A few kilometers from Strasbourg is the magnificent city of Baden-Baden, in the heart of the German Black Forest. This beautiful German city is one of the most chic resorts in the world. It is one of the best destinations for lovers of relaxation. The city has many spas, a tradition that dates back to Roman times. Visiting Baden-Baden will also allow you to discover a picturesque city with a well-preserved heritage. Its special atmosphere will transport you to a world of softness and well-being.
If you are wondering what to do in Baden-Baden during your stay, here is the answer with these 7 essential things to visit in this beautiful German city.
Any visit to Baden-Baden should start with the Kurtgarden. You will find many cafes, restaurants, shops and other galleries around the Kurgarten. Many events and festivals also take place here, such as the Christmas Market – one of the most enchanting in the region!
Many emblematic buildings of the city are located around the Kurgarten, such as the Trinkhalle, the Greco-Romanesque chapel or the Kurhaus, one of the oldest resorts in Baden-Baden. We warmly recommend that you take a walk in the gardens of Kurpark, one of the most beautiful parks in the city. Impossible to visit Baden-Baden without lingering at the Kurgarten, the center of local cultural life!
2. Lichtentaler Allee
From the heart of Baden-Baden to the municipality of Lichtentaler stretches a wide road, one of the most beautiful in the city. Along the Oos river , it offers you a magnificent 2.5 kilometer walk. Your walk will take you along an old path dating back to the 17th century. The route also crosses a botanical park, with more than 300 different species, as well as other very charming little parks.
3. Baths of Caracalla
It would be improbable to visit Baden-Baden without taking the opportunity to discover the city’s spas. The Caracalla baths are the most famous and wonderful. 4000m² of relaxation and happiness await you in these sumptuous thermal baths, equipped with numerous pools, saunas and other relaxation areas. Next to the thermal baths, the Friedrichsbad offer you several activities and relaxation programs in the heart of a magnificent 170-year-old Roman-style building!
4. Walk the alleys of the Old Town
After a day of spa and relaxation, what could be better than strolling through the magnificent alleys of the Old Town of Baden-Baden? You will discover many Baroque-style buildings in the middle of the charming narrow streets of the historic center. Two buildings deserve your attention: the Gothic chapel Stiftskirche where the tomb of Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm I is located , as well as the convent of the Holy Sepulchre. You can then eat in one of the excellent restaurants in the Old Town. We particularly recommend the Nigrum restaurant or the Jardin de France , which offer the most refined cuisine!
5. Climb the towers of Hohenbaden Castle
This prodigious German castle was the residence of the margraves of Baden in the Middle Ages, from the 11th to the 15th century. Today in ruins, it is still possible to climb the stairs of the keep and the high towers of the castle. Climbing to their peaks will offer you a magnificent and sublime panorama over Baden-Baden, the fascinating Black Forest and the Rhine Valley!
6. Visit the Frieder Burda Museum
This architectural work by Richard Meier fits admirably well into the city’s landscape. This is a must visit museum in Baden-Baden. The collections bring together more than a thousand works of modern and contemporary art: sculptures, paintings, photographs and objects. Surprising temporary exhibitions are also permanently held in the museum.
7. Also worth seeing in and around Baden-Baden
If you are still wondering what to do in Baden-Baden, here are more attractions to visit and activities to enjoy in and around town:
– Admire the ruins of the Roman Baths , to visit Baden-Baden from a historical angle: the city formerly named Aquae Aureliae was already a spa destination 2000 years ago!
– Go to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden , the largest and most famous opera house in Germany.
– Discover the Fabergé Museum : a fascinating collection of more than 700 pieces, the museum is devoted to this Russian jewelry art.
– Marvel at the Paradies Cascades : a complex of magnificent waterfalls and fountains. From the heights, you will have a sublime view of the city and the surrounding nature.
– Visit the New Castle (Neues Schloss), another residence of the margraves, more recent.
– Embark on a summer hike in the heart of the Black Forest, and a ski tour in winter. The snow makes the forest and the surrounding mountains even more wonderful. In summer, you can enjoy a canoe-kayak session in this breathtaking nature reserve.
– Have a glass of mulled wine in winter : the Christmas Market in Baden-Baden is one of the most bewitching in the region. Enjoy a romantic moment after the spa or a nice ski trip.
Visiting Baden-Baden in winter and summer assures you of discovering an enchanting world, made up of a glorious past and deep relaxation. In winter, Nordic skiing and a magical atmosphere await you thanks to the end-of-year celebrations and the snow. In summer, the bright sun makes the city shimmer, and the parks are most resplendent.