Arround Baden-Baden you find many hiking trails. You can buy a map of walks in the tourist information or you can just walk into the forest.
This picture is taken behind the Bernharduskirche. There starts one of my favorite walks which leads you to Schlossbergwiese and to Neues Schloß
Strolling through Victorian Baden-Baden
Devoted readers of my pages might notice that I recommend this in every city, town, village, hamlet, grocery store, and Wal-Mart I've ever been to. That may be true. Be that as it may, Baden-Baden is a classic late-1800's spa town with all the Imperial aristocratic glory that description implies. So stroll and savour it.
The center of any spa town is the Kurhaus where the guests meet for entertainment, food and drink, to watch and be watched. The Kurhaus contains halls for concerts, dancing and other events, a restaurant and cafe, and of course Baden-Baden's famous casino. See my travelogue page for pictures of the casino's extravagant, impressive interior.
The restaurant is not bad but not the greatest I've ever been in, and not the cheapest either.
The casino is open for gambling after 2 p.m. Minimum age 21. Dress code: jacket and tie for men, women adequate. In case of emergency (= lack of such in travel luggage) jacket and tie can be borrowed from the reception.
Passport or ID card have to be shown (driver's licence is not accepted) - because they check if your name is on the list of banned gambling addicts, that's all.
Affluent Spa Town
Baden-Baden is about 40 minutes south of Stuttgart, east of Strasbourg. It's quite close to the Black Forest, and is famous for it's thermal spa's, and thus seems full of senior citizens looking for the healthy things in life. Town inhabitants seem very affluent, and all the shops reflect this - but you can still pick up a cheap, tacky souvenir if you look hard enough. The main attractions are the Trinkhalle, Kurhaus (with a famous Casino), Kongresshaus, Neues Schloss, Caracalla Therme and Freidrichbad