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"Baden-Baden" Top 5 Page for this destination Baden-Baden by Kathrin_E

Baden-Baden Travel Guide: 196 reviews and 616 photos

Germany's poshest spa

The healing powers of the hot springs were already known to the ancient Romans who named the place "Aquae" - waters. In the 19th century Baden-Baden became the summer capital of Europe where the powerful, the rich and the important (and those who wanted to be) met for the holidays.

The late 19th century, the belle epoque, has formed the appearance of the town till today: elegant hotels and villas, the parks along the river Oos and Lichtenthaler Allee, the spa hall and the casino, upscale shops...

One can spend a lot of money in Baden-Baden. On the other hand, the atmosphere, the walk along the river and through the lovely parks, people-watching in town, sampling the water from the hot spring, all this is free, so Baden-Baden has something to offer for the shoestring traveller, too.

Why the double name?

In the late middle ages the castle named Baden (the ruins now known as Hohenbaden) became the centre and residence of the Marggraves who named themselves after the castle. When the house of Baden split up in two lines, the one that stayed here named itself "Baden-Baden", the other one "Baden-Durlach" (later the founders of Karlsruhe).

The town's name remained "Baden" until people noticed that they were frequently mixed up with the just as famous spa of Baden bei Wien in Austria. The resolution was made to use the Marggraves' name of "Baden-Baden" from then on to distinguish the towns.

By the way, my dear victims of abbreviationitis, allow me to mention that "BB" is NOT a common code for Baden-Baden among locals - BB is the car number plate of Böblingen, a town near Stuttgart.

How about a romantic ride along Lichtenthaler Allee?

  • Last visit to Baden-Baden: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    I agree, the only problem with baden-baden is that the railway station is extremely far from the city

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2009 at 2:35 AM

    Super transportation tips! Thanks a lot. Ich muss die Woche beruflich nach Baden-Baden, zum sightseeing werde ich leider keine Zeit haben. Aber jetzt weiß ich , wo der Bahnhof ist.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    mark twain is such a laugh -i haven't read that book yet

  • Kakapo2's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Hey Kathrin, being annoyed with the photo upload I had time to read this very informative page. I see that Richard Meyer is everywhere! I went to Iffezheim every year, and most times my wins paid for dinner in Baden-Oos. Have a good night, Sissi

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:46 AM

    good page, tips and photos..... liked the "free" tips hugs Margaret

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Very good page. I think I have to re visit Baden Baden. Ciao!

  • Nelie's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Good page, especially your "off the beaten path" section!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2008 at 1:08 AM

    Hallo, Kahrin! Schade, dass ich den Ort noch nicht besucht habe! Vielleicht mal in der Zukunft!... Danke!

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Fantastic tips. Wouldn't want to miss this town! Übrigens haben wir auch zwei Nonnenklöster hier in der Lausitz, die seit Anfang 13. Jh. ununterbrochen bestehen. Waren zur Zeit der Reformation allerdings böhmisch ...

  • we2364's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    None of your German cities listed was visited by me, such a shame! Why not wish yourself to get your love back? Good trip in Australia ^_^


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