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Baden-Baden Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Baden-Baden
The beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden on the edge of the Black Forest, right by the border with France is strangely enough known for its casinos and luxury retreats. Start here with my basic Baden-Baden travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Baden-Baden travel blogs.
When to Visit
Like most of Germany, Baden-Baden has four very distinct seasons. Summer is hot and humid and is when the town gets its most visitors, but I think autumn is also a great time to visit, as everything looks prettier under the golden hue of the leaves.
In winter, there are Christmas markets and it will often snow and get very cold, but as long as you dress appropriately you’ll be fine. Spring can also be nice, but it will be chilly and you may not be able to enjoy the outdoors as much as other times of year.
Top Things To Do
Visit the casino – If you turn up at the famous Baden-Baden casino before midday, you can get a guided tour of the opulent building, and learn about its history as one of the oldest in Germany. If you come later in the day, you’ll have to dress up to the nines to get in and play. Either way, it’s worth visiting to experience the decadence of gold leaf mirrors, enormous chandeliers and huge frescos covering the walls.
Get naked at the Friedrichsbad spa – Take off all your clothes and enjoy the luxury of relaxing in the Roman style spa. With 17 different stages to cycle through, don’t pass up the chance to experience the healing waters of Baden-Baden. Maybe get a full body scrub and massage while you’re at it too!
Check out the museums – For a relatively small city (only 50,000 people live here!), Baden-Baden has a great selection of museums worth exploring. For stunning architecture and to see the impressive collection of paintings, sketches and sculptures, visit the Frieda Burda Museum, for modern and contemporary art, try the Staatliche Kunsthalle, and for a unique experience of seeing the world’s largest collection of decorative eggs, visit the Fabergé Museum!
Although it’s a very small city, taking a tour around Baden-Baden will save you time and get you in to some areas of the city you might otherwise overlook, so it’s definitely worth you time to consider one.
LGBTQ – Gay Baden-Baden Travel Guide
Though Germany is generally speaking a pretty easy place for gay travelers, Baden-Baden is a small town and doesn’t have any gay nightlife to speak of specifically. If you’re in search of somewhere to go out at night and meet other queers, head to nearby Karlsruhe, or if you don’t mind traveling a little further, Stuttgart or Mannheim instead.
Baden-Baden Hotel Deals
Baden-Baden has some cool and quirky hotels, but you should definitely consider booking in advance as it’s a popular destination. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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