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Baden-Baden was famous in the 19th century as a playground for Europe’s nobility, who were drawn by its hot springs, rejuvenating waters and scenic countryside. Nowadays the city is as popular as ever.
Sights not to be missed include the Caracalla-Therme, named after a Roman Emperor. Enjoy a relaxing Massage or sit in the popular mud baths, great for your skin. The slightly radioactive water, which is rich in sodium chloride, hovers at a very high temperature of around 70°C. Relax in the sauna, or experience a relaxing foot bath. You can also sip the water in the Pump Room. Away from the spas, go to Spielbank, the oldest casino in Germany, where you can tour the historic gaming rooms.
Enjoy a refreshing walk along the along the Oosbach River. The variety of exotic plants makes it a pleasant stroll. .
The shops in Baden-Baden contain some of the most expensive boutiques in Germany, selling designer clothes and leather goods. For culture, visit the beautiful Baroque-style Theatre am Goetheplatz, which presents opera, ballet and theatre performances. Restaurants in the area tend to be upmarket and of good quality.
The nearby Black Forest is alive with fairytale villages, well-equipped spas and modern ski resorts. The peaks in the southern part of the forest are excellent for skiing in winter and hiking or mountain climbing in summer. The lakes of Titisee and Schluchsee are popular for boating, swimming and ice-skating.
Drive alsong the A5 or A8 autobahn to gain access to Baden-Baden. There are many trains passing through from Stuttgart on a daily basis; 25 from Munich; and 45 from Frankfurt. Long-distance bus service is provided to Freudenstadt and Tübingen.