Experience for all the senses
The Rosarium in Doblhoffpark is Austria's largest rose garden. There are over 600 rose types and over 30,000 rose trees in 175 beds. Many events during the Days of Roses attract hundreds of visitors in one of the largest European Rosarium. Baden Rose Festival is held every year in the beginning of June under the open sky in the garden as a one-night-only show of music, dance, acrobatics, fire and water.
The roses are in bloom twice a year, in June and October. In December, when I was there, it was late to take a photo of them.
It is the center of the spacious pedestrian area.
Pestsäule( the Plaguecolumn) the Trinity column from 1714, a religious monument for the victims of the plague stands in the main square in many Austrian towns. It was erected in the early 1700s to commemorate the end of the plague.
It is next to the Town Hall( Rathaus) from 1815. and the Kaiserhaus from 1792, which was Francis I's summer residence 1813-34.
This Garden was created in 1792 to honour the empress Maria Theresia.The admition to the Kurpark park and its gorgeous garden is free. Flower Clock is there since 1928.
For those who enjoy being fleeced, there is The Grand Casino, that together with a hotel was once an imperial bath. It is nice to take a walk through the Kurpark and woods up the hills behind the casino. A pathways lead to a Strauss monument and the Beethoventempel, with views over the whole city. Farther up you can follow the hiking trails through the Vienna Woods.
Beethoven was here too
He hoped to cure his deafness here.
On the photo you can see Beethoven’s home in the early 1820’s, which documents the composer’s life. Here he composed the “Missa Solemnis”, the canons "O Tobias" and "Gedenket heute an Baden" and started his work on the “Ninth Symphony”.
Here you can indulge yourself with a pure luxury and relax in a natural mineral sulfur springs under the largest freely suspended glass roof in Europe. From Roman times to the present day town is known for the healing powers of the springs. The water temperature is between 27-36C. There is the Institute of physiatrics, two Finnish saunas, large sauna, aroma steam baths, an Ottoman steam bath and massage, solarium and fitness.
The Romertherme Spa
This is an ideal way to end a long trip to Austria if you end up in Vienna: A relaxing spa with all the latest facilities and services.
Included in the entrance fee (see website for details and options) are the use of lockers, showers and all facilities, except the solarium and sauna, for which you must pay extra. Also, towels are not included in the price, so bring your own if you want to save the rental fee.
There are 2 ways to get to Baden from Vienna, depending on where you are in the city: Tram or train.
The train leaves about every half hour from the Meidling train station and takes about a half hour to reach Baden
The tram leaves from the Opernring and goes south through Karlsplatz and its last station (the center of Baden) is where you get off. It runs every 15-20 minutes and takes exactly 1 hour. Theoretically, it costs about the same as the train but, if you already have a valid public transport ticket for central Vienna (Zone 100), you only have to add the extra charge out of the zone to Baden - about 30-40% less (you pay with the automatic ticket dispensing machines on the tram). Look for the tram which says "Baden" above the front window.
Which to take? If you are situated on the tram line, then that's the way to go, as it saves you the hassle of going to the train station. If you are considerably closer to Meidling train station, then that would tend to be the way to go. You now have the information - it's your choice. :)
Beethovenhaus, his frequent place
Ludwig van Beethoven was a frequent visitor to Baden. His imperial patrons lived nearby on the Hauptplatz or in the Weilburg in the Helena Valley.
Beethoven stayed at this house several times from 1821 to 1823. He composed some of his works there. Also many of his famous fellow artists visited him here. The rooms are open to the public as a small museum. There is also one small souvenir shop at ground floor.
- Museum Visits
Hauptplatz, the main square
Hauptplatz is the main square in Baden and at the heart of pedestrian area. During the christmas there you can see several shacks for food and some souvenirs as a Christmas Market. There was also a carousel and a small train for children.
After a major fire in Baden, the square was built in 1812 again. It is dominated architecturally by the city hall, the summer residence of the Habsburg family from 1813 to 1834 and the residence of the last Austrian emperor from 1916 to 1918. There is also nearly 20 meter high Trinity Column executed by sculptor Giovanni Stanetti.
There was also one more small Christmas Market at Josefplatz. But the shacks was open afternoon for several hours only. You can see other pictures taken nearby the main square too.
- Theme Park Trips
- Spa and Resort
In Austria it is very popular to go to Spas. In Baden you`ll find quite a nice one, the "Römertherme". It is located in the centre of Baden. The building itself is interesting, they combined the old building of the Biedermeier period with modern architecture, using a lot of glass. There are 2 big indoor swimming pools, one to practise serious swimming and one where you can just flounder about.
Inside you`ll find as well the jacuzzi (usually very crowded unfortunately). Outside are 2 thermal basins with of course hot water.
If you are willing to pay about 3 EUR more you can use their spa area with 3 steam baths, 2 saunas (1 with about 95 degrees, 1 with about 60) and a well heated relaxing room (Tepidarium). Upstairs is a small gym. The entrance to the Römertherme starts at about 11 EUR for 2 hours. Bring your bathing suit and towels; in case you`ve forgotten it there is a shop where you can buy bikinis and bathing suits for a cheap price of about 20/30 EUR. If you come by car you can park for free in their garage, just show the parking ticket at the Spa reception before leaving.
- Spa and Resort
Gambling at Europe`s largest Casino !!
It has been a very innovative and sucessful idea, to combine a modern, up-to-date Conference-and Event-Center with a casino. It`s grand opening took place on 9 March 1995. It has four seminar rooms and three event rooms with space for up to 1,100 conference participants or balls with 2,500 guests. The Baden Casino is at least as elegant and trendy as Monte Carlo`s,yet the socalled Jackpot Corner, a “casino with a difference” offers guests the opportunity to enjoy themselves in a more casual and relaxed atmosphere without the traditional casino dress code. Besides, the Casino offers all kind of games, from Blackjack to American Roulette, Easy Roulette, Poker and many others.
Daily opening hours starting at 15:00 (Jackpot Casino at 13:00), closed on 24 December (Christmas Eve).
- Luxury Travel
- Casino and Gambling
Baden is the principal Spa town in Austria and the thermal baths here are impressive. Large, well organised and spotlessly clean. Many people come here from afar in an attempt to be healed of their ailments.
Aswell as the baths there are facilities for underwater massage mud packs and general wellbeing treatmens.
Another of Beethovens houses
Beethoven stayed in at least seven different addresses during his 17 visits to Baden between 1804 and 1825. This being one of them!
It was one of his favourite summer resorts. Who can blame him, it is wonderful.
The apartment on the first floor has now been restored and is a museum to Beethoven. The ground floor contains an antique shop selling generally tasteless tourist gifts.
Baden's Kurshaus - the Austrian Equivalent of Bath
Most people overlook the fact that Baden, only 25km away from Vienna, is a spa town - its name gives this fact away. There is a considerable amount of sulphur in the spa water, and in former times taking the waters was a very popular habit with the well-to-do Viennese. You can still come here for a "Kur" although the treatments have been expanded somewhat - to include mudpacks, medicinal bandages, massage, heat treatments, electrotherapy, with treatments starting from as little as EUR 10. Some treatments can be paid for by health insurance/social security - however don't get too excited - not everything can be paid for in this way! The surroundings are very pleasant and it is a great way to escape the bustle of the city for a day.
- Spa and Resort
SAINT CROSS MONASTERY
The Saint Cross Monastery is located very close to Baden,is another nice place to visit around.There is a big part of the monastery that can be visited,even though the rest are occupied by the monks.This is a nice picture of a beautiful stained glass taken inside the monastery.
This picture was taken just outside of Baden,lucky that I've visited this area in October, almost all trees in Baden, were looking beautiful with fall colors on it,I like specially this season of year to visit a nice forest,even though the autoum just was started!.
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