Celebrities come to Baden-Baden to get themselves into hot water and then get pummeled after. You might be surprised at how affordable a spa visit is in this town whose name is "bath-bath"--we'll tell you how just about anyone can get the treatment.
Location of Baden Baden
Baden Baden is 60 km northeast of Strasbourg, France in the Black Forest region of Germany, in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg (see a Baden Wurttemberg Map). Besides Strasbourg, other close by, worthwhile cities to visit are Freiberg, Baden Wurttemberg, Rothenberg, Hiledelberg and perhaps Stuttgart for the Porsche museum or a Factory Tour (the factory is actually in Zuffenhausen, a few miles north of Stuttgart.)
Why go to Baden-Baden?
Sure, there are the spas that pamper and treat you which have been going strong since the Roman times. Even the tourist office has a spigot disgorging Baden-Baden's healing spring water, which is advertised as good for many digestive ailments. But it's not just about the spas and the casino, the whole city center has been carefully planned for relaxation and pampering; a stroll through the leafy green of Lichtentaler Allee will take you back to more genteel times, and the city's many fine restaurants will have you hankering for a longer stay.
How to reach Baden Baden
By Train - The Baden Baden train station is a stop for high speed and regional trains. The main lines are Basel (Switzerland)/Hamburg, Basel/Rhineland, Basel/Berlin and Paris/Vienna via Stuttgart and Munich.
By Car - Motorway A5 Basle to Frankfurt, A8 when traveling from Munich to Karlsruhe, Federal Highway B3 Kiel/Basle, B500 in France / Black Forest / Switzerland Motorway Exit "Baden-Baden."
By Plane - Baden Airpark is 15 km out of the city. There is a daily flight to/from Berlin Templehof as well as charter flights by Eurowings, Hapag Lloyd, Hamburg International, Air Europa, Sun Express. You can take a train from larger airports at Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, and Basel (Switzerland).
Airport Shuttle - You can book a seat on a small bus from international airports at Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Strasbourg, France.
Baden Baden Hotels
An oft recommended hotel in Baden Baden that isn't too expensive and is centrally located next to the opera house is the Hotel Schweizer Hof (book direct).
For you luxury buffs, the only place to go to mingle with the rich and famous is the beautifully situated Brenner's Park Hotel and Spa. Heidi Klum loved it.
Kelby Carr, writing for France Travel, recommends the Hotel Beeg, on Gernsbacher StraÃŸe 44-46. which "had all the necessities, nice bed, a small armchair, TV, etc. The best feature was definitely the location, though. You could walk out the front door, walk along a sidewalk and be at the Caracalla spa." (The Hotel Beeg sounds nice, but I usually go for something smaller.)
For user-rated hotels, you can book direct on the internet at venere: Baden-Baden Hotels
Spas have been famous at Baden Baden since the Roman Era. The two big spas, Caracalla and the Friedrichsbad Roman-Irish spa, are quite affordable. A three hour visit to Caracalla will cost you 17 Euros. A single admission ticket excluding soap and brush massage (3 hours) at the Roman-Irish Spa will run you 21 Euros, a three and a half hour visit including soap and brush massage will cost you 29 Euros. At either spa you can park nearby for two hours free, then for a Euro per hour thereafter. For all the info on prices and other options, see the linkbox below. To see what a spa experience is like, see Caracalla Therme: What to Expect at the Baths
Conveniently, Lichtentaler Allee, a 19th century public park and gardens created around the Oos river, is also a sort of "Museum Row" where you'll find the following museums plus the Casino, rose garden, and Tourist information.
The Baden-Baden Museum offers exhibits on the history of the spa town from Roman times to the 19th century when Baden-Baden became world renowned as a health and gambling resort worth a stop on the Grand Tour. The museum also has unusual collections of historical toys, unusual coins and special medals.
Lichtentaler Allee 10, 76530 Baden-Baden
The State Art Gallery or Staatliche Kunsthalle offers visiting art exhibitions from around the world.
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Lichtentaler Allee 8a, 76530 Baden-Baden
Museum Frieder Burda - The Richard Meier building hosts 500 paintings, sketches, sculptures and objects, mostly by German post war artists.
Museum Frieder Burda
Lichtentaler Allee 8b, 76530 Baden-Baden
Museum of 19th Century Art &Technology (LA8) covers "the intellectual overlapping of art and technology and its consequences, which are still of importance for society today."
Museum fÃ¼r Kunst und Technik des 19. Jahrhunderts
Lichtentaler Allee 8, 76530 Baden-Baden
There is also a Brahms' House, where Brahms spent his summer months between the years of 1865 to 1874.
The Lichtenthal Abbey anchors the southern end of the Lichtentaler Alee, which was built to connect the Abbey to the historic center of Baden-Baden. The Cistercian monastery was founded 1245. Tours are given three times a week, on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm, and there are occasional concerts.
Baden Baden is in the Ortenau region, in good position for wine production. The Baden Wine Route will lead you and your car through the best of the region, while the Ortenau Weinpfad (wine trail) running parallel has over 100 kilometers of hiking trails and vantage points. For more on these opportunities, follow the Baden Wine Route link in the box on the right
There is, of course, the famous Black Forest smoked ham, and the locally made Gansewurst, a sausage made from smoked goose, is worth a try. Snail soup? Yep, a local specialty. Lunch is light, there's a coffee and cake break in the afternoon, then a late dinner. Some of the food has French influence here, and the local Black Forest game is legendary.
Find weather and historical climate for Baden-Baden: Baden-Baden Travel Weather.