Combining the culture and lifestyle of a great city break, with the tranquillity of a serene wellness escape, nowhere compares with Baden-Baden
Nestled to the north of Germany’s beautiful Black Forest lies the small and cosmopolitan city of Baden-Baden. The perfect destination for escaping from the stresses of modern life, this charming city has everything you need for a relaxing break – a truly unique marriage of grand, historic intrigue and contemporary lifestyle.
Baden-Baden dates back over 2,000 years to the Romans, who bathed in the natural thermal springs to ease their aches and pains. The city has since become synonymous with relaxation, surrounded by the glorious Black Forest. Historically, Baden-Baden has always attracted those in search of luxury – an appeal that has only grown over time. From natural, hot thermal springs and soothing spas, to quality hotels, gourmet restaurants, tempting shops and a myriad of cultural offerings, there is never a shortage of things to see and do in Baden-Baden. It is the perfect haven for the discerning traveller.
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To choose your accommodation in Baden-Baden is to choose from a world-class selection of superior spa and wellness hotels. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate in five-star luxury, or romantic, quintessential charm, there is something for everyone. The very embodiment of relaxation can be found at the city’s two thermal baths, where the healing properties of the warm, natural spring water combine with a range of high-quality beauty treatments to luxuriate the skin. The modern Caracalla Spa with more than 43,000 sq-ft of bathing and wellness space creates an exceptional ambience for relaxation in its thermal waters. The historic Friedrichsbad is home to more than 140 years of bathing history, and brings traditional Roman bathing culture and Irish hot-air bathing into the modern day. So, having rejuvenated the Baden-Baden way, it’s time to get out and about.
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A shoppers’ paradise complete with a mouthwatering culinary and cultural scene, Baden-Baden is the city that has everything. Wander down its picturesque streets and discover exquisite boutiques that combine luxury brands with locally made gifts. Gastronomy abounds in Baden-Baden, with everything from world-renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, to charismatic local taverns. With a range of international and local cuisines available, delicious food is always just around the corner. Meanwhile, oenophiles can venture out to the city’s wine region, the Rebland – Germany’s second largest Riesling growing district.
Far from the hustle of Europe’s metropolises, Baden-Baden is a haven of tranquillity where the natural world takes centre stage. The city centre is a car-free zone and everything can be reached on foot. For a breath of fresh air, visitors can stroll through the many picturesque parks and gardens, home to some of the most exotic floral varieties. The Lichtentaler Allee, a 3-kilometre-long green oasis, invites for relaxing walks or horse carriage rides.
Those with a passion for the arts will be in heaven. The Festival Hall Baden-Baden is Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall, known for its incredible acoustics and world-class roster of artists.
The Museum Frieder Burda, built by famed New York architect Richard Meier, is essential for visitors who love art and architecture, whilst the Fabergé Museum – dedicated to the life’s work of Russian jeweller Carl Peter Fabergé – offers a completely unique experience.
Last but not least
Arguably the city’s crowning jewel is the Casino Baden-Baden. For an evening rich in excitement and unparalleled opulence, there is no better place than Germany’s oldest casino, which was once named as the most beautiful casino in the world. Visitors can don their dresses and suits ready for an adventure into the world of roulette, blackjack, and poker.
If the casino does not entice, there is an annual variety of events in and around the city, including international horse racing, vintage car meetings, food and music festivals, concerts, opera, ballet, and much more.
Baden-Baden is a truly enchanting city, exuding class and sophistication at every turn. Yet, for every piece of modern luxury, there is an equally charming reminder of the city’s historic traditions. A must-see for every traveller, this is one destination that cannot be missed. It’s why locals like to describe living in Baden-Baden as ‘the good-good life’.