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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!.
This area around Vienna,is just beautiful,driving by the small roads you'll see awesome landscapes and small villages to explore.There are a few campgrounds,hotels and lot of restaurants to have a local meal .
Around Baden there are a few very interesting places to see,this is a picture taken at Lietchtenstein Castle.During our excursion by the area,we stoped for a while in this nice castle.It is located just outside Vienna city and worth a visit.
Baden was also the home of Ludwig van Beethoven,it was living here part of his life.In this house located on the old town,he was finished his famous 9th Shymphony.It seems that Baden inspired very much to this great musician.
After a very nice walk in the old city,we had a coffe here,at Main Square,from my table I saw this nice sculpture,in the center of the square.This square is a meeting point also and normally is the place to see and been seen in Baden.
This nice building is Baden's Town Hall,it is located in main square also.It seems that this beautiful square is the city's heart,everything is around the place.In Baden you'll find a few nice hotels aswell.This is the perfect place to have some relaxed days!.