The spa resort of Baden Baden was born out of its thermal springs, so much so that the literal translation of the town's name is Bathe Bathe. The beautiful Black Forest surroundings add to this spa town's curative charms, as do the grand buildings - many of which look alot like palaces, with their colonnades and turrets. These grand old beauties are now some of the best places to stay in Baden Baden.
Baden Baden's aesthetic elegance has attracted an elegant clientele to the town's boutiques, outdoor cafes and gardens. And since Baden Baden's rediscovery as a spa town in the late 18th Century - the Romans discovered the thermal springs first - it's become a glamorous destination worthy not just of the palaces and grand hotels, but also of a grand casino.
Römerplatz is where you'll find the ruins of the Roman baths, rediscovered in 1847. Part excavated and in excellent condition there's plenty to learn about the early Roman inhabitants here. They weren't too different from visitors today - many here for the healthy promises of the thermal springs.
Just above Römerplatz is the new castle, Neues Schloss, built in the 15th Century, and now home to a local history museum. The old castle, Hohenbaden, built in 1102, has been left to deteriorate.
Baden Baden's casino, Spielbank, seems to base its decor on the splendour of Versailles. It's right next to the Kurhaus, which is the building with the Corinthian columns and the frieze of griffins.
Just around the park is the Trinkhalle (Drink Hall), the one with the frescos of local legends on its facade. Visitors should definitely try the mineral water. Many locals swear by it.
The healing powers of art have not been forgotten in Baden Baden. The Museum Frieder Burda has an excellent collection of famous names from the contemporary art world. Baden Baden also has a Faberge Museum.
Very popular with tourists during the summer months, the best places to stay in Baden Baden get booked up well in advance. So you'll either need to get organised and plan ahead, or else come in less popular months, when you can really appreciate the stunning beauty of your surroundings.
In the grand spa town of Baden Baden in the foothills of the Black Forest this 19th century hotel is from another era. Elegant rooms are furnished in different styles, Empire, Louis X1V, Biedermeier, Victorian or Art Deco. The perfect place to stay for a spa, festival or golf weekend.
An elegant property in a restored villa in the heart of Baden-Baden. Immaculate rooms are light and airy with traditional features. Gourmet French and regional cuisine is served in the candlelit restaurant. A short walk from many of the town's cultural sights. A romantic base for local exploring.
The best spa hotel in Europe. Supremely luxurious and elegant interiors behind a traditional 18th century facade. Marble floors, cornicing, cream carpets, oil paintings. The spa has everything, the restaurant is excellent, and business centre extensive. Complete pampering in luxury.