and relaxation, the city’s two thermal baths offer soothing recreation in the warm thermal water as well as high-quality wellness and beauty treatments. The modern Caracalla Spa, with more than 43,000 sq ft of bathing and wellness space, creates an exceptional ambiance for gentle relaxation in thermal water. The historic “Friedrichsbad”, looking back on 150 years of bathing history, combines traditional Roman bathing culture with the habits of Irish hot-air bathing.
In the picturesque streets of the neo-baroque old town of Baden-Baden, exquisite boutiques invite visitors also on luxury shopping trips. Shopping enthusiasts will love Baden-Baden, as the numerous boutiques offer luxury-brand products, international labels and individual antiques, jewelry and presents.
For food lovers, the town has a vast selection of options to choose from. Its restaurants range from Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy little taverns, offering both international and traditional Baden cuisine. Just four miles outside the city center, gourmets and aficionados of fine wines find a variety of excellent restaurants and wineries in Baden-Baden’s wine region, the Rebland – Germany’s second-largest Riesling growing district.
For an evening filled with excitement, the Casino Baden-Baden is the perfect location. Located in the Kurhaus, it is Germany’s oldest casino and according to Marlene Dietrich “the most beautiful casino in the world”. It offers guests the chance to dive into the world of roulette, blackjack and poker in a unique Belle Epoque ambience. There is no boredom in Baden-Baden: there are a variety of events in and around town throughout the year. From international horse races to vintage car meetings, food and music festivals, summer concerts, operas and many more.
Apart from spa, wellness and nature, Baden-Baden stands for its rich cultural offer. The Festival Hall Baden-Baden, Europe’s second-largest opera and concert hall, hosts international opera, ballet and concerts at the highest level. The Museum Frieder Burda, built by New York star architect Richard Meier is a must-see for guests who enjoy art and architecture.
In the “green city” of Baden-Baden, you can find numerous well-maintained parks and gardens where some exotic varieties of flowering plants and trees are growing. Within the town, everything is reachable by foot. The car-free city center as well as the “Lichtentaler Allee”, a 2 km long green oasis, invite for relaxing walks or horse carriage rides. As the home to Germany’s largest municipal forest, Baden-Baden is great for long walks and hiking tours.
Discover Baden-Baden and experience the “good-good life”.