Climate in Baden-Baden
Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 - 47°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 23°C ( 72 - 73°F ); min: 12 - 13°C ( 52 - 55°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 19°C ( 45 - 66°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 5°C ( 38 - 41°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )
Sammlung Frieder Burda
In October 2004 the museum Sammlung Frieder Burda opened its doors. After some month of struggle Mr Burda finally realised his plans for the museum. In Baden-Baden had been some people who weren’t happy with the plans for the museum. E.g . they had the opinion that the museum would destroy the general view of “Lichtentaler Allee” but the objections had been overruled. I’m really happy that Mr. Burda’s plans got accepted because I am a great fan of this building. Since my first visit I am also a fan of the inner parts of the building.
You can buy a ticket which is only valid for “Sammlung Frieder Burda” (at 9 EUR) or one which also allows you to visit Staatliche Kunsthalle (at 11 EUR)
If you are an owner of the ”Museums Pass” you have free entrance.
Don’t miss to use the lift!!!
Kurhaus Concert Shell
The Concert Shell sits opposite the Kurhaus (Casino), and during the summer is host to many concerts. During the warm summer weekend evenings it is really pleasant to wander around the collonades to the accompaniment of a jazz, classical, or ethnic band.
The smallest international city in Germany
Before my trip, I knew next to nothing about Baden-Baden. I had spent some time on VT trying to do some research but it didn't quite prepare me for the time I had while I was there. When I left Baden-Baden, I knew it was a travel destination I'd have revisit and I was already gauging just how far a train ride it was from Paris (just under 5 hours).
From the time we arrived in Baden-Baden to the time we left, the biggest constant was a sense of relaxation and calm. I never felt rushed, was able to explore the whole city on foot and took things in on my own time.
The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Carcalla Therme, the natural hot spring baths, where we spent 3 hours in various baths, saunas and steam rooms. It was a perfect way to spend a few hours in the middle of a trip.
"But have fun!!"
The other highlight of the trip was the Baden-Baden Casino. This isn't your Vegas type, nor your Atlantic City type casino. Be prepared to be impressed. The Casino was bought in the mid-1800s by a Frenchman who renovated and fashioned the main rooms after a French Chataeu of Kings. Reds, golds, chandeliers, statues, painted ceilings all combine to give the feeling that your playing games in Versaille. Be sure to pack a jacket and tie (or you'll be forced to rent an ugly one at the reception). Games have surprisingly low minimums and the atmosphere can't be beat. Even if you don't gamble, this is a must do as far as activities go.
In the end, Baden-Baden made it's way onto my European must-see list. For a town I hadn't even heard of before, I can't recommend it highly enough. It may not be big, may not have the the wealth of museums of some major cities and might not keep you occupied for a week long stay but for 2 - 4 days, this is a worthy stop on any western european itinerary.