Last updated: 06:00 PM ET, Sat September 07 2019
Panoramic view of Baden-Baden church Stiftskirche and city (Photo via RomanBabakin / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Baden Baden

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Overflowing with manicured green pastures, refreshing thermal baths, and ancient attractions, Baden Baden is the perfect destination if you are in need of relaxation and fun.  The old town is a peaceful spa retreat that is known to provide its visitors with the luxuries of life and cultural adventures.  From thermal baths and springs resembling ancient Roman baths to massages, caviar treatments, and body scrubs, you will feel completely at peace and stress free from the hassles of everyday life.  Baden Baden is the true definition of a paradise where picturesque parks, gardens, the Black Forest, and exquisite architecture offer an amazing backdrop, which intensify the need to relax and indulge in such splendor.   With such a tranquil atmosphere, this emerald town is a unique and lavish destination, whose aim is to fulfill your heart’s desires.

Situated on the banks of the Oos River, Baden Baden is a resort town in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany.  Baden, meaning baths, dates back to the Roman period when baths were first introduced to the town.  However, Baden Baden did not fully become a spa resort until the 19th century.  Since then, the establishments of many spas and springs have dominated the town.  Elaborately decorated with marble, brass columns, and lily pads, the nude bathhouse Friedrichsbad, was a popular retreat for the rich and famous.  However, tourists are invited to unwind inside the steamy saunas and massage rooms.   The Baths of Caracalla are also enticing to visitors with its indoor and outdoor swimming pools, waterfalls, and Jacuzzis.  Baden Baden is also filled with cultural sites.  The Museum Frieder Burda invites visitors on an extraordinary exploration of modern architecture through paintings and sculptures. The neo-classical style Festspielhau is where the town’s locals go to watch classical music concerts performed by international artists. Try your luck at a game of Poker or marvel at the elegant décor of Germany’s oldest casino.  History lovers would appreciate the lavish ancient churches and castles that can be found throughout the narrow streets.

Along with the many attractions, you cannot visit the town without shopping in the trendy markets. The paved roads are painted with boutiques and stores that offer some of the best souvenirs and designer merchandise that Germany has to offer.  Take a break from shopping and head to the cafés and bars, which offer scenic views, lively music, and great European wines and treats. 

Baden Baden offers a unique dining experience with delightful sceneries of pictorial gardens. Chefs are culinary masters at preparing traditional specialties influenced by their European neighbors.  The sweet aromas from veal, black forest ham, union and black forest cake, and potato salad fill the atmosphere of the charming restaurants.  Also, feast your senses on red and white wines from the local vineyards.  The gastronomy of Baden Baden will satisfy any food connoisseur with its endless supply of mouthwatering delicacies.

During the course of a year, Baden Baden experiences a moderate humid climate, with typically warm summers. During the warm season (May-September) the temperature averages from the high 50s to high 70s.  In the cold season (November- March) the temperature fluctuates between the 30s and 40s.

Baden Baden’s pleasant landscape is best enjoyed by walking or on a horse-drawn carriage.  From the town’s center there are a number of buses that provide transportation and tours to various attractions and locations in Baden Baden.  To reach other major German cities, catching a train is the best way to travel.  In addition taxis are also available to take you to your desired location and renting a car is accessible but expensive.