Schweizerhäuser - Swiss Chalets
In the late 19th century the so-called "Schweizerhäuser" (Swiss chalets) were characteristic in Baden-Baden. Only a few of these half-timbered houses still exist. So far I have discovered two: one in the corner of Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße/Beutigweg/Werderstraße, the other one on the hill behind the New Palace.
Caracalla Thermal Baths
More modern looking than the Friedichsbad. The bathing area has a large variety of bathing pools and a Roman saunascape with an outdoor area in the picturesque castle gardens. Prices vary according to how long you stay and there are parking facilities too.
Baden-Baden’s „house mountain“ offers a beautiful view of the Oos valley with the town, the mountains of the northern Black Forest and over the Rhine plain to the Vosges. A network of hiking trails start from the top station of Merkurberg funicular, so if you feel like exercise you have plenty of options. If you prefer taking it easy, enjoy the view, walk a bit round the summit, watch the hanggliders, stop for a coffee at the cafe in the top station… If you plan more activity, the summit is connected to the wide network of hiking trails around Baden-Baden.
Originally named Großer Staufenberg, it was renamed Merkurberg after an ancient stone relief of the Roman god mercury had been found here. A copy is put up on the summit.
Around the Spas
Humans love to bathe and relax in hot water. Baden-Baden's natural thermal springs have been used and enjoyed for some 2000 years. Pretty bath houses have been built above the springs, with pools and basins and everything.
I am not really sure about that. I do not like taking a bath very much. My fur takes forever to dry afterwards and being dripping wet feels so miserable.
Friedrichsbad is the most beautiful of the spas in Baden-Baden. I have never been inside, though. Bathing is bad enough. I heard that in Friedrichsbad you have to go nude. There is no way I am taking off my fur, nonono!!!!
The building on the left is the old steam bath which is nowadays used for arte xhibitions and stuff like that. On the right you see a wing of Friedrichsbad.
Between the two buildings someone has put up those water pots. It must have been a male human because this construction is not really practical. The pedestals are far too high. How does one reach and use the pots? No woman would design such crap.
This very flat guy is a work of art next to the old steam bath.
This is the front facade of Friedrichsbad. A temple of hot water.
This young lady has just left Friedrichsbad, I assume, because she has no clothes, only a towel. I asked her some questions about how this bathing works. She could not convince me to give it a try, though.