Baden-Baden, Germany

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1 Kurhaus Casino and Kurgarten in Baden-Baden, Germany

Since it was built in 1824, the Baden-Baden casino has hosted celebrities, royalty, dignitaries and members of high society with gala dinners, balls, concerts and elegant rooms with glorious chandeliers for gambling including French and American style roulette. If you prefer to keep your travel money in your pocket, then limited guided tours are available in the morning for only €7.

Kaiserallee 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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2 Kurhaus Casino Portico and Tulips in Baden-Baden, Germany

This white portico with Corinthian columns and the frieze of paired griffins is the entrance to Casino Baden-Baden. Apparently, the famous actress Marlene Dietrich called it “the most beautiful casino in the world.” Whether you agree that its elegance still warrants that description, what can’t be disputed is that Kurhaus is Germany’s oldest casino.

Kaiserallee 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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3 Footbridge Over Oosbach River in Baden-Baden, Germany

Gently flowing through the resort town of Baden-Baden, Germany is the Oosbach River. On either side of the canal are lush, green promenades that are ideal for a casual, afternoon stroll. And when you think the grass is greener or the flowers are prettier on the other side, just take one of several footbridges across.

Lange Str. 78, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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4 Grey Heron Standing in Oos River in Baden-Baden, Germany

For over 2,000 years, people have flocked to Baden-Baden, Germany, for their thermal water, but this grey heron’s ancestors have made the migratory flight in summer for longer than that. This majestic wading bird is standing about 39 inches tall in the Oos river. He is watching patiently for a passing treat so he can launch that S-shaped neck towards the next meal.

Lange Str. 78, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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5 Festspielhaus Opera House in Baden-Baden, Germany

In 1894, when this neo-renaissance building was called Grossherzog Friedrich, it was the railway station for Baden-Baden, Germany. Since 1998, it is the entrance to Festspielhaus, a modern hall that conducts about 300 opera, ballet and concert performances a year by international artists. It is Europe’s second largest opera house.

Beim Alten Bahnhof 2, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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6 Augustaplatz Square and Fountain in Baden-Baden, Germany

Augustaplatz is a lovely square located along Lichtentaler Straße that runs through the center of Baden-Baden, Germany. It offers a peaceful place to sit beside a fountain for a few minutes when you get tired during your walking tour. A short distance away are most of the spa town’s landmarks.

Lichtentaler Str. 23, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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7 Caracalla Spa and Spitalkirche in Baden-Baden, Germany

Travelers to Baden-Baden, Germany, who want to experience the luxury of their thermal spring water at half the price of the neighboring Roman-Irish bathhouse enjoy the pools, Jacuzzis, saunas and steam baths at the Caracalla Spa on the left. On the right is Spitalkirche, a Catholic hospital church that was built in 1478 and is the town’s oldest.

Römerpl. 9, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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8 Friedrichsbad Bathhouse Angled View in Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden stands for “bath” in German, and the highlight of this spa resort town is Friedrichsbad, the world famous bathhouse. Over 2,000 years ago, when the town was called Aurelia Aquensis, Romans including the Emperor Caracalla, soaked in these medicinal thermal waters. After you enjoy the same elegant and soothing experience, you can tour the ancient ruins of the Soldatenbad bath below.

Römerpl. 1 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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9 Friedrichsbad Bathhouse Front View in Baden-Baden, Germany

Waiting for you inside this 1877, neo-classical building is a Roman-Irish bathhouse that will pamper you through a three-hour, 17 stage treatment of pools, showers and steam rooms using thermal waters from 6,500 feet below. The highlights are the domed pool complete with Roman sculptures and the full-body soap scrub. So live like the ancient Romans did in the “temple of wellbeing.” Your skin will tingle for days.

Römerpl. 1 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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10 Convent School of St. Grave in Baden-Baden, Germany

In 1670, a monastery was formed by Countess Maria Franziska and the boarding school was taught by five nuns. It was burnt down by French troops 19 years later but reestablished at the turn of the 18th century. Over the archway of this building it reads “Jnstitut z HL. Grab” and is dated 1698. Today, it houses the Convent High School of St. Grave which is part of the Archdiocese of Freiburg.

Römerpl. 11, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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11 Evangelische Stradtkirche Protestant Church in Baden-Baden, Germany

This bell tower is part of Evangelische Stradtkirche, also called the Protestant Town Church. Built in 1855, it stands at the edge of Augustaplatz in Baden-Baden, Germany.

Augustaplatz 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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Half Timbered House in Baden-Baden, Germany

The half-timbered framed design, like this one in Baden-Baden, is a common sight throughout Germany. If you really enjoy this architectural style, then the German Timber-framed Road tour is for you. However, it requires a significant time commitment because it covers 98 towns in seven regions across 1,864 miles. The Association of Historic Timber-framed Towns started it in 1990.

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12 Haus Victoria in Baden-Baden, Germany

I assume this Haus Victoria on Leopoldsplatz in Baden-Baden, Germany, was named in honor of Queen Victoria, the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom for about two-thirds of the 19th century. She was a frequent visitor of the resort town. It was built in 1853 by Franz Kah as a 140 room luxury hotel nicknamed the “inn flower.” After a fire in 1912, it became a residential and commercial building.

Haus Victoria am Leopoldsplatz, Sophienstraße 3a, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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13 Horse-drawn Carriage Ride in Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden, Germany, is designed for walking. It is filled with pedestrian-only streets, flower-filled promenades, inviting public squares and the 1.5 mile, tree lined Lichtentaler Allee. Consequently, you really don’t need public transportation or a cab to get around. But you might be interested in taking a horse-drawn carriage ride. The coachmen are delightful and they will explain the history of the sights you pass along the way.

Lichtentaler Str. 14, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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14 Laterne Hotel and Restaurant in Baden-Baden, Germany

This colorful, half-timbered building along Gernsbacher Straße is in the heart of historic Baden-Baden. The Laterne is both a charming, ten-room hotel and, at 300 years old, the town’s oldest restaurant. It has personal significance to me because we stayed here in 1996 when we took our children on their first trip to Germany.

Gernsbacher Str. 10, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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15 Theater Baden-Baden Façade and Flowers in Baden-Baden, Germany

Back in 1862, when Baden-Baden was reaching its pinnacle as a resort location, this theater was built with a Belle Epoch architectural style. Since 1918, it has continually had a professional ensemble of actors. The inside was completely renovated in 1992 so now plays are performed on three different stages.

Goethepl. 1 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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16 Lichtentaler Allee and River Oos in Baden-Baden, Germany

Welcome to Lichtentaler Allee, the peaceful, serene 1.5 mile long promenade that was created in 1655. It is lined with over 300 species of plants and trees so it is appropriately nicknamed the “street of trees.” Flowing through the park is the Oos River. So after taking a stroll, sit on a bench in front of a beautiful mansion and enjoy the afternoon chatting with a friend.

Lichtentaler Allee, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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17 Retail Store in Leopoldsplatz in Baden-Baden, Germany

In the center of Baden-Baden, Germany is the Leopoldsplatz. It is a hub for cobblestone, pedestrian walkways that are filled with fountains, outdoor bars, restaurants and quaint stores like this one with the date of 1690 surrounding Germany’s coat of arms. The area has the peaceful, calm demeanor you’d hope to find in a resort town. It maintains that atmosphere because 30,000 cars a day are diverted through a tunnel that runs below the square.

Lange Str. 2, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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18 Little Prince Mural in Baden-Baden, Germany

The Little Prince, by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is the fable of a young boy who falls to earth from an asteroid and makes observations about narrow-minded adults. It has sold over 140 million copies, making it one of the world’s bestselling books. This wonderful mural of the Little Prince sitting on his asteroid is painted on the side of the Der Kleine Prinz Hotel and Restaurant in Baden-Baden, Germany. Its 40 rooms are housed in an 1890 townhouse.

Lichtentaler Str. 36, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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19 Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, Germany

A contemporary commercial printing executive named Frieder Burda used his business success to amass a sizeable art collection. He then spent about $27 million to have this museum designed by Richard Meier, a New York architect. Since 2004 it has exhibited over 500 pieces of art from the last one hundred years, including work by Pablo Picasso.

Lichtentaler Allee 8b, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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20 Neues Schloss on Florentinerberg Hill in Baden-Baden, Germany

This tower with its terraced garden is part of Neues Schloss. Original construction began on Florentinerberg Hill in 1370 and, during medieval times, it was expanded as the New Castle for the ruling Margraves of Baden. In the mid-19 century, it became a summer residence for the Grand Dukes of Baden. It’s currently closed while being remodeled into a Hyatt luxury hotel. It is expected to open in 2018.

Schloßstraße 22, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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21 Old Wax Woman Wearing Pillbox Hat in Baden-Baden, Germany

Every once in a while a retail store – such as this one at Stadt-Apotheke – display really grabs my attention like this wax figure of a matronly old women wearing a pillbox hat with a fishnet veil. She was sitting at an antique ice cream table with wrought iron chairs beside another wax woman. I initially assumed they were two old gals just chatting away the afternoon.

Gernsbacher Str. 2, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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22 Ornate, Wrought Iron Guild Sign in Baden-Baden, Germany

Walking down the Florentine hill from the Marktplaz is a maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with adjoining, 19th century homes. A frequent visual sight is ornate, wrought iron signs that started during medieval times to display a guild’s emblem. This leaping deer graces an arch leading to the four-star, Bad Hotel zum Hirsh. Among their boutique amenities is access to the coveted thermal spring water in the guest rooms.

Hirschstraße 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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23 Unframed Street Mural by JR in Baden-Baden, Germany

This eye-catching street mural is actually a large photographic collage of a man’s face with a working clock over one eyeglass lens. It is the work of JR, a French photographer based in Paris. It is part of a series called “Unframed” which apparently displays French and German history in Baden-Baden. His work was on exhibit at the Museum Frieder Burda in mid-2014.

Lange Str. 32, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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24 Four Painters Eating Lunch Trompe l’oeil Mural in Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden has some famous murals, like the 19th century ones at the pump house Trinkhalle, but it also displays recent street art like these four painters sitting on the side of a building having lunch. The art style is called trompe l’oeil, which is French meaning creating the optical illusion of three dimensions for realistic imagery. This scene over the Sindbad Restaurant would look real if not so comical.

Seilerstraße 5, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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25 Sophienstraße Pedestrian Street in Baden-Baden, Germany

Sophienstraße, or Sophie Street, is one of several pedestrian areas that allow tourists to explore the quaint stores and restaurants of Baden-Baden, or to find a shaded bench to rest their feet during a long day of sightseeing. The Haus Reichert shown here is a 19th century, modestly priced hotel.

Sophienstraße 4, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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26 Stiftskirche Collegiate Church in Baden-Baden, Germany

The Holy Roman Empire’s military commanders were called a margrave and, overtime, they evolved into hereditary fiefdoms. The Margraviate of Baden ruled over southwestern Germany from 1112 to 1803. In 1872, Baden became an original German state before the monarchy ended during WWI. Inside this Collegiate Church, which is built high on the Florentine hill in Baden-Baden’s old town, are the magnificent tombs of 14 Margraves of Baden. Stiftskirche was originally built in the 15th century. Above the portal are carvings of the Madonna with Child flanked by the Apostles Peter and Paul.

Marktpl. 11, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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27 Street Lamp Along Lichtentaler Straße in Baden-Baden, Germany

This street lamp illuminates Augustaplatz, a large square in the center of Baden-Baden. It’s located on Lichtentaler Straße which is the main road in and out of this Black Forest resort town. Many of the city’s famous landmarks are a short walk away. The street also runs parallel to the Oosbach river.

Lichtentaler Str. 15 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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28 Oosbach River and Footbridge in Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden is perhaps the most famous spa town in the Black Forest region of Baden-Württemberg, or what the German’s call Schwarzwald. Since the height of the Roman Empire it has attracted people who seek the medicinal waters, the gambling, the arts, or the solitude of walking along the Oosbach River that meanders along a canal.

Lange Str. 25 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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29 Trinkhalle Side View and Garden in Baden-Baden, Germany

If you think people are obsessed today with drinking pure water from a plastic bottle, imagine sipping a glass of thermal water containing curative minerals from this pump house. That’s why this Trinkhalle was built in 1842. Today it houses a tourist information center. But before you get disappointed, cups of the healing spring water are still available inside.

Kaiserallee 3, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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30 Trinkhalle Kaiser Wilhelm I Bust in Baden-Baden, Germany

Beneath the Trinkhalle’s portico and among the blooming spring flowers is a bust of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Also known as William I, he was the King of Prussia until he helped unify it with Germany in 1871 and then became Germany’s first emperor. Apparently, over 1,000 statues were erected in his honor until 1918 when his son was ousted. Then Germany became a republic and Fredrich Ebert became the first president of Germany.

Kaiserallee 3, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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31 Tulips Along Kurhaus Promenade in Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden is a famous German resort town best known for its spas and thermal medicinal water. But few things will make you forget your troubles faster than smelling the bouquet of spring tulips in full bloom. This delightful display is yours by walking along the Kurhaus promenade on your way to the outdoor pavilion to hear a philharmonic performance.

Kaiserallee 1, 76530, Baden-Baden, Germany
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32 Trinkhalle Arcade Close Up in Baden-Baden, Germany

The Trinkhalle’s 300 foot arcade is supported by 16 Corinthian columns. Beneath it is a gallery of beautiful murals depicting historic scenes of Baden-Baden, Germany. They were designed by Jakob Götz Berger to delight guests while drinking medicinal water. This building, which is part of the Kurhaus spa, pumps water from the 17,000 year old Friedrichsbad spring below.

Kaiserallee 3, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
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