People have been using spas since the Romans, and nowadays, a great number of people come to Baden-Baden to enjoy the amazing spa opportunities here. Baden-Baden has a reputation for being the finest spa town in all of Europe. However, you have more to enjoy here aside from spas. Golf clubs, tennis clubs, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, and many more activities are available at Baden-Baden. There are also a vast number of forests, one of the more popular ones being the famous Black Forest. We will look at some of the best attractions in all of Baden-Baden.
New Castle (Neues Schloss)
Built by Margrave Christoph in 1479, this historic castle known as Neues Schloss, is located on the edge of the Black Forest in the Florentine mountains. At one time, a grand-ducal family lived here, and now a private group bought it in 2010. The goal was to have it renovated and turned into a Hyatt hotel. The highlights of this castle are the exquisite architecture and the beautiful scenery.
The Paradies Cascade
Constructed back in 1925, this is an arrangement of fountains and cascades. The waterfalls are upwards of 40 meters high, and are served by an underground spring. The town center provides public transport, and perhaps best of all, it is also reachable by foot.
Altes Schloss Hohenbaden
A monument to the Margraves in the 11th to 15th centuries, the Hohenbaden Castle, or Altes Schloss, provides the finest views and explores the historic dungeons and tall towers that highlight the Black Forrest and the spectacular Rhine Valley. This ‘Old Castle’ is in ruins nowadays, but it remains a popular tourist spot.
The Baden-Baden Museum, or the Stradmuseum, contains artifacts from the 19th century. It details how the Romans became interested in health spas, offers some large stone monuments, and is home to artwork, sculptures, etc. It is a reliable place for gaining more knowledge about the heritage of Baden-Baden. There is a lot to see, including some antique toys and games. However, if you also want to see some modern art, Museum Frieder Burda exhibits some of the fine art of Jackson Pollock.
Roman Bath Ruins
Did you know that Baden-Baden was once known as Aquae Aureliae? This ruin serves as the proof of Baden-Baden’s historic culture of spas and bathhouses. The Roman’s Soldier’s Bath (now Friedrichsbad spa) is amazing to see with the 2,000-year-old floors and wall heating systems. The two-meter-high Roman wall is also an attraction. Both guided and audio tours are available if you want to learn a little more about these ruins.
Old town is a pretty and peaceful kind of town. The Baroque-influenced architecture can be seen from the picturesque sidewalks, and you can enjoy several jewelry and antique shops, galleries, and cafes. The visit is worthwhile because there are monuments, including the tomb of Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm (known as Turkenlouis) – the tomb is called Gothic Stiftskirche. Turkenlouis passed away here in 1707. It is also home to a sandstone crucifix from 1497. Another highlight is the 17th century Convent of the Holy Sepulchre.
Perhaps you have had enough of the historic destinations. Caracalla Baths is a modern bathing therapy center you do not want to miss – covering 4,000 square meters. The spa works because of the twelve natural springs that rise up more than 1,900 meters from under Florentiner Mountain at temperatures of 69°C. With all the hot and cold rock grottos, swimming pools, water jets, whirlpools and saunas, there is always something to see here. There is also another Roman-Irish type spa called the Friedrichsbad – promising an exquisite 170-year-old Roman-style setting. The program includes a luxurious seven-step spa treatment.
As an ideal place for walking – Lichtentaler is a park and an arboretum located in the heart of Baden-Baden. This park contains a 17th century footpath, and trees in bloom, combinations of chestnuts, limes, oaks, maples and magnolias. Another bouquet of 400 roses is present in the Art Nouveau garden. The Cistercian Abbey of Lichtental dated back to 1245 is one of the monuments that you have to check out here. Another highlight includes the Museum of 19th Century Art and Technology – and a Museum about the life of the Berlin painter Ury.
The Kurgarten (Spa Garden)
You should always start your journey in Baden-Baden here: The Kurgarten. This spa garden is surrounded by most of Baden-Baden’s attractions. You will find a massive range of galleries, boutiques, cafes, etc. Concerts and pop festivals take place here, the most notable ones being the Bandshell and Christmas Market.
Monuments include the Greek-Romanian Chapel built between 1863 and 1866, and you can find stunning buildings such as the Trinkhalle here as well. A French-chateau-styled resort called the Kurhaus can be found here, built between 1821 and 1824. It is actually Baden-Baden’s oldest and best resort.
Staying in true luxury
If you want to enjoy your stay in Baden-Baden in true luxury, you cannot do any better than Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa. This is a facility with a restaurant with one Michelin star, exclusive wellness facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Because of its ideal location, it is only a 10-minute walk from the Old Town’s many attractions.