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    Bathes, Spa and Churches

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 23, 2014

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    There are a lot of famous attractions in Baden-Baden, such as the Roman-Irish Bath Freidrichbad, the Kurgarten and the 350 year old Lichtentaler Allee – in Baden-Baden nature reveals its wonderful splendid self.

    The two churches also attracted our attention: Evangelische Stadtkirchesituated on Ludwig-Wilhelm-Straße and Spitalkirche close to Caracalla Spa at Römerplatz.

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    Theater

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    The Baden-Baden Theater is a fascinating building situated on the Theatreplatz.
    From the outside it enchants with its Belle Epoch exterior, similar to that of the Paris Opera.
    Guided tours for groups can be arranged by telephoning in advance.

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    Stiftskirche

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 19, 2014

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    The Stiftskirche is the dominant of the city well seen from almost everywhere. It is a late gothic building with striking features and impressive portal carvings. Built originally as a Roman basilica, it has witnessed numerous modifications over the centuries.
    Opening times: 8am – 6pm daily.

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    Neues Schloss

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 19, 2014

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    The Neues Schloss or New Castle situated on the Florentinerberg. It is the former residence of the Margraves of Baden.
    Unfortunately we haven't been inside because in 2003 the Neues Schloss was sold to the Kuwaiti Al Hassawi Group. It is believed that this listed building is to be renovated into a luxury hotel. That's why it was not possible to visit either the castle or its gardens.

    You can watch my 4 min 16 sec Video Walk along Baden Baden out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Trinkhalle

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 19, 2014

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    The Trinkhalle (pump house) in the Kurhaus spa complex was built 1839–42 by Heinrich Hübsch in a complementary architectural style as the spa's main building.
    The 90-metre arcade is lined with frescos and benches. The spa waters are said to have curative powers.
    A branch office of Baden-Baden's tourist information bureau is located in this historic structure.
    Official site.

    Open practically around the clock.
    There is also a Tourist Information Desk in the Trinkhalle building. Here you can purchase tickets and pick up tips and ideas on what to do during your stay in Baden-Baden from Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun + public holidays 2pm – 5pm.
    Closed on Mondays.

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    Kurhaus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    The Kurhaus is a spa resort, casino, and conference complex.
    The main structure was designed and built between 1821 and 1824 by Friedrich Weinbrenner.
    The Corinthian columns and paired-griffins frieze of the grand entrance and the neo-classical interiors look very imposing.
    The casino began to achieve international fame in the mid-1830s, when gambling was forbidden in France. This legal barrier encouraged gamblers to cross the border where they could try their luck at Baden-Baden's gaming tables. Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Gambler was inspired by the Russian author's visit to the Kurhaus casino.
    Official website.

    You can watch my 4 min 17 sec Video Baden-Baden out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Casino

    by tini58de Updated Nov 18, 2013

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    Baden-Baden Casino

    Baden-Baden not only has one of the leading casinos in Europe, but also one of the oldest. The architecture outside and especially inside is overwhelming!!

    You can take an interactive tour through the casino on their webpage - or even better, if you visit, go there before opening hours and go on a real tour through the casino. We did it and found it to be well worth while!

    These guided tours are outside the gaming hours at 30-minute intervals every day except All Saints´Day (1 November) and 24 December.

    VISITING TIMES:
    23.03. bis 31.10.: 9:30 – 11:40 Uhr
    01.11. bis 22.03.: 10:00 – 11:30 Uhr

    TARIFFS (2013):
    € 5.00 per person
    € 4.00 per person for groups of over 30

    Special tours in French or English by prior arrangement.
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    CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

    by balhannah Updated Jul 3, 2013

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    The Church of the Transfiguration, [Russian Church], we saw as we were driving around Baden-Baden. There wasn't anywhere to park the car, so we found a parking station and walked to the Church.

    Russian churches were built in the Grand Duchy of Baden in the second half of the 19th century. In 1793, the Heir Apparent, Alexander married Princess Louise of Baden who converted to the Orthodox religion. Perhps this is why a Russian Church was built here. Support was given to the idea of building the Church by the Russian Imperial family, municipal government and Russian supporters. In September 1882 the building was constructed and consecrated in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord on October 28, 1882

    The Church is only small and has a beautiful gilded onion dome with a cross on it. At the beginning of the First World War, the gold-plated dome was confiscated and melted down by the Germans. There wasn't enough money for another gold dome, so instead it was covered with tin and painted in blue, remaining this way till the '80s. Restoration of the church took place in the 80's and this was when the gold-plated dome was restored and the entire exterior of the church returned to the original shape.

    Above the entrance to the Church is an image of the Transfiguration.
    When I stepped inside I was asked to pay a small entrance fee of 1 euro and was told NO PHOTO'S ALLOWED.
    I would have loved some photo's as it was quite beautiful inside. There were 7 murals depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, in the dome were the images of the Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, many frescoes and ornaments, chandeliers and more.
    It is a walk from the main area, but I thought worth doing.

    Opening times: daily from 10am-6pm (1 Feb to 1 Dec),
    Admission fee: 1 euro NO PHOTO'S
    Services take place on the 1st, 3rd and 4th weekends of the month, Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 10am.

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    TRINKHALLE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 20, 2013

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    When I saw the this old huge building with Corinthian pillars, I knew I had to check it out, little did I realize I would find many old murals of legendary events of the city and surroundings along the walls. Under each one is written information. The building is Baden-Baden's Pump Room, where people have been coming to try the Spring water and see if it has healing powers.

    INSIDE, I found the Tourist Information Desk which is open..
    Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm,
    Sun + public holidays 2pm – 5pm.

    The Trinkhalle has a Cafe.
    OPENING TIMES.....
    Sun-Thu 10am to 2am; Fri & Sat 10am to 3am.

    Tickets for cultural events in the Kurhaus and the Theater are available directly in the Trinkhalle or byTelephone +49 (0) 7221 932700 at the following times: Tue-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun + public holidays 2pm -5pm. Closed on Mondays.

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    AUGUSTAPLATZ

    by balhannah Written Jun 20, 2013

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    Ausgustaplatz, is located on the other side of the River Oos to the Kurhaus. This is quite a large Plaza where a fountain is located and plenty of seating to rest those weary legs.
    Looking for a Toilet, well you won't miss the large red Toilet block in the Plaza.
    On the edge of the Plaza is the Evangelist Church, that I walked around, but couldn't go inside.

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    GONNERANLAGE ROSE GARDEN

    by balhannah Updated Jun 20, 2013

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    I had read and seen photo's of this beautiful Rose garden, and even though I knew I was a little early, I was hoping I may see a few blooms. I must say, I wasn't prepared for the sight I saw caused by the long, cold winter.
    No Roses, just burnt brown hedges, so I walked around and admired the fountains and statues in the grounds. There are several ways to enter the garden, a nice way is from the Josephine Bridge from where you can view the lawns and roses and the Josephine fountain.

    A coffee magnate, Hermann Sielcken established this Rose garden in honor of his wife, but the garden is named after the Baden-Baden Lord Mayor, Albert Gonner (1838-1909) and not his wife! The garden was opened in 1909, with Roses grown here since 1952.

    A flower festival is held here every year, this is when Judges choose the "Golden Rose of Baden-Baden," the highest award in Germany for Roses.. The New Rose Competition in Baden-Baden is one of the largest in Europe.

    May until October is the time to see and abundance of Rose blooms.

    If your a "Rose" fan, did you know you can do tours that go around to all the gardens?
    I do not endorse the company, I am just mentioning that these tours exist.

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    SPRINGTIME IN BADEN-BADEN

    by balhannah Written Jun 20, 2013

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    It was April, and it was meant to be Spring, but this year had been a very long winter. The gardens had only just been planted with annuals, but the bulbs were blooming in the gardens. Spring is the time for bulbs. I saw Daffodils, Hyacinths and many Bluebells under the trees.
    Trees were pink in blossom, but the Rose garden was pretty bare, as Spring isn't the time to see Roses.
    The Spring bulbs make a pretty addition to the stunning architecture of the buildings in Baden-Baden.

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    THE THEATRE

    by balhannah Written Jun 20, 2013

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    The Baden-Baden Theatre was another building with beautiful architecture, and another one that lays claim to "one of the most beautiful" theatres in Germany! It was built between 1860 and 1862 and since 1918, has its own permanent theatrical ensemble.

    Premiere performances are about 35 euros, while a matinee is 21 euros.

    The Theatre has a "WILD DAY" once per month when you can see a performance for a discounted price.

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    THE KURHAUS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 20, 2013

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    I only admired the Neo-classical Kurhaus on the outside, which I must say was very nice. This isn't the original Kurhaus that was built in 1765, it is a newer one that was built between 1821 - 1823 on the same spot.
    It is home of the Baden-Baden Casino, which Marlene Dietrich described as the "most beautiful casino in the world.'" - I will leave that up to you to decide when you visit. I didn't go inside, but if you check the website, you can see the opulence inside the building.
    Surrounding the building was plenty of lawn and gardens planted with annual flowers, although I was a little early to see them at their best. I did window shop along the Kurhaus colonnade and had a look at the mussel-domed outdoor stage, there weren't any musicians there though!

    The Casino is open from 2pm to 2am.

    The casino gives 30-minute German-language tours every morning, so pick up the English brochure.

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    Kurhaus

    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The center of any spa town is the Kurhaus where the guests meet for entertainment, food and drink, to watch and be watched. The Kurhaus contains halls for concerts, dancing and other events, a restaurant and cafe, and of course Baden-Baden's famous casino. See my travelogue page for pictures of the casino's extravagant, impressive interior.

    The restaurant is not bad but not the greatest I've ever been in, and not the cheapest either.

    The casino is open for gambling after 2 p.m. Minimum age 21. Dress code: jacket and tie for men, women adequate. In case of emergency (= lack of such in travel luggage) jacket and tie can be borrowed from the reception.
    Passport or ID card have to be shown (driver's licence is not accepted) - because they check if your name is on the list of banned gambling addicts, that's all.

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