Baden-Baden is a posh spa and thus well known for being ... not cheap. Budget travelers, check prices carefully.
There are, however, enough things that can be done for free to keep you busy for a day. I've described most of these activities in separate tips, so here is just a short list:
~ Walking through the Kurpark
~ The afternoon concerts in the 'concert shell' in front of the Kurhaus
~ People-watching and window-shopping in Kurhauskolonnaden and town
~ Drinking the healing waters in the Trinkhalle or at the Fettquelle next to Friedrichsbad (bring an empty bottle or a cup)
~ A walk along Lichtentaler Allee to see the beautiful parks and gardens, hotels and villas
~ Gönneranlage gardens
~ The churches
~ Courtyard and church of Lichtenthal monastery
~ Strolling through the old town up to the terrace at the New Palace for the view
~ Hike up to castle Hohenbaden, visiting the ruin is also free
~ Lots of hiking trails in the surrounding forests
Very interesting oldtimer show in front of the Kurhaus. Many beautiful and well preserved cars. You can watch a wide range of different models and brands. Some car owners even wear clothes of the same era as their cars are.
Fondest memory: For more details see
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In case you urgently have to check your email account you could visit the Library . There your find several computers and for a low fee you have access to the internet.
Fondest memory: Address:
Lange Str. 43 (Shopping lane)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m
Thursday 1:00 p. m to 7:00 p. m.
Saturday 10:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m.
Closed on Monday and Sunday
Mark Twain travelled the Black Forest in the 1870 and wrote a book about it, which is 50% travel report and 50% fiction, but 100% entertaining and hilarious: "A Tramp Abroad". I recommend it to all visitors to this region.
Here is Mark Twain's opinion on Baden-Baden:
"Baden-Baden sits in the lap of the hills, and the natural and artificial beauties of the surroundings are combined effectively and charmingly. The level strip of ground which stretches through and beyond the town is laid out in handsome pleasure grounds, shaded by noble trees and adorned at intervals with lofty and sparkling fountain-jets. Thrice a day a fine band makes music in the public promenade before the Conversation House, and in the afternoon and evening that locality is populous with fashionably dressed people of both sexes, who march back and forth past the great music-stand and look very much bored, though they make a show of feeling otherwise. It seems like a rather aimless and stupid existence. A good many of these people are there for a real purpose, however; they are racked with rheumatism, and they are there to stew it out in the hot baths. These invalids looked melancholy enough, limping about on their canes and crutches, and apparently brooding over all sorts of cheerless things. People say that Germany, with her damp stone houses, is the home of rheumatism. If that is so, Providence must have foreseen that it would be so, and therefore filled the land with the healing baths. Perhaps no other country is so generously supplied with medicinal springs as Germany. Some of these baths are good for one ailment, some for another; and again, peculiar ailments are conquered by combining the individual virtues of several different baths. For instance, for some forms of disease, the patient drinks the native hot water of Baden-Baden, with a spoonful of salt from the Carlsbad springs dissolved in it. That is not a dose to be forgotten right away. (...)
It is an inane town, filled with sham, and petty fraud, and snobbery, but the baths are good. I spoke with many people, and they were all agreed in that. I had the twinges of rheumatism unceasingly during three years, but the last one departed after a fortnight's bathing there, and I have never had one since. I fully believe I left my rheumatism in Baden-Baden. Baden-Baden is welcome to it. It was little, but it was all I had to give. I would have preferred to leave something that was catching, but it was not in my power.
There are several hot springs there, and during two thousand years they have poured forth a never-diminishing abundance of the healing water. This water is conducted in pipe to the numerous bath-houses, and is reduced to an endurable temperature by the addition of cold water. The new Friederichsbad is a very large and beautiful building, and in it one may have any sort of bath that has ever been invented, and with all the additions of herbs and drugs that his ailment may need or that the physician of the establishment may consider a useful thing to put into the water."
(A Tramp Abroad, Chapter XXI)
- Tel.: +49 (0) 7221 / 275200
- Fax: +49 (0) 7221 / 275202
- www.baden-baden.de (different languages)
- www.alemania-turismo.com/pages/city_baden_baden.html (spanish)
Lichtentaler Allee 8a, Tel.: +49 (0)7221-300763
Open daily except Monday from 11am to 6pm, Wednesday 11am to 8pm. Admission is 5 €, students 3 €, visitors' card holders 4 €..
Fondest memory: www.kunsthalle-baden-baden.de
Favorite thing: The river Oos runs through the town and is very well maintained. It is very picturesque with the little bridges crossing it.
Favorite thing: At the top of the town near the old market place is this lovely water feature. There were no signs that you could not drink the water but we didn't risk it!
Favorite thing: you are in germany , so nobody bothers you in the street , no beggars, no dealers; unfortunately I live in France
Favorite thing: Especially in Advent it is nice to go into this church. Because you can watch an extraordinary and lovely decorated crib.
Do not only go the shopping lane up and down. It is really worth to leave the main street.
In Baden-Baden are many picturesque corners and no one is like the other
Favorite thing: Just beside the fontaine you find a mosaic of a star which shows the direction and the distance from Baden-Baden to big cities of the world.
...is that bench in Gönneranlage
It is wonderful to sit on the bench reading a book, listening to the sparkling water of the fountain or just day dreaming
Baden-Baden is also known as the green town. Avenue of trees, an English garden, covering 40 hectares, as well as numerous parks and meadows flourish here.
Fondest memory: Lichtentaler Allee - an avenue of oak trees