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    FLOWERS ARE EVERYWHERE IN BADEN!

    by balhannah Updated May 30, 2014

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    Baden is known for its Rosarium, built in the 1960s. In the Rosarium in Doblhoff park, 20,000 roses / 600 different kinds bloom twice a year, what a picture that would be, and who would need perfume, the scent from the roses would be heaven!

    The best time is in June to October to see them at their best.

    There are other gardens around Baden, and many small garden beds filled with flowers.
    It was like when they found an empty area, they made it into a garden. For a lover of gardens like me, this town was beautiful in so many ways!

    Address: Around Baden Bei Wien

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    BADEN BIEDERMEIER STYLE

    by balhannah Updated May 30, 2014

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    Baden Bei Wien is known for its Classical or Biedermeier-style villas and famous buildings of the rich and famous.
    I didn't know this style, so when I came here and looked around, I was quite impressed of what I saw.

    The Biedermeier period is really is a set of trends of that time. This came about because of a new urban middle class emerging and because the Napoleonic wars had ended. This meant Writers, painters and musicians could safely stay in their country.

    It isn't just architecture, but many things in Biedermeier. Biedermeier furniture design, interior & exterior decoration, a style of clock made in Vienna, even Biedermeier paintings and music.
    The biggest collection of Viennese Biedermeier paintings in the world is currently in the Belvedere Palace Museum in Vienna.

    I found many lovely Villas walking around Baden. Were they of Biedermeier architecture, I really don't know, but I do know I thought the buildings in Baden were very elegant!

    Address: Around Baden Bei Wien

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    GRAND CASINO @ BADEN

    by balhannah Written May 30, 2014

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    As I''m not a gambler, going inside the Casino didn't interest me, I was quite content just viewing this magnificent building from the outside. The Casino was opened in 1934, was in operation but had to close during the war years, then re-opened again. It was originally in the Kurhaus, but moved in 1968 to the Kongresshaus.

    It has been renovated many times and in March 1995, it reopened as the biggest casino in Europe with the congress and event centres.

    Many rich and famous people have frequented this Casino.

    Games that can be played here are....
    Blackjack - American roulette - Austria jackpot - Punto banco - Wheel of fortune - Poker - Red dog
    - Sic bo - European seven eleven - Easy Poker - Easy Black Jack - Joker Wheel - Black Jack Imperial - Easy Roulette - Mega Million Jackpot - Black Jack Exchange and slot machines.

    Several restaurants are onsite

    Address: Kaiser Franz-Ring 1

    Phone: +43 2252 444 96

    Website: http://www2.casinos.at/en/baden

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    THE STADT THEATRE

    by balhannah Written May 30, 2014

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    The Stadtheatre or Summer Theatre, was another impressive building located next to the Kurpark.
    Built in 1906, it replaced a wooden former theatre from 1841. When I looked at the size of this Theatre, I found it nearly unbelievable that this huge Theatre was completely built in 4months.
    It has a movable glass roof, so can be used as an open-air theatre or a roofed theatre. Imagine coming here for an Operetta, wow! that would be fantastic!

    The first performance in the Theatre was the comedy "The poor Julien."
    A gala concert has been held here, but most of the time, it is Operetta perfomances.

    Summer productions of Baden's annual Operetta Festival are held at this theatre.
    Tickets and programs are available through the Stadtheater.

    Address: Arenaweg, 2500 Baden

    Phone: +43 2252 22522 (ticket hotline).

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    THE UNDINE FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written May 30, 2014

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    The Undine Fountain was a beautiful Art Nouveau fountain I found in the Kurpark.

    The fountain was built by Josef Kassin in 1903 to mark the ending of the city's water pipe line. I found it an interesting fountain, made up of human, animal and mythological creatures. There was water in the basin, but the fountain itself was not working, a shame, as I wanted to see the water gushing out of the figures.

    The main, central figure is an Undine – a nymph or water sprite, standing in the middle of the fountain as a Grecian. On a jumble of rocks are figures from the myths, humans and creatures. I could see the face and hands of a giant emerging from the stones, an oversized Frog, Fish and a child staring upwards at the nymph.

    The Undine myth was written in 1811 and served as the basis for Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid".

    WHAT IS A UNDINE?

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    "An Undine is a mermaid who was exchanged for a human child by her uncle, a river god. She gets a soul by marrying a human and is an excellent wife. However, her husband is not comfortable with her. Although she has a soul she retains the powers she had as a water spirit. The husband's ex-girlfriend is jealous of Undine and uses the husband's fears to breaks up the marriage. Undine, rejected by her husband, returns to her underwater world, but warns her husband that he must stay true to her or she will be honour-bound to kill him. The husband, not believing this, marries the girl friend and is killed by Undine."

    Address: Kurpark, Baden

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    THE KURPARK [SPA PARK]

    by balhannah Written May 30, 2014

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    As I love gardening, the Kurpark was one area I didn't want to miss. I really enjoyed walking this park that was created in 1792 to honour the empress Maria Theresia

    It's a large thermal park that stretches to the Wienerwald. There weren't any Bands playing the day we were there, although I read often bandstand concerts are held during an afternoon.
    Everywhere were flower beds with flowers blooming, some were made into shapes, like the Butterfly I saw. Monuments were situated around the park, one was of Austrian Emperor Franz Josef and another I saw was of Lanner and Strauss. On the Hill was flower clock and other historical buildings.
    I loved the unique Tea-house, cute and different! I could imagine the Empress dressed in her finest sitting outside and sipping at a cup of tea! Check out the cute striped two seaters in the photo! Romance could be in the air around here! .
    Further on, I found an old weather station and one to weigh yourself, old and interesting.

    There was so much to see that I could have spent ages here!

    More photos of this lovely park in the Travelogue.

    Address: Kaiser-Franz-Ring, Baden

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    THE HERZOGHOF

    by balhannah Updated May 30, 2014

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    This small Chapel - Antoniuskapelle, I found on my walk. I didn't know how to get in, so just took a photo from the outside.

    It was In 1704 that Countess Katharina von Lamberg decided to build this chapel in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua. She had the arms of Lamberg (white lamb on a mountain) and a sundial added to the building. Even though the Chapel emerged unscathed after the great fire of 1812, it was demolished.

    The Chapel today is a new one built in Art Nouveau style. The altar is from the old baroque Chapel and dates to the 18th century. On the wall above the altar a picture in an old, carved frame is of Saint Anthony of Padua.
    Services are hardly ever held here anymore.

    The Herzoghof is now a 4 star Hotel. If you look at the entrance you can see the Coat of Arms of Baden above the entrance.

    IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE INSIDE OF THE CHAPEL, ENTRY IS FROM THE ENTRANCE HALL OF HERZOGHOF

    Address: Kaiser-Franz-Ring 10, 2500 Baden

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    THE FRANZENBAD (HAMAM)

    by balhannah Updated May 30, 2014

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    The Franzenbad which still has this name on the building, is now used as a Hamam.

    Before becoming a Hamam, Franz's spring was discovered here in 1802, and so, in 1827, a Bathhouse was built with a lantern bearing dome in it. Two Councillers of the Lower Austrian welfare system, were devoted to helping unhealthy people, so the Bathhouse opened free of charge to the sick of the charity house (Mariazellerhof) and the Marie Hospital. It took till 1948, before the general public were allowed to use it.

    The Franzenbad closed down in 1973, only to re-open as a Hamam. I saw plenty of Hamams in Turkey, I really didn't expect to find one here. Evidently it has taken off!

    OPEN: Monday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

    Address: 17 Pergergasse, Baden

    Directions: http://www.hamam-baden.at/

    Website: http://www.hamam-baden.at/

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    THE FRAUENBAD

    by balhannah Updated May 30, 2014

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    In the Josefplatz, I found the Frauenbad, built in classicistic style with an impressive portico. I thought it one of the most impressive buildings here. This building used to be the women's Bathhouse, but now-days is the Arnulf Rainer Museum. Arnulf Rainer was born in Baden in 1929 and went to Vienna to study art, something he failed at. For some unknown reason, he returned to Baden as a respected artist and become a professor there.
    The museum shows his works inside the marble interior of the Biedermeier bathhouse built in 1815. Exhibitions change twice a year.

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    Adult 6 euros Child 3 euros

    OPEN 10 - 5pm daily

    Address: 5 Josefplatz, Baden

    Website: http://www.arnulf-rainer-museum.at/

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    THE HAUPTPLATZ

    by balhannah Written May 30, 2014

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    The Hauptplatz is the main square in the heart of a large pedestrian area. It still mainly looks as it was back in 1812, when it was rebuilt after a major fire. This is where I found the Rathaus, built in 1815.

    The Plague Pillar or Trinity column was in the centre of the square. It was sculptured in 1713, by Austrian sculptor, "Johann Stanetti," who learned his craft in Venice. I really liked this Column, as the Ferdinand Fountain surrounded it. Just small water fountains bubbling up around it.

    Another important building is the Kaiserhaus, the summer residence of the Habsburgs from 1813 to 1834 and the residence of the last Austrian emperor from 1916 to 1918.

    This is a pedestrian only area too, so quite safe to wander around and look at the many shops or stop at one of the cafes. I thought it a really nice shopping area!

    Address: Hauptplatz, Baden

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    THE JOSEFPLATZ

    by balhannah Written May 29, 2014

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    The Josefplatz was the first square I came to in Baden. The square is known as Josefplatz and this is where the Frauenbad is and a lovely garden. From the garden I overlooked Josefplatz road, which entered and attractive roundabout complete with garden and flags, before carrying on as the Pergerstrasse. The square and this area is surrounded by some architecturally beautiful buildings.

    Also, if you happen to arrive by public transport from Vienna, this is the terminal point of the Badner Bahn and key junction for public transport.

    Address: Josefplatz, Baden

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    MAGDALENENHOF

    by balhannah Written May 29, 2014

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    The 17th century building "Magdalenenhof" was lucky enough to survive the two great city fires, so now is one of the oldest buildings in Baden.

    It has a story to tell like many of these old homes. It goes like this....
    During the time when the Turks were sweeping into Baden in 1683, a young mother lowered herself and her toddler into the well. She stood in the water for hours, staying there until she thought she was safe. She managed to pull herself and the toddler out of the well to safety.

    A very important person to live in this same house, was LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN in 1822.

    Looking splendid painted in an apricot colour, I had no idea this house was so old!

    Address: Frauengasse 10

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    THEATRE AM STEG

    by balhannah Written May 29, 2014

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    If only they put the historical information in English and German! I am at a building originally known as Johannesbad that used to be a thermal Bath around the year 1672. In 1925 the municipality bought this bath complex and opened a Sanatorium - "Johannesbad". Later still, it was converted into a Theatre/Creative centre. Exhibition halls, rooms for various events and theater studios make it a part of the cultural life of Baden.
    I imagine the Information centre would know what events are being held here or check this website.

    http://www.film.at/theater_am_steg/

    Address: 14 John Lane, Baden

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    GEIST FORM MATERIE

    by balhannah Written May 29, 2014

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    Geist form materie = The spirit is transforming the material

    This very unusual sculpture I found at the entrance of the Romertherme. I really don't understand it, perhaps you will.
    I think it's a really weird sculpture. Why is a photographer taking a photo of a head sitting on the pavement? Really, the head is only half a head as the back is flat.
    It is meant to make us think, which it sure does, but I am still no closer to the meaning of this sculpture.

    Address: 3 Brusattiplatz

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    HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS

    by balhannah Updated May 29, 2014

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    As I walked on past the Romertherme, I came across the Peregriniquelle hot sulphur spring, one of many in Baden which rise through crevices of a 100 meters depth or more and out into the open. There are 14 sources where this happens which are lined and sealed so that the water comes out clear and strong.
    The Peregriniquelle had an information sign beside it in German making me none the wiser. I have found out the water of the Peregriniquelle was sold until the 1960s as mineral water. Its temperature according to the sinage, is 22.5°c.

    Address: Beside the Romertherme

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