18 Baden-Baden sights worth seeing
Baden-Baden is an internationally famous German resort city, located on the banks of the river Oos. Baden Baden Baden’s curative water and charming luxury atmosphere have attracted generations of royalty, celebrities and wealthy people like Queen Victoria, Bismarck, Barack Obama, Victoria Beckham and many others.
Baden-Baden (Germany) and its surroundings have a lot to offer: ancient ruins, old buildings, interesting museums, beautiful parks and gardens, amazing waterfalls and much more.
Lichtenthal Alley | Photo: wikimedia.
This wonderful park and arboretum in the heart of Baden-Baden is considered one of the most picturesque places in the city. The avenue stretches for almost 2.5 km along the west bank of the river Oos, following an old country road dating back to the 17th century. It is a delightful place to stroll among chestnuts, magnolias, lindens, oaks, maples – in total there are more than 300 species of trees in the park.
A special attraction is the Gönneranlage rose garden, a fascinating art nouveau garden with over 400 different kinds of roses.
Nearby the Lichtentaler Allee you will find other interesting sights, including the Cistercian Abbey Lichtental – a princely chapel built in 1245 and the interesting 19th century Museum of Art and Technology, where you will find many exhibits about the life and work of the famous German artist Lesser Uri.
Address: Lichtentaler Allee, Oos, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
Friedrichsbad Bathing Place
The construction of this unique thermal bath complex was completed in 1877. It was erected according to the project of the architect Karl Derenfeld on the site of an old ruined town, built during the High Renaissance in Italian art. At that time it was home to one of the most famous and popular thermal pools.
The present day bath is a splendid structure with perfect symmetrical forms and a rounded central part. In an alcove above the entrance is a bust of the Grand Duke of Baden – Friedrich I.
Address: Friedrichsbad, Römerpl. The address is: Friedrichsbad, Römerpl. 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
This imposing colonnade was attached to the Kurhaus Spa Resort as a pavilion where visitors could drink healing water. Walking along the facade under the 16 Corinthian columns, one can admire the fourteen frescoes by the artist Jakob Goetzenberger that adorn the 90-meter-long vaulted gallery.
They depict not only myths and legends, but also real life in the region of Baden. The Trinkhalle drinking pavilion was built according to a design of Heinrich Hübsch between 1839 and 1842 as an additional element of the column facade of the Kurhaus spa house.
Address: Trinkhalle, Kaiserallee 3, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
View from the top of Hohenbaden Castle.
Hohenbaden Castle, built in 1102, is often called the Old Castle (Altes Schloss). It offers a magnificent view of Baden-Baden and the picturesque countryside. The oldest part of the castle – the upper Hermannsbau – was built in the 12th century for the margraves of Limburg (later called Baden), while the lower Gothic castle was built in the early 1400s. At that time, Hohenbaden Castle already had more than 100 rooms suitable for use.
In 1599 the old castle was almost completely destroyed by fire, and the preserved romantic ruins are still one of the main attractions of Baden-Baden. On the ground floor, decorative interior elements such as the column with the coat of arms carried by angels attract attention.
Moreover, visitors of the castle can go down into the dungeons or climb the tower, from where a picturesque panorama over the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley opens up.
An interesting new landmark of the castle is a unique 4-meter air harp, which sounds thanks to wind currents. It was created with the participation of the famous musician Rüdiger Oppermann and was installed in the Knights’ Hall of the Castle in 1999.
Address: Schloss Hohenbaden, Alter Schloßweg 10, 76532 Baden-Baden, Germany.
The Märkurbergbahn funicular
The Märkurbergbahn funicular railway.
The longest and steepest mountain railroad in Germany with gradients up to 54 percent. It takes tourists to the summit of the Merkur mountain about 700 meters above sea level.
For a broader view you can climb free of charge to the observation platform of the stone tower, from where you can enjoy a stunning panorama – from the Upper Rhine, the Black Forest range, the city of Karlsruhe and up to Strasbourg in France.
At the top of the hill there is a restaurant, a children’s playground and many green lawns on which to sunbathe. Moreover, footpaths with signposts leading to observation points and a wildlife reserve are visible everywhere.
Address: Merkur Bergbahn, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
Along with the Kurhaus Spa House, the Kurgarten is the center of cultural and social life of the city. Depending on the time of year the garden flower beds change. The Kurhaus is surrounded by numerous attractions of Baden-Baden as well as boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants.
In addition, the Kurhaus holds regular cultural events and festivals, including the Badener Sommernächte (Summer Nights) – concerts on the open shell-shaped Bandshell summer stage.
Address: Kurhaus, Kaiserallee 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
Waterfall Geroldsau. | Photo: Sascha Kuhnle / Flickr.
The six-meter waterfall Geroldsau is located on the outskirts of Baden-Baden in the picturesque Grobbachtal valley. The water falls into a rock pool surrounded by rhododendron bushes.
The waterfall serves as a starting point for several popular hiking trails along signposted forest trails.
The best time to visit this place and Baden-Baden is between late April and early June, when the rhododendrons are in bloom. The picturesque Geroldsau Waterfall was once a source of inspiration for the painter Gustave Courbet and the Baden-Baden-born composer Johannes Brahms.
Address: Geroldsau Waterfall, Wasserfallstraße, 76534 Baden-Baden, Germany.
Opera House (Festspielhaus)
Opera House (Festspielhaus). | Photo: wikimedia.
The Baden-Baden Opera House is well known throughout Germany for its size (the largest opera house in the country with 2,500 seats) as well as for the variety of its repertoire.
Since it was built in 1998, the beautifully decorated concert hall has been playing host every year from September to July to a series of world premieres as well as concerts by famous ensembles such as the Vienna Philharmonic or the best orchestras from Great Britain and North America.
The Opera House Festspielhaus is among the attractions that are most often included in sightseeing itineraries for tourists traveling through Europe. It is especially popular among fans of classical music.
Address: Festspielhaus, Beim Alten Bahnhof 2, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
The majestic casino of Baden-Baden impresses with its wealth and luxury – the gaming rooms, decorated in the style of French palaces, seem to try to replicate and even surpass the splendor of Versailles. According to Marlene Dietrich, it is the most beautiful casino in the world.
Men are only allowed in the gaming rooms if they have a suit and tie. For those who are not a fan of gambling, there is a 40-minute tour of the casino, during which you can learn the history of its creation and admire the luxurious decorations of the interiors.
Address: Casino, Kaiserallee 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
This Catholic cathedral church of pink limestone is located in the central part of the city’s cobblestone Marktplatz. Several styles – Romanesque, late Gothic and Baroque – are intertwined in the architecture of the church.
The foundations of the church include several historical fragments – the ruins of former Roman thermae. The interior of the church looks especially beautiful at the beginning of the day when the sunrays, passing through the stained-glass windows, create whimsical iridescent patterns in the nave.
Address: Stiftskirche, Marktpl. 15, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
Museum of Modern Art Frieder Burda
Museum of Contemporary Art Frieder Burda.
More than 1,000 works of art adorn the walls of this modern museum, named after Frieder Burda, the patron of the arts and son of the founders of the famous publishing house. All of the pieces on display in the museum are from Burda’s personal collection.
He wanted the wonderful works of art that he had admired for years to be available to the public. The modern museum blends harmoniously into its surroundings thanks to its large windows and transparent glass transition.
Address: Museum Frieder Burda, Lichtentaler Allee 8B, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
The ruins of the Roman Baths
The ruins of the Roman Baths.
These 2000 year old ruins are half-ruined fragments not only of the main building of the Thermae with its pools, baths and recreation rooms, but also of the buildings surrounding it.
Walking along the paths along the ruins you can imagine how the layout of the Roman baths and the ancient engineering systems – sewage, heating and water supply – looked like.
Address: Roman Bath Ruins, Römerpl. 1, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
Faberge Museum Baden-Baden
Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden.
The general consensus is that this museum is not for everyone, but if you are a fan of Carl Fabergé’s work, a visit to this museum will be incredibly fascinating for you. The museum’s collection is dedicated to the history and creations of the world-famous Fabergé jewelry house.
Among the exhibits are unique, richly decorated pieces made to the order of the royal family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. – The “Imperial Easter Eggs”, jewelry and animal figurines encrusted with precious stones.
Address: Fabergé Museum, Sophienstraße 30, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
A leisurely stroll through the lanes and alleys of Baden-Baden’s Old Town is an ideal way to get to know the Baroque architecture and the numerous jewellery and antique stores, galleries and cafés that give this town its special charm.
Other sights in the Old Town include the Gothic Stiftskirche from 1467 with a monumental limestone cross at the high altar, and the tomb of Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm “Louis of Turkey”, who died in 1707.
It is also worth visiting the 17th century monastery of the Holy Sepulchre, where the intricate lattice separating the Gallery of the Nuns and the carved botanical designs on the pulpit of the preacher are particularly striking.
View from Mount Merkur.| Photo: wikimedia
Despite Mount Merkur’s moderate height of 668 m, its summit offers a sweeping panorama of Baden-Baden and the Moor River valley. The hill is a popular destination for paragliders, hikers and family picnickers.
You can get here by cable car, which operates since 1913.
Address: Merkurturm, Merkuriusberg 2, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
Water cascade “Paradis”.
“Paradis” in Baden-Baden is a complex of fountains and cascades in the Old Town, built in 1925. It is considered one of the earliest such projects in Germany. Particularly attractive is the park area where the water cascade is located – a wonderful ornamental garden covers a large part of the large town houses and mansions.
The cascade itself is supplied by an underground spring, and its water streams fall from a height of 40 meters. At the top of the cascade offers a picturesque view of Baden-Baden and its surroundings.
Address: Paradies Cascade, Das Paradies, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
House of Brahms.
Johannes Brahms’ house-museum at number eight on the Lichtenthaler Allee in Baden-Baden is the place where the composer spent the summer months from 1865 to 1874. A special feature of this historical museum is that some rooms have been preserved as they were when the composer was alive.
In this house Brahms wrote many of his famous works, including parts of his First and Second Symphonies, as well as the Deutsches Requiem. Baden-Baden is home to the Brahms Society of Composers, which saved his house from demolition.
Moreover, it sponsors the Brahms Days, a festival that takes place every two years with musical performances at various venues around the city.
Address: Brahms House, Maximilianstraße 85, 76534 Baden-Baden, Germany.
The chapel was built in memory of Prince Mihail Strudza of Romania, who passed away, and was completed in 1866. The former ruler of Moldavia commissioned the architect Leo von Klenze to build a tomb chapel in the late Classical style for the royal family.
The walls are layered with red, brown, and white sandstone blocks, and the building is crowned by a gilded dome. The interior is also striking in its oriental splendor, with every element of the interior, from the iconostasis to the dome, catching the eye of visitors.
At present, Romanian Orthodox services are held regularly in the chapel.
Address: Stourdza Chapel, Stourdzastraße 2, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany.
Dostoevsky Monument Karakalla Thermae Lake Mummelsee Lichtental Alley Fabergé Museum Old Castle “Loewenbraeu” Restaurant
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The monument to F.M. Dostoyevsky in Baden-Baden epitomizes the volatility of the writer’s life, familiar from his biography and novels.
The monument was erected by the sculptor Leonid Baranov.
The monument appeared in Baden-Baden in 2004. The author of the sculpture wanted the monument to be located in the backyard of the Baden casino, symbolizing the time of the writer’s addiction to gambling, but it was decided to place the monument in the valley of Rotenbachtal. To get to the monument, you have to walk past the building that used to house the prison.
Dostoyevsky loved Baden-Baden and the writer loved to stroll around this German resort admiring its magnificent views.
Coordinates : 48.76498300,8.24927800
The Baths of Caracalla
Karakalla Thermae is a health resort built in thermal springs. The complex is located in a park in the center of Baden-Baden.
Karakalla Therms is a recovery complex, which has no analogues in Europe. It was built in 1986 and is equipped with the latest technology. Today’s Thermae Caracalla, named after the famous Roman emperor, is a two-level enclosed complex (two and five stories) and a large outdoor bathing area. All this is spread out on the territory of the natural park on a total area of three thousand square meters.
Thermal water comes from 12 springs from a depth of 1200 to 1800 meters, it strengthens and stimulates the entire body, reduces pain. The water temperature in the pools starts at 18°C and averages 32-38°C, so it is possible to take a swim in the open-air pools even in winter, when the weather is good. In the health center you can not only take a bath and swimming in the pools but also walk the trails, look at sculptures, monuments, fountains and sunbathing in the fresh air.
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Lake Mummelsee is located between Unterstmatt and Ruesthein, near the Black Forest Road. This location is ideal for memorable walks in the countryside and relaxing in nature. The lake is located at an altitude of over one thousand meters, surrounded by the Black Forest, and is shrouded in many legends. It is believed that there are mermaids in this mysterious and fascinating body of water, and at night the Lord of the Lake himself comes to the surface to gaze at the moon.
Mummelsee, or “white water lily,” is a carob lake. In addition to its high location, it is characterized by its rounded shape, great depth, rocky shores, and the absence of waterfowl and fish in it. Mighty firs are reflected in the transparent lake surface, and the whimsical roots of ancient trees create a truly fabulous mood. Nearby, there is a memorial plaque indicating that this is where the Grimm brothers drew their inspiration.
Coordinates : 48.59779800,8.20120800
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The Lichtenthal Alley is the most beautiful, leafy avenue in Baden-Baden. Walking along the avenue, you will be enchanted by the mighty centuries-old trees, the decorated bridges over the river Oos, the huge rose garden and many other sights of the Lichtenthal Alley.
In 1655 by order of the chamberlain Moritz von Lassoley it was decided to turn the street into an alley. On both sides of the alley were planted a huge number of species of oaks, American pines and two species of weeping beech and other trees. After the casino opened, the alley quickly became a park.
Today the alley begins from Goethe Square, where the theater is located, and runs along the left bank of the river Oos to the Lichtenthal monastery. Walking along the alley, it is worth looking into the local rose garden, which is located not far from the alley. In summer about thirty thousand rose bushes bloom here.
The Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden is the first and so far the only museum dedicated to the life and work of the famous Russian jeweler Carl Fabergé. The museum’s unique collection, which currently holds over 700 pieces, showcases the entire spectrum of Fabergé works, from the famous Imperial Easter Eggs to fine jewelry and everyday objects.
Within the exhibition, you will find a large number of jewelry pieces, including cigarette cases and various animal miniatures made of precious stones. The museum not only displays works by Fabergé himself, but also famous contemporary masters such as Bolin, Ovchinnikov, Sazikov and others, which will not leave you indifferent. In addition to the collection, which is constantly growing and being supplemented, the museum has a large archive, as well as treasures presented to visitors exclusively by photographs and copies.
Prince Sergei Sergeyevich Gagarin was an Oberhofmeister of the Gagarin family, who was in charge of the imperial theaters from 1829-1833. He first came to Baden-Baden in 1824, and later his widow Elisabeth settled there for many years with her family.
The old castle, built in 1102, is one of the main attractions of Baden-Baden, Germany. From the 11th to 15th centuries the castle, built on the Butterskärten cliffs at an altitude of 410 m above sea level, was the residence of the margraves of Baden-Baden. After the construction of a new castle, the residence was moved there and Hohenbaden was destroyed by fire at the end of the 16th century.
At its peak in 1431-1453, the castle had at least a hundred rooms. Hohenbaden represents one of the earliest examples of medieval buildings with a sewage system.
In 1999, the so-called Aeolian harp was installed in one of the wide window openings of the castle, which sounds thanks to the vibrations of the air caused by the wind. The harp is a large wooden frame with 120 strings. You can enjoy the wonderful sound of the instrument during the summer, every day from 10 to 22 hours.
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Restaurant Loewenbraeu is a slice of Bavaria in the heart of the popular Baden-Baden resort. It is always crowded, noisy, fun, and most importantly – delicious. The concept of the restaurant is simple and win-win – excellent cuisine, unobtrusive and friendly service and, as a result, the feeling of full satisfaction.
The restaurant is intended for family lunches and dinners, large companies, large-scale celebrations and feasts. It is a traditional German restaurant with large halls, massive wooden furniture and its own beer and wine cellar. The restaurant offers the widest assortment of German beers and excellent home food that is notable for its freshness and quality. The restaurant can host up to 300 guests, with another 250 on the cozy open-air veranda, which is open all year round.
Coordinates : 48.76237000,8.24098700
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