Great views over Baden-Baden from the AlteSchloss
Just outside the city of Baden-Baden, on the western slope of the Battert-Felsens sits the Schloss Hohenbaden (Altes Schloss, Old Castle). The construction of the castle began in 1102, and was further developed under Markgraf Berhard (1372 until 1431) and again under Markgraf Jakob (1431 until 1453.
The castle stood unstirred until the end of the 16th century, when it destroyed by fire. It remained in a poor condition until 1830 when the ruins where structurally secured.
A fantastic view is afforded visitors from the castle tower, on a clear day one can see all over Baden-Baden, the Black Forest, the Rhine, Karlsruhe, Strassbourg, and much more.
The castle also hosts a restaurant, sporting fantastic views over the forest. Opening hours are 10am until 10pm, Tuesday until Sunday.
Access is gained by car from Rotenbachtalstrasse, just before the tunnel. This is the road leading from Baden-Baden to Gaggenau. Follow the signs up the hill, there is ample parking at the Castle. Alternatively leave your car in Ebersteinburg, and take a walk up the hill, through the Batterts, to the Castle
Although this church looks really old, it isn't! It was built in the 19th century to be more precise between 1855 and 1864. The church was then consecrated, but without the spires - there just was not enough money for them!!!
What to do? Well, you might remember that Baden-Baden has a Casino, so part of the money from the Casino was donated and in 1874 this neogothic church was completed!!!
Fettquelle: More Free Water Tasting
The Fettquelle ("fat spring") is one of the hot springs on the slope of the Florentinerberg - the only one that's accessible outdoors. Water may be taken for free.
Warning: Do not try to drink straight from the fountain. Bring and use a cup or a bottle. The water has a temperature of about 60°C (Celsius!!).
The alley ends in Lichtenthal at the gate of a nunnery. There is a real convent which has been inhabited by real nuns for many centuries, and still is.
You can visit the courtyard and the church on your own. We then joined a guided tour. I hid in the bag because I was not sure if they allowed me in. Of course you cannot enter the convent buildings. Tours show you the Princes' Chapel and the little museum.
The doors behind me lead into the convent buildings. The left door remains closed to ordinary visitors like us. The right door is the entrance to the little museum.