Renting a bicycle
Between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. you can rent a bicycle in the parking garage Kurhaus garage. The fee is not very high. For up to 2 hours you pay 1 EUR, up to 6 hours 2,50 EUR and up to 12 hours 5 EUR. The bike has to be returned before 8 p.m.
Baden-Baden not only has one of the leading casinos in Europe, but also one of the oldest. The architecture outside and especially inside is overwhelming!!
You can take an interactive tour through the casino on their webpage - or even better, if you visit, go there before opening hours and go on a real tour through the casino. We did it and found it to be well worth while!
These guided tours are outside the gaming hours at 30-minute intervals every day except All Saints´Day (1 November) and 24 December.
01.04. - 30.09.: 9.30 - 12.00
01.10. - 31.03.: 10.00 - 12.00
Last tour starts at 11.30
€ 4.00 per person
€ 3.00 per person for groups of over 30
Special tours in French or English by prior arrangement.
Ruins of the Roman Baths
The ancient Romans have already enjoyed the thermal springs of Aquae, the settlement that later became Baden-Baden. Excavations have unearthed the remnants of the Roman spa. The ruins can be seen underneath the Friedrichsbad at the entrance to the parking garage.
Opening hours: March 16 to Nov 15, 11.00-12.00 and 15.00-16.00 (Nov 16 to March 15 closed). Opening hours have been reduced to one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon in 2010!
Entrance fee: adults € 2.50, kids (14 and under) € 1.00. The entrance fee includes an audioguide which is helpful to understand what you see, there are no written explanations in the excavations. The audioguide is available in several languages.
Strictly no photography inside (*whispers* but when the thing is closed no one can keep you from taking photos through the window)
Easter Weekend (April 2003) Under Construction
Ekhlaque, Suresh (international cribber), and Vinay Arora (the invisible man) and I decided to head out to Baden-Baden (BB) on Friday morning.
Since Sukri didn't have his car that weekend and lives in Dusseldorf, it was decided that he should come to BoZ on Thursday night. Bad Idea.
Dusseldorf to BoZ is a 2 hour drive. But on the train it took him 3 hours and had to change SIX times!!! SIX bloody times! Because there was some delays and goof ups...
He made it though.
Friday morning was ambitious. We finally left at about 12 noon. And, Vinay cancelled out at the last minute. Just as we were leaving. The bummer was that we had to pay "regrets" (cancellation charges) at the Hotel for the room we cancelled! I was pissed!